The charming town of Dharamshala, located in the backdrop of snowcapped mountains of Dhauladhar mountain range is the jewel of Kangra Valley. Dharamshala offers a pack of adventure activities ranging from rock climbing to rappelling and trekking in the Dhauladhar ranges. The paragliding haven of Bir and Billing is also not too far away from Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is a hill station which was established by the British between 1815 and 1847 which is now the district headquarters of Kangra district. The city of Dharamshala is divided into two different parts. Lower Dharamshala consists of the Kotwali Bazaar and areas further down the valley. Upper Dharamshala comprises of McLeodganj and Forsytheganj.
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium is the home ground to the Himachal Pradesh state cricket team. By virtue of its natural backdrop, it is one of the most attractive cricket stadiums in India.
The Tibetan settlement in Dharamshala began in 1959, when His Holiness Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet and the Prime Minister of India allowed him and his followers to settle in McLeodGanj in Upper Dharmshala. Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in the area, and most of them live in and around McLeodGanj where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. McLeodGanj is sometimes known as 'Little Lhasa", after the Tibetan capital city or 'Dhasa' - a compound of 'Dharamshala' and 'Lhasa'!
Trekking in Dharamshala
Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails that especially lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district. Mcleodganj To Chamba over Indrahara pass is one of the popular trekking trails here.