is the district hqr. of Kangra district. This is a hill station
lying on the
spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18kms. north east of Kangra town.
Hill station is wooded with oak and conifer
trees and snow
capped 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 levelled 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 hqrs.
of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international
fame as "The Little Lhasa in India".
Punjabi, English and Pahari are understood & spoken by the
people engaged in tourism trade
Bazar, a general shopping area, and McLeod Ganj for Tibetan
1250 m to 1550 m (Dharamshala)
38 C in June: Min. 0 C in Jan.
between 290 cms. To 380 cms.
rainfall in the country
to June : September to December
Summer: Light Woollen and tropical
PLACES TO SEE
IN AND AROUND DHARAMSHALA
GANJ: A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique
and curio shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have
lent importance to McLeod Ganj. The Budha temple is situated opposite
to the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and is worth
a visit. The Tibetan Institute of performing Arts(TIPA) is 1km.
walk from McLeod Ganj and preserves a number of musical dance and
theatrical traditions of Tibet. It holds an annual 10-day folk opera
commencing on the second Saturday of April. There is also a Tibetan
handicraft centre situated at McLeod Ganj and a Sunday market is
organized at about 10 minutes walk from here.
FALLS: At a distance of 11kms. from Lower Dharamshala,
Bhagsunag can be approached by road, here an old temple, a fresh
water spring and restaurant are located. Further about 2kms. is
beautiful Bhagsunag water falls which sooths one's eyes.
CHURCH: The church of St. John's in the wilderness lies
on a motorable road between McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj 8kms.
from Lower Dharamshala. It has a monument of Lord Elgin, one of
the Viceroys of India, who died in Dharamshala and was buried here
LAKE: The lake lies amidst hills and stately fir trees
11kms. from Lower Dharamshala connected by motorable road. It is
the starting point of excursions and trekking and is located next
to the Tibetan Children's village.
Situated on the crest of hill 11kms. from Dharamshala. This picnic
spot affords a panoramic view of the Kangra valley, Pong Dam lake
and Dhauladhar ranges.