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We've wrapped up the 2017 Insight Tour to Dharamsala and what an amazing experience it was for our 13 travellers.

The highlight was, of course, our meeting with the Dalai Lama and hearing his inspiring words, which will stay with us always. There were some many moving experiences during our time in Dharamsala - meetings with young Tibetans running NGOs, visits to Norbulingka Institute and the Dolma Ling nunnery, evenings with writer/activists Bhuchung D Sonam and Tenzin Tsundue, the generous social work of the amazing team at Lha, the list is very long.
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ATC has been leading small groups on this 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 2018 Dharamsala Insight

Dates: late October/early November 2018
Trip Duration: 15 days
Cost: TBC (2017 cost was A$5,200 including airfares)
Land only cost: TBC (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 Insight 2017 photos

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.

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Dharamsala Insight tour 2017 photos

Published in Dharamsala Insight
Sunday, 19 November 2017

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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.