Karma Group’s love affair with India stretches back to the early nineties – indeed it was here in the subcontinent that it all began! So we’re hugely excited to announce the imminent launch of a brand new resort – this time in the Himalayan mountains: Karma Dharamsala!
Surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Himalaya chain in the province of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is famed for being the adopted home of the Dalai Lama and a haven for Tibetan culture in In India. Set amidst fragrant cedar forests on a steep hillside high in the Kangra valley about 200km west of Tibet, the city is fringed by the snow-clad mountains of the Dhauladhar ranges, whose peaks reach well over 5000 metres.
Much of the Kangra Valley is swathed in green thanks to the innumerable streams that provide irrigation and is widely considered one of the most picturesque valleys in region. Think stepped tea plantations, flower bedecked meadows, pretty villages, placid mountain lakes and rushing rivers all at an average elevation of 2000 metres.
Perched on the mountainside amongst cedar forest and tea gardens, Karma Dharamsala enjoys epic views across the valley and features 25 spacious rooms and suites as well as a dedicated restaurant, swimming pool and gym. These facilities will soon be joined by Karma Spa.
“We will be renovating and refurbishing the property to bring it up to our high standards and expect to have it open for the main Indian holiday season,” said Karma Group Founder & Chairman John Spence, adding that it’s wonderful to be in the adopted home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. “In Hindi dharamshala refers to a shelter or rest house for spiritual pilgrims and we aim to supply such a place for our Karma guests as they visit from around the world.”
Outside of Tibet itself, there is nowhere else in the world where visitors can get up close and personal with the colourful Buddhist traditions at the heart of this unique culture – from Tibetan temples and monasteries to stupas draped with prayer flags to fascinating ceremonies such as Losar – the Tibetan New Year, which falls in February and sees monks and nuns chanting praying through the night, offering, processions and celebrations throughout the city.
We can’t wait to welcome you to this unique and deeply spiritual new Karma destination!