Places of Interest
Dharamshala has vast pine forests, apple orchards and modern facilities, an ideal holiday spot for all ages. It’s a fantastic tourist destination all year round and is especially beautiful after snowfall.
HPCA Stadium (1.5 Km)
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or HPCA Stadium is a cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India. Anurag Thakur is credited of making Himachal Pradesh capable of hosting international standard cricket at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. The town is best known internationally as the home of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Indrunag temple (4 km)
This Temple is located on way to Khaniyara Village about 3 kms from Kotwali Bazaar. 2 kms road route upto the village Chola and 1 km trek route to the Indrunag temple. This temple is dedicated to Nag, the Lord of Snakes, and the Lord of Rains. In the Month of July many devotees of the local areas visit the Temple.
Norbulingka Institute (3 km)
The dreams that gave rise to the Norbulingka Institute began to emerge in 1980s, when the Tibetan refugee community had been in exile for nearly 25 years. With the means of physical survival secured, many monasteries re-established and a satisfactory education system set up, thoughts turned to better preserving Tibetan identity and cultural roots. At the same time, a revelation took place as conditions in Tibet were relaxed and communications between the community in exile and their compatriots in Tibet opened up once more. The Norbulingka emerged from the need to fill the gap between the old and new Tibet, from the urgency to establish a centre to preserve Tibetan culture and its artistic traditions; as somewhere that could preserve the past for the future.
Building began in October 1988 with the gatehouse. The first artists arrived a year later when Temba Chophel and some of his students from Lhasa joined the Institute. They began to decorate the gatehouse in the traditional manner. As the Institute grew, carpenters, woodcarvers and sculptors began to contribute, each in their own way. Meanwhile, many people freshly arrived from Tibet and in search of work and training were taken on. As efficient administration became necessary young Tibetans born and educated in India were employed. Tibetan writers created a literary and cultural research team and began publishing in Tibetan. Within a decade of inauguration in 1995, Norbulingka has come to represent a viable cross-section of the Tibetan community at large, where the traditional and modern interact and Tibetan culture and values retain their vibrant potential.
Aghanjar Mahadev Temple (5 km)
The Aghanjar Mahadev Temple has a gorgeous location near the scenic Khaniyara village surrounded by forests, mountains and a charming stream that flows right next to it.
It is believed that once upon a time when Arjuna, one of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him at this spot and blessed him with the boon of victory over the Kauravas.
Tea Gardens Chilgarhi (4 Km)
Mcleodganj , the hill town in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh never seize to amaze you either with its climate or the beauty. One of the must visit sightseeing places in Mcleodganj is tea gardens. Either you can explore the tea gardens of Dharamshala or at Gopalpur while going to Palampur. At Dharamshala you get the view of valley and at other you get to see the snow-capped Dhauladhars in front of you. Each one of them seems more beautiful than another.
If you have never seen the tea gardens before, now is the time to experience the breath taking view. You are definitely going to fall in love with the gardens especially at Dharamshala. During winter trees shed their leaves and only bear the pod ,and gives a reddish brown appearance to the trees. Lush green tea gardens with reddish brown trees looks unbelievable . There are some paths going through the gardens, go ahead on these paths and explore the gardens.
To visit tea gardens in Dharamshala you need to first come to Kotwali bazaar from Mcleodganj and then continue descending on the road to Kangra until you see a petrol pump on your right side. Just 50 meters ahead there is a big u-turn curve. Follow the left one, out of the two roads on your right .Just keep descending the track for about a km until you see a signboard and diversion for Kunal Pathri i.e going right. Follow the right and again right and with in 5 minutes you will start seeing the tea gardens.
McLeodganj (10 Km)
McLeod Ganj (also spelt McLeodGanj or Mcleodganj) is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.
It has an average elevation of 2,082 metres (6,831 feet). It is situated on the Dhauladhar Range, whose highest peak, "Hanuman Ka Tibba", at about 5,639 metres (18,500 feet), lies just behind it.
McLeod Ganj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; the suffix ganj is a common Hindi word for "neighbourhood"
McLeodganj, home to H.H.the Dalai Lama, is one of the most cosmopolitan small towns in the world, offering a glimpse into several cultures at the same time. The hotel is walking distance to many local attractions and sights, including being a two-minute walk to Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, the foremost expert in Tibetan and Buddhist medicine and former personal physician to H.H. the Dalai Lama. M Hotel & Restaurant is a brand new boutique hotel located in the heart of McLeod Ganj. Our guests can marvel at breathtaking views while being indulged by our courteous staff in rooms with brand new amenities. Come enjoy a taste of the Himalayas in a wondrous setting.
Triund (15 Km)
Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala, situated in the laps of dhauladhar mountains, it has the perfect view of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and Kanga valley on the other. Triund is a very popular trekking spot. Triund attracts a lot of tourist every year from India and all over the world.
Triund trek can be described as a tranquil trek which can be easily accomplished by almost all age groups. Triund has an unambiguous byway which goes through a beautiful mixed forest of oak, deodar, and rhododendron.
Triund trek is fairly easy for the first five kilometers but the last one kilometer may require a bit of toil, the last one kilometer is popularly known as there “22 curves” as it has 22 tiring curves before you finally reach Triund. Along the away there are many small chai shops where one can refresh during the hike. The traipse is worth it as the panorama when you reach Triund is awe-inspiring and exhilarating. Triund is come-at-able for most part of the year except for when the byway to Triund is cot off heavy snowfall in the months of January and February. Trip to Triund can be planed diversely.
Palampur (30 Km)
Palampur is a green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate.
The town has derived its name from the local word pulum, meaning lots of water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur. The combination of greenery and water gives Palampur a distinctive look. Palampur is at the confluence of the plains and the hills and so the scenery shows the contrast: plains on one side and the majestic snow-covered hills on the other side. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain snow-covered for most part of the year.
Masrur Rockcut Temple(45 Km)
Masrur is 32 km from Kangra on Nagrota Surian link road and is famous for remarkable group of rock cut temples. They form a group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style and are richly carved. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India.The main shrine contains three stone images of Ram laxman and Sita but the presence of the figure of Shiva in the centre of the lintel affords a strong presumption that the temple was originally dedicated to Mahadeva.
Before dealing with the questions of its builders and the time of its construction, it is important to discuss the rock-cut technique and the place this temple-complex occupies among the rockhewn monuments in India. The rock-cut style started in the reign of the Pallava king Narsingha varman I Mahamalla (630-668 A.D.) during the first half of the seventh century . It reached its climax in the Kailasha temples at Ellora which were taken in hand during the reign of the Rashtrakuta King Dantidurga (753- 756 A.D.) and finished during that of Krishna I (758-773 A.D.). Though rock-cut caves are common in South India, yet temples cut out of freestanding rocks, known to archaeologists and art critics, are only four in number-'Rathas of Mammalapuram', 'Kailashas at Ellora', 'temple-complex at Masrur in Kangra' and the 'Dharmnatha temple at Dhamnar', 65 miles to the South-East of Jhalra Patan in Rajasthan. The Rathas and the Kailashas are built in the Dravidian style, whereas the Masrur and Dhamnar ones are in the Nagara style. Masrur beats its Nagara rival in situation, size and execution. The Masrur complex has 15 temples, the Dhamnar has onl y 8. At Masrur temples not separate from it surround the central shrine, but at Dhamnar the smaller ones are entirely separate from the main one. Carvings and ornamentation at Masrur are of a much superior order than at Dhamnar and the length of the latter is one- third of the former. The Dhamnar group has been built in a pit-like hollow, whereas the Masrur group is on top of a 2500 feet high hill range. One looks below, the other looks up. One depresses, the other elates. In point of situation, Masrur beats the other two also. Ellora Kailasha are built in a pit a hundred feet. However, Kailasha at Ellora is a supreme creation, one of the wonders of the world.