About Dharamshala

Meaning of Dharamshala

The term Dharamshala has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Dharma’ i.e. highest human duty and ‘Shala’ i.e. Dwelling, meaning house or place of Dharma or ‘Rest house for pilgrims’ or ‘Spiritual Dwelling’

  • The seat of His Holiness Dalai Lama

    This beautiful city truly lives up to its name as it has been a sanctuary for Tibetans since 1959 when His Holiness Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet along with thousand others.

    Dharamshala welcomed these foreign nationals with open arms and not just offered a place of safety and security but also encouraged them to preserve their history and culture by building Monasteries such as the Namgyal Monastery in McLeodganj and Norbulingka in Dharamshala.

  • Smart City

    Dharamshala is also one of the hundred earmarked cities by the Government of India to be developed as a “Smart City” is rich with a fascinating history.

    After all “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots”.

  • History

    Before the British Raj, Dharamshala and its surrounding area were ruled by the Katoch Dynasty of Kangra. In 1848, the area now known as Dharamshala was annexed by the British.

    Initially, it was harbored as a cantonment for the troops stationed in Kangra; later in 1860, the Gorkha Light Infantry was stationed in the wild and picturesque scenery.

    Gorkha’s who are also known as “The Bravest of the Brave” and the battalion today known as 1st Gorkha Rifles, has grown fourteen Platoon villages and exists till this day.

  • Geography

    Dharamshala situated in the Kangra Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas,

    the Dhauladhar Ranges is the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh.

    Surrounded by dense prolific coniferous forests, consisting mainly of deodar cedar trees, that house a plethora of local and migratory birds.

    Kangra Fort

    Historic Monuments have an eerie air about them, it almost seems like the energies that existed in the past are still palpable. Built by the Royal Rajput Family of the “Katoch Dynasty”, the magnanimous Kangra Fort is one of those fortified buildings which stands tall and is enriched with historic memories.

    Bhagsu Nag Fall

    Nature at its best waterfall near the Bhagsu Nag temple

    Cricket Stadium

    The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association [HPCA] Stadium in Dharamsala, with a capacity of 23,000, is as picturesque as the Adelaide Oval and Newlands, if not more

    Pong Dam

    For those who would love to take a boat ride and get some fishing done

    Indru Nag - Paragliding

    For those who like to take a flight and get a bird’s eye view of the Dharamshala Valley

    Masrur Stone Cut Temple

    For those who marvel at stone-cut art and heritage. This site also has a Shiva temple. Legend says that Pandavas from Mahabharata times, while in exile, built this when moving from one place to another

    Secret Places

    only locals know about


    Thathri Village


    Thatharna Trek


    Juhal Village


    Bangotu Village


    Manna Trek