Moonpeak is an online and print magazine published in McLeodganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India. It features articles and interviews about travel, photography and books, with a focus on South Asia and Tibet. The magazine is based at Moonpeak cafe, restaurant and gallery on Temple Road, McLeodganj.
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Remembering Angus

I remember first meeting Angus when he sauntered into my office at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi back in 1990. There was none of the formidable security that guards the building today. But I doubt that the formalities that go into making appointments with diplomats would have deterred him. For me Angus was … Continue reading

Travel on Angus

Angus McDonald (1962-2013) With great sadness we announce the passing away of the co-founder of moonpeak, Angus McDonald. He died of a heart attack while traveling in Burma. Angus had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed in March 2012, days before his fiftieth birthday. Writer, photographer, traveler, teacher and entrepreneur, Angus filled all … Continue reading

Heading for Burma

For the whole of February, Moonpeak is heading to Burma, or Myanmar as it is alternatively known, where we’ll be putting up regular posts about the places we go and the things we do. It’s a hugely exciting time to be going, as this outstandingly beautiful country opens up to the world after more than … Continue reading

Moonpeak Magazine No. 5


Deranged Marriage

Anyone familiar with India will know how it treats its women. Where else might you find political parties fielding candidates who have been charged with rape – 27 of them in the last state elections? At a time when Indians of both sexes protest at the brutal and ultimately fatal rape just before Christmas of … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Kirti Monastery

These images are from a photo essay that I did on the monks of the Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala for the Associated Press. A large number of Tibetans in Tibet who have immolated themselves since 2009 protesting Chinese rule were monks from the parent Kirti Monastery in Tibet.  The past year has seen an escalation in … Continue reading

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The professionals

Tenzin Dorjee was one of the first Tibetan exiles to train in photography, at Rochester Institute of Technology in the US.  Now based in Canada where he shoots for a Toronto city magazine, he recently visited India to work on a series of portraits of Tibetans in different occupations. He spoke to Moonpeak about the … Continue reading