Many monasteries were established in Himachal Pradesh especially after the Indian government allowed Tibetan Buddhist exiles to settle in India in 1959. Numerous monasteries have come up in the Kangra, Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh. The Tibetan monasteries are a major tourist attraction now especially in Kullu and Lahaul & Spiti part of Himachal.
Dharamshala the head quarters of Kangra district holds a special significance to the Tibetan exiles in India as it is home to Dalai Lama, from where he runs the Tibetan government in exile. Kinnaur district of Himachal shares borders with Tibet (China) which is a contributing factor for the high number of monasteries in Himachal.
Located in McLeodganj, Tsuglagkhang Complex contains the official residence of Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Tibet Museum, Namgyal Gompa, Kalachakra temple, and the much revered Tsuglagkhang temple constitutes the complex. The revered Tsuglagkhang is the Tibetan exiles’ concrete equivalent of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. A three meter high gilded statue of Sakyamuni Buddha is enshrined inside the Tsuglagkhang temple. Photography is allowed in the Tsuglagkhang, but not in the Kalachakra Temple.
Tabo Monastery - Spiti
According to an inscription on one of the walls, the monastery was founded in AD 996. Tabo monastery, called Chos-khor is a complex that holds more than 30 chambers.
The home of many great Rinpoches of the Karma Kagyu lineage, Sherabling Monastery is located in the Himalayan foothills at Bir Billing. Sherabling Monastery was designed by Kenting Tai Situpa, and is built in traditional Tibetan architectural fashion.