McLeod Ganj: Tibetan Monastery on 5.00 a day!

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Just back from McLeodganj (the Tibetan centre that sits above Dharamsala) in Himachal Pradesh. This, for those who don't know it, is the centre for the Tibetan Government in Exile.

There are tons of places to stay in McLeoadganj but if you are into Tibetan Buddhism and are looking at spending an extended period of time there, then aim to stay at the Tse Choling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. This little peace of heaven nestles in a small forest about 400 feet down from the main streets of the town. Here is the tariff:

1. Double bedroom > Rp 180 (£2.50)
2. Double bedroom (en suite) > Rp 300 (£3.75)
3. Single room > Rp 125 (£1.60)

For options 1 and 3 you'd use a communal toilet/shower.

4. Breakfast > Rp 50 (£0.60)
5. Dinner > Rp 60 (£0.75)

So, taking options 2, 4 and 5, you can stay at Tse Choling for a cool Rp 410 a day, or £5.00.

That works out at an incredible £1825.00 per year!!!!
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#2 Oct 1st, 2004, 01:31
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mcleodganj

i am planning on going here! could you tell me about your experiences? i want to study buddhist philosophy, tibetan language and cooking, astrology, yoga, kundalini/tantra, etc... any advice you could give would be appreciated!

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Hi Harmony!

Well, McLeaodganj is an awesome place - in fact all of Himachal Pradesh is truly beautiful. I was only there for 5 days but gathered enough information to offer a genuine picture of the area.

As I said in my post, living at the Choling monastery is the cheapest, but it is basic. I also visited the Norbulinka Institute. Now you can stay there also. Here you can study:

statue making
thangka painting
needlework (traditional Tibetan)
woodcarving
Tibetan culture (Buddhist philosophy, poetry, medicine)

For meditation, go to the Namgyal monastery - visit it on http://www.namgyal_monastery_institu...st_studies.htm
(paste this URL into your web browser if this link doesn't work)

As I warn people, however, McLeodganj/dharamsala is not easy to get to but diligence is required and what better way to practice this aspect of the Six Perfections! If you have any specific questions, then fire away!!
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For Rs 410 per day, you can live anywhere in India forever.(minus big cities, of course) Rs 410 X 30 equals Rs 12300, which is a fair monthly salary ..... Indians run their whole family (say avg five members) with one person or two persons earning such an amt. This will be short for big cities, though.
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I suppose that it is pretty cheap to stay in the monastery. Though as Avid trekker says this is not a pariculary good deal in Indian terms.
My first time in McCloudganj I stayed in a room with three picture windows, looking out over the snowcaps, price 99 rp a night with shared bathroom (god the water was cold) Brekkie was ommelette and tea and toast for 20 rupees, lunch dal sabhji rice pickle and roti for 12 rp all you can eat!! Dinner a variation on the same theme for 15 rp all you can eat!! 146 rp a day.
The little hole in the wall dhabas remain I'm not so sure that I'd still get a room for that price though!!
Shakyamuni thanks for all the good info keep it coming!!
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Shakyamuni, could please email me the details of where abouts you stayed, flight costs, how long you're allowed to stay for, visa permits etc? this sounds like exactly what i'm looking for .

my email address is gothicspoons@hotmail.com

thanks

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Rhythin, just pointing out that the thread is three and a half years old.
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i knowo its late but still i'm expecting a reply,
i'm planning to go to mcleodjung this march -april (2012) , can anyone help me with registration to stay in Tse Choling monastery please!!
thanks in advance
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I can't believe this post is already over seven years old!!! Sujit, I don't think you will be able to 'book' a room. Remember this is a monastery and not a hotel or guest room and they don't go out of their way to market the place. Don't worry, you'll get a room - there's 17 available. Just turn up on the day and enjoy your stay.
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hi kuanyin,
thanks for the informantion .
actually i dont mean booking it like a hotel room.. i jus want to saty there for 15 days and know the basics about buddhism and meditation. it's something like a retreat. as i come from south india, i dont want myself to be in a fix when i get there after travelling about 2500kms!!

in between do you have idea of any other monasteries in mcleodganj that would provide accomodation , if so please provide me with the contact information.
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Kirti Monastery just up a path near the main temple has rooms. There is another about half way to Bagsu. Maybe get a room right in town for the first night and walk around without your bag while you look for a room.
Tse Choling is in a a gorgeous location!
Things may be booked up for a few days if the Dalai Lama is giving teachings but otherwise finding the right room will be no problem.
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thanks mate, thats a great relief to hear it'l be easy to find a room. yeah i'l get a local room first and the go in hunt for a room in monastery !!

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