HPCA Stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) is a cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. The stadium is home to Himachal Pradesh cricket team and hosts all of Himachal's Pradesh Ranji Trophy matches and other limited over's matches. The stadium has also been chosen to host two IPL matches acting as the home stadium of Kings XI Punjab, and is having floodlights installed for this reason.
The ground could host international cricket in the future, after it was recommended by Dav Whatmore, the former Director of the Indian National Cricket Academy and current coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
The venue is unique in India as it is situated at a height of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level and has snow capped mountains in the backdrop. The first international team that played here was the Pakistan national cricket team that played a tour match against an Indian Board President's XI in 2005.
As surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges, it will leave the spectators across all walks of life with a breath taking view. The visitors may find themselves indulged in mixed Tibetan & Indian Culture and few lucky might get a chance to meet H. H. Dalai Lama by fixing an early appointment.
The weather in Dharamsala provides a perfect condition to host an international cricket match. The best time for cricket season is from March-June and from September-December. The breeze coming directly from the mountains will help the seam bowlers.
Just behind the stadium is Govt. College of Dharamsala which was built during the British Empire. The tourist can enjoy their short stay during IPL Match by visiting nearby places like McLeodganj, Naddi, Bhagsunag, Dharamkot, Khaniyara and Palampur, Kangra Valley, Kangra Fort and Museum. The visitors who are keen to have a close look of Dhauladhar Mountains can plan for trekking tours which is provided by various tour operators in McLeodganj and Dharamkot. The best way to reach the snow point (Ilaqua) is a trek from Dharamkot-Triund-Ilaqua. It is a one day trek.