Dharamshala, the land of Dalai Lama, a charming little town, enjoys the unique distinction of being the chosen home of the spiritual and temporal head of the Tibetan people. It is located in the Kangra valley in the Dhauladhar mountains. It became the capital of the Kangra District in 1852. Dharamshala stands at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills.
Dharamshala is one of the important tourist destination in Himachal-Pradesh. Dharamshala offers the magnificent view of snow covered dhauladhar peaks. Dharamsala has a number of famous places around i.e. Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Triund etc. Dharamshala has always been the attraction for tourists from abroad.
Pilgrim/Tourist Attractions in Dharamshala
Mcleod Ganj :
The arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees to Dharamshala in 1959 made the life here more active. A number of tibetan settlements with religious education and other rehabilitation centres mushroomed all over the Mcleadganj. As Dharamshala became the headquarter of the Tibetan Government in exile, headed by Dalai Lama, it gained prominence all over the world and prominent personalities started arriving here. Mcleadganj emerged as a major Buddhist centre.
Bhagsunag Fall :
Known for its old temple, a fresh water spring, water falls and slate quarries. You can take a dip in the chilly water of fall.
St. John’s Church :
It has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who died at Chauntra ( Mandi district ) and was buried here in 1863 A.D. The Church has lovely spotted glass windows and there is a Christian cemetery around it. It is ideally situated in the majestic ‘Deodar’ forest.
It is situated on the crest of a hill, this favourite picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges.
Situated in Dharamshala town. The memorial is situated near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour and defence of the mother land.
Kunal Pathari :
A level walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess.
Kareri lake is surrounded by green meadows, Oak and Pine trees, making it an idyllic place to visit.
Dal Lake :
Lies amidst hills and deodar tress and is 11 km. from Lower Dhramshala. It is a starting point for excursion and trekking and is located next to Tibetan children’s village.
Jwalamukhi Temple :
It is nearly two-hour excursion would take guest to the famous Jwalamukhi Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Light. There is no idol to worship as such in the temple. Rather a constantly burning blue flame emanating from inside the rocks is worshipped.
Kangra Art Museum
Kangra Art Museum is treasure trove of the Kangra valleys arts, crafts and rich past, display artifacts that date back to the 5th Century. It includes a gallery of famous paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamiyanas and local dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jail and pndals are also on display. Coins jewellery and manuscripts are included. A section houses the works of conteporary artists, sculptures and photographers.
- Location: Kangra valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
- Best time to Visit: April to June and September to November
- Significance: A Buddhist Site, view of snow covered dhauladhar peaks, St. John’s Church, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills.
How to Reach Dharamsala
- Air : Airlines flies to Gaggal airport at Dharamshala thrice a week from Delhi and Kulu.
- Rail : Pathankot (90kms) is the nearest railway station from Dharamsala. Another convenient railhead is Amritsar
- Road : A good network of roads connects Dharamsala with many prominent cities and tourist destinations.