Dharamshala is the winter capital of the Indian province of Himachal Pradesh and a municipal corporation in Kangra district. It serves as the district headquarters. It called Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. it is 18 kilometers from Kangra. It is referred to as ‘‘The Scotland of India’.
It has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission.
On 19 January 2017, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala as the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh state Himachal Pradesh second state of India having two capitals after Jammu & Kashmir.
It is a city in the upper reach of the Kangra Valley and is surround by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees. The suburbs include McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot, Naddi, ForsythGanj, Kotwali Bazaar (the main market), Kaccheri Adda (government offices the court, police, post, .), Dari, Ramnagar, Sidhpur, and Sidhbari.
Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in the area, and most live in and around McLeodGanj in Upper Dharamshala. Where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. It has become an important tourist destination with many hotels and restaurants, leading to growth in tourism and commerce.
Here are some top attractions in Dharamshala.
Masroor Rock Cut Temple
Church of St. John