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The lush and refreshing hills of Dharamshala

Places To Visit In Dharamshala, Himachal

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Best Places To Visit In Dharamshala

Often referred to as the second ‘Winter Capital of India’, Dharamshala is the ultimate adventure and backpacking destination in the country. Every year thousands of tourists from India as well as from other countries come to the mesmerizing Kangra Valley and make Dharamshala home for days as there are a number of tourist places in Dharamshala ranging from high peak mountains to buddhist monasteries, this city has a lot to offer.Whether you are looking for adventure or a calm place with amazing views, you’ll surely be pleased with the tourist attractions in Dharamshala. Take a long trek in the breathtaking hills or go to explore the beautiful temples and shrines, every place you visit will be a lifetime experience. Places to visit in Dharamshala that should be on your itinerary are Tibetan Museum, HH Dalai Lama Temple, St. John’s Church in the wilderness, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsunag Waterfalls and Tse Chok Ling Gompa.

Some of the best places to visit in Dharamshala include:

(1). Triund: The crown of the jewel Dharamshala, Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district. Triund is considered, by far, the best place to visit in Dharamshala. The trek leading to this hill top is undergone by thousands of backpackers every year from every part of the world. It is a simple 2 to 4 hour 9 km easy trek which gives spectacular views of the Kangra valley on one side and the mighty Dhauladhars on the other.(2). Namgyal Monastery: Situated within Tsuglagkhang Complex, Namgyal Monastery is home to the residence of Dalai Lama among various other shrines and temples. Though the residence is out of reach for tourists, the place with its simple and disciplinary environment among the monks should be a great place to experience the beauty of silence. (3). HPCA Stadium: This cricket stadium located between the hills is definitely worth a visit. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium will pump you up as you enter it. Moreover to the mesmerizing views, the Tibetan influence and architecture will give an experience like none. It is surely a dream stadium for all cricket-lovers!(4). McLeodganj Main Square: McLeodganj is the hub of backpackers and the main square is the place for numerous cafes and hostels. This bustling market is full of small shops selling everything from souvenirs to clothes. Also, you’ll get everything to eat here.

(5). Norbulingka Institute: Founded in 1988, Norbulingka Institute is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. If you are an explorer and curious to know about Tibetan traditions and culture, this should be a perfect place for you!In addition to these Dharamshala tourist places, one should also visit Kangra Art Museum, Gyuto Monastery, Kalachakra Temple, Dal Lake, Naddi Village, Dharamkot and Jwalamukhi Temple.Places to see in Dharamshala are not just limited to the high peaks and temples. One must head to the Kangra Fort that will take you back in the colonial time.Make sure you have ample time to cover all the places while planning sightseeing in Dharamshala. You should also list down the things to see in Dharamshala that you will like from the huge number of attractions the city offers and prepare your itinerary accordingly.

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Revive amidst the peace and quiet of Dal Lake in Dharamshala
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Dal Lake in Dharamshala

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Dal Lake, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh 176219

Surrounded by tall deodar and pine trees, Dal Lake is a small lake near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. A p

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Find solace in the calm environs of Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala
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Namgyal Monastery In Dharamshala

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McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219

The Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala is one of the most popular sites for Buddhist Studies. Also referred to as the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies or the Namgyal Tantric College, it i...

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Calm your mind, body, and soul at the Jwalamukhi Devi Temple in Dharamshala
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Jwalamukhi Devi Temple in Dharamshala

One of the most renowned ancient temples of Goddess Durga, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple is a sacred place established by Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra. Set amidst the undulating hills, the temple is situated under the gaze of the Dhauladhar range. The temple is perfectly constructed with a gilt dome and pinnacles, and possess...

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The beauty of the Triund trek will astound you
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Triund Hill in Dharamshala

Address: Triund, Himachal Pradesh 176219

Let the spellbounding beauty of the Triund trek route in the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar hills, near Dharamshala, Himachal enchant you. This serene and majestic trek offers panoramic views of the...

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Feel blessed at the high-perched Bhagsunag Temple in Dharamshala
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Bhagsunag Temple in Dharamshala

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Chandigarh-Chintapurni-Dharamshala Rd, McLeod Ganj, Himach...

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bhagsunag temple is located in the holy village of Bhagsunag in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh and is a very popular tourist attraction in Dharamshala. This temple is s...

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Refresh your senses at the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala
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Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala

Originally set up in Tibet, Gyuto Monastery is known for its study in tantric meditation, ritual arts and Buddhist philosophies. It was re-established in India after the Chinese invasion in 1959 in Tibet. The monastery was initially founded by the main disciple of first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. Gyuto Monastery is, ...

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Where should I eat in Dharamshala?

The market in McLeodganj will offer you a vareity of cuisines. Tibetan, English and Indian food is easily available. There is a cafe named 'Shiva Cafe' in Bhagsunag, which is a must try in Dharamshala, serving great continental food. Accessible by only foot, it takes about an hour hike to reach the cafe.

What adventure activity should I go for?

Trekking to the famous Triund hill top and paragliding at Bir (World's second best paragliding platform) are the activities one should definitely try while in Dharamshala.

What are the best stay options for a solo traveller?

Backpackers Hostel, McLeodganj and Zostel, Bir are the top options for a person travelling alone. These are the hostels introduced with the concept of getting travellers from different countries and places together at a very nominal rent that is ideal for a solo traveller.

What things can I buy in Dharamshala?

Dharamshala has plenty of shops selling Himachali clothes and various kinds of handicrafts mostly associated with Buddhism and Tibet.

What places can I visit in Dharamshala?

Dal lake, Namgyal monastery, Bhagsunag temple and waterfall, Kangra Art Museum, HPCA stadium and Tibet museum are some of the places one can visit in Dharamshala.

Is Dharamshala safe to travel to?

Yes, it is completely safe in Dharamshala. One will find hundreds of tourists anytime they visit the place. Moreover, the locals are quite friendly and helpful.

Is Triund Trek suitable for all?

The Triund trek is suitable for most people. It is an easy trek of 11km with an uphill trek of 4-5 hours.

Is paragliding at Bir safe?

Paragliding at Bir is quite safe. Just follow the instructions properly. Do ask your para-pilot for his license to make sure he is an expert. However, no adventure activity is 100% safe.