June 14, 2007

Day 136 :: Many Faces

Day 136 - Mcleod Ganj

[I have to be honest with you. Sharing the sidewalk with cows never gets old. Not only are they unattended and left to themselves, they seem to have adopted all the walking habits of a human. They browse at certain stores and stop to eat some trash at various bins. They simply go where they please and I think we're all better off for it.]

India seems to have many faces. First we found ourselves in Manali, India's version of Gatlinburg. Now we are passing our days in Mcleod Ganj, India's Tibet.

Not long after China decided to "liberate" Tibet by wiping out 1.2 million of it's people, the Dalai Lama and a small entourage fled in search of a safer place to set up shop. After walking over the seemingly unconquerable mountain ranges that seperate Tibet from India, they landed here in McLeod Ganj, nestled in Northern India's Himalayas, just a few miles East of Pakistan. Tibetan refugees have been following this arduous trail ever since.

And so once again, in our attempt to become aquainted with India, we are instead being greeted by Tibet.


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