Dharamshala: Welcome to Kangra Valley
Dharamsala is situated in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It commands majestic views of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges above, and the Kangra Valley below. Dhauladhar means "white ridge" and this breathtaking, snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra Valley to a height of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra Valley is a wide, fertile plain, crisscrossed by low hills.
Dharamshala has recently a spectacular International Cricket stadium build and is proud for hosting various matches including 2 IPL matches.
Mcleodganj: Dalai Lama's Residence and Monastery
Dharamshala is often called the Little Lhasa in India. The residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama is located at McLeodganj, about 12 km from the resort. The Tibetan Government in exile has been head quartered here for over three decades. The impressive monastery at McLeodganj has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloktwshwara.
A large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the area. Tibetian handicrafts and garments are available on sale every Sunday. The Tibetian Institute of Performing Arts is just a km away and organises a ten day festival from the second Saturday of April.