im going to visit little lhasa in february and i would appreciate any advice in finding some long term housing in this area before i travel.
i have a long list of numbers for guesthouses, however with no information about any of them, so any impressions or names would be super helpful.
Peace and Namaste
Hey, If i were you I would consider staying in Bhagsu, its about 3 minutes in a tuk tuk from mc leod ganj, and is much more laid back. There is on guesthouse just off the road, it is a pink house, easy to find! also i stayed in a hotel that was pretty decent at the bottom of the hill on the right hand side, accross from a pizza restaurant, i think it was called the freedom cafe. it was 200 rp a night. enjoy, although i cant stress enough how much nicer bhagsu is that mc leod ganj and dharamsala!
yes and 3 minutes on a different road takes you to a different place.. ..it's called Dharamkot, a village basically with a few guest-houses and meditation retreats thrown in..
Both Bhagsu and Dharamkot lie within sight of each other with a foot-path connecting them.. Bhagsunag is at the base of the hills, while Dharamkot lies considrebly higher and acts as a road-head for Triund ( a very popular trek from Dharamshala)
Dharamkot has the famed Vipassana Meditation Retreat which runs 10-day residential camps (Feb. onwards) free of cost. There is a catch though.. ..throughout the 10-day period you're not allowed to speak to anyone, you're not even allowed to communicate through hand-gestures or eyes.. ..10 days of complete 'living with your ownself amid all the course participants'
Some guys prefer Dharamkot to Bhagsu for longer duration stays as they rent a room in one of the village homes which they think brings them closer to the place..
Also, Dharamkot has less of that local (read noisy) tourist that arrive from the Punjab plains in cars, and make a circus of the Bhagsu Temple area sometimes..
If you're looking for a nice sunny place to stay in and do not mind walking a 20 min. incline, you should stay in one of the guest-houses located in Upper Dharamkot. One of them offering great-views is 'Eagle Crest'
The best place to stay in Dharamshala area, for me atleast.