Photo essay: Kora Walk & the Dalai Lama’s temple

I wrote earlier about walking the Kora path which circumnavigates the Dalai Lama’s temple in a clockwise direction. We’ve still be walking it most days. Here’s a photo essay in order of the walking path, followed by photos at the temple. There are many places at the temple where photography is not allowed, so sorry, you’ll have to come here to see the rest…

To begin our walk, we head down the hill and away from the main shops & restaurants of the town. This is the view every morning looking back down the Kangra Valley. In the distance, you can see the layers of rolling foothills and clouds. The trail to the Kora begins in the forest on the right.


8 Replies to “Photo essay: Kora Walk & the Dalai Lama’s temple

  1. What a sacred walk. I too would make it several times. Bet you see something you didn’t notice before each time you go. Regrettable that some areas don’t allow pictures, but I certainly
    understand that. 💜😘💜

    1. Yes, indeed! It is always a little bit different every day, or even just during different times of the day. So many things to notice and reflect upon. One time at the very end, we saw a long line of elderly Tibetans going into the back door to the temple, and we asked what was happening. They were having a special meeting with the Dalai Lama that morning, and had been looking forward to it for many many months.

    1. I don’t know exactly. We walk about a mile down the road first to where it begins as a trail. Then the loop is probably another 1.5 miles or so back up to the temple. It’s hard to tell because you’re supposed to go slow and pause along the way. So beautiful… One of my favorite things here is to start the morning like this. Just now about to take our last morning Kora walk… Then breakfast at my favorite place, Peace Cafe!

    2. For our last walk this morning, I was curious about the length, too. According to the step counter on my phone, it’s 0.6 to the beginning of the Kora. Then exactly 1 mile Kora loop. Then 0.65 back up through town (a different way than how we enter). So total, we do a sort of extended loop that’s about 2.25 miles.

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