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Dharamshala & Mcleodganj: Ace tourist destinations

Himachal Pradesh is the place where natural beauty abounds in every corner and in every valley or hilltop and so is Dharamshala. Bestowed with magnificent view of snowy peaks, lush green surroundings, tea gardens and enchanting hills, Dharamshala(Dharamsala) is situated at the foothills of Dhauladhar in Kangra valley, at a height of 1,250 meters(with an average elevation of 1457 mtrs.) from sea level.

Dharamshala is winter capital of Himachal Pradesh and also the headquarter of district Kangra. Dharamshala is one of the famous tourist places of Himachal Pradesh.

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Fantastic tourist places to visit

Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj(McLeod Ganj) is the residence of Nobale Laureate, his holiness the 'Dalai Lama' and headquarter of Tibetan Govt. in exile. You can visit Tibetan monasteries, temples and St. John church.

McLeod Ganj enjoys so much foreigners round the year that while roaming in Macllo(People in and around Dharamshala prefer Macllo as a short name for McleodGanj) you may forget for a moment that you are in Himachal Pradesh. McLeod Ganj is just a few kilometers from Dharamshala.

War Memorial: War memorial has been built in the memory of brave shoulders of hill state who laid their lives for the honour and security of India in different battles. The memorial is situated near Dharamshala FM radio station.

Masrur: The rock-cut temple is approximately 40 kms. away from Dharmashala. The major attraction of this place is the fifteen exquisitely carved monolithic rock temples dating back to 8th century.

Bhagsunath Temple: Temple of god Shiva is around 11 km. from Dharamahala. Bhagsunath also has a water fall, one of the major tourist attraction.

Kunal Parthi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kalpeshwari, and is located 3 km from the Kotwali Bazaar, Dharmshala. It’s a believed that a part of Goddess Sati, skull, fell here when Lord Shiva was carrying the charred body of the Goddess, and hence the name of the temple.

Chamunda Temple: This temple is located around 15 km from Dharamshala on the right bank of river Baner on the Mandi-Pathankot highway. According to mythology, Goddess Kali killed the demons Chand and Mund at this place.

Dal Lake: The Lake is spread in an area of 1 km and is bounded by rhododendrons, deodars, and junipers forest. Annually, a fair is held at the Kali Temple near the Lake. There is another temple close to the lake that is dedicated to sage Durvasa. Dal Lake is 2 km walk westwards from McLeodganj bazaar.

Triund: Triund is nestled in the foothills of Dhauladhar and is around 17 km from Dharamsala. It’s a trekking destination from McLeodgang, and offers magnificent vistas of the mountains and valleys. The nightstays are in the hoods, small time caves, that local gaddis with their goat herds use as shelters from rains during the daytime.

Naddi: This scenic picnic spot is located 5 km northwest of McLeodganj. Naddi offers a spectacular view of the Kangra valley. You can trek to Kareri Lake, Triund, and Guna Devi from here. It’s also becoming a popular destination for nature lovers.

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Palampur: Palampur, famous for tea gardens, Shobha Singh art gallery, IHBT(CSIR) and Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Univesristy is just 35 km. from Dharamshala. Read More....

Jawalamukhi: The Flamming Goddess, Jwalamukhi is the one of the most popular temple and is situated at a distance of 46 Kms. from Dharamshala.

Trilokpur: Trilokpur has a natural cave which is dedicated to lord Shiva.

Cricket stadium

Dharamshala cricket stadium is Himachal's only international cricket stadium.

Other places of interest are: Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Chinmaya Tapovana, Kangra fort, Yol, Dharamakot, Kareri etc.

How to reach Dharamshala?

Dharamshala is well connected through Air and road. One can take flight from Delhi to Kangra Airport(Gaggal Airport) which is just 13 Km. from Dharamshala. Volvo and AC buses are available from Delhi to Dharamshala. If you have time then you can also enjoy small train Pathankot to Kangra. Train runs on narrow gauge from Pathankot to Jogindernagar.

Where to stay?

There are so many small and big hotels in and around Dharamshala including Asia Health Resort, Club Mahindra and Govt. rest house/circuit house.

Best time to visit Dharamshala would be between May to June or October to January. Do remember a few things when you visit Dharamshala. Dharamshala being one of India's most rainy places, may surprise you with bad weather, thunders and heavy rain. Do carry umbrella, warm cloths with you.

Lovely green hills, snow-clad peaks, pristine and fresh air will certainly have lasting effect on you, and you will leave with a lingering desire to visit Dharamshala again.

Dharamshala & Mcleodganj: Ace tourist destinations Dharamshala & Mcleodganj: Ace tourist destinations Reviewed by Admin on 1:31 AM Rating: 5


  1. Dharamshala a perfect & a beautiful place and also not crowded as compared to other hill station in India...Picturesque serenity of Dharamshala made this place popular between nature lovers. ..There are many tourist attractions ranging from ancient temples, churches and monasteries to museums and ancient towns.

  2. I luv dharamshala..................


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