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Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare
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Inflating the Couch Before the Mcleodganj Nightmare

Jennifer blows up the inflatable couch to make the Naddi Village vacation rental tolerable. It was a nice thought. Unfortunately, even inflatable furnishings couldn't make that place habitable.Related Posts:Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains -- By Jennifer Shipp ...
Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India
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Jennifer Talks about Singing Bowls in India

In this video, Jennifer talks about her experience with the singing bowls in Mcleodganj and why she decided not to buy one.Related Posts:Mcleodganj: How to Use a Singing Bowl (video)

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Parade Near Dharamshala
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Parade Near Dharamshala

On our way down the mountain from Nadi Village and McLeod Ganj to Dharmsala, we saw this Indian parade of students from a local school. The taxi driver said they were chanting, "India". I'm not sure what the purpose was of this parade or where the students were going, but it was entertaining to watch them pass by while we were stuck in traffic near Dharmsala.Related Posts:The Dharamsala Airport ...
Bag Pipes Somewhere Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala
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Bag Pipes Somewhere Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala

Bag pipe players? In India?...As we ride down the mountain from Nadi Village near McLeod Ganj to Kangra Airport in Dharamsala, we capture some bag pipe players on a basketball court. Who knows why they're there or why they're playing bag pipes. This is India...one of the most interesting and least logical places on earth!Related Posts:The Dharmsala Airport ExperienceBetween McLeod Ganj and ...
Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala
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Between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala

The drive between McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala was full of all kinds of interesting things to see. If you blink, you might miss something, like the three men carrying gigantic fruit and flower arrangements on their heads. India is a non-stop place that never fails to WOW us with it's craziness...Related Posts:The Dharamsala Airport ExperienceBag Pipes Somewhere Between McLeod Ganj and ...
Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman, Part II
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Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman, Part II

Lydian went back several days in a row to play with the drum salesman on the street leading to the Dalai Lama Temple in Mcleodganj. He was friendly, but not pushy. So we bought a couple of drums from him. The drums were affordable and lightweight, perfect for travel. ...
Mcleodganj: Woman with Baby Begs for Food after CitiTravels Visit
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Mcleodganj: Woman with Baby Begs for Food after CitiTravels Visit

In this video, we stand outside the CitiTravels travel agency in Mcleodganj after talking with the agents about taking a trip from Mcleodganj to Amritsar and the Pakistan border. We'd hoped to see the Golden Temple in Amritsar and  watch the Pakistan border ceremony between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM each day. As we take a clip of the business card, a woman passes by, begging for money with a tiny baby.For ...
Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman
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Mcleodganj: Lydi Plays Drums with Drum Salesman

We went back on several different days for Lydian and John to do some drumming in Mcleodganj. In the end, we bought two drums from the drum salesman, even though it was pretty hard to carry them from India to Japan and onward back to the United States. ...
Mcleodganj: Tuk Tuk and Taxi Station at Auto Operator’s Union
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Mcleodganj: Tuk Tuk and Taxi Station at Auto Operator’s Union

We stayed at the Asian Health Resorts and Spa during our Mcleodganj trip. The hotel is located about 30 minutes away from Mcleodganj in Naddi Village, but the trip downhill via tuk tuk or taxi was always interesting. In this video, we show the "Auto Operator's Union" where the tuk tuks and taxis parked on the outskirts of Mcleodganj. Whenever we wanted to go back up the hill to Naddi Village, we just went ...
Naddi Village: Getting a Tuk Tuk on Mall Road Near Dal Lake
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Naddi Village: Getting a Tuk Tuk on Mall Road Near Dal Lake

This video shows us getting a tuk tuk to go down to Mcleodganj from Dal Lake near Naddi Village. Our hotel, the Asian Health Resorts and Spa was located within a 10 to 15 minute walk from the place where the tuk tuks and taxis parked at Dal Lake. We preferred the tuk tuks over the taxis, but both were available at this location. In this video, we hire a tuk tuk to take us to Mcleodganj. It cost 900 Rupees ...
Mcleodganj: How to Get a Taxi or Tuk Tuk from Naddi Village to Mcleodganj
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Mcleodganj: How to Get a Taxi or Tuk Tuk from Naddi Village to Mcleodganj

We stayed at the Asia Health Resorts and Spa during our Mcleodganj trip in 2016. It was one of the cleaner hotels in Mcleodganj, but it was about a 10-15 minute walk plus a 10-15 minute ride downhill via tuk tuk. This distance between Naddi Village and Mcleodganj seemed like a potential disadvantage in terms of Mcleodganj lodging, but both the walk and the ride were interesting parts of our trip that I ...
Mcleodganj: Highlights from the Hike Toward Dharamkot
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Mcleodganj: Highlights from the Hike Toward Dharamkot

The hike from Naddi Village toward Dharamkot started out pretty slow. There were steep drop-offs and sewage pipes, but by the end of the hike, we were happy with out experience. We hiked to a little clearing with lots of prayer flags where an old dog greeted us. We passed a monk on the way up the hill as well as cows and slugs. It's easy to get distracted by things like sewage in India, but then you miss ...
Take Your Purse and Go
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Take Your Purse and Go

What does this sign mean? As we hiked along the road from our vacation rental to a (hopefully) cleaner hotel, we saw this road sign and speculated as to its purpose. ...
Treacherous Hike Near Naddi Village
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Treacherous Hike Near Naddi Village

We went on a little hike near Naddi Village. It lead to some prayer flags and a friendly dog who accompanied us back to the village. This video doesn't show the prayer flags though, or the dog, but the part of the hike that was kind of dangerous. ...
Naddi Village: Lydi Makes Besan Dollups
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Naddi Village: Lydi Makes Besan Dollups

In this video, Lydi talks about the day over her chickpea dollups. We'd gotten up early for a flight that had been delayed several times and then rode up a hill in a taxi...an unforgettable ride with a car-tuk tuk accident that happened partway through the journey, and then we arrived at a vacation rental that was two separate rooms instead of one. We were prepared to deal with it until the electricity went ...
Naddi Village Nightmare Near Mcleodganj
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Naddi Village Nightmare Near Mcleodganj

Even the His Holiness couldn't have made this vacation rental in Naddi Village be okay. This video chronicles our nightmare from our arrival in Naddi Village, through the painful process of making dinner with almost nothing but coffee mugs and our middle-of-the-night whispering in the dark (because there was no electricity, to the epic hike we made through the mountains the next morning to find a new place ...
Car – Tuk Tuk Accident Due to Landslide Near Mcleodganj
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Car – Tuk Tuk Accident Due to Landslide Near Mcleodganj

The taxi ride between Kangra Airport in Dharamsala, India and Mcleodganj was one of the most intense and entertaining trips we've ever made. With cows and monkeys in the road, recent landslides marked off with big rocks, switchbacks, tuk tuks, mopeds, foot traffic, and more, it was hard to stay focused on just one thing. This video shows a tuk tuk as it clips the side of a car going around a recent ...
Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains — By Jennifer Shipp
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Worst Vacation Rental Experience Ever: Moldy Mattresses in the Himalayan Mountains — By Jennifer Shipp

John found out the morning of our flight to Dharamsala (also spelled Dharamshala) that our vacation rental consisted of 2 ROOMS, not 2 bedrooms. John didn’t mention this to me until we got to the rental, which was probably for the best. It was better that I was relaxed and hopeful when we got in the taxi to go up the hill from Dharamsala, through McLeod Ganj to the tiny village where we’d be staying: Naddi ...
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