Dharamshala

Home to the His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Dharamshala is the district HQ of Kangra district. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18 kms north east of Kangra town. Hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snowcapped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to trek to snow point after an early morning’s start.

In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake leveled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. Kotwali Bazar and Upper Dharamshala compose of places with names, which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary hqr of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as “The Little Lhasa in India”.