Lying in the shadow of the mighty Dhauladhar range is the quaint town of Dharamshala. Divided in two halves – Kotwali Bazar and the skirting markets make up Lower Dharamshala, which makes a dramatic transition in the upper reaches that has thick pine, cedar and Himalayan oak forests around the township of Mcleodganj. It is an 18 km gradual uphill drive from Kangra that gets you to Dharamshala. Mcleodganj (9 km from Dharamshala) serves as the capital of the Tibetan Government in exile. With rising altitude the summer temperature between Lower and Upper Dharamshala changes from warm to cool climes.