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Dharamshala

This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district.

In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamshala comprise of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India". Mcleodganj is 9 km from Dharamshala.

In and around Dharamshala, one can visit the Kangra Art museum at Kotwali bazar, War memorial, Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing mighty Dhauladhar.

Tourist Attractions in Dharamshala

Tsuglagkhang Temple

Category : Religious

The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha, including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava. The Namgyal Monastery was founded by the Third Dalai Lama, and serves exclusively the Dalai Lamas. A unique feature of this monastery is its diversity of practice. Namgyal monks perform pr...

Norbulinka Institute

Category : Institute

Norbulingka Institute promotes the traditional arts and literary studies of Tibet. It was founded in 1988 as part of the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration. The inspiration for this project came from Kim and Kelsang Yeshi who recognized the need for an institute which was actively concerned with the preservation of Tibetan culture.The Institute is situated in ...

St.Johns Church

Category : Religious

Lying in vicinity of the nature in beautiful Dharamshala is the St. John's Church. St. John's Church is popularly known as the Church in Wilderness' as the area is uninhabited, completely surrounded by tall Deodar trees and left in its natural condition. St. John's Church is at a distance of just few kilometers from Dharamshala (Upper Dharamshala) and about 4-5 kms from the famous 'Peace of Mind S...

Triund

Category : Adventure

18 km from Dharamshala, Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2975 m. The snow line starts at Ilaqa (3350 mtr), 5km from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. The tracks from Rawa, Dal Lake, Dharamkot and Bhagsunag meet at a ridge known as Galu temple (2130 mtr) which has a small shrine and water point. After the snow nullah the trek rises abr...