Dharamsala, one of the most exotic and beautiful hill resorts of India, is situated on the high slopes of the Kangra Valley against the picturesque backdrop of the amazing Dhauladhar mountain ranges in the lower Himalayas.
The hill resort set in exotic surroundings of lush green forests comprising of beautiful pine trees and velvety tea gardens, is known for its exceptional natural beauty, calmness and serenity. One of the major advantages in visiting Dharamsala is its easily accessible snowline. Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. Dharamsala also gained enormous popularity because of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Dharamsala has been the Dalai Lama's home since 1959.
Tourist attractions in Dharamsala
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Dharamsala:
Mcleod Ganj : Famous for the Buddha temple situated opposite the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. It is popular for its colourful Tibetan bazaars and delicious cuisines showing all aspects of Tibetan culture. It also has the school of Tibetan studies and an Institute of Performing Art. It is now one of the major centre for Tibetan Culture.
Chamunda Devi : The famous temple of Chamunda Devi is dedicated to the Goddess Chamunda Devi. It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests. 15-km from Dharamshala a tiny village of Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda.
St. John'S Church In Wilderness : 7-km upward from Dharamsala, between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj lies the charming St. John's Church. It was built in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. The church is popularly known as the church of St. John in Wilderness.
Nurpur Fort : Orginally known as Dhameri, 66-km from Dharamsala and 24-km from Pathankot, Nurpur Fort was renamed by the Emperor Jehangir, son of the Great Moghul Jalal-Ud-Din Mohammad Akbar. The fort is no in its ruins, but still has some finely carved reliefs.
Dall Lake : Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11-kms away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot. It is beautifully surrounded by fir trees.
Venur : Venur 30 kms from Dharamsala, is famous for the Gomateshwara statue built in 1605 AD by an Ajila Prince.
The Kangra Art Museum : It has a large collection of miniature paintings from the Kangra School of Art. It also has a collection of jewellery, woodcarving objects and traditional embroidered Kangra costumes.
Dharmkot : Just 11-km away from Dharamsala, located on the crest of a hill lie this attractive picnic spot, which presents a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges
Moodabidri : Moodabidri, 23 kms from Venur described as Jaina Kashi, is known for the 18 bastis, the most famous of them being 'Savira Kambada Basti' (Basti with thousand pillars). Built in 1430 AD, this basti has beautiful.
Pong Lake Sanctuary : Pong Dam reservoir is 65-km from Panthankot and 115-km from Dharamsala on the Beas River. The Pong Dam Lake is significant for a wildlife sanctuary with wild life species like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar, Clawless Otter, and Leapord. The reservoir is developed on a large scale for promoting water sports for tourists.