Dharamsala

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Dharamsala,

town (2001 est. pop. 19,200), Himachal Pradesh, N India. Located on the slopes of the Kangra valley at the edge of Dhauladhar range in the outer Himalayas. Dharamsala is noted as the residence of the Dalai LamaDalai Lama
[Tibetan,=oceanic teacher], title of one of the main leaders of Tibetan Buddhism. Believed like his predecessors to be the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 1935–, was installed in 1940.
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. The lower section is a largely Indian market town; the upper section, also known as McLeod Ganj, is a former British hill station and site of the Tibetan government in exile since 1960. The 8th earl of ElginElgin, James Bruce, 8th earl of
, 1811–63, British statesman, son of the 7th earl. He served as governor of Jamaica (1842–46) and in 1847 was appointed governor-general of Canada.
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 is buried in the churchyard of St. John in the Wilderness in Upper Dharamsala.
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