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Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Dalai Lama in India Dharamsala  India

Dalai Lama in India

Photographing the Dalai Lama in India was a dream come true. I'd been teaching photography in Dharamsala for 3 months and lived right down the street from him. But that didn't mean I got to see him very much. It's very difficult to get near the Dalai Lama where he lives as he is not entirely safe in India and the security around him is tight with China breathing down his neck. But miraculously all the stars were aligned, the doors opened and I met his official photographer who gave me the gift of a press pass after he saw my work. I got to sit right in front of the Dalai Lama while he was teaching at a nunnery for Western nuns in Dharamsala, an unpublished event with only 50 people. This moment will flash before my eyes when I die, and you can see it too on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/zestyzippy if you are interested I have just released my latest book on Amazon for Kindle, Kitten Heels in Kathmandu, Adventures of a Female Vagabond about my last 6 years of travel around the world twice across 27 countries on 4 continents.