The exquisite town of
Dharamshala is situated at a height of 1250 metres to 1982 metres, divided
into two parts, the lower and the upper Dharamshala.
place adorns the foothills of the mighty white mountains, Dhauladhar. The
high snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas form a magnificent
backdrop to the-hill resort of Dharamsala.
dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air,
attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything
for a perfect holiday. This place is the headquarters of the Kangra
district. It also was the temporary headquarters of the Dalai Lama, which is
now called the Little Lhasa in India. This place is approximately 127 years
old and it became the capital in 1852.
The charming church of St.
John in the wilderness is situated here and this is the final resting place
of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of India in the 19th Century. There is also
a large Tibetan community who have made this their home. Numerous ancient
temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below
Prime Attractions of
Dharamshala» Mcleod Ganj
Mcleod Ganj, a
charming Tibetan settlement has bustling bazaars that sell carpets, Tibetan
handicrafts, and delicious Tibetan foods. At just a kilometre walk from this
place, one comes across the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA).
This institute preserves a number of musical, dance and theatrical
traditions of Tibet. It organises a ten-day festival from the second
Saturday of April. Mcleod Ganj even plays abode to the Dalai Lama. The place
is now major cultural centre of Tibetan culture. The impressive monastery
has larger than life images of the Buddha Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshwara.
» Machhrial And Tatwani
This is an
exotic waterfall, which is twice as big as the one near the Bhagsunath
temple and and there's a hot spring a little beyond it. Machhrial and
Tatwani is approximately 25 km from Dharamshala. »
The Dal lake is at a distance of just 11 Km from
Dharamshala. It is more famous as a beautiful picnic spot. This place is
surrounded by gigantic Fir trees and Deodar trees. This place witnesses an
annual fair, which is held in September every year. The festival attracts
large crowds from all over the country and is celebrated with great
enthusiasm. » Kareri Lake (seclusion in the
22 km from Kotwali Bazaar, amidst sylvan surroundings,
there is a rest house here. Surrounded by open meadows and thick woods, the
Kareri Lake is 13 km ahead. The lake is located at a height of 3250 meters
and is surrounded by green meadows, with Oak and Pine trees.
This place is situated at the
height of 2100 meters above sea-level and is approximately 11km away from
the lower town. The place offers a panoramic view of majestic Dhoula Dhar
and Kangra Valley. » War Memorial
the very start of town, landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a
pine grove where a monument has been raised in memory of the post
independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh.
» Kangra Art Museum, Kotwali Bazaar
treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts is a representative of famous
miniature paintings and collection of sculptures, pottery and
anthropological items. 'Shamianad' and dresses used by local royalty, old
carved doors,' jalis', Linels and 'Pandals' are also on display along with
coins. » Bhagsunath
Close to fresh
water springs, this ancient temple is 11 km from Dharamsala. It is a popular
picnic spot and the famous slate quarries are close by.
» St. John's Church
8 km from Dharamsala,
between Forsythganj and McLeod Ganj is the charming dressed-stone church of
St. John in the Wilderness. Under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial
has been built over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at
Dharamsala in 1863. There is a well-tended old graveyard on these grassy
slopes. » Kunal Pathri
It is a
rock temple, which is arrived at through the Kotwali Bazaar. The temple is a
walk of three kilometres from the Bazaar approximately.
» Chinmaya Tapovan
An ashram complex has been
established by late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita, at a
distance of approximately 10 km from Dharamsala on the banks of the rivulet
Bindu Saras. The complex includes a 9 m high image of Lord Hanuman, a
magnificent Rama temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and
recreation centre. » Sujanpur Tira
km from Dharamsala, this historic town is famous for its wall paintings,
temples and fort. Here the festival of Holi is a major event.
This place is around 13 km from
Palampur, where the famous artist S.Sobha Singh lived for several years. A
gallery houses some of his major works. Also, there is a pottery centre at
Andretta of crafts and displays artificats that date back to the 5th
century.Places to Stay in Dharamshala
Dharamshala's accommodation options include HPTDC's hotels,
private hotels, guest houses, PWD and Forest rest houses, which are located
in and around the place and are available at resonable prices.
Climate of Dharamshala
As Dharamsala is located in the Himalayas, the climate is very
pleasant during the summers but in winters the cold is very bad. Temperature
can drop below the freezing point during the winters and heavy woollen
clothes are required. During the summers the weather is mild and light
woolens and cottons are recommended.