Dharamsala is situated in Kangra Distict of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. It is the winter seat of Government of the state of Himachal Pradesh and the district headquarters of the Kangra district. McleodGanj, a village within Dharamshala municipality, is the home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government. "Dharamshala" is a Hindi word (derived from Sanskrit) that is a compound of dharma and shala. English Translation of Dharamshala would be 'Spiritual Dwelling' or more loosely, 'Sanctuary'. In Hindi Language, the word Dharamshala refers to a shelter or rest house for spiritual pilgrims. Traditionally, such dharamshalas (pilgrims rest houses) were commonly made near pilgrimage destinations (often located in remote areas) to give visitors a place to sleep for the night. So dharamshala name was choosen for this hill station.