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Summary: As the drive to Dharamsala was short (~30 km), we made a few stops along the way, first at a Hindu temple where families go to celebrate important life events (first haircut) and then at the Buddhist "Disneyland" of Norbulinka (for the chance to buy highly overpriced art made at the adjoining school). Arriving in Dharamsala just after noon …
... on the other riders as they battled their way up the hill through the town and traffic.
Following lunch we set off for Mcleod Ganj with more crazy traffic to deal with until we could reach the slightly calmer country road as it wound its way up through the trees. The afternoon ride was still hard but easier than the morning. The timing of the ride was good as the road was being tarmacked and a good stretch of it had been done ...
... by yet another cafe for a sneaky dessert.
On my last day we decided to trek a little circuit round the nearby villages. Bhagsu was first where there was a temple and waterfall. The waterfall was impressive with the water ice cold and crystal clear. After 30 mins or so we carried on uphill to Dharmakot which was much smaller, where we stopped for a drink before continuing on back to McLeod Ganj. I went with Kazookie to a ...
... now getting dark and we waited for maybe 20mins before being led even further down this driveway. Solid brick wall in to oneside and a large open space to the other, now this was strange. We started to feel like we were in some type of people smuggling ring! Even the English guy thought this odd. We waited here, in the darkness, wild dogs all around, strange people wandering past, for about another 30 minutes when finally the bus came. What the biggest surprise ...
... clearly now how lucky I am.
A few days ago someone asked me what souvenirs I'm taking home. I started to list my meager possessions and realised how small my luggage is going to be. I leave Asia with less than I came with, but I feel like I take home so much more. A lot has happened to me over the last 21 months, and it will be interesting to see how much sticks in England. I'm ready to find out.