Communist China invaded Tibet in 1949 to liberate the Tibetan people of their land and their culture. In 1959, Dalai Lama and many followers walked across the Himalaya mountains to northern India to seek sanctuary. They were granted asylum and perhaps as many as a quarter million Tibetans now live in northwest India in the Dharamsala region. It is from the village McLeod Ganj outside Dharamsala that Dalai Lama and his exile government operates.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere in McLeod Ganj and the surrounding mountains. Tibetan food, music and handicraft along windling streets. Tibetan monks and nuns chatting quietly while walking to the gompa. Old Tibetan women turning the prayer wheels in the Tsuglagkhang Complex. We would love to come back and spend more time in northeastern India.