The end point for many seeking spiritual salvation, Dharamshala is a relaxed, shimmering mat of hills and meadows. Snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. This quaint hill station is home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political head of the Tibetan Buddhists. Once a British hill station, Dharamsala received an influx of Tibetan refugees after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959.
Today, under the laid-back vibe that permeates the town, is the heart-warming effort of a community trying hard to hang on to its roots. Wooded with oak and conifer trees, Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails as well as rock climbing routes. It is easy to stumble upon forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron, streams and rivers winding along high cliffs, and the occasional waterfall, lake and glacier.
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