Dharamshala (also spelled Dharamsala) is the winter capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. The pristine environment with dense green cover consisting of Deodar and Pine trees provides a visual treat. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. The Tibetan spiritual leader is based 3km up the hill in Upper Dharamsala, also known as McLeod Ganj, and that's where most visitors make a beeline for. It is home to the Tibetan community and epicentre of religio-tourism centred around Tibetan Buddhism.