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Dharamsala to Mandi
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Introducing Dharamsala to Mandi

Dharamsala (pronounced Dharamsala) is best known as the home of the Dalai Lama. In fact, the Tibetan government in exile is based just uphill in Gangchen Kyishong, and most travellers stay uphill in the busy little traveller town of McLeod Ganj. Dharamsala itself has a good museum and a busy bazaar, but most people only come here to catch a bus.

The State Bank of India (10am-4pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm Sat) accepts travellers cheques and changes cash and there’s an ATM in the main bazaar. The Himachal Emporium (224185; 10am-5pm Mon-Sat) on the main road sells Kullu shawls and Tibetan carpets for Rs 3500 upwards.