About Dharamsala

Upper Dharamsala is a hill station in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Green forests surround the little towns with the snow-covered Dauladar Himalayan range towering above. The arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1960 had revitalized the area which virtually abandoned after a catastrophic earthquake in 1905. Since then, Upper Dharamsala has been the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

While Mcleod Ganj is the largest town,Upper Dharamsala also includes the communities of Gangchen Kyishong, Jogibara, Gamru, Heru, Bhagsu, Dharamkot and Naddi. At any given time, the area is home to 2000-3000 recently arrived refugees from Tibet as well as about 2000-3000 Tibetan monks from the Settlements. Additionally, there are tourists waiting to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, listen to his teachings, and to explore Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Consequently, the area has become a popular destination for tourists from throughout India and the world. Today there is 20,000 -25,000 population in the area.

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