A serene hill station located in the magnificent northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is a hub of tourists who come here to explore and enjoy the exquisiteness and glory of the grand mountains of the Himalayas. Dharamshala is located at a distance of about 17 kilometers from Kangra.
This majestic tourist spot is famous for more than one reason. The oak trees of the coniferous forests form a harmony with the imposing mountains creating a panorama of gorgeousness and natural grandeur. Formerly a famous British colony, the town of Dharamshala once served as the summer retreat for the British people who ruled the country at that time. Offering a splendid view of the Dhauladhar above and Kangra below, Dharamshala is an absolute treat for all the senses. The freshness of the breeze and the misty atmosphere leaves you enchanted with pleasure and fulfillment.
Dharamshala is also famous as the provisional headquarters of Nobel Laureate His Holiness Dalai Lama. This is the reason why Buddhists from all over the world yearn to visit this place and most of them never go back. Also, Mc Leod Ganj which is an important part of this town has become a nucleus of Tibetan Buddhism. The tourism of Dharamshala is embellished by a number of monasteries which are a prime attraction of this place. Even Bollywood, which is a name for the Hindi Film Industry, could not resist the charisma of this place and that is the reason why many famous scenes of Bollywood movies have been shot here.The snow capped mountains, the cricket stadium, the monasteries and the adventurous temptations of Dharamshala make it one of the most favorite tourism centers of India.
The synonym for calmness and tranquility, the monasteries of Dharamshala, attract most number of visitors. People come here in search of peace and spiritual fulfillment and return contented and satisfied from here. Some people who come here for just a visit are so enthralled by the energies of these monasteries that they decide to spend the rest of their lives at this majestic place.
The visitors are captivated by the sound of flowing water and the view of it in the background of the impressive Himalayas. The Dal Lake which is the other name for natural splendor flows just 11 kilometers below Dharamshala. Bhagsunag Waterfalls are situated just about 4 kilometres from McLeodGanj and serve as a perfect destination for treasured reminiscences. This place is worth a visit in the full moon nights because that is the time when these waterfalls are at the pinnacle of their beauty.
There is an endless list of adventurous endeavors that can be carried out in Dharamshala. Trekking, boating, paragliding and rock climbing are a few of them. There is also a cricket stadium in this majestic city. The stadium faces the Dhauladhar and creats an awe-inspiring view. Fishing is also another activity which could be tried after coming here. There is an ample scope to catch a Mahaseer fish in the waters of river Beas. Just get to know the stretch between the Pong Dam and Nadaun.
The natural attractiveness and magnificence is unparalleled. It creates unforgettable impressions in the mind and compels one to come back for more.
Places like the Masroor rock cut temples and the Jwalamukhi Temple, Bajreshwari Devi temple, Baijnath temple create an unforgettable religious retreat for the souls who are searching for some religious fulfillment.
Kangra Art Museum
A paradise for art and craft lovers, the Kangra Art Museum is the evidence of the rich and glorified past of our country. A storehouse of sculptures, artifacts and paintings from the bygone era, the Museum is a must stop destination. Some rare spectacle of Shamianas, carved doors, coins and antique jewellery is a compelling feature of this place.
A memorial to honor the courage and valor of the brave sons of India who martyred for the protection of our motherland, the War memorial is visited by innumerable tourists who pay a tribute to the heroic spirits.
A breath-taking rock temple which attracts one and all to its premises, Kunal Pathri is another name in the ongoing list of famous spots in Dharamshala. This temple is situated at a three kilometers walking distance from the Kotwaali Bazaar.
St. John's Church
A calm and serene church surrounded by Deodar trees, St. John’s church is one of the most visited sites of the city. The old graveyard situated in the boundaries of this place is also one of the major attractions.
Gaining significance in the contemporary times, the small town of McLeodGanj is famously called ‘the Little Lhasa’. This is the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama and now a much preferred city by the followers of Buddhism. The prime attraction of this place is the Monastery which is the home to five gigantic images of Buddha, Avalokiteshwara and Padmasambhava. The area is blessed by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and that is why thousands of Buddhist tourists gather here every year just to have a glance of the holy sage.