Dharamshala & Sightseeing places
Dharamsala is situated in the Northern Indian state
of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on a spur of the Dhauladhar
range in the Pir Panjal region of the Outer Himalayas;
and commands majestic views of the mighty Dhauladhar
ranges above, and the Kangra Valley below. Dhauladhar
means "white ridge" and this breathtaking,
snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra Valley to
a height of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra
Valley is a wide, fertile plain, crisscrossed by low
from all over the world flock to Mcleodganj to receive
blessings and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. Western and Indian tourists and scholars come
here to see the rebirth of an ancient and fascinating
civilization. The high altitude and cool weather contribute
physically to the re-creation of the original Tibetan
environment. Dharamsala pulsates with the sights and
sounds of old Tibet. Though certainly more modern,
life is basically Tibetan in character. Shops strung
out along the narrow streets of Mcleodganj sell traditional
Tibetan arts and handicrafts and the aroma of Tibetan
dishes lingers in the air.
Other Attractions at Dharamsala
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
The Namgyal Monastery was founded by the Third
Dalai Lama, and serves the Dalai Lamas exclusively.
A unique feature of this monastery is its diversity
of practice. Namgyal monks perform prayers and
rituals of all the major schools of Tibetan
Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was
established to preserve and teach the ancient
Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges,
small streams tiny water falls make this place
look like heaven. Here one can watch the wooden
carvings and the tangka paintings, golsithing
and embroidery being done. The nunnery close
to the institute is a place where women are
taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
HPCA Crickret Stadium
The new HPCA Cricket stadium, is one of the
beautiful stadium with a picturesque backdrop
of the mighty Dhauladhar snow peaks. The pleasant
weather adds to the popularity and glory of
the game and helps to attract more spectators
to the ground who come. This stadium has a maximum
spectator capacity of 20,000 and provides modern
facilities, split practise sessions, new rehabilitation
centre, lounge, bar, restaurant, banquet hall
which can house 500 odd people.
Sidhbari is where is located the Karmapa (Ogyen
Trinley Dorje)'s temporary residence, at Gyuto
monastery. Sidhbari is about six kilometers
from Dharamsala. Karmapa means "the one
who carries out buddha-activity" or "the
embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas."
In the Tibetan tradition, great enlightened
teachers are said to be able to consciously
arrange to be reborn as a teacher who can carry
on the teachings of a predecessor in a prior
One of the most poignant memories of the British
Raj is the church of St. John, situated in the
wilderness. This charmingly dressed stone church
is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala on the
way to McLeodganj.
Under the shade of Deodar branches, a memorial
has been made over the body of the British Viceroy,
Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
Triund is a popular picnic spot at a height
of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar
range and is 17kms from Dharamsala. The snow
line starts at Illaqua, which is five kms from
Triund. The breathtaking view of the mountains
and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic
spot and trekking destination.
Temple and Water fall
About two kilometers from McLeod is a holy
pilgrim site for Hindus. Bhagsu, as it is better
known has an ancient Shiv temple. The main attraction
for the tourist and the crowd puller here is
not the temple but the public swimming pool.
It is a treat for tourist making it to Dharamsala
during the hot months.
Rock cut Temple:
Fifteen richly carved monolithic rock temples
sculpted in the splendid style of the Kailash
temple at Ellora and dating back to the 8th
century are to be found at Masrur, just 15 km
south of kangra. Images of Ram Sita and Lakhsman
can be found in the sanctum of the main temple.
Nestled in the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges
of the Himalayas is the Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram.
It is, one of the main retreats of the Chinmaya
Mission. It is important as a center of the
Sandeepany Vedanta course, meditation camps,
vedic teachings and the Chinmaya Rural Primary
Health and Training Center.
This ashram is special as this is also Swami
Chinmayananda's last resting-place, who attained
'Mahasamadhi' in August 1993 . Today this Himalayan
Ashram in Dharamsala is famous for the Vedic
Teachings of this great saint !
Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheater
of low hills, is an idle landing ground for
hang/para gliders. Bir has Buddhist Monasteries
that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts
are also produced here. Billing up in the hills,
14 km from Bir. Billing at Bir is known as the
host for International Pre World cup Paragliding
tournament held every year in the month of Sep
(Shoba Singh Art Gallery)
Just 13 km from Palampur is the charming village
of Andretta where once lived, a few years ago
Mrs. Norah Richards, pioneer of rural theatre
in India, lover of mountains and ardent disciple
of Mahatma Gandhi. Her tall slender figure enveloped
in voluminous black silk skirt and topped by
a crown of snowy white hair, striding along
the walks, is still remembered endearingly by
the local dwellers that include Sardar Shobha
A renowned artist, he gained prominence for
his paintings of the immortal ill fated Punjabi
lovers, Sohni Mahiwal, Omar Khayyam and Heer
& Dal lake
Just 2 kms from Mcleodganj is the sacred Dal
lake known for its religious water. The lake
is regarded is the lake of Lord Shiva. One kms
ahead is the famous location called Naddi, where
you can see the Mount Dhauladhar very near and
the sunset is worth seeing in the the evening.
Naddi is a liked many for it's natural look
and cool winds that pass by from the mountains.
The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from
the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the
town of Kangra, India. the fort is thought to
date back to 1009 AD. The Kangra Fort was built
by the Royal family of Kangra (The Katoch Dynasty),
which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta
Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata.
It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and
probably the oldest dated fort in India.
Dham Devi Darshan
One can visit the famous religious places
of Himachal from Dharamshala. The 4 Devi dham
(char dham devi darshan) are visited by many
devotees. These includes Chintapurni Mata, Jawala
ji Mata, Chamunda Mata and Brijeshwari Mata.
We can arrange your 4 Dham Devi Darshan on
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