If you get the chance of a lifetime to take one of the greatest spiritual tours you will ever take, visit Dharamsala. It is difficult to put into words, or even to describe the abundance of beauty that your eyes will take in and your soul will absorb.
Located in Northern India is its 18th state known as Himachal Pradesh. It is known the world over for its beauty, thus, the tourism industry is on the rise. Situated within the Himalayas, the views from hotel rooms are breathtaking. In case you are not familiar with this part of the world, you will be astounded upon arrival there.
This state of India is one where most people are from rural areas. Because of the many rivers, the economy is boosted by hydroelectric power that is sold to the cities nearby. Because of its beauty, tourists love coming here on respite and for adventure. The Dalai Lama also lives here and visiting this holy place beckons to millions of people each year to gain peace of mind. The religion is Hindu which is 95% of the population residing here. History also abounds in an area that was populated as long ago as 2250 BCE and before. As with most areas of the world, there were wars and take overs throughout the years leading up to these modern times.
Himachal Pradesh became a state of India on 25 January 1971. Dharamsala is located here. Every part of the state has priceless beauty as far as the eye can see. From the forests, meadows and mountains, to the rhododendrons and wild flowers, exotic birds and animals. Many flowers are also cultivated, such as carnations, lilies, roses and marigolds. It will be known as the world’s flower basket which is a goal of the government. The state animal is the snow leopard. You will find over a thousand birds to study and many animal species.
Because of its mountainous region, the area eluded external customs and life remained the same for centuries. It is now opening up to tourists due to advancements in technology which has brought millions to vist the beautiful mountains and purchase the handicrafts such as leather works, woodwork, paintings, carpets and shawls. Dharamshala is known for miniature paintings.
People come to McLeodGanj and Dharamshala to study Tibetan Buddhism which calls to people who want to visit the place where the 14th Dalai Lama has lived in refuge in Dharamshala since 1960. Millions make this pilgrimage to visit and study Buddhism in this peaceful place where you can see the Himalayan mountains in the background.
Although there is an abundance of history, culture and crafts that have been here for centuries, it is the Dalai Lama who brings people here to renew their spirit and soul. There are also modern hotels, airlines and trains to take you where you want to go, ensuring that you arrive back home with a renewed focus for your life.
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