Break free from the drudgery of daily life and let yourself loose in the lap of Mother Nature in the enchanting Dharamshala Hill Station. It is a celestial destination endowed with sheer natural beauty and peaceful environment. Roosted in the majestic Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh, this picturesque destination is a famous hill station of India. It is a jewel of Kangra Valley where tourists come from far and wide.
Ice-encrusted Mountain peaks to scenic beauty, rivers, lakes, valleys and ancient temples, Dharamshala Tourism has a lot to leave you enchanted. It is also the residence of the Dalai Lama and a center of Tibetan Buddhism. It is divided into two parts- the Upper and Lower Dharamshala, which differs almost a thousand meters in height. Upper Dharamshala is called McLeod Ganj, retaining a British colonial atmosphere, whereas lower Dharamshala is the commercial center.
Famous Attractions of Dharamshala
On the Temple Road, the Tsuglagkhang Complex, is the holy abode of Dalai Lama. This huge temple complex was built by the orders of His Holiness in 1959 during his visit to Himachal. Inside the beautiful complex, one can attend various public and private sessions of Dalai Lama. Also attend the Tibetan dance and music performances.
Kangra Art Museum
This museum displays Kangra valley's cultural heritage. The main highlight of the museum is the various arts and crafts dating back to the 5th century. Kangra Art Museum is a fascinating destination of Dharamshala. The museum displays beautiful miniature paintings, sculptures, pottery and anthropological items.
This war memorial built to commemorate the martyr war heroes is nestled amid green pine trees. A beautiful structure, it is surrounded by a peaceful environment that emits patriotism. Nearby GPG college, built during British era is also worth visiting.
A major learning center, Namgyal Monastery in McLeodganj is the home of more than 200 monks. There is a Tibetan monastery outside, prayer wheels and the monastery is a beautiful piece of Tibetan Style architecture.
It is a mesmerizing lake surrounded by Deodar trees which makes it all the more picturesque. It is 11 km off Dharamshala. It is a famous picnic spot where people come to spend some quality time with their loved ones.
St. John Church
This magnificent church is a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin. He was a viceroy of India, who died in Chauntra (Mandi district) and was buried here in 1863 A.D. This church is a classic example of neo-gothic architecture.
Tatwani and Machhrial
These are the wonderful attractions located only 25 km from Dharamshala. The hot water springs at Tatwani and a waterfall at Machhrial will surely capture your heart.
A medieval Lord Shiva Temple, it is highly revered by the Hindu and Gorkha community. The shrine is famous for two pools that have healing properties. In September, an annual fair is held here which is attended by locals and neighbours.
This famous temple dedicated to Goddess Durga sits amid dense tea gardens and lush surroundings. As per legend, Goddess Sati?s skull fell in this place and got immortalized in a stone.
Treat your senses to the breathtaking views of the Kangra Valley and Dauladhar ranges at Dharmkot. This enchanting place is located only 11 km from Dharamshala.
It is a beautiful ashram which has a 9 m high idol of Lord Hanuman, a Ram temple, a meditation hall, a school and a health center.
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
At a height of 1,457 meters, it is one of the highest cricket grounds in the country and also the world. Surrounded by abundant natural beauty, a cricket match here will be an experience never to forget.
Browse the bazaars of Dharamshala where you will find beautiful handicrafts such as carpets, metalware, jewellery, jackets, hand knitted cardigans and gloves etc. Kotwali Bazaar, Tibetan Handicraft Center and Jogibara Road are popular places for shopping.
Accommodation in Dharamshala
Choose from a range of luxury, economy and budget hotels, as per your requirement while in Dharamshala. The city has no dearth of options.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Dharamshala between February to June (spring and summer). During this time, the weather is pleasant. Winters here see occasional snowfalls which make the valley look even more beautiful.
How to Reach
By Air: Gaggal airport is the nearest airport (13 km from Dharamshala).
By Rail: Kangra and Nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamsala) are the nearest railway stations. Besides, Pathankot connects Dharamshala to Jammu by railway line.
By Road: Dharamshala is well connected to Delhi and all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh by road. Passengers can board a Haryana Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses that goes till the main square of McLeod Ganj. Cabs and taxis are easily available from airport and train.
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