The Dalai Lama established his residence in Dharamshala after he had to flee Tibet in 1959. Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India at the time, allowed him and his followers to settle in the part of town known as McLeod Ganj. The Tibetan refugees have built monasteries, temples and schools with a distinctive Tibetan architecture in this city.
Dharamshala was one of the first places I visited after I arrived in India. I went there in October 2015 with some friends. We traveled by bus from Delhi, which took approximately 12 hours to reach our destination. The trip was long and noisy, but we made it safe.
We booked a house through Airbnb, which was fine and had an an amazing view of the Himalayas. However, it was a little far from the main sites and points of interest. We had to hire two taxis to take us around town. At the moment, that seemed the easy thing to do. However, if I could do it again, I would stay in a different place and would do a lot more research about the places I wanted to see. Anyway, it was fun, and a short hike was one of the highlights of the trip. I would like to go back and do it again.