Dharamsala , Himachal Pradesh


Himachal is in the western Himalayas.Dharansala is a city in Kangra district in HumachalPradesh. The Dalai Lama's residence is  in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 18 kilometres from Kangra.Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is one day trek at the upper reaches of McLeodGanj, about 9 km from McLeodGanj.

The city is divided into two distinct sections. Kotwali Bazaar and the surrounding markets are referred to as "Lower Dharamshala" or just "Dharamshala." Further up the mountain is McleodGanj  separated in between by the village of Ganchen Kyishong, the home of the Tibetan government-in-exile. A steep, narrow road connects McLeodGanj from Dharamshala and is only accessible to taxis and small cars, while a longer road winds around the valley for use by buses and trucks. McLeodGanj is surrounded by pine, Himalayan Ook..

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Dalai Lama Temple

In common Hindi usage, the word dharamshala refers to a shelter or rest house for spiritual pilgrims.The Indian Government offered Dalai Lama refuge in Dharamshala, where he set up the Government of Tibet in exile in 1960, while McLeod Ganj became his official residence and also home to several Buddhist monasteries and thousands of Tibetan refugees.

Triund Trekking Point

Triund is a ridge that overlooks the Dhauladhars. The ridge elevation is between 2,810 and 2,875 metres. It is a one-day trek 10 kilometres (one way) from McLeod Ganj bus stand and under 6 kilometres (one way) from Galu temple near Dharamkot. The trail is rocky and cut in steps at some places.

Dal Lake

A small lake located around three km from McLeodGanj. There is a small spring and an old temple near the lake.

War Memorial Dharamshala

The 21st Gurkha Regiment from Dharamshala performed heroic feats during World War I and the North West Frontier Province campaigns. The Gurkha cantonment then reached its zenith during World War II, when battalions from Dharamshala made history.

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