This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district.
An earthquake once wrecked Dharamshala in 1905. Since 1960, it became temporary headquarters of the Dalai Lama and has risen to international repute as "The little Lhasa in India".
Dharamshala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamshala is evocative of the imperial days in places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Kangra district. It became the capital in 1852 and is 125 years old.
Dharamshala offers many beautiful places to explore around i.e. War Memorial, Mcleodganj, Bhagsunag Fall, St. John's Church in the wilderness, Norbulingka Institute, Dharamkot, Triund and Naddi. All these places greets the tourists with refreshing winds and offer a memorable experience. There is a wildlife sanctuary named Pong Lake Sanctuary and a mini zoo named Gopalpur Zoo near dharamshala.
You can shop at the Kotwali Bazar for paintings, sculptures, pottery, coins, jewellery, Shamianas, manuscripts and other traditional artefacts. Held every Sunday, the McLeodganj flea market is a colorful and fascinating collection of Tibetan flavours. Here, you will find local Tibetan food, wine, curios, garments, duvet covers, fur hats, singing bowls and lots more.