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Headquarters of his holiness Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is a blissful hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Blessed with enchanting beauty and snow capped mountain ranges, Dharamshala is town famous for its Buddhist monasteries and presence of Tibetan culture at par
The town is a home to many exiled Tibetans who live in McLeodganj and other parts of the town and earn their living by indulging in business and religious activities. Dharamshala is contemporary version of old world and give an insight of Tibetan culture. The place is blessed with many water sources as glaciers of Dhauladhar mountain ranges melts in summer and increase the water level of small rivers flowing across the town.
Town is truly blessed and spiritually enlightening.
Mcleodganj: It is a suburb of Dharamshala up on the hills and famous for Buddhist Monastery where his holiness Dalal Lama lives currently. A huge number of Tibetans live therr while earning their livelihood more business and local markets
Bhagsunag Temple: Bhagsunag Temple is a sacred place for all Hindus and is believed to be an ancient temple where Lord Shiva had prevailed himself.
Bhagsu Waterfall: The name of the waterfall has been derived from that of the vanquished King Bhagsu. Fall is an enchanting waterfall, located about 11 km from Dharamshala.
HPCA Stadium: The only cricket stadium in Himachal where one day and IPL are played every year. It is picturesque stadium covered from pine and deodars from all around. Watching cricket in such a stadium is mesmerizing.
Namgyal Monastery: Namgyal Monastery is major attraction in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala and is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama, where he resides. Its massive and enchanting.
Gyuto Monastery: Gyuto Monastery holds an utmost importance for Tibetans living in Dharamshala. It co-exists remarkably with many ae-old Hindu temples and churches in Dharamshala
Dal Lake: Dharamshala’s Dal Lake is a medium altitude beautiful lake surrounded by Deodar tress and filled with greenish water.
Kangra Fort: The ancient Kangra Fort is known to have resisted many annexations. It is historically evident largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India.
Masrur Rock Temple: Masrur Rock temple is famous for remarkable group of rock cut temples. They form a group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style and are richly carved. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India.
Triund Hills: Popular for its trek, Triund is the crown jewel of dharamshala. Situated in the laps of Dhauladhar Mountains, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other.
Dharamshal was under the rule of Katoch dynasty of Kangra, during the BritishRule. Under the British Raj, the region was a part of Punjab and was ruled by the governors of Punjab from Lahore. The indigenous people of the Dharamshala area (and the surrounding region) are the Gaddis who traditionally lived a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle.
In 1848, Dharamshala was seized by the British and formed a subsidiary cantonment for the troops stationed at Kāngra, and was first occupied as a station in 1849.
In 1905, the Kangra Valley suffered a major earthquake. On 4 April of that year, the earth shook, demolishing much of the cantonment and the neighbouring city of Kangra including Dharamshala killing 20,000 people.
The Gurkhas rebuilt the town. The British had planned to make Dharamshala the summer capital of India, but moved to Shimla after the disaster. Besides, many stories of impendence had its birth in Dharamshal including formation of Indian National Army which had been founded by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Latest: On 19 January 2017, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh state and was chosen amongst 100 cities of India to become a smart city.
Dharamshala is situated at an average elevation of 1457 meters covering 8.51 kms. Located in the Valley of Kangra, Dharamshala nestles under the shodow of Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas. The city is divided into two distinct sections. Kotwali Bazaar and the surrounding markets are referred to as "Lower Dharamshala" or just "Dharamshala." Further up the mountain is McLeodGanj. A sharp, narrow road connects McLeodGanj from Dharamshala and is only accessible to taxis and small cars, while a longer road winds around the valley for use by buses and trucks. McLeodGanj is surrounded by pine, Himalayan oak, and rhododendron.
The main crops grown in the valleys below are rice, wheat and tea.
Dharamshala enjoys humid sub-tropical climate. Summer starts in April and can reach upto 36 °C in June. Dharamshala receives around 3,000 mm (120 inches) of rainfall, making one of the wettest places of the State. Autumn is mild and lasts from October to the end of November. Winter starts in December and continues until late February. Snow and sleet are common during the winter in upper Dharamshala (including McLeodganj, Bhagsu Nag and Naddi).