Destination in Himachal

DHARAMSHALA HIMACHAL PRADESH - INDIA
SEA HEIGHT : 2,100m
Distance from Delhi :- 479km

Best Time to visit :- Mid May to mid October .

Climate :-
Summers :- (March to June) temp-22 ۫C to 38 ۫C
Monsoons :- (July to mid September) with heavy rainfalls.
Winters :- (December to February) – temp -below 1 ۫C
Autumn :- (mid-September to November) is beautiful for adventure


The Little Lhasa – Dharamshala
 
Dharamshala, also known as “The Little Lhasa” is surrounded by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges with the pine and the oak trees, making it appearance as a piece of heaven on the Earth. The numerous streams, the snowline, the cool breeze and the healthy surroundings together make it a beautiful a hill station to visit and stay at. The world renowned religious leader, the Dalai Lama and his followers stay at upper Dharamshala.

Dharamshala, can be reached by all the modes of transport. The nearest airport is Gaggal which is 13 kilometers away. One can reach Dharamshala by the broad gauge railway station at Pathankot. Make sure that you enjoy the ride of the toy train which is just 17km away. Taxis and buses are also available if you are one of those who love to travel by road. The climate here is mildly cool in summers, whereas it drops to almost freezing point during the winters.

Dharamshala, with its scenic beauty also offers a variety of sightseeing elements on which one’s eye can fast upon. They range from temples to churches, monasteries to museums, and also many other places offering nature’s beauty. Every place has its own unique significance and while at Dharamshala, you must make it a point to visit the below described places.

Kotwali Bazaar: This bazaar sells art crafts of the past as well as the present. Be it the miniature paintings or sculptures, anthropological items or manuscripts, coins or the jewellery and dresses, you can just find everything at this place.

Kunal Pathri: Walking 3 kilometers ahead and you can reach this rock temple, where the Goddess Durga is worshipped.

Nurpur: It is an old fort and a temple, named by Jahangir after his wife Nurjahan. It is 66kilometers away from Dharamsala and 26 kilometers away from Pathankot.

St. John’s Church: This exquisite church lies between Forsythganj and Mcleodganj and is 8 kilometers away from Dharamshala. A meticulously designed church, under the shade of the deodar branches is a memorial, erected over the buried body of the British Viceroy Lord Elgin.

War Memorial: This monument has been erected to salute all those heroes who participated in the post independence war.

Mcleodganj: This Little Lhasa is where His Holiness, the Dalai Lama resides. The monastery here has big images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloktwshwara. The presence of Tibetan community has influenced the tibetian architectural designs, handicrafts and garments.

Dal Lake: This beautiful lake lies 11 kilometers away from Dharamshala and is completely surrounded by deodar trees. This place has thus become famous as a picnic spot for all ages.

Bhagsunath: This is an ancient temple and a famous picnic spot and is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Dharamshala, and continues to be a popular tourist spot.

Nurpur: It is an old fort and a temple, named by Jahangir after his wife Nurjahan. It is 66kilometers away from Dharamsala and 26 kilometers away from Pathankot.

There are various other attractive sites like the temples of Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Brijeshwari Devi that draw their significances from the ancient times. The fort of Kangra also stands tall and attracts its visitors. For all those adventure freaks, Dharamshala offers a wide range of trekking and rock climbing opportunities. One can also just sit by the side of River Beas and enjoy fishing. Pack your bags and see how nature embraces its own beauty!
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