Dharamshala is all about colourful Tibetan flags, rolling prayer wheels and the collective sound of the ringing bells and chirping birds. If you have not sightsaw the crowded lanes and lights and simultaneously be tranquill with the forests and the smooth breeze jerking, you’ve probably never visited Dharamshala.Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. Dharamsala is located in Kangra district at a distance of 18km from Kangra City. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj.Explore yourself with these beautiful Places in Dharamashala.
Kangra Art Museum
The Kangra Art Museum is a fascinating museum displaying artifacts from Tibetan and Buddhist cultures. Inaugurated in 1990, the museum has preserved a treasure trove from Kangra valley’s cultural past, crafts, arts and other ancient artifacts including miniature paintings, temple carvings, fabrics and embroidery, weapons, and palanquins belonging to local royalty.
It has a collection of rare pottery, coin memorabilia, sculptures and anthropological materials. It showcases jewelry of various tribes, embroidered costumes and wooden carvings. Some of the items displayed in the museum go back to 5th century. A section in the museum is also dedicated to contemporary artists and photographers.
Located close to the bus station in Dharamshala, you can spend about an hour exploring the museum.
KANGRA FORT AND NURPUR FORT.
The Kangra Fort is a majestic sample of architecture, which was constructed by the royal family of Kangra and dates back to around 4th Century B.C. This is known to be the largest fort in the Himalayas and is one of the oldest forts in India. This ancient fort is located about 20 kilometres away from Dharamshala and houses a few temples that can be accessed by passing through seven gates. A major tourist attraction at the Kangra Fort is the magnificent view of the Manjhi and Banganga rivers from here. Right next to the Fort is also the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum, which is run by the Royal Family of Kangra.Time and the elements have peeled off the outer skin of tall brick walls of the Nurpur Fort in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The walls do not support any roofs under which Raja Basu and his successors once lived luxurious lives. Raja Basu (1580-1613) laid the foundation of the fort and his successors added more structures to it during their reigns.
Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India. The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir on its bank. Dharamshala is one of the topmost tourist destinations in the heavenly state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful place is adorned with many gorgeous monuments and natural amenities that have increased its popularity over the years .One such natural wonder is the famous Dal lake that has become as popular in Dharamshala as primitive and in famous Dal Lake of Kashmir. This lake, thus attracts various an innumerable tourists from all over the world because of its panoramic view and the much felt senerity.
CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE
More than its religious significance, the natural vicinity of Chamunda Devi Temple makes it popular. Located at an altitude of 1000 meters on the bank of Ban Ganga, the backdrop of this temple are the breathtaking Dhauladhar Waterfalls and wonderful sights of a number of shrines, pilgrimages, and forests are the prime attractions of this temple. It is said to be almost 700 years old and attracts devotees from all over the globe. And don’t forget to visit the handicraft center where you can find all kinds of wooden carvings and toys for the kids.The temple comprises of a big complex with a 'Kund' (pond) in it. The devotees take a holy dip in this pond. Due to its utterly sacred importance, the main deity of the temple is not accessible to the visitors, being kept under cover. A cave-like scoop at the back of the temple represents an embodiment of Shiva, the stone lingam.
Hiking & Trekking
The rugged terrain of the jagged mountains of Kangra comes across as the perfect platform for trekkers, mountaineers and rock-climbers to venture out for some action. From easy walks to grueling mountaineering sessions, hiking is a popular activity in Dharamshala. Treks to Bhagsu Falls, Dal Lake, Indrahar Falls and Triund are not to be missed by the adventurous.
Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is a popular tourist destination. The impending mountains act as a fortress for this busy city. Cradled amidst the Dhauladhar ranges, the hilly terrains of Dharamshala possesses numerous challenges for the adventurous soul. Test your limits by engaging in the Rock Climbing expeditions at Dharamshala-Nayagroeon region. It is important to take note that this climb is not for the faint-hearted. The tough climb will push you to the limits as you ascend the mountains. Many adventure junkies can be seen taking part in the thrill thattakes your adrenaline to an all-time high. As you slowly make your way up, you will be exposed to better views of the valley. Rock Climbing has never been an easy task, nor will it ever be, but the excitement that it produces is worth the risk that you take. Dare to do the impossible.
Why restrict yourself to the lush green grounds when sky is the limit? There are several other exciting activities like paragliding at Billing. Located about 70 kilometres from Dharamshala,Dharamshala gives you an opportunity to breach the limits. Soar above the Himalayas like a carefree bird and see the mystifying beauty of the hills with a panoramic view. Located at a convenient distance from Dharamshala, Billing is a famous & renowned paragliding hub that offers you this service.
Engage yourself in fishing in the town of Dharamshala. The stretch from Nadaun to the Pong Dam is one of the most popular spots for fishing. You can try catching the Mahaseer fish in this 20-km stretch. Fishing and angling have emerged as two of the most sought-after activities here, as the place is rich with plenty of streams and rivers. Catch some exciting varieties of fish and enjoy a quiet time amidst the heavenly beauty of nature. If you are looking for a calm and peaceful time, then this is your golden chance. Soak in the beauty of village life and be one with nature.
Head off to McLeod Ganj to visit the Dalai Lama Temple Complex. This place, also called "Little Lhasa of Tibet" in Upper Dharamshala is known world-wide, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides here. The main temple is where He gives teachings several times a year. His Holiness’ residence is located near the main temple and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile is located just below McLeod Ganj.You will also explore the local market at McleodGanj, where you can see and buy Tibetan handicrafts.