Chonor House, Dharamsala & McLeod Ganj, India
A small friendly hotel of only 11 rooms, Chonor House has a wonderfully distinct Tibetan influence with the decor in each bedroom depicting one aspect of Tibetan life in bold murals. There is a library, comfortable lounge and restaurant serving huge portions of delicious Tibetan, Indian and continental food, a pleasant courtyard beneath pine trees and a small shop and internet cafe. The property is run by Tibetans and all money goes to the Norbulinka Institute which funds projects for Tibetan refugees. It is opposite the Dalai Lama's residence and monastery so you will hear the chanting.