Dharamshala


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Dharamshala (earlier Bhagsu) is a city in Himachal Pradesh state. The name roughly translates to ‘spiritual dwelling’ or, ‘sanctuary’.

Historical Background

It was originally governed by the Katoch Dynasty of Kangra and was captured by the British in 1848. In 1905, a massive earthquake hit the region and destroyed most of the city; it was rebuilt by the Gurkhas. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to Dharamshala from Tibet, and it became a centre for exiled Tibetans.

Dharamshala: a Hill Station with Natural Beauty and an Outdoor Adventure, Honeymoon and Spiritual Destination

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Dharamshala offers its visitors breath-taking vistas and the bracing mountain air. Tourists come here to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful hill station. It is dotted with lakes and woods of pine, deodar and oak, and is home to several species of flora and fauna.

There are several trekking trails and camping opportunities, and skiing in the winter that appeal to the adventure tourists.

Dharamshala’s Culture

The original inhabitants are the nomadic Gaddis. Pahari, Punjabi and Hindi are spoken here. Most of the people are employed in Government service and some are engaged in business. Rice is the staple food, accompanied by pulses. The citizens are a peaceful and friendly people.

Current Scenario

Thousands of Tibetan exiles live in Upper Dharamshala and the many Buddhist temples and monasteries there attract hundreds of visitors and tourism brings in high revenue.

Recently, the introduction of the Dharamshala International Film Festival, and the Cricket Stadium which hosted a couple of the IPL matches, has brought Dharamshala into the limelight.

Climate and Best Time to Visit

Dharamshala is the second rainiest place in India. Best season to visit this place is: January- June; September-December.

  • Bhagsunag
  • Chinmaya Tapovana
  • Bhagsunag falls
  • Namgyaima Stupa
  • McLeod Ganj
  • The Norbulingka Institute
  • Dal Lake
  • Dharamkot
  • Kunal Pathri
  • Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute
  • St. John’s Church
  • War Memorial