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.