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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 mountains to Buddhist monasteries, this city has a lot to offer. Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Museum, Kangra Art Museum, War Memorial, and Kangra Fort are the best places to visit in Dharamshala. Naddi Hill Point, Dal Lake, and Bhagsunag Waterfall are the best places to visit near Mcleodganj. The best time to visit Dharamshala is the summer season, between March and early June. 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. Some of the top places to visit in Dharamshala that should be on your itinerary are 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:

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. 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. 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! 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. 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 to the colonial time.

Do pay a visit to Tibetan Market to pick up souvenirs while shopping in Dharamshala. Paragliding, trekking, and camping are popular things to do in Dharamshala. Make sure you have ample time to cover all the places while planning sightseeing in Dharamshala.

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Dal Lake in Dharamshala

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 picture perfect location with a calm and peaceful environment, Dal Lake Dharamshala is a mid altitude lake situated 1,775 metres above sea level. Other than just sitting and experiencing...

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Namgyal Monastery In Dharamshala

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 is the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama. It is the largest Tibetan monastery in the world, outside of Tibet. Located in Mc...

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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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Triund Hill in Dharamshala

 

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 hills from the top at various times of the day – moonrise, dusk, and dawn. Trek through the lush green rhododendron and oak ...

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McLeodganj in Dharamshala

Mcleodganj in Himachal offers everything a traveller can ask from the Himalayas: spirituality, serenity, and sublimity. A winding road through the Pine tree tunnels on the Dhauladhar mountains leads travellers to Mcleodganj, which is located 10 kilometers north of Dharamshala. Essentially a hilly suburb of Dharamshala, Mcle...

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Bhagsunag Temple in Dharamshala

Chandigarh-Chintapurni-Dharamshala Rd, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh 176216

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 situated around 2 km from McLeodganj Main Square and was constructed in the 18th Century. Because of its unique style of archi...

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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. A serene monastery of holiness, Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala is known for its heart-touching history and its tantric studies all over the world. This monastery proves how ancient power of black ...

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Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala

Distt. Kangra, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176215

The rolling meadows, snow-covered mountain peaks and the oak and coniferous vegetation just adds to the sublime natural beauty of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or the HPCA cricket stadium in Dharamshala. Imagine watching a riveting cricket match with the backdrop of misty and snowy mountains all around wh...

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    Srinivas Kadiyala

    Bengaluru

    Srinivas's 8 days trip to Dharamshala

    The travel was good. Driver was good, with all curve roads we travelled with. Hotel at Shimla was good. Food was good at hotel. Rooms were clean. Hote at Manali was good, we were not getting the cold water. Hotel people has fixed it. Rooms were clean. Dharamshala hotel was also clean. Place is coo
    l. Dalhousie Hotel room was not neat, the lift was not operational. Bed cloth was not clean. We did not face any problem while in travel.
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    Nilamanidas's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

    It was a awesome trip.The cab driver Vikram Singh is a professional and experienced Driver.Hotels are very good.Thanks to Discover my travel and Travel triangle
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    Krishnatiwari

    Gujarat

    Krishnatiwari's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

    It was good experience but snow point mentioned in package was not included. Manali is famous for snow point but it was not covered in the trip . So, I have to make my own arrangements for the expense at my own. Rohtang Pass at my own cost and paragliding in Kullu.
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    Kishorkumarnaik

    Goa

    Kishorkumarnaik's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    We came across this website on the day before we left to chandigarh. Even at the last moment they helped us plan our trip very well.Driver Raju came at the right time to pick us from chandigarh. Day 1 we went to shimla stayed there for two days.Hotel given by these people here was much better.Then
    on the 3rd day we were taken to manali.Hotel in manali was much much better compared to shimla.We had a really good time in manali.Driver was calm and too friendly.Talking about kgf and ipl cricket is what I remember having conversation with driver.He was also very informative about the place. Our Hotels: Shimla: The Royal Vista, 3/5 Rating. Hotel is okay type. Manali: The Mountain Villa, 5/5 Rating. Hotel is very posh. We Spent 3 Nights. Staff is very good. Food is amazing. Our Agent: The Ideal Tours. Abhishek, he helped us a lot in the begining. When tour starts, he did not contact us. Which is the sad part.. But still it is okay. Your entire tour guide is your CAB DRIVER. You should have a good one. We had a nice person, We fully enjoyed, we will revist Manali once again in next year, hope we will find the same driver :D Thank you very much for the trip
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    Ambesh Sharma

    Ajmer

    Ambesh's 3 days trip to Dharamshala

    very good photography time and food of hotel but still waiting for photographs
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    Ankur Bhatnagar

    New delhi

    Ankur's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    Hotels are Ok Ok with average services, Almost Food is repeated all 3 days in both breakfast and dinner and Driver is good in nature but has driven car too slow and even slower than Volvo buses. Time taken from Delhi to Tirthan 550 KM is 17 hours in Innova which is really tiring, tirthan to Manali i
    s 90 km took us 4.5 hours to reach .. and driver didn't knew much about any of the site scene. Ok ok experience not too satisfactory as per the amount paid.
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    Cp Vinay

    Hyderabad

    Cp's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

    Thanks Travel triangle for your services! We had a Good time at shimla and manali. All things were set perfect before we asked for. Food can be more better in both locations and amenities can be enhanced if possible. Thanks Travel triangle for your services! We had a Good time at shimla and manali.
    All things were set perfect before we asked for. Food can be more better in both locations and amenities can be enhanced if possible.
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    Padmaja Krovvidi

    Pune

    Padmaja's 8 days trip to Dharamshala

    Hotel rooms are not up to the mark, they are very small and located very far to the city specially in manali n shimla. We see some glitches in hotel bookings Cab driver is good Dalhousie sight location is good
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    Amala George

    Chennai

    Amala's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    Had some issue with cab driver being unwell ..so got an alternative cab from the travel agent..but landed up in some trouble on the way again..and had to take another cab. The agency made arrangements for alternative cab and refunded the money spent by us..so finally it was ok.
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    Krishna Prasad

    Hyderabad

    Krishna's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

    1) 3.5 stars for Manali Retreat. We liked the rooms in Hotel Manali Retreat. The staff was friendly and courteous. WIFI is provided. 2) There is no lift. It could be a problem for senior citizen travellers. 3) The food was just okay. There are limited options in Breakfast and Dinner. We had to lea
    ve early at 7 AM on one of the days of our stay, and when we requested for early Breakfast, our request was declined. They could have atleast arranged us a cup of coffee or tea and some cornflakes for kids. We were not happy with this. We had to dine out in spite of opting for a meal plan. **** 4) 3 stars for Hotel King Palace. We were really happy with the staff courtesy and friendliness. They were very generous and pleasing. But the hotel is located in a very busy area and has narrow space. The ambience is not good and the room where we stayed was suffocating with no ventilation. The windows had to be closed due to Monkeys menace and there is no fan. No WIFI. 5) There is no lift. It could be a problem for Senior Citizen travellers. 6) The food was good. Limited options in Breakfast and Dinner. But the food is served hot and tasty. We really enjoyed our stay in Manali and we could have skipped Shimla. Rohtang Pass was a hit in Manali and Khufri was a flop in Shimla.

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