Tourism in Dharamshala is growing spontaneously because of the region's natural brilliance and the presence of the Dalai Lama, who resides in McLeodGanj, a village located in the upper reaches of the hill station. What's most alluring is that Dharamshala is one of the many hill stations that were established during the colonial period. Since then, the city has appealed to several tourists from around the world who love to call the place the “Scotland of India”.
The whole town is divided into two parts- the upper Dharamshala, which is home to Mc Leodgang village and the lower Dharamshala that is home to the many government buildings. Foreign tourists outnumber the number of Indian travellers every year who love to visit the place because of its prevailing Tibetan culture. Buddhist devotees throng the little village of Mc Leodgang where the Dalai Lama resides. This is why they call the village “The Little Lhasa of India”.
Being the centre of the Tibetan exile across the world, Dharamshala became a significant destination in the world map following the Tibetan uprising in 1959. Since then, the region has witnessed a huge influx of Tibetan refugees who have now become the major population of the hill station. Lots of students travel to Dharamshala every year to study Tibetan culture, heritage and Buddhism.
Dharamshala tourism is a copious business industry today and its success is mostly attributed to its natural and cultural phenomena. While tourists have many things to see and enjoy during their stay, they should not miss their chances of trekking the rugged terrains. En route, you have scopes to get very close to nature as the trekking trails take you through forests of deodar, oak, pine, rhododendron and also through several rivers and streams, occasional glaciers and waterfall.
The imposing and beautifully embroidered snow-capped mountains surrounding the region set the region apart from the others.