Dharamsala is the an innocuous town in the Himachal Pradesh state that acquired its fame as the capital of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The Holy Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetans had made Dharamsala his main base in India.

Folland Gnat IE-1062 is a surprise exhibit at the Martyr's memorial in the park in Dharamsala town. Pic Courtesy : Phil Hawks Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge Another view of Folland Gnat IE-1062 in Dharamsala town. Pic Courtesy : Foto India.com

Phil Hawks, who maintains a site on Aviation photography sent us the above picture of a Gnat at the "Martyr's Memorial" in a park in Dharamsala. The Gnat, IE-1062turns out to be one of the original batch of 23 acquired from Britain in 1957-60. It has the markings of No.2 Squadron on its nose.

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Folland Gnat IE-1062 Park Dharamsala town

Phil reports on the park and its exact location, ".... its in a fairly pleasant wooded park. It's located in the southern part of the town, on the main road to Delhi (unfortunately there are two roads that lead in this direction and I can't now remember which one it is, but if you walk for more than about 15 minutes from the fork in the road without seeing it, you're on the wrong one!)."

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