Of echoing chants and spinning prayer wheels.

0 Posted by - April 14, 2014 - Culture, Environment


Himachal Pradesh

The end point for many seeking spiritual salvation, Dharamshala is a relaxed, shimmering mat of hills and meadows. Snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. This quaint hill station is home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political head of the Tibetan Buddhists. Once a British hill station, Dharamsala received an influx of Tibetan refugees after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959.

Today, under the laid-back vibe that permeates the town, is the heart-warming effort of a community trying hard to hang on to its roots. Wooded with oak and conifer trees, Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails as well as rock climbing routes. It is easy to stumble upon forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron, streams and rivers winding along high cliffs, and the occasional waterfall, lake and glacier.

Nickname: Dshala

Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari

The authentic Tibetan food includes exotic Sherpa Boat – ‘Gyakok’, Tibetan Tingmo or simple ‘Thukpa’ and steamed Momos. This can be tried with local Kangra Chai, Butter Tea in open cafes and Himalayan tea shops.

Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Dharamshala has an average literacy rate of 77%

Bhagsu waterfall, Bhagsunag Temple, Naam Art Gallery, Masrur, Kangra Museum, Kunal Pathri Temple, Cricket stadium, Norbulingka Institute

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