Amara Prema Yoga School, Himalayas
Dharamkot Village, Dharamsala
Dharamkot village is peaceful, chilled-out, relaxed and very friendly. There is a strong Tibetan and Buddhist influence. The Dalai Lama Official Residence and Temple is a twenty-five minute walk from the yoga school. You will be delighted by spectacular views over the stunning Himalayan valleys. The air is clean, fresh and invigorating. Good vibes, kindred spirits, cosy little cafes and beautiful Himalayan energies are waiting for you.
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The Buddhist Influence
The Tushita Buddhist Temple in Dharamkot is open to all visitors. Here you can participate in daily meditations, film days and a range of short courses. Tushita also houses a public library of Buddhist books and teachings. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, gives regular public teachings from his official residence (twenty five minutes walk from the yoga school). Please check the official Dalai Lama website for public teaching dates. There are many other Buddhist montastries in the Dharamsala region and you will frequently pass Buddhist monks walking in the streets and forests. The Tibetan village of Nadi is a forty minute walk through the foothills and is enchanted with prayer flags and stone balanced sculptures.
Trekking in the Foothills
Dharamsala is surrounded by foothills, forest and trekking routes. Bhagsu temple and waterfall are a thirty minute gentle walk. The famous Gallu waterfall is a 1.5 hour trek from Dharamkot (passing the stunning Sunset cafe with incredible vista over the valley). The more popular trekking route of Triund and the Snowline is a 3 hour plus trek with spectacular views over the mountain tops. Trekking and overnight camping can be organised via the yoga school.
Additional activities in the area include paragliding, trekking, animal sanctuary, hill-walking, cooking classes, jewelry making, music tuition, macrame, sound healing, ayurvedic treatments and Buddhist temple visits.
As with most of the small villages in the Himalayas, the pathways are rocky and uneven. We recommend that you bring a back-pack instead of a suitcase, and pack light! Please also bring a torch because many of the pathways are without lights.
There are Western Union currency exchange shops in Dharamkot Village and nearby villages Bhagsu (15 minute walk) and McLeod Ganj (30 minute walk) There is an ATM in Bhagsu and McLeod Ganj. You can also exchange currency at the airport on arrival (the local currency is Indian Rupees).
How To Get Here
There are regular international flights to New Dehli International Airport (airport code DEL).
From New Dehli International Airport you can take a connecting flight to Kangra Airport (also known as Gaggal Airport, airport code DHM), which is 12km from Dharamsala. From here take a short 30 minute taxi ride directly to Dharamkot (we recommend that you use the pre-paid taxi stand which is just left at the Airport exit).
Alternatively, if you prefer to travel by bus (or want to stay on a low budget), you can take an overnight bus from New Dehli to Dharamsala. The bus collection point in New Dehli is called Manoj Kumar (accessible via the Dehli Airport Metro and short Autorickshaw ride). Here regular sleeper buses depart to Dharamsala. Typically the buses depart around 7pm and arrive Dharamsala at 6am. We recommend that you book your ticket in advance using the RedBus booking system (www.redbus.in) and select your drop-off point as McLeod Ganj. From Dharamsala you can take a 30 minute taxi to Dharamkot (or 5 minutes by taxi from McLeod Ganj).