Right now we’re in a propeller plane, flying north from Delhi to the fabled town of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and his community and Tibetan government in exile. I chose this as our two-month home-base for the family so that they might have a cooler, more natural, beautiful introduction to India. It’s in the foothills to the Himalayas.
We met a really nice young woman from Australia at the airport named Nicole, whose main job in Australia is managing estates—“exactly like at Downton Abbey,” she says. She started out managing yachts in Miami, kept working her way up to larger and larger yachts, until she graduated to managing estates in her home of Australia. She’s traveling alone, also staying in Dharamsala for two months.
Here’s a website photo of our cottage! The Cala Lilly Garden Estate. It’s small but looks just beautiful. Tragically, the owner, Diane Aigaki passed away this year, but now her daughter, Wren, is managing the place from the US, with a wonderful woman Sonam the local caretaker. A car should be waiting for us at the Gaggal airport, to take us on a 20 minute drive up to Dharamsala. Actually, Dharamsala is two connected towns, our cottage and the Dalai Lama’s temple are up in the town of McLeod Gang, on a hill above the actual town of Dharamsala. As noted in an earlier posting, Diane said that the monks line up above our cottage for morning and evening walking meditation around the Dalai Lama’s temple. That will be one of my daily activities. We can’t wait to get there!