Dharamshala | Dharamshala town | Tourist Place Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala, a himalayan town is situated in the lap of very beautiful Dhauladhar ranges. The snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar in the backdrop presents a magnificent view from the town.

Surrounding of Dharamshala is a mixture of dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, that offers a pleasant feel. Dharamshala is the administrative headquarter of Kangra district.

Dharamshala is full of life and yet peaceful. Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre while Mcleodganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. The charming church of St. John is situated here. There is a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Mcleodganj is known as the capital of Tibetan Govt-in-exile.

Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala. Trekking to Triund starts from the Mcleodganj.

The Highest and most beautiful International Cricket stadium is situated in Dharamshala, which is also a attraction for visitors. One stand of the stadium remains open for the visitors.

Dal Lake, Bhagsunag, Kunal Pathari, War memorial are some places to see in Dharamshala.

Weather and Climate

The breeze coming from Dhauladhar ranges keeps the temperature of Dharamshala very low throughout the year.

Places And Activities

KANGRA ART MUSEUM, KOTWALI BAZAR :This treasure trove of the Kangra Valley displays arts, crafts and rich past, artifacts that date back to the 5th century. It includes a gallery of Kangras famous miniature painting and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamianas and dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jails, lintels and pandals are also on display Coins, jewelry and manuscripts are included. A section houses the work of contemporary artists, sculptures and photographers.

WAR MEMORIAL :At there start of town, landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a pine grove where a monument has been raised to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh.

KUNAL PATHRI :A 3 km level walk from the Kotwali Bazaar leads up to this rock temple.

ST. JOHNS CHURCH :8 km from Dharamsala, between Forsythganj and Mcleodganj is the charming church of St. John in the Wilderness. Under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863. There is a well tended old graveyard on these grassy sloped.

MCLEODGANJ :Often called the Little Lhasa, at 1770m is the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Government in exile has been head quartered here for over three decades. The impressive monastery has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloktwshwara. The large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the area. Tibetian handicrafts and garments are available on sale every Sunday. The Tibetian Institute of Performing Arts is just a km away and organises a ten day festival from the second Saturday of April.

DAL LAKE :11 km from Dharamsala and surrounded by deodar trees this is an enchanting and serene picnic spot.

BHAGSUNAG :Close to fresh springs, this ancient temple is 11 km from Dharamsala. It is a popular picnic spot and the famous slate quarries are close by.

CHINMAYA TAPOVAN :10 km from Dharamsala on the banks of the rivulet Bindusaras, is an ashram complex established by the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita. The complex includes a 9 meter high image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Rama Temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation centre.

Triund: Triund is the destination of a 10 km long trek starting from Mcleodganj. Triund offers breathtaking and spectacular views of the surrounding picturesque mountain.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS :The temple of Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Brijeshwari Devi are other pilgrim centers close to Dharamsala. The fort of Kangra and Ma11ngarh are other attractions.

How to reach?

Dharamsala can be reachedby air from Delhi. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, 13 km away. Pathankot, the nearest railway station, 85 km away and the toy train station is 17 km at Kangra. Taxis and Buses for Dharamsala are available at both places. By road Dharamshala is 526 km from Delhi and 270 km from Chandigarh, Kiratpur. From Delhi and Shimla luxury buses ply to Dharamsala. HPTDC operates a regular Luxury coach from Delhi to Dharamsala.

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