Dharamkot - Long Term Accommodation, Suggestions Please.

#1 Jun 24th, 2012, 08:51
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Hi Everyone,

I am taking a sabbatical for an year starting August end. I am planning to spend atleast initial 6-7 months in and around Dharamshala. I was in McLeodganj last year for a few days and fell in love with the place. I intend to get a single room accommodation with a basic kitchen as I prefer to cook atleast 3-4 times in a week. My budget is max 5000 rupees/month all inclusive for the accommodation.

My question for the long time forum members is - Is it possible to find an accommodation at those rates in Dharamkot ? A basic bed with a mattress/sheets and a blanket will be luxury...O'Yes a Pillow as well. Not sure, but remember Cardinal Divide mentioning in a thread about a Cigarette Shop somewhere in Mcleodganj/Bhagsu who can be handy for information about long-term accommodation. In another thread Om Shanti Guest house was also mentioned with tariffs for a room starting from 4500/month, but I intend to stay in Dharamkot as it has comparatively less hustle-bustle and I being in the habit of walking 10-15 Km's everyday, am not much handicapped by short distances, if need-be for daily-needs.

It would be great to hear from the well experienced forum members ...suggestions/advice/advise...anything.

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#2 Jun 24th, 2012, 22:57
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If you stay in Dharamkot during the off season you plan should be practical. Certainly from September to March guesthouses are desperate for business especially during the winter months. Same goes for Bagsu. Monsoon ends in mid to late September. October and November are glorious. If you shop around, you will find a place at your price.
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If you stay in Dharamkot during the off season you plan should be practical.
- Thanks for your prompt reply and pointers, Cardinal Divide. By "Practical" do you mean it's inaccessible during off-season or a solid reason behind Why Dharamkot only when there are other similar options available at guesthouses in Bhagsu. I stayed at Bhagsu last year for 5 days in August and the guesthouse charged me 600 rupees/day and I was under the impression that Bhagsu won't fit in my budget.

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Certainly from September to March guesthouses are desperate for business especially during the winter months. Same goes for Bagsu. Monsoon ends in mid to late September.
- Certainly love the Indian Monsoons. "Desperate for business" makes me believe that there will be less hustle-bustle of Indian tourist who I saw in hordes in August.

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October and November are glorious. If you shop around, you will find a place at your price.
-Glorious; weather wise or ??. Thanks CD I get the idea now - door-to-door knocking till I find the right place in my budget.
Also CD, Is there a problem of hot water for shower during winters as I read in some post that some guesthouses have to manually fill the water tanks and in a certain area around Bagsu (not sure, where) the guys were not filling them up regularly. I couldn't grasp whether it's guesthouse specific problem or problem as such.

As I infer CD, you have been in-around Mcleod for many years, What's your personal suggestion for my budget - Bagsu or Dharamkot? Pros and Cons.

Immensely appreciate the reply from you.

Have a great day!

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Sorry, I meant to say that your plan sounds practical. Off season means far less tourists and lower prices but it will also mean less convenience. Many restaurants and other businesses will close in Bagsu and Dharamkot. At some point between December and the end of February expect to get snowed in with no electricity for a few days. I didn't go to either community often but I know many people who stayed in both and I never heard about ongoing water shortages except during the summer so you should be fine in that regard.
I don't know too much about how prices fluctuate with the seasons in Bagsu and Dharamkot but met people who got amazing deals during the winter. Even in Bagsu, except on weekends, you could find yourself the only person staying in a guesthouse. I'd suggest starting by staying up at Dharamkot and if it gets too cold or too quiet, move down the hill to Bagsu or even McLeod.
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Originally Posted by Cardinal Divide View Post Sorry, I meant to say that your plan sounds practical. Off season means far less tourists and lower prices but it will also mean less convenience. Many restaurants and other businesses will close in Bagsu and Dharamkot. At some point between December and the end of February expect to get snowed in with no electricity for a few days. I didn't go to either community often but I know many people who stayed in both and I never heard about ongoing water shortages except during the summer so you should be fine in that regard.
I don't know too much about how prices fluctuate with the seasons in Bagsu and Dharamkot but met people who got amazing deals during the winter. Even in Bagsu, except on weekends, you could find yourself the only person staying in a guesthouse. I'd suggest starting by staying up at Dharamkot and if it gets too cold or too quiet, move down the hill to Bagsu or even McLeod.
Thanks a lot, CD. Got a better picture now. Appreciate your advice. Do the grocery/convenience stores also close during this season ?.

Also, if you have been to Tibetan Library in (I reckon) McLeod, (not every sure, maybe Dharamshala); Does that also close during this season. I am highly interested in reading about pre and post china Tibetan literature - culture, traditions etc. I also sent an email to a Tibetan writer a few days ago but I guess he may not be accessing the email provided on his blog or maybe some other reason. Few of the libraries here stock some good Tibetan books but time being a precious commodity I may better order some books online from a fantastic online book seller (site has more of fiction rather than factual write-ups which I am interested in) in India itself and if the library is open during my stay there than that will be great.

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The library, which is about a 30 minute walk below McLeod Ganj, will remain open all winter. They don't sign books out, but they have a massive collection, a nice reading room, and some titles that they publish for sale. http://www.ltwa.net/library/
There are about a half dozen book shops in McLeod Ganj. You can get some interesting stuff. I've accumulated a fairly large library over the years. My carry on bag usually weighs about 30 lbs on the flight back to Canada.
You might find this site interesting. http://archive.org/ I've found a number of old Tibet related books on it.
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Originally Posted by Cardinal Divide View Post The library, which is about a 30 minute walk below McLeod Ganj, will remain open all winter. They don't sign books out, but they have a massive collection, a nice reading room, and some titles that they publish for sale. http://www.ltwa.net/library/
There are about a half dozen book shops in McLeod Ganj. You can get some interesting stuff. I've accumulated a fairly large library over the years. My carry on bag usually weighs about 30 lbs on the flight back to Canada.
You might find this site interesting. http://archive.org/ I've found a number of old Tibet related books on it.
Thanks a lot, CD. Appreciate the links especially the archive one is a treasure trove. Good to know that the library won't be closed during winters. 30 lbs carry on bag can only be had on North American sector out of India, for APAC it's unfortunately 5 Kg's. On a lighter note, those many books on every trip are a good exercise for body and mind both :-). You are blessed to be in the company of good books. I am trying to befriend them slowly :-).

I will PM you if I need more information. I can't be thankful and appreciative enough of your much needed prompt replies with the spot-on pointers.

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Happy to help. My carry-on limit is always 5kg as well. So far, mine has never been weighed, but one day my luck will run out. Recently, a friend had his weighed in Europe.
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Originally Posted by Cardinal Divide View Post Happy to help. My carry-on limit is always 5kg as well. So far, mine has never been weighed, but one day my luck will run out. Recently, a friend had his weighed in Europe.
My luck ran out while travelling Emirates last year. The bugger turned out to be a shrewd shearer...weighed my laptop bag which turned out to be 7 kg. I tried to reason that there was lot of data in there. Had to bin five pairs of boxers and the reason rested its case. Still carried my pride by saying that my brother packed it for me . Hope your luck never runs out.

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