Dharamshala is one of those charming places on earth which enjoy the luxury of being beautiful and convenient at the same time. Geographically, Dharamshala is situated in the base of Dhauladhar range and just above lesser hills of western Himachal Pradesh. One can find a well balanced structure of different cultures in different adjoining towns of this destination. Palampur is the tea garden of North India, Kangra is the abode of deities, Mcleodganj is “Little Lhasa” and Dharamshala headquarter holds ample sports and leisure activities.
Mcleodganj: A shopper cannot resist authentic and bohemian kind of products found in Mcleodganj market. Junk jewellery, Tibetan outfits, silver, crockery, incense and much more. The market can be covered in an 8 figure within an hour. There is also a very old monastery in the centre of the market.
Dalai Lama Temple Complex: Temple complex is situated in Mcleodganj, surrounded by several monasteries and nunneries. There is also a museum besides Dalai Lama Temple. The story of his travel and atrocities faced by Tibetans in Lhasa is portrayed in this museum.
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts: The institute is about 1 km from Mcleodganj market. One will find students rehearsing and singing Tibetan folk art in its campus. There is also museum of Tibetan attires inside the campus, which can be opened on request.
Dharamkot: Dharamkot is accessible by road, 5 kms from Mcleodganj. It is a beautiful place to see Dhauladhar range. Dharamkot also has good fresh air, which attracts most tourists for light camping.
Triund: Triund is the top hill of Mcleodganj. It is a trek route, which takes around four hours from Dharamkot. One needs to carry their Govt approved Identity card or passport for this trek.
Bhagsu Naag Temple: Bhagsu Naag temple is famous for its sweet water and holy bathing. One can enjoy water activities in hot summers in the splashing ancient pool. It is 1 km from Mcleodganj market.
Bhagsu Waterfall: There is a huge waterfall, visible from Bhagsu Temple. The waterfall is accessible by a steep track. It is excellent for day picnics and lovely selfies.
St John Church: Saint John the Baptist built the church in 1852 in Forsyth Gunj. The church is a calm place aside main road. It is a must see monument in middle of deodar trees and wilderness. It is on the way to Dharamsala from Mcleodganj.
Cricket Ground: It is no ordinary cricket ground, several international matches are held in HPCA stadium and even histories are made here. Built in 2003, it is also aesthetically very colourful.
Palampur: Not far from Dharamshala, Palampur is a great place to enjoy evening walks in tea garden. All Kangra tea is sourced from this region and we can even see women plucking tender leaves in waist deep mazes of tea bushes. Palampur is hardly at 30mins drive.
Bijeshwari Devi Temple: Brijeshwari Devi is the mother goddess of Kangra region. Her temple is historically and culturally very important for locals. It is not very far from Kangra main road. One can visit this temple on the way.
Chintpurni Temple: This Shakti Peeth is considered very effective for her devotees. Visitors have to wait in long queues to get darshan of Devi. The temple of Chintpurni Mata is adorned with gold plating on roof and sacred threads tied all over by people. It is hardly at half an hour’s drive from Dharamshala.
Jawala Devi Temple: Jawala devi temple has miraculous powers. Her flame has never diminished and keeps burning. Even Akbar, the Great Mughal Emperor, could not diffuse the flame by immersing it in water. Jawala Devi Temple is little farther from Chintpurni Temple.
How to reach Dharamshala…
BY AIR: The nearby airport is Gaggal, 12 km far.
BY RAIL: Nearest railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kms far from Dharamshala and Jogindernagar railway station 76 kms away. Pathankot Railway Station is well connected to major cities in India including Delhi.
BY ROAD: Dharamshala is connected with national highway and have regular buses from major nearby towns including, Dalhousie, Chandigarh and Pathankot. You may also drive yourself or hire a cab to reach Dharamshala as roads are fairly good.