Dharamsala to get its own Hollywood-style hillside sign

  • PTI, Dharamsala
  • Updated: May 05, 2016 13:21 IST
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The next time you visit Dharamsala to see the Dalai Lama or leave the maddening crowd of your city behind, you might get to see something quite similar to the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign in Los Angeles.

The Buddhist retreat in Himachal Pradesh will soon be getting a sign on the lines of the famous ‘Hollywood’ sign, on a hillock of Indru Nag.

Read: Of hills and serenity, an escape to Dharamsala and McLeodganj

Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma has said that a 100-feet high national flag mast shall also be erected near the sign and the budget for the project is Rs 25 lakh.

What’s more, Dharamsala town will also have underground dustbins a deal for which was signed on Wednesday. It was signed between the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Vikas Labroo and a private firm.

A view of stadium in Dharamshala where the IPL match being played.

Sharma said, “The company shall also create such dustbins in Sundernagar and Ponta Sahib after Dharamsala.”

These dustbins will be monitored through GPS system, he said, adding that the cleaning will be done using hydraulic cranes.

Do not believe people who tell you that Dharamsala is as commercial as Shimla or Dalhousie. It is not. It is a small town that you can probably explore by foot in a day. And eat momos that are sold at every nook and corner.

“A multi-crore rupee scheme is being developed with the help of Asian Development Bank to give the tourist places of Dharamsala a face-lift,” he said.

Under the scheme, all the temples within the corporation limits will be developed in accordance with Himachal style of art and culture, Sharma added.

Tsuglagkhang Complex, close to McLeod Square, is reportedly the biggest Tibetan monastery outside Tibet.

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