Located 3km ahead of the Dharamshala town is the settlement of Mcleodganj, or Upper Dharamsala, which is the home of the 14th Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj has a strong Tibetan presence with monasteries, meditation centres and a big library of Tibetan history. This is owing to the Tibetan refugees who have made this place home after fleeing the oppression of China in their homeland. There is a lot to explore at this destination, which is popular both with Indian and foreign tourists, who wish to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, yoga, and meditation, visit the Namgyal Monastery, say a prayer at the St John in the Wilderness, take a dip in the gushing Bhagsu Falls, trek up to Triund or just enjoy the surrounding pine forest from its many fabulous rooftop cafes and restaurants. Some resorts provide opportunities for paragliding, flying fox, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling and even night camping. Treks through the magical hills and forests are always invaluable, the most cherished one being, the trek to the snowy peaks of Triund. Because of the vast Tibetan population here, there are several charming kitchen cafes serving the most lip smacking Tibetan dishes, that too at very affordable prices (below Rs 500 for two). Dishes such as thenthuk, thukpa, chocolate and meat medallions are a huge hit with most travellers that have visited and sought refuge in this city's mystical spread. But there's also an influence of Israeli and Italian cuisines on the food here and no matter where you go, you're sure to find something to suit your palate.