Outer Himalayas (Winter Camp)

Travelling through the western Himalayas provides a rare opportunity to practice medicine in remote settings and experience the culture and lifestyles of the native population. Clinics start at sites located around Bir, 35 miles southeast of Dharamsala. A 7-day clinical period is scheduled in villages and in a Tibetan settlement near a small town called Bir. Known for world class paragliding and home to thousands of Tibetan refugees, Bir and the entire valley is filled with monasteries and monastic institutions. Bir has an air of peace and tranquility providing the visitor with relief from the rigors of busy city life, making it an ideal meditation retreat. After completion of our clinics at Bir, a drive north takes us to Kullu, known as the ‘Valley of the Gods,’ for clinics at a village, monastic school and a Buddhist nunnery. A day trip is scheduled for Manali, a popular destination for trekkers, campers, skiers and adventurers. The last leg of our journey brings us south to Bilaspur and back to New Delhi.

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