Dharamsala or Dharamshala, The Central Tibetan Administration Headquarters and Hill station town, is in Himachal Pradesh, India. Dharamshala is at a distance of 18 kilometers from Kangra, the district head quarters.
McLeodGanj town, Central Tibetan Administration Headquarters and Hill station in Dharamsala – Image Courtesy : Wikimedia
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, established Dharamshala as his residence and the headquarters of the ‘Central Tibetan Administration’, the Tibetan government in Exile, after his exile from Tibet, following the 1959 Tibetan uprising. The headquarters was initially at Mussoorie and was shifted to Dharamsala in 1960. The 14th Dalai Lama and thousands and thousands of his Tibetan Buddhist followers in exile were allowed to establish their base in Dharamsala by India. To teach their children about teachings of Buddha and to impart them with their Language, culture, religion, history, etc, his holiness the Dalai Lama established schools in the region. HH Dalai Lama (HH denotes His Holiness) also helped those in exile in agricultural settlement.
Central Tibetan Administration in McLeodGanj, Dharamsala is also known as “Little Lhasa” (Lhasa is the administrative capital of Tibet). Other than the schools on Buddhist teachings, they also undertake development projects for the welfare of Tibetan’s health, cultural and economic development. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts was established in the year 1959 and Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies was established as the primary university for Tibetan higher education in India. Many of the monasteries and nunneries were re-founded by the Dalai Lama.
In May 2011, Dalai lama his holiness has retired from political responsibilities. These responsibilities were transferred to the Central Tibetan Administration.
Dharamsala is beautiful hill station at an average height of 4780 feet above sea level.
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Dharamsala-Kangra Airport at Gaggal (IOTA code is DHM) serves as the link between Dharamsala and the rest of the world for air travelers The airport is also called Gaggal Airport.
The nearest rail head on the broad gauge railway network of Indian railways is Pathankot, even though the nearest rail head is ‘Chamunda Marg’ on a narrow gauge railway line in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh state.