India: Thirty Photographs from Our Stay at Dharamshala
Chai Story in Green Park. Nathan just ran back to our hostel in Haus Khaz because Zin did a Zin. In other words, she forgot her wallet which had her money, bank cards and Sri Lankan ID. Luckily, the wallet was where it’s kept. Zin was sick. She slept quietly at the cafe chair till N’s back. That was how our journey to Dharamshala began. Two hours later, we boarded the Metro from Green Park to ISBT Kashmere Gate. It’s the gate of hell, someone on Twitter told Zin. A little later, we got our tickets, and waited for the bus to arrive. With only ten passengers, the journey to Dharamshala began. A few of them got off the bus midway. And at five-forty-five in a chilly autumn morning, we reached Dharamshala. When we look back, we don’t remember the chaotic metro ride or the tiresome bus journey. What comes to our memory is walking through the deodars, quietly sipping a masala chai at the Himalayan Tea Shop in Dharamkot and having ourselves a plate full of veggie momos for just 30 rupees. Sunset-watching back home now in Colombo, we laugh at those moments Nathan had to run back to the hostel. And our hearts long for waking up to a chilly Dharamkot morning in our cottage in Vidya Ashram.
So here’s a photo story of 30 photos from our stay at Dharamshala.
Practical information: We stayed at Vidya Ashram in Dharamkot. The place can only be booked if you do a bank transfer or a paytm transfer. Our host at Max Guest House in Agra did the paytm transfer for us at no extra cost! Vidya Ashram responses to every little inquiry on Facebook.
There are both government and private Volvo buses running from Delhi and other places to Dharamshala. During the off season, you do not need to pre-reserve your seat. Buses are almost completely empty during the off season. During the peak season, make sure you book your seats as early as possible. You can use redBus or MakeMyTrip to book buses. None of these third party agents accepted our international cards. Your hotel/hostel/guesthouse elsewhere in India will book these for you for a extra fee.
Hello, we are Nathan and Zinara. In 2015, we met in a quirky backpack hostel in Colombo, fell in love, and started travelling together. Through NatnZin, we document our real, honest travel experiences coupled with captivating photography. Read more about us here.