Nestled into the lap of the majestic Himalyan Mountains in the Kangra Valley, the HPCA stadium is a sight for sore eyes.
Situated in the city known for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dharamshala, the stadium boasts of a serene ambience, motored by a breathtaking view of the snow capped Dauladhar range in all its beauty.
At a hefty altitude of over 1400 feet above sea level, the panaromic atmosphere might not be the only thing that may make you catch your breath. With Tibetan influences in its architecture and no fences in front of the stands, the stadium provides unobstructed view of any ongoing match, and the spectators may occasionally be conflicted between choosing to gaze at the mountains or focus on a cricket match.
It’s establishment goes way back to when Anurag Thakur was elected president of the HPCA in 2000, and was faced with infrastructure issues and lack of growth in cricket in the state. The only stadium in Himachal Pradesh at the time was in Una. Thus, with an image at the back of his head, Thakur began the construction work for the stadium in Dharamshala, and when it was completed in 2003, all it yielded was a picturesque venue with ultra modern facilities and a view to die for.
The most problematic issue for the stadium since then has only been the harsh winters in the state, which has prevented the happening of various matches in the city. Due to this, it hosted it’s first ODI match 10 years after it’s establishment, and has had regular problems in fixing international matches there. Up till date, it has hosted 1 test match and 8 ODIs, and various Ranji Trophy and IPL matches.
This quaint little town tucked into a corner of North India didn’t have much recognition other than being a hill station known for its paradise promises, but since the consolidation of the HPCA into a world class cricket facility, this town has found it’s special place on the map as well.