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Dharamshala is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, famed for its large Tibetan community centred on the activities of the Dalai Lama.
Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately deodar cedar trees. The ubbrbs include McLeodGanj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot, Naddi, FortyGanj, Kotwali bazaar, ‘main market’, Kaccheri Adda (govt offices), Dari, ramnagar, Sidhpur and Sidhbhari. On 29 April 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama established the Tibetan exile administration in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration was moved to Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th dalai Lama. Hi presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Triund is one of day trek at the upper reaches of Mcleodganj, about 9 km from Mcleodganj.