Dharamshala is a
hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18
kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with
oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three
sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The
snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than
at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek
to a snow-point after an early morning's start.
snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas form a magnificent
backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamshala. This is the
principal township of Kangra and overlooks the wide spread of
the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous
streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the
nearby snowline, Dharamshala has everything for a perfect
Places to See
Often called the' Little Lhasa' at 1770 m, this is the residence
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan government-in-exile
has been here for over three decades. The impressive monastery
has larger than life images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and
Avalokteshwara. The large Tibetan community and the presence of
traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced
the area. A host of Tibetan handicrafts, curios and garments are
available on sale and every Sunday, a flea-market appears.
At the very start of town, landscaped lawns fill a pine grove
where a monument has been raised to commemorate the post
independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra Art Museum.
This treasure love of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts and rich
past displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. It
includes gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a
representative collection of sculptures, pottery and
anthropological items. 'Shamianas' and dresses used by local
royalty, old carved doors, jails, lintels and pandals are also
on display. Coins, jewellery and manuscripts are included. A
section houses the work of contemporary artists, sculptors and
photographers. The library is just below this.
11 km from Dharamshala and surrounded by deodar trees, the lake
fills a mountain bowl, On the motor - road, this is an
enchanting and serene picnic spot.
St. John's Church
8 km from Dharamshala, between Forsythganj and McLeodganj is the
charming dressed- stone church of St. John in the wildness.
Under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected
over the body of the British viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at
Dharamshala in 1863. There is a wall tended old graveyard on
these grassy slopes.
Close to fresh water springs, this ancient temple is 11 km from
Dharamshala. It is a popular picnic spot and the famous slate
quarries are close by.
A 3 km level walk from the Kotwali Bazaar leads up to this rock
On the crest of a hill this attractive picnic spot presents a
panoramic view of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges.
This is 11 km from Dharamshala.
Based at the root of the Dhauladhar ranges,Triund is at a height
of 2827m and is 17 km from Dharamshala. The snowline starts at
llaqua 5 km from here. This is a popular picnic spot and trek
route, with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys.
There is a lovely forest rest house here.
22 km from Kotwali Bazzar, amidst sylvan surroundings, there is
a rest house here. Surrounded by open meadows and thick
woods,the Kareri lake is 13 km ahead.
10 km from Dharamshala on the banks of the rivulet Bindu Saras,
is an ashram complex established by the late Swami Chinmayananda,
a noted exponent of the Gita. The complex includes a 9m high
image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Ragunath Temple, a
meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation center.
41 km from Dharamshala,on the highway to Pathankot, there is a
cave temple with a stalactite and stalagmite dedicated to Lord
80 km from Dharamshala, this historic town is famous for its
wall paintings, temples and fort. Here, the festival of holiday
a major event.
13 km from Palampur, the famous artist S. Sobha Singh lived here
for several years. A gallery houses some of his major works.
Also, there is a pottery centre at Andretta.
The temple of Jawalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Briheshweri Devi
are other pilgrim centres close to
Dharamshala. The forts of
Kangra and Mangarh are other attractions.
Adventure Activities and Sports
Between May and October, the Dhauladhar ranges offer an enormous
variety of trekking and rock climbing. Himachal's mountaineering
institute has a branch at Dharamshala.
The 20 km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and the Pong
Dam offers ample opportunities in angling for mahseer.
For local handicrafts at Kotwali bazar, Tibetan handicrafts and
carpets at McLeodganj.
Dharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi. The nearest
airport is at Gaggal,just l3 km away. Pathankot, the nearest
railway station is 85 km away.
Taxis for Dharamsala are available at both places from Pathankot
the drive takes about three hours. Or you can drive from Delhi
(526 km) via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur - this should
take around 8 hours. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses ply to