Many travelers in Dharamsala that I met told me that they were just staying a few days and then moving on to the north, mountainous town of
Since my family was coming along I knew our trip would have a heavy Buddhist influence to it. The plan for the trip was to do one night at
The next day we packed our bags and our driver took us to a temple above Rawalsar. I suspected that the driver was still drunk from the night before, but it didn't seem to affect his drivingtoo much. The mountain side temple was where Padmasambhava was said to have meditated. A few of the boulders outside of the temple have footprints embedded in them that are said to be from Padmasambhava. As strange as it may sound, this might be true. Multiple yoga masters have been able to embed their footprints in objects as hard as boulders, and it has been demonstrated multiple times near the temple. The temple was remarkably peaceful and consisted of a network of caves. Several Buddhist monks to this day live in solitude meditating inside the caves to seek enlightenment. I was surprised at how cute some of the female monks looked. Unfortunately the cuter ones refused to take a photo with me! After a couple of hours of walking around the hillside and eating random berries that led to a stomach ache, we headed off to Manali.
To be continued…
This series on India was written and submitted by guest author Stefan K. See more of his photos from India.
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