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:
(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 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.
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
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...
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. 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, ...
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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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.
The Triund trek is suitable for most people. It is an easy trek of 11km with an uphill trek of 4-5 hours.
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.
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.
Dharamshala has plenty of shops selling Himachali clothes and various kinds of handicrafts mostly associated with Buddhism and Tibet.
Backpackers Hostel, McLeod Ganj 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.
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