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Dharamshala

Overview of Dharamshala

On the upper reaches of Kangra, there lies a beautiful small town of enticing beauty and dreamy mountain ranges. Surrounded by dense coniferous forest of Deodar cedar trees, Dharamshala is scenic town with pleasant weather and favorable terrain.

Home to 14th Dalai Lama and established Tibatan exile, Dharamshala is a spiritually rich and culturally diverse in nature. The sheer presence of spirituality could be felt in the region of McLeodganj suburb, Norbhlinga Institue and other such places in Dharamshala. The centre of Tibetan exile in India and home to 14th Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has become a popular destination for many Indian and foreign tourists. Even many researchers who are studying Tibet and its history come to gather knowledge and matter for their studies.

Apart from being politically important town, Dharamshala has some spectacular treks, waterfall, views and monuments including ancient Churches. One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill, Jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is a one-day trek at the upper reaches of McLeod Ganj, about 9 km from McLeod Ganj.

Places of attractions

Norbhulingka Institute

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Located in the interiors of the town, Norbulingka Institute is a magical place where you can witness utmost serenity and splendor. A huge monastery welcomes you with spiritually enchanting vibes created due to pin drop silence. Exceptional carvings, rare woodwork, and legendary paintings make this place a full package. You can even spend your whole day admiring the beauty of this place.

Things to do at Norbhulingka Institute: Visting The Place

Dalai Lama Temple

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Experience the complete solace at Dalai Lama Temple in upper regions of Dharamshala. Just a short walk away from the Mcleod Ganj, the temple is beautifully decorated space adorned by colourful prayer flags. Fresh walks, early morning meditation with chanting monks are some of its features.

Things to do at Dalai Lama Temple: Visting The Place

Triund Hill

Location: Dharamashala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Triund is a famous Hill point in Dharamshala which is famous for its beautiful trek. A lot of travelers take this trek and enjoy the scenic view of Dhauladhar mountain range and chilled weather of the hill.

Things to do at Triund Hill: Trekking

HPCA Stadium

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

A global attraction in Dharamshala, the HPCA Stadium is a beautiful cricket stadium lying in the lap of mountain surrounded by tall deodar trees making it as one of the most beautiful stadium in the country.

is located in Dharamshala and was opened in the year 2003.

Things to do at HPCA Stadium: Visting The Place

Bhagsu Waterfall

Location: Bhagsunag, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

A popular tourist attraction, Bhagsu waterfall is located in the Bhagsunag village situated about 7000 feet above the sea level, which makes it a perfect location to enjoy the beauty of a high-altitude spot.

Things to do at Bhagsu Waterfall: Visting The Place

St. John Church

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Popularly known as the St. John Church in Wilderness, the St. John Church is an ancient monument situated in Dharamshala and is also one of the oldest churches in Northern India. The church with its unique gothic nature has a connection to the Church of England thereby crediting it with more significant importance.

Things to do at St. John Church: Visting The Place

Tibet Museum

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Tibet Museum comes under the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration and was established in 1998. The main purpose to set up a museum was to preserve, research, exhibit and educate Tibetans and non-Tibetans on all matters related to history and culture of Tibet.  If history interests you, pay a visit to this enthralling museum and gain a lot of knowledge about Tibet and its people.

Things to do at Tibet Museum: Visting The Place

McLeodganj

Location: Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradeshl, India

Unparallel vibes, enthralling beauty and magnificent spiritual power of this place will take you to another world. Perhaps the experiences vary for you but it is for sure that you won’t go empty handed. This place has magic in its air with a lot to offer you from the culture, values and tradition of Tibet. Get spiritually connected to the gods and attain the level of contentment which you may fail to achieve otherwise. Go back rejuvenated and revived from here!

Things to do at McLeodganj: Visting The Place

Kalachakra Temple

Location: McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India

The temple is a beautiful holy place where Dalai Lama conducts public teaching for his disciples and monks. The murals and architecture of the temple represents the rich culture and art of Tibet. Highly spiritual place, this Kalachakra temple will surely heal your internal being leaving you all revived and mentally strong.

Things to do at Kalachakra Temple: Visting The Place

Guna devi Temple

Location: McLeoadganj, Himachal Pradesh, India

Apart from famous Triund hill trek, there is another moderate trek to Sri Guna Devi Temple at the elevation of 2,400 meter above sea level.  The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali in McLeoadganj and is a famous pilgrimage site for Gaddi tribe of Chamba.

Things to do at Guna devi Temple: Visting The Place

Naddi

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

A small picturesque village in Dharamshala is famous for its spectacular views and sunsets. Situated at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, the village is a peaceful destination to take a break from hustle and bustle of metros.

Things to do at Naddi: Sightseeing, Hiking

Indru nag Temple

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Indrunag is a temple with an altitude 2000 mts above sea level and constructed by the villagers of the surrounding areas and dedicated to god of snake or God of rains. It is said that the temple has special powers.

Things to do at Indru nag Temple: Visting The Place

Nechung Monastery

Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Nechung Dorje Drayangling Monastery holds a special place on the Tibetan history as the seat of Nechung, the State Oracle of Tibet. The original Nechung Monastery is located four miles west of Lhasa, the nation's capital.

Things to do at Nechung Monastery: Visting The Place

Weather in Dharamshala

Dharamshala has a sun tropical climate where summers is little hotter, temperature ranging between 22 to 32 degree Celcius. Winters are not very cold but winds blowing from Dhauladhar mountain ranges could sometime get quite freezy

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Dharamshala is between June to September. The summer months of May and June make an ideal time for trekking in the valley. The temperature stays up to 22-30 degrees Celcius making it pleasant for weekend getaways.

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How to Reach

By Air

Board a flight from the nearest Gaggal airport in Kangra city to popular cities of Jammu, Amritsar and Chandigarh.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Pathankot Junction which is about 90 kms away from Dharamshala.

By Road

The place is well-connected to different locations in Himachal Pradesh. Catch state owned buses from Palampur, Dharamshala, Pathankot, Amritsar, Jammu, Chandigarh, Shimla etc. You can also hire a private taxi or cab for a comfortable journey.

Places to visit in Dharamshala :
Norbhulingka Institute, Dalai Lama Temple, Triund Hill, HPCA Stadium, Bhagsu Waterfall, St. John Church, Tibet Museum, McLeodganj, Kalachakra Temple, Guna devi Temple, Naddi, Indru nag Temple, ..
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