Dharamshala and the surrounding regions were a part of the Katoch Dynasty of Kangra for nearly two millennia. With the coming of the British Rule in India, Dharamshala became a part of the province of Punjab. The city as we see it today first came into being with the settlement of the 1st Gurkha Rifles near the site of a Hindu sanctuary on the slopes of Dhauladhar Hills. The name ‘Dharamshala’ was first used from this time onwards, due to the presence of the sanctuary. But the Gurkhas referred to this region as Bhagsu since they worshipped at the ancient Shiva temple of Bhagsunag. The town was also a popular summer vacation spot for the British. Then came the devastating earthquake of 1905. Much of the cantonment along with the Bhagsunag Temple was demolished by the quake. The Gurkhas later rebuilt the town and the temple, which came to be known as 1st Gurkha Rifles’ Heritage. But from this time, the popularity of Dharamshala decreased until the coming of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan refugees in 1959. Today, this town is an amicable mixture of Indians and Tibetans, with both contributing to the legacy of Dharamshala.
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