Dharamshala, also called by the name Little Lhasa, is a temporary headquarters of Dalai Lama since 1960. Located 1475 metres above the sea level, Dharamsala is situated at the upper level of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The city is a famous tourist destination of all over the world due to its sublime beauty and Dalai Lama’s presence. Apart from witnessing ample of Buddhist culture, you will also enjoy the bustling streets of local markets and surroundings filled with deodar cedar trees. Let’s start with its history.
After the Chinese Conquest of Tibet in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama named Tenzin Gyatso came to India for safety. He was given refugee in Mcleodganj during that time. Since then Dharamshala became the capital of the Central Tibet Administration and the Tibet Government in Exile. The British wanted to make Dharamshala their summer capital, but after the earthquake in 1905 in the Kangra Valley, they switched over to Shimla.
Places to enjoy in Dharamshala:
It is named after the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Sir Donald FriellMcleod. Apart from the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama, the place is known as known for its Tibetan culture, temples and intricate handiworks. The Tsung La Khang Shrine, Tibet Museum, Bhagsu Waterfalls, triund and Dharamkot. If you are a lover of natural beauty and photography, then make sure you visit this place.
- Dal Lake:
Known as the counterpart of the Lake in Jammu in Kashmir, the Dal Lake in Dharamshala is surrounded by thick deodar and juniper trees and calm scenic beauty. The mesmerising natural surroundings of the Dal lake is ideal for picnic and professional photography.
- Kotwali Bazar:
Dharamshala is also famous for local shops where you can gather some beautiful artefacts from Tibetan culture. From ethnic Tibetan jewellery such as trinkets to other cultural materials like mandala paintings, prayer flags, thangkas etc. are available in the Kotwali Bazar. Tibetan dresses, slippers, shawls are some of the distinct quality product that you will only find here.
The Tibetan cuisine is known for the usage of fresh vegetables, delicate flavours and lingering aroma. Apart from the mouth-watering steamed momos, you will find a variety of authentic Tibet cuisine in almost every corner in Dharamshala. Apart from local cuisines, you can also try various international cuisines such as Italian, Israeli and Indian cuisine in the region to diversify your taste palate.