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Dharamshala ,India

Dharamshala City Overview

Dharamshala is a city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradsesh and is the winter seat of the government of the state and the district headquarters of the Kangra district. McLeod Ganj, a village within the Dharamsala municipality is the current home to the Dalai Lama and the current Tibetan government in exile.

Dharamsala is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley and is surrounded by dense forests. The suburbs of the town are some popular tourist destinations, namely McLeod Ganj, Forsyth Ganj, Naddi, Kotwali Bazaar and many more. The tiny village of McLeod Ganj is world renowned for the presence of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso. Dharamsala is now the seat of the Tibetan exile world in India. On April 29th 1959 the 14th Dalai Lama established the Tibetan exile administration in Mussoorie in Uttrakhand, later in May 1960 The Central Tibetan Administration was moved to Dharamsala.

After the Tibetan uprising in 1959 there was a huge inflow of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th Dalai Lama into India. The presence of the Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan population has put Dharamsala on the world map and it is visited by both foreign and international tourists, including students doing research on Tibet.

Being a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer time, there are many popular tourist destinations in Dharamsala, the most well know being Triund Hill. Known as the "Jewel of Dharamsala", the hill is located 9 kms from McLeod Ganj and is located in its upper reaches. Apart from Triund Hill there are many other places that are worth visiting in Dharamsala.