Dharamshala is a city in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradsesh and is the winter seat of the government of the state and the district headquarters of the Kangra district. McLeod Ganj, a village within the Dharamsala municipality is the current home to the Dalai Lama and the current Tibetan government in exile. Dharamsala is located in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley and is surrounded by dense forests. The suburbs of the town are some popular tourist destinations, namely McLeod Ganj, Forsyth Ganj, Naddi, Kotwali Bazaar and many more. The tiny village of McLeod Ganj is world renowned for the presence of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso.Being a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer time, there are many popular tourist destinations in Dharamsala, the most well know being Triund Hill. Known as the "Jewel of Dharamsala", the hill is located 9 kms from McLeod Ganj and is located in its upper reaches. Apart from Triund Hill there are many other places that are worth visiting in Dharamsala.
The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are at upper Dharamsala. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala.
Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj. This is situated on the upper hilly stretch of land of Kangra Valley which is placed just against the picturesque scene of Dhauladhar ranges. Being a Tibetan hub, Dharamsala is considered to be one