Places To Visit in Dharamshala & Tourist Attractions

 



Dharamshala - The Land of Dalai Lama

Attracting tourists from all over the world, Dharamshala is the holy residence of the Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader of Tibetan people. Located in Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is a calm & a beautiful hill station. You will find a lot of deodar cedar trees, sky-high mountains, Himachali culture and old Tibetan monasteries.

Dharamshala has lots of tourist attractions and presence of Buddhist nuns & monks makes it a must visit the place. A lot of churches, monasteries, scenic valleys & calm environment will surely leave you happy. Divided into two parts, upper Dharamshala and lower Dharamshala, the regions have landscapes, churches, monasteries and cantonment area surrounded by Dhauladhar mountains. Other attractions include St. John Church, Dal Lake, Headquarters of His Holiness Dalai Lama and McLeodganj.

History:

Dharamshala was under the Katcoch Dynasty of Kangra during the British Raj. The native people of Dharamshala area are Gaddis, who lived in a nomadic or semi-nomadic style.

Weather:

Being a hill station, summer season ranges from March to July. The weather is pleasant during summers and it is the best time to visit the place. There is heavy rainfall from July to September and snowfall from December to February.

Culture:

Dharamshala has a rich cultural heritage and the presence of churches, monasteries amidst the scenic mountain ranges make it a perfect place to immerse in some spirituality. You will find people in colorful dresses of Tibetans and Hindus and predominantly the city has Tibetan culture.

Food:

A large variety of cuisines are found in the streets of Dharamshala including Tibetan, Himachali, Bengali, Italian and much more. Do not miss Tibetan street food, i.e. momos, noodles, and thukpa.

Lifestyle:

People’s life is very simple here and it is quite serene & slow life here in the mountains. The life of people here is influenced by many factors.

Things to do in Dharamshala

Dal Lake:

Dal Lake is surrounded by mountains and has greenish water that makes the lake, picturesque. On the banks of the river, Shiva Temple is located. You can enjoy a picnic on the banks of Dal Lake and enjoy boating there.

Triund:

It’s a beautiful hilltop located 17 km away from Dharamshala and features a beautiful snowline of Dhauladhar range. It’s a soothing trek and can be completed by all age groups and can be enjoyed after reaching the hilltop. It gives a beautiful view of the valley and Dhauladhar range and also does not miss the sunrise in the early morning.

Naddi Village:

A serene and calm village, located 3 km away from McLeodganj gives a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar ranges. It’s a popular weekend getaway and has major spots such as Sunset Point, Eco Point and tourist activities like fair that happens from April – June.

Kareri Lake:

A freshwater lake, located 9 km away from Dharamshala, Kareri Lake is a popular tourist stop. It’s a famous trekking destination and has lush green conifers and beautiful flowers. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti and attracts a lot of tourists.

Kunal Pathri Temple:

It is located in Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra district, Kunal Pathri temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It has beautiful carvings of gods and goddesses and also offers a great view of the tea gardens.

Jwalamukhi Temple:

An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, it is a famous ancient temple in Dharamshala. You can calm your senses with the prayers and enjoy the views of the Dhauladhar range.

Local eateries:

Tibetan food is tasty and should not be missed. You can gorge on delicious momos and other Indian, Italian, South Indian and Israeli cuisines.

Places To Visit in Dharamshala & Tourist Attractions

Namgyal Monastery:

Recognized as the Home of the Tibetan Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama, Namgyal Monastery serves as the center of learning and meditation and as a place of worship for monks. The monastery has around 200 Tibetan monks, who perform ancient rituals, traditions and artistic skills. It has a serene atmosphere and imposing figures of Buddha.

St. John’s Church:

St. John’s Church is beautifully located amidst a picturesque valley of McLeodganj, surrounded by dense forest. It is a classic church with glass windows and magnificent architectural designs. This neo-gothic church is dedicated to John the Baptist and has Belgian-stained glass.

Bhagsunag Fall:

Situated at 11 kms from Dharamshala, Bhagsunag Falls is a mesmerizing in its own way. It has an old temple, a fresh water spring and a waterfall surrounded by trees. The Bhagsunag waterfall is only 2 kms from McLeodganj and can be visited while going for the Triund Trek. People can visit the old Bhagsunag Temple and indulge in playing with water in the Bhagsunag Falls.

War Memorial:

At the entry point of the Dharamshala, you will find War Memorial that was built in the memory of the warriors who fought for the motherland. War Memorial is surrounded by gardens and pine forest of Dharamshala. You will find GPG College, made during the British era and fast food café around.

Tsuglagkhang Complex:

It is the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang Temple, and Namgyal Gompa. It is considered a pilgrimage site for Tibetan exiles. Located in the southwest corner of McLeodganj, Tsuglagkhang Complex is a major tourist spot. Visit the Tibet Museum that has photos and videos of the Chinese invasion and Tibet struggle.

Masrur Temples:

Located in Kangra district, Masrur Temples or Rock-cut Temples are built in Nagara architectural style and showcases the intricate carvings on a monolithic rock. It is visited by pilgrims from all over the world.

Kangra Fort:

Recognized as the largest fort in the Himalayas, Kangra Fort is located on the outskirts of Kangra. The fort has many Darwazas built by various conquerors, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple and the Sitlamata Temple are some major attractions in the fort.

Kangra Museum:

Kangra Art Museum has a huge collection of artifacts from Tibetan and Buddhist cultures. The collection features Kangra valley’s ancient artifacts that include temple carvings, embroidery, paintings, weapons and other royal belongings.

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