Where exactly is the Yoga Centre in Dharamsala located?
The Centre is located in Village Dharamkot, just above McLeod Ganj (also known as 'Upper Dharamsala'). It is possible to take a bus directly to McLeod Ganj from several major cities in Northern India. When you arrive in Dharamsala, take a bus (8 Rupees) or shared jeep (10 Rupees) up to McLeod Ganj. From there, you can walk (20 minutes) or take a rickshaw to Dharamkot and ask the driver to take down the trail to the Yoga Centre just a short distance before the rickshaw stand in Dharamkot. Look for the Centre's bright yellow-orange signs just above the trail.
You can also take a rickshaw to Village Bhagsunag (~30 Rupees) and walk up the trail to the Centre (10 minutes). The Centre consists of two large semi circular buildings and a yellow house, and is situated near the footpath between Dharamkot and Bhagsunag. 'Dev Cottages' is a good landmark to use, if coming by rickshaw or taxi.
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How do I get to the Centre in Dharamsala?
There are two main ways of getting to Dharamsala, or more specifically, McLeod Ganj. The first way is to take a direct government or private bus directly to Dharamsala and/or McLeod Ganj from many major cities in Northern India such as Kulu, Mandi, Dheradun, Rishikesh, Agra or Delhi. Another way to travel to McLeod Ganj is to take a night train from Delhi to Pathankot and then take a bus from Pathankot to McLeod Ganj. Train reservations can easily be made at the Foreigners Reservation Office at the railway stations in Mumbai, Madras, Calcutta and Delhi. Payments can be made in English Pounds or U.S. Dollars. If you are paying in Indian Rupees, you may be required to show an encashment certificate.
When is the Centre open?
The Centre operates from early April until the end of October. We move to the Arambol Centre in North Goa for the Winter Season, from the beginning of November until the end of March.
Is there accommodation available?
There are 2 to 3 rooms available at the Centre, let out on a weekly basis. Kitchen facilities are available for residents. There are plenty of guesthouses located near the Centre as well. The average price of a room in the vicinity is INR 150 onwards, depending on the facilities provided.
Is food available at the Centre?
At present, no facility for food is available. To reduce the amount of plastic bottles in the area, which are extremely harmful to the local environment, we provide safe filtered drinking water free to all Yoga students at the Dharamsala Centre.
What are the weather conditions?
During March and the beginning of April, it can be quite cold so warm winter clothing and footwear are essential. Although guest houses usually provide extra blankets, a sleeping bag is useful. In May and June, the nights are often cold and the days are usually hot. A waterproof jacket and umbrella are also necessary during this time. You can purchase Western-, Tibetan- and Indian-style clothing and footwear for all weather conditions at reasonable rates in the surrounding local markets.