Dharamsala: The England players were taken aback by the pleasant weather in Dharamsala contrary to their perception before reaching here but had to miss a chance to meet The Dalai Lama today.
The England players enjoyed their break to the fullest as they travelled to McLeod Gunj in order to meet one of the most renowned spiritual leaders of the world.
They wanted a meeting with the Dalai Lama but, according to sources, His Holiness declined the offer since he has gone into a "spiritual retreat".
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen also tweeted about visiting at the residence of The Dalai Lama.
"His Holiness himself... Such an interesting morning visiting his residence!" tweeted Pietersen, attaching a photograph of him beside the Tibetan spiritual leader.
But, what has completely caught the tourists by surprise was the bright sunny weather contrary to reports in the British media about the stadium and the ground being covered by snowfall.
In fact, as the England team`s bus was climbing up the hill road, skipper Alastair Cook, sitting at the rear clad in white body hugging T-shirt, was happily clicking the pictures of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range as they were followed by the members of the British media.
While it was a case of not having a clear idea about the climatic conditions, the visiting entourage were too happy to click the pictures of the stadium with the magnificent sight of the snow-capped mountain range.
"We always knew that the match was on. Those who were spreading information that there has been a massive snowfall did not try to get the detailed information. That snowfall and the sub-zero temperature happened in McLeod Gunj which is few thousand feet above the level at which this stadium is located. The ground has never been affected and the bright sunshine is a testimony to that," an HPCA official said.
The temperature here does drop sharply in the evening but by then, the match will be as good as over.
Contrary to popular belief that the England team would perform better in cooler climate which will give them a homely feeling, it has exactly been the opposite.
Not only have they lost at Mohali, which was one of the colder venues, the visiting team also lost back-to-back practice games against India A and Delhi team in New Delhi where it was extremely cold during the first week of January.