Dharamshala, Himanchal Pradesh
Located in Kangra district, Dharamshala is a unique and one of the most beautiful hill stations of India. The ancient history of Dharamshala says that its surrounding areas were ruled by the Katoch Dynasty of Kangra, which is known to be the oldest surviving Royal Dynasty in the World. It came under the control of British in 1848 and then became a Cantonment Town for Gurkha Rifles in 1860.
Dominated by Tibetan culture, in 1959, Dharamshala became the 14th Dalai Lama’s home place. The city is surrounded by thick forests of mostly deodar cedar trees, which make it an astounding place of natural beauty. One more important aspect of Dharamshala is that lots of foreign students come here to learn Buddhism and get the teachings of Dalai Lama. You can nourish your soul and body with the nature and knowledge of Dharamshala.
Location: It is located in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh
Summers are quite pleasant but winters are chilling cold.
Summers will be more delightful if you will wear normal cottons and light woollens, if needed in summers. But heavy woollens are required in the chilling winters.
Best time to visit: Summer season: March-June
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is in Gaggal (around 13 kms). Chandigarh is another airport (273 kms) from where you can hire a taxi or a cab to Dharamshala.
By Train: Pathankot is the nearest station (about 85 kms) away from Dharamshala. You can hire a taxi from here easily.
By Road: Lots of HRTC buses and private taxis are available easily.
Places of interest:
Location: 2 kms from McLeod Ganj, about 11 kms from Dharamshala
Best month to visit: March to June and September to December
Also known as ‘Bhagsu Waterfall’, this place is a very famous spot of Dharamshala, having the popular Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, called the ‘Bhagsunath Temple’. The beauteous Waterfall looks amazing in the rainy season, when there is a full flow of dazzling water. The surrounding lush green beauty and the mighty hills make this place perfect to hang out and picnic.
Location: 5.5 kms from Dharmshala
Best month to visit: March to June, September and November
Also known as ‘Upper Dharamshala’, Mcleod Ganj is famous for the residence of the Tibetan Spiritual Leader, Dalai Lama. Lots of students come here to learn Buddhism. It is also a well known centre for learning Tibetan ritual, culture and Buddhism. It is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’. Mcleod Ganj has many schools, temples, meditation centres, nunneries, monasteries of Tibetan culture. The library of Tibetan religion and history is very exclusive. It is a centre of attraction for people from all over the World including Hollywood celebrities like Uma Thurman and Richard Gere.
The Highest peak of Dharamshala, ‘Hunuman Tibaa’ is also present here.
Location: About 17 kms from Dharamshala, near Bhagsu Waterfall
Best month to visit: April, May, September to November mid
Famous as the ‘Crown Jewel of Dharamshala’, Triund Hill is the ideal place for trekking and picnic. If you intend to do the return trek the same day, you should make it a point to start early morning. Triund hill trek is very wide, with the Dhauladhar Range on one side and the Kangra Valley on the other side. Tourists from all over the World enjoy walking and climbing on the exotic hills, the awesome weather and the enchanting views from the heights.
Location: 2 kms from McLeod Ganj
Timings: Open all days from 7.00 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.
Dal Lake is a very splendid and natural lake in Mcleod Ganj area. Surrounded by lush green Deodar trees, this place will refresh your mind and soul with its scenic beauty. The Lord Shiva Temple on the banks of Dal Lake is very famous and attracts many devotees every year at the time of famous festivals of Lord Shiva.
This lake is a house of many small fishes, though fishing is not allowed here. You can enjoy walking around the lake in the evening and boating inside the lake.
Location: 20 kms from Dharamshala
Timings: Open all days from 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Mentioned in the Mahabharata epic and originated from the ancient Trigarta kingdom, Kangra fort is the largest and oldest Fort in India. It was one of the leading Hill Stations of Punjab and Himachal in the ancient times. The Fort is on the junction of two rivers Banganga and Majhi. The exotic valley view from the top of the fort is mind blowing.
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