perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra
Valley . The town is divided into two distinct and widely
separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala, which
differ almost a thousand meters in height.
Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan
government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai
Lama. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town,
still it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British
Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by
dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline
with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes
the surroundings very attractive.
Dharamsala is a busy bazaar town and has established
itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore
the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the
entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is
mixed with the simple life style.
The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture
of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra
museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region
and on the other hand there are institutes that have been
established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and
The Residence of Dalai Lama: The Dalai Lama
settled in Macleod Ganj in 1960 and his residence on the
south edge of town has become his permanent home in exile.
His own quarters are the modest, and government offices
take up most of the walled compound overhanging the
Tsuglagkhang: In front of the private enclosure
of the residence of Dalai Lama, Dharamsala's main Buddhiat
temple, Tsuglagkhang, shelters images od Shayamuni,
Padmasambhava and Avaloktesvara, all sitting in meditation
postures and are surrounded by offerings from devotees.
Dal Lake: Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is
the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11-kms
away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by
road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot.
St. John's Church: One of the most poignant
memories of the British Raj is the church of St. John,
situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed stone
church is located just 8-km from Dharamsala on the way to
McLeod Ganj. Under the shade of Doedar branches, a
memorial has been made over the body of the British
Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
Tatwani & Machhrial: There are hot springs situated at
Tatwani, 25-km from Dharamsala but on the way, at
Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big as the one near the