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Karma Group plans spa at Indian resort

25 Dec 2017
Karma Group has acquired a property in Dharamshala, in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley in India.

Dharamshala is the adopted home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government, with the Dalai Lama’s residence in the village of McLeodGanj, running along a ridge overlooking the town proper.

Surrounded by the snow-topped Dhauladhar ranges, the property is built on the side of a cedar forested mountain with views down into the valley below and the adjoining tea gardens.

It has 25 rooms and suites as well as a restaurant, pool and gym, with plans for a Karma Spa in future.

“I'm delighted to announce the acquisition of our newest resort in the beautiful and spiritual town of Dharamshala,” said John Spence, founder and chair of Karma Group.

“We'll 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.

"To be in the adopted home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is wonderful and particularly fitting as Karma Group has drawn much inspiration from his philosophies.

"In Hindi, the word ‘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.”

Sometimes known as ‘Dhasa’ (a combination of Lhasa and Dharamshala), Dharamshala is a popular destination for tourists wishing to visit Tibetan temples and monasteries and is a starting point to a number of trekking trails that lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chambra district.

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