DESTINATION
HISTORY OF DHARAMSHALA

Dharamsala was founded in the year 1855 and the British used it as a summer retreat simply to escape the scorching heat of the summers. The annexation of Tibet in the year 1959 forced the 14th Dalai Lama and his government to leave their land. In those turbulent days, no other country was prepared to take the risk of providing shelter to them as it would entail the wrath of the then emerging Republic of China. At that time India came to their rescue and provided shelter to them and since 1960 they have been the permanent settlers at this place. Hence, there is also something religious and spiritual about Dharamsala apart from its lush green hills and scenic locale.

Dharamsala is a wonderful hilly retreat in the Dhauladhar range in India. This town of Himachal Pradesh commonds spectacular views of the Dhauladhar range and is also the home to His Highness Dalai Lama and many Tibetan settlers. It is also a major crowd puller in the northern region and thus is frequented by a large number of tourists each and every year.

Before you embark on a tour to Dharamsala, just make sure that you known enough about Dharamsala as prior information would definitely be of great use to the travelers. Your vacations in Dharamsala would definitely be the rewarding ones. A trip to Dharamsala would cover several points of tourist interest such as the Jwalamukhi Temple and Mc Leod Ganj.

Sightseeing at Dharamshala
St. John Church
St. John Church is located at the distance of 8 km from Dharamshala and is on the way to McLeod Ganj. The Church was built in 1852 and adorned in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. The church is constructed under the shade of the deodar branches, a memorial of British Viceroy, Lord Elgin has been made here, and who died at Dharamshala in 1863.
Kangra Art Museum
Not to miss is the Kangra Art Museum that contains the rich collection of art and craft that dates back to the 5th century. The major highlight of the museum is the Kangra Gallery famous for the miniature paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, poetry and anthropological items.
War Memorial
Tucked amidst the pine grooves is the War Memorial, built at the entry point of the Dharamshala to pay respect to all the soldiers, who died fighting for the independence war of Himachal Pradesh.
Kotwali Bazaar
Another sightseeing destination here is the Kotwali Bazaar. 'Shamianas' and dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jails, lintels and pandals are also on display. Coins, jewelery and manuscripts are worth seeing. Than there is a section that houses the work of contemporary artists, sculptors and photographers. There is also a library just blow it.

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