Dharamsala is famous as the place where the Dalai Lama took up residence in exile after fleeing from Tibet in fear of his life. There was still refugees that make their way into India every year and find themselves in Dharamsala and so the place has a distinct feel compared to other places in India I visited. Yoga courses, meditation courses, spirituality courses and much more abound but for me it was nice to be out of the city and learn something about Tibet. After that I made some bad decisions on arriving in Agra, deciding to visit the Taj Mahal in the morning to beat the queues and have less people. I did beat the queues and there were less people but I also didn’t see the Taj Mahal. Crushed. Reminds me that it’s not enough to see places and tick them off the list but that the experience counts for much more and a lot of that depends on weather, the people you’re with and the choices you make. Those factors all combined (through my fault mostly) in the worst possible way. Anyway I got over it (eventually) and then continued to Jaipur.
Next up: The surprisingly peaceful lakes of Udaipur