As we’ve iterated in our previous posts, Dharamshala has always been a center of spirituality and worship along with being a fine winter destination for those from the plains. There have been links to Buddhism and the Himalayas dating back to 787 AD.
In the mid 20th century, It was the 14th Dalai Lama that found the hills of Dharamshala an ideal place to establish a center of learning and spirituality for the followers of the Buddha. The Lama then went about establishing centers all around the hills of his own accord once he and his followers took refuge in India.
Today, most of these centers are still very much active places of worship, each with their own special story and place in history. There are a good number of monasteries in Dharamshala. And we’d like to talk about some of them! Most of them may be an hour’s drive or so through the verdant pine forests of the Himachal, some are a bit further out from our resort in Dharamshala.