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Gazette 77

INDIA - In The Footsteps Of The Buddha 17-31 October 2009

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NB Full details of the trip itinerary are embedded in the photopages here

Tuesday 27 October McLeod Ganj

Conch   mountains
Lama Chime & Karma debate the price of a religious ritual conch trumpet /
A view up to the mountains

sheila   sundowner
Sheila prepares the G &T sundowners to enjoy on our tiny hotel balcony

Wednesday 28 October Visit to Lama Chime's monastery near Dharamsala

temple  monk's room
Lama Chime on the steps of the monastery temple / Karma & Sheila in Lama Chime's room

Derek at temple   Sheila at temple
Derek & Sheila on the temple steps after receiving the blessing (thanks to Lama Chime)
of H H Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche XVII (the head of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that
Derek has belonged to since the early 1970s) (for full details of the Karmapas click here)

Karma & Derek   On kora
Sheila on the Kora (circumambulation path) around H H The Dalai Lama's residence
in McLeod Ganj on our last night before returning to Delhi (right)

Taj Mahal Hotel lobby  swimming pool
After an unexpected 13 hour drive we really enjoyed a day of luxury at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi

hotel room  hotel room

Derek   meal
Despite appearances, Derek is really enjoying his G & T in the hotel's Rick's Bar / Take your
pick - innovative Indian nouvelle cuisine or pretentious nonsense in the hotel's Indian restaurant

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Photographs © Derek & Sheila Henderson 2009