Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Dharamsala Insight

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From early morning walks around the Dalai Lama's temple, to evening discussions on Tibetan feminism with leading women, to visits to the Tibetan Children's Village, our 2015 Dharamsala Insight Tour was a great experience.

The two-week tour will head off again in October 2017. Download the Information Pack here.

The greatest highlight of the 2015 tour was our special audience with the Dalai Lama and the opportunity to present our new report Tibet - An Environmental Challenge. A strong environmental advocate, His Holiness took keen interest in the report and encouraged us to continue with this important work.

ATC has been leading small groups on thise emotional and inspiring journey to the heart of the Tibetan community in exile since 2011. We spend 10 days in the mountain town of McLeod Ganj (Upper Dharamsala) experiencing the daily life of this relaxed yet lively Tibetan centre. 

You'll hear the moving stories of life in Tibet from newly-arrival refugees, witness the enduring strength of the Tibetan struggle as we visit cultural and political organisations, and hear from young and passionate Tibetan activists about their dreams of a future Tibet. 

Fast Facts for 2017 Dharamsala Insight

Dates: 28 October to 11 November 2017
Trip Duration: 15 days
Cost: $5,200
Land only cost: $3,900 (Joining the group in Delhi. Includes first night accommodation in Delhi)

- Return international economy airfares ex Sydney or Melbourne
- Group airport transfers
- Return air conditioned car travel from Delhi to Dharamsala with an overnight stop in Chandigarh
- Quality accommodation in Delhi, Chandigarh and Dharamsala

Past Dharamsala Insight Tours

2017: Dharamsala photos March 2017

2015: View photos from the 2015 Insight Tour.

2014: Read Mary Anne's blog on meeting the Dalai Lama on the 2014 Insight tour.

2014: Read Mary Anne's blog on her experiences on the Insight tour.

2014: View photos from the 2014 Insight tour.

2013: View photos from the 2013 Insight tour.

2013: Read a blog from Mary, one of the 2013 Insight travellers.

Download the Information Pack for the 2017 Dharamsala Insight tour here.

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Mary Anne joined the Insight Tour in November 2014. Here she shares some thoughts on meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and here experiences in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama

The day that we arrived in Dharamsala (or rather McLeod Ganj which is 4 km up the mountain from Dharamsala) we heard that we would be granted an audience with the Dalai Lama. I could hardly sleep!!!!! After breakfast in a funky café drinking ginger and lemon tea, beetroot with apple and carrot juice and roasted barley porridge with banana and honey, we walked through the small town of McLeod Ganj just as the streets were coming to life. The shop keepers were uncovering their stalls, unpacking their wares of shawls, knitted socks and jewellery and displaying them into colourful arrangements for the day. Others were sweeping their stoops or cleaning their steps with water, walking their children to school or moving through the super narrow streets on motorcycles or cars, honking the pedestrians out of the way.

Here is another instalment from McLeod Ganj in India. This one is all about the tour and what I learned. It’s a little long so hopefully it is interesting enough to keep you reading!

4.Tsundue talkOne of the reasons for me choosing to go on this Australia Tibet Council tour was to gain insight into the Tibetan people from whose faith I have benefitted so much. Through the tour I have gained insights well beyond my expectations. You may have already read my descriptions of our audience with the Dalai Lama and how amazing that was.

During the rest of the tour we met many other Tibetans from political, social, religious and educational institutions. Before coming on this tour I had some scant knowledge of the situation in Tibet which we sometimes hear about in the news. I had heard several stories of Tibetans crossing mountain ranges in winter to escape into Nepal and then through to India. I remember news of the protests in 2008 before the Olympics with the hope that there would a change in Chinese policy towards Tibet.