Dharamshala is a hill station located in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh.
Before independence of India, Dharamshala was already a famous holiday destination for the British people.
In 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India to escape the chinese invasion of Tibet. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India allowed him to settle near Dharamshala, in McLeod Ganj. Many tibetan immigrants joined the Dalai Lama who established the "Tibetan Government In Exile" in the year 1960.
Today several thousands Tibetan exiles live in McLeod Ganj. Monasteries, libraries and museum have been erected in order to preserve the rich tibetan culture and Buddhism traditions. Hence it has become an important tourist destination.
Dharamshala is divided into two parts, the lower city: which is the urban area with government offices, schools and markets. The upper city, McLeod Ganj which has most of the tourism facilities and places of interest.
A short, McLeod Ganj id the perfect destination to immerse yourself in the Tibetan culture. Surrounded by a dense forest of Himalayan Cedar (Deodar), and with the Dhauladhar range in the backdrop, McLeod Ganj do not lack charm ! You will be delighted by its very special atmosphere. Check the Dalai Lama website to attend one of his public event.