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Monday, August 4, 2008

Adventure India : Spice adventure with culture - 14

Himachal Pradesh has a number of natural hot springs mainly in Sutlej and Beas rivers. Hot spirngs have become quite popular in Himachal Pradesh for their medicinal properties. Familiar names include Jeori, 180 kms from Sheila, Karol and Manichean in the Kullu district.

A host of monasteries surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for hang/para gliders. In Lahual, the Guru Chantal Monastery has a wooden structure with pyramidal roofs and interesting wood carvings. There is a large Tibeatn community here.

Visit the Dalai Lama's residence in Meleodganj, a major centre of Tibetan culture, 6 kms from Dharamshala, Mcleodgnaj is a charming Tibetan settlement with bustling bazars that sell carpets, handicarfts and delicious Tibetan food. A giant prayer wheel ornaments the main stret, a nd in the monastery, a serene statue of the Lord Buddha presides over the gentle chanting of the monks.

Meleodganj has a School of Tibetan Studies with rare manuscripts and ancient texts, the Tibetan Institutue fot the Performing Arts and a handicrafts centre. The districts of Lahual and Spiti are home to some of the most famous Buddhist monasteries - "Sherlang', 'Durang', 'Chamba Chibbo', 'Domlang Gompa.' The 10th century Tabo monastery is home to more than 60 lamas as well as a large number of scriptures, pieces of art, wall paintings-tankhas and stucco.

Erected around 900 A.D. Kadang is the largest Gompa, situated in the village Kardang at the 15,000 feet high "Rangch Peak' in Lahual. Its library contains the largest collection of 'thankas'.

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