View of Dhurmsala from Ex Engs office
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the hill-station of Dharmsala in Himachal Pradesh, with the ex Engineers Office in the foreground, from the Brandreth Collection: 'Views in Simla, Cashmere and the Punjaub' taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. The little bungalow above is the one known as Sir A. Lawrence's. The Imperial Gazeteer of India states, "Dharmsala, the headquarters of Kangra District, lies on a southern spur of the Dhaola Dhar ['the grey range']...in the midst of wild and picturesque scenery. It originally formed a subsidiary cantonment for the troops stationed at Kangra, and was first occupied as a station in 1849, when a site was required for a cantonment to accomodate a Native regiment which was being raised in the District. A site was found...in a plot of waste land, upon which stood an old Hindu resthuse, or dharmsala, whence the name adopted for the new cantonment...Above it the pine-clad moutain-side towers towards the loftier peaks, which, covered with snow for half the year, stand out jagged and scarred against the sky. Below, in perfect contrast, lies the luxuriant Kangra Valley, green with rice-fields and a picture of rural quiet."
Dharmsala today is the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile.