Dalai Lama Temple
The town of McLeod Ganj in Upper Dharamsala is known worldwide as as Little Lhasa of Tibet as His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here. The main temple is where His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings several times a year. His Holiness’ residence is located near the main temple and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile is located just below McLeod Ganj. The Tibetans settled in Dharamshala in 1960, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to flee Tibet in 1959 and the Prime Minister of India allowed Him and some of His followers to settle in McLeod Ganj, a colonial British summer picnic spot. The Dalai Lama Temple is the most sacred monument in McLeod Ganj and houses larger than life statues of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokitewshwara. The temple also houses one of the largest collections of sacred Tibetan texts. You can meditate or take a serene morning or evening walk around the temple.