Dharamshala

Another beautiful Hill Station in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The Place is also home to probably one of the most picturesque international cricket stadiums around the world. The popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh is scenically beautified in addition to culturally diversified. The place attracts lot of visitors from around the globe. The people visit this place for many reasons which includes scenic beauty, Adveture sports activities while exploring the culture. Place is composed of lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush Green valleys, fast flowing Rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked Meadows, beautiful temples and monasterys. Therefore, Dharamshala is traveler’s paradise, be it for relaxing, sightseeing, or for some hill side adventures like trekking, mountaineering para- gliding etc.

Dharamshala and Its Cultural Heritage

Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts. Lower Dharamsala comprises a largely Indian community, while a Tibetan enclave lives uphill in the suburb of McLeod Ganj. Near the Dalai Lama’s main temple, Tsuglagkhang, is a Buddhist monastery known as Namgyal Gompa. The Tibet Museum provides a historical overview of Tibet’s occupation. Cultural establishments include the Norbulingka Institute, a haven for traditional Tibetan arts and crafts, and the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts, which preserves Tibetan opera, music and dance. The city also offers trekking trails leading across the mountains to Triund, the upper Ravi Valley and beyond. Hence with all these features, Dharamshala is a complete tourist destination.

Things to do In Dharamshala

There are plenty of things to do in Dharamshala. Places of attraction in Dharamshala will keep you engaged throughout your stay in Dharamshala. Be it temples, lakes, Monasteries, Waterfalls, it has everything. You name it and you have it kind of place. Therefore, one can plan 2 days sightseeing if only city is taken into consideration. Furthermore, if you wish to add any other perk destination to the Dharamshala tour itinerary, you may have to add some more days. Below are few noteworthy things to do in Dharamshala and places to visit in Dharmshala.

HPCA International Cricket Stadium

People in India are rather crazy about cricket and this place attracts almost everyone who visits the hill station. First of all the stadium looks stunning having Dhauladhar ranges as backdrop. It will amaze you while your tour to the city itself however watching a cricket match her would be icing on the cake. This place is a perfect start to your sightseeing in Dharamshala. The place is owned by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. One can probably witness Himachal Pradesh team practicing here.

St. John Church

Probably one of the oldest structure in Dharmshala was built in 1852. The church is on the way while you drive to Macleodganj from Dharamshala. It is the final rest place of Lord Elgin, Governor General and viceroy of India in British Era. The Church is some of the structures, which survived the damage due to earthquake in 1905.

Bhagsunag Temple and Waterfall

Another not to miss place, provides you an opportunity to visit Hindu temple in addition to a beautiful waterfall. This place of attraction in Dharamshala is almost 2 KM from Macleodganj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and local king Bhagsu. Temple is accompanied by a stream of water which allows devotees to take a holy dip. Further after a 20 minutes’ walk on a hilly road, you find a gorgeous waterfall flowing out of the mountains. One can enjoy being clicked under the waterfalls in addition to witnessing the attractive surroundings.

Dal Lake

Another nature’s paradise in Dharmshala, the place is around 2 KMs from Macleodganj. The lake is famous for its scenic beauty which is ably aided by forests of Deodar trees. In addition to the scenic beauty the place is also of pilgrimage significance for residents owing to Shiva temple. The temple is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake. One can witness the gathering of large Gaddi Crowd during a fair in September. The lake also maybe used as a base point for trekking in Dharamshala.

Naddi

A perfect place for family outing in Dharamshala also attracts lot of visitors. The place is nothing but a small village in the footholds of Dhauladhar Ranges. The scenic beauty of the place will leave you awestruck while you have a look at the mighty Dhauladhar ranges. In Addition to Views of Dhauladhar ranges, it provides you probably the best views of lush green valley of Kangra. One can experience the village life here along with spending time in the lap of Nature.

Dalai Lama Temple

This is probably the most famous place of attraction in Dharamshala. Almost every visitor on his travel to Dharamshala will end up spending time in this place. The place is home to biggest exhibition of cultural heritage in Dharamshala. Visitors can witness huge statue of the Budhha along with other things of interest. The beautiful place will bring in peace of mind. The place is also home to Namgyal Monastery and Dalai Lama’s Residence.

Triund Peak

The Crown of Dharamshala, The Trund is one of the hiking destinations in Dharmshala. An easy to moderate trek, it attracts lot of visitors for many reasons. Magnificent views and its difficulty level make it convenient for visitors to opt. There are several guest houses to setup a base camp. Initial hiking trekking is relatively easy. However ,the end part of it which contains “22 Curves” is comparatively difficult. One after reaching can enjoy the magnificent views of Dhauladhar mountains in addition Sunrise / Sunset.