Dharamsala, a former British Hill Station, and now home to the Dalai Lama, is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Himachel Pradesh. Dharamsala consists of two towns, the main one which bears it's name, and it's more interesting and charming satelite, McLeodganj. Most of it's inbhabitants are Tibetans, who followed the 14th Dalai Lama when he fled Tibet in 1959 following the Chinese occupation. Many of the institutions in and around the town are devoted to maintaining Tibet's deep religious and cultural heritage. Tibet's Government in Exile resides here, and occupies itself with the welfare of the many Tibetans who arrive here, often after a dangerous and harrowing journey across the the Himalayas, on foot and in dreadful conditions. Despite their many hardships, the overriding impression of the residents of McLeodganj is of a happy and deeply religious people going about their daily routines with calm dignity, and a pleasant smile not too far away. I hope my pictures convey this.