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Dharamsala Tourism

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At about 185-km from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is one of the most captivating travel destination in the northern part of India. Surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Today, this small town of Himachal Pradesh is dominated by the Tibetan community, but despite all these, it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour, which is clearly visible in its every nook and corner.

The most striking features of the town are the colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet. The nearby snow covered peaks, numerous streams and the salubrious ambience makes the surroundings perfect for the peace and nature lovers.

Key Attractions :

Kangra Art Museum
Kangra Art Museum
Kangra Art Museum is the place where the arts, crafts, and rich past of Kangra Valley is showcased, some of which even dates back to the 5th century. One can also appreciate the gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a wide collection of sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items, contained in the museum.

War Memorial
War Memorial
Set amidst the pine groves is the War Memorial of Dharamsala, raised on the entry point of Dharamsala to honour the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh.

Dharamshala » St. John's Church : Situated in the wilderness, this church is one of the most heartbreaking memorials of the Britishers in Himachal Pradesh. Just 8-kms from Dharamsala on way to McLeod Ganj, under the shade of Doedar trees, this stone memorial stands over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin, who died at Dharamsala in 1863.

» Macleodganj : Macleodganj was once home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, but today, it visited by several celebrities of the world for being the home of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The place was developed in the mid 19th century as a British Garrison. Developed as an important administrative point for the whole Kangra valley, now it serves as the headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government. The monastery at Macleodganj houses a larger than life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara.

Adventure Sports in Dharamsala
Choose from trekking, rock climbing, angling or fishing, Dharamsala has it all for its adventurous guests from all over the world. Dharamsala is one of the most ideal base points for treks and rock climbing over the ridges of the Dhauladhar range. Treks are also available in the Kangra valley around Dharamsala and nearby places. The trekking season starts from May and goes on to October. Also, the small rivers and streams around Dharamsala give immense opportunity for angling & fishing.

The temperature of Dharamsala is pleasant throughout the year. However, the the best time to visit is during Mid-May to Mid-October.

Wheels to Dharamsala
» By Air : Dharamsala can be accessed by air from Delhi and the nearest Airport is at Gaggla, just 13-km away from the town.

» By Rail : Pathankot, the nearest railhead is just 85-km from Dharamshala. Trains from all over the country make a stop over at Pathankot and from here it is a three-hour drive to Dharamsala.

» By Road : Bus services are available from Manali too. You can also drive from Delhi via Chandigarh, Kiratpur, Bilaspur, which would be an 8-hours journey. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses runs to Dharamshala.

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