What to bring

• A photocopy of your passport, Indian visa and one passport picture. Please have these with you when you arrive in Thosamling. (You may wish to bring several passport photos, as many places in India require them for purchases such as SIM cards.)

• Warm clothing that can be worn in layers

• A shawl/blanket (Shawls are cheap and available in McLeod-Ganj.)

• A mosquito net and/or mosquito repellent during monsoon season July – September.

• For your own convenience bring an electric kettle with you to make hot water for tea or coffee in your room. (You can also buy them in Dharamsala).

• Please dress respectfully. We are a nunnery, and our staff are Indian men who are not used to women wearing open-shouldered tops, or singlets. If you wear them please cover with a blouse.

• An umbrella or rainwear is advisable during the monsoon months

• A torch (flashlight) and extra batteries are useful during power cuts

• It is handy to have your own water bottle. Filtered water is available in our dining hall and out of concern for the environment, we strongly discourage our residents from buying water in plastic bottles.

• Earplugs can be useful. Normally it is very quiet in Thosamling but occasionally during wedding season it can be noisy for an evening or two.

•Your own bath towel and toiletries
Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants sanitary pads and tampons are available in India, but they are usually of inferior quality to Western standards, so you may want to bring these items with you.


Thosamling Nunnery, Institute and Retreat Center.