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Dharamshala

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Dharamshala

Kangra Art Museum:

Kangra Art Museum is the most popular tourist attractions of Dharamshala. Housing rare Tibetan and Buddhist artifacts along with Kangra region's old folklore paintings and handicrafts the Kangra Museums attracts a large number of visitors and art lovers. Located close to the bus stand of Dharamshala, the Kangra Art Museum has a dedicated section displaying contemporary art works of the region. A nominal entrance fee is charged for visiting the museum.

 

Kangra Fort:

Kanga Fort is one of the ancient Forts built by the erstwhile rulers of Kangra. Considered to be one of the oldest forts in India, the Kangra Fort is located at a distance of 20 Kms from Dharamshala city center. The main attraction inside the fort is the gushing streams of Banganga and Manjhi rivers. The fort is also known as Nagarkot and tourists need to climb through seven gates to reach the three temples located inside.

 

Dharamkot:

Dharamkot located at a walking distance of 20 minutes from Dharamshala is a popular trekking excursion attracting a large number of tourists. Dharamkot has a large foreign population and was infamous as the hippie community in the later 19070's. Located amid the dense hotbed of rhododendron trees, Dharamkot is popular for being a trekker's paradise as well as attracting a large number of new age spiritual travelers and tourists.

 

Mcleodganj:  

McLeodganj is the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama located near Dharamshala. The city of Mcleodganj is the home for Tibetan government in exile and has an impressive monastery with life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloktwshwara. The large Tibetan community and traditional architectural designs from Tibet further enhances the area. Mcloedganj is a popular tourist hotspot attracting spiritual travelers as well as honeymooners alike.

 

Hanuman-ka-Tibba:

Hanuman-Ka-Tibba is one of the most well known trekking routes in Dharamshala. Located near the city of Mcleodgunj, Hanuman-Ka-Tibba offers panoramic scenes of the mighty Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Trekking excursions take place all around the year attracting alarge number of adventure tourists and travelers.

 

Namgyal Monastery:

Namgyal Monastery is a scared building acting as the official residence of the Dalai Lama. The complex is constructed in a location near Mcleodganj and is overlooked by the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. Being a private monastery of the Dalai Lama, no visitor is allowed to enter the temple premises except Dalai Lama and his students.

 

Tibetan Library:

Tibetan library located between Dharamsala and Mcleodganj is a famous tourist attraction. The library is known for its rare artifacts displaying rich and rare Tibetan literature. The library has an excellent collection of books dealing with the Himalayan region and many valuable as well as rare photographs. Located at Gangchen Kyishong Complex (3km), the library is easily reachable by taxi or on foot.

 

Bhagsu Falls:

Bhagsu Falls are a popular tourist hangout in Dharamshala. Located at a distance of 2 Kms from Mcleodgunj, the falls stand amid the ancient Bhagsunath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. During monsoons, this waterfall turns into a 30 ft cascade besides a mountain that looks like an art piece made out of slate. The Bhagnunath temple and the Bhagsu Falls attract a large number of visitors in the summer season.

 

War Memorial:

War Memorial dedicated to the brave sons of Himachal Pradesh is one of its kinds in India. Artistically decorated with green landscape gardens, the war memorial is located near the GPC College near the Dharamshala city center. Offering a tribute to the great soldiers in post independence India is one of the best ways to begin tracking the tourist hotspots of Dharamshala.

 

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium:

Dharamshala cricket stadium is the latest tourist attraction attracting thousands of tourists and sportspersons. With international and Ranji matches being conducted on a regular basis and the stadium acting as the home stadium to the Punjab IPL team, Dharamshala cricket stadiums is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world located amid the backdrop of gorgeous snow capped mountain ranges. Built and maintained by the Himachal Pradesh state cricket association, the Dharamshala cricket stadium is a panoramic sight offering immense tourist interest.

 

Dal Lake:

Dal Lake located at a distance of 2 kms from Mcleodgunj is one of the most important landmarks of Dharamshala. Surrounded by Deodar Range, the Lake acts as the base camp for various trekking excursions. An annual festival in September attracts thousands of tourists from far and wide to witness the beauty and grace of this picturesque Lake. Dal Lake also has a spiritual quotient and is considered to cure all diseases of the pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Lake waters. The temple located close to the Lake which is dedicated to Sage Durvasa is also worth a visit for the religious tourists.

 

Kareri Lake:

Kareri Lake is a famous fresh water Lake located at a distance of 10 Kms from Dharamshala city center. The Lake bed is visible due to the shallow water level of the Kareri Lake making it one of the most beautiful Lakes in the whole of Himachal Pradesh. The Lake acts as a transit point for various trekking excursions and is a popular tourist hangout.

 

Neugal Khad:

Neugal Khad also known as Bundla Chasm is a 300 meters wide fresh water stream attracting a large number of tourists. The Neugal Khad is a popular picnic hotspot in Dharamshala located at a distance of 2 Kms from the city center. The place attracts a large number of visitors all through the year but the stream gets immensely beautiful and magical in the rainy season in the monsoons.

 

St. John Church:

St. John Church also known as St. John Church in Wilderness is an ancient church dedicated to Saint John. Constructed in the year 1852, the church is built in Neo-Gothic architectural style and features Belgian stained-glass windows. Located at Forsyth Ganj near Dharamshala city center the church attracts a large number of pilgrims and historians alike.

 

Triund:  

Triund is a popular tourist attraction in Dharamshala famous for its panoramic views of the mighty Dauladhar ranges. Triund is essentially a crest formation amid the mountains serving as an ideal camping hotspot and a famous trekking base camp. Located at a distance of 9 Kms from Mcleodgunj, trekking to Triund can take nearly 4 hours amid the magical mountain ranges and trenches making it one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Dharamshala.

 

Chamunda Devi Temple:

Chamunda Devi temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is an ancient Hindu temple attracting a large number of pilgrims. Located at a distance of 15 Kms from Dharamshala, the Chamunda Devi Temple is located on the banks of Banner River. Pilgrims praying at this famous shrine are said to receive the merciful bounty of the Goddess brining them ultimate Moksha or Nirvana.

 

Namgyalma Stupa:

Namgyalma Stupa located in the heart of Mcleodgunj is an ancient Buddhist Stupa dedicated to the Tibetan activists. Built as a copy of the famous Sanchi Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century, the Namgyalma Stupa portrays a beautiful and serene image of the Sakyamuni Buddha.