Dharamshala:- Dharamshala is the beautiful hill station to take a break from the chaos of the city. It is a place that gets its tourists throughout the year. The spot is prevalent among backpackers that make it the ideal destination for tourists all over the world. Dharamshala always has something to offer to everyone in every season, so you can expect all kinds of tourists here, from backpackers to families. This city allures them all. Also, the city is famous for its trekking sport such as triund trek, kareri trek as well as other sightseeing like bhagshu waterfalls, Dal lake, Tibet Museum, St. John in the wilderness, Namgyal Monastry, Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai Lama Temple, Mcleod Ganj, and the war memorial. So if you are an adventure seeker, Dharamshala can be an ideal place for you. Dharmshala is one of India’s most famous hill stations and across the world since it is home to His Holiness Dalai Lama. Frequently visited by Indians and foreign tourists alike, the hill station offers a range of places for sightseeing when you visit Dharmshala.
Best time to visit:-
March to mid-July
October & November
It is located at the 1457 meters above from the sea level.
Climate and temperature:-
The climate here is quite humid. (Dharamshala)
Mcleodganj has some humid months (January the most humid month & may the least humid month), and little dry months in the opposite season.
22 to 35-degree Celcius (In summers, ideal for trekking)
16-degree Celcius (in winters)
25 degree Celcius in summer, -1 to 9-degree Celcius in winters (Mcleodganj)
Things to do
Tsuglagkhang complex: Build-in 1959 when Dalai Lama came to India and Dalai Lama’s house. It is also the place where he holds private and public meetings. The place also is flourishing with Tibetan dance and music.
Namgyal Monastery: The largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet is also the Dalai Lama’s home. The monastery houses 200 monks who practiced Buddhism in the purest form.
Bhagsunag Waterfalls: A paradise for trekkers, hikers, and rock climbers offers a spectacular view of the waterfall along with the surrounding foliage. Just some distance away, you can also visit the Bhagsunag Temple.
Gyuto Monastery: founded in 1474, is known for various tantric rituals it holds and the study of Buddhist philosophy.
Kangra Fort: One of the popular destinations in Dharmshala is this 4th Century BC fort that is an architectural marvel and offers a great view of the Kangra Valley. It is also considered to be one of the oldest forts in India.
Kangra Art Museum: A not-miss sightseeing when in Dharmshala, the place offers a rich display of Tibetan and Buddhist art and culture dating back to many centuries.
Masroor Rock Cut Temple: Well-known for the rock-cut temples constructed in the 8th century has statues of Sita, Ram, and Laxman. It is a bit far from Barot, 47.4 km but worth visiting the place if you have time to enjoy the spectacular terrain and the impressive figure of Lord Shiva at the center of the shrine.
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives: One of the most stimulating places in Dharmshala that houses the most important Tibetan literature till date since most of the manuscripts are salvaged from the 1959 exile.
War Memorial: One of the key attractions of the place where you can read out the fallen heroes’ names.
Truid Trek: Learn the thrill of climbing to a mountain peak and camping there in the night with the Truid trek. Watch the beautiful sunset, the lush green meadows, and the twinkling stars from your tent. It is an experience that you will remember for life.
Tibetan Art Museum: Understand the development of Tibetan culture through the passage of time at these must-see places while you are in Dharmshala. It is maintained by the Central Tibetan Administration Department of Information and International Relations.
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple: Build 500 years ago is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. The temple is built on a rocky hill surrounded by forests and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Kalachakra Temple: The meaning of the temple is Wheel of Time and is fascinating to look at with the murals and paintings of Avalokitesvara that adorns the walls and ceilings. It is believed that Dalai Lama is the incarnation of Avalokitesvara.
Indrahar Pass: located at 4,500 feet above sea level in Dhauladhar Range, offers a gorgeous view of the city of Dharmashala and the valley below from the summit.
Hanuman Ka Tibba: At an altitude of 19,000 feet on the Dhauladhar range is an ideal place for those seeking a thrill from trekking and mountain climbing.
Nechung Monastery: Home of the ‘Seer Oracle’ is the ultimate place where Tibetans and the Buddhists since the 18th century.
Norbulingka Institute: Understand and learn about the Tibetan culture, history, art, and literature with a guided tour in the institute. If you have time, you can also enroll in a short-term Tibetan art workshop in the institute. The place also holds the world’s largest collection of Losel dolls in the Losel Doll Museum.
Lahesh Caves: A must-visit place for adventure buffs and trekking enthusiasts. At an altitude of 11,482 feet above sea level, you will surely have an out-of-this-world experience when you visit inside these caves.
Chintpurni Devi Temple: If you want your wishes to be granted, then believe the locals and visit the place with an honest heart, and Goddess Chintpurni will grant your wish.
McLeod Ganj: Popularly known as Little Lasha is well-known for its Tibetan population and as the Tibetan government headquarter in India.
Some honorary mentions:
• Dharmshala Cricket Stadium
• St John in the Wilderness Church
• Dal Lake
• Tea Garden
• Tsuglag Khang
• Bhagsunag Temple
• Kangra Valley
• Dalai Lama temple complex
• Naam Art Gallery
• Naddi Village
• Jwala Devi Temple
• Chinmaya Tapovan
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