Home of the Dalai Lama, this is
the place to head for Tibetan culture (and chocolate cake). While Dharamshala is
synonymous with the Tibetan Government in Exile, the actual headquarters is
about 4km above Dharamshala at Gangchen Kyishong, and most travelers hang out at
McLeod Gunj, stung along a high ridge 10km above Dharamshala.
Dharamshala itself is of little
interest to travelers, although Kotwali Bazaar, at the foot of the roads leading
up to McLeod Gunj, is an interesting and colorful market, and you can visit the
Kanga Art Museum. Dharamshala stands at the foot of snow wrapped lofty
Dhauladhar ranges and offers a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine
forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. Dharamshala with a number of Tibetan
settlements and the residence of the spiritual and temporal leader of the
Tibetan people, the Noble Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama, now really has
become a place of international significance.
Places to See Dharamshala
Kangra Art Museum
This museum, a few minutes walk south of the
tourist office, has miniature paintings from the Kagra school of art, which
flourished in the Kangra Valley during the 17th century, it also has elaborately
embroidered costumes of Kangra people, woodcarvings and tribal jewelry. It's
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am. to 5 pm. Entry is free.
Before upper Dharamshala, or McLeod Gunj was
established in the mid1850s as a British garrison, it was the home of the semi
nomadic Gaddi people. There is still a sizeable number of Gaddi families
in the villages around McLeod Gunj. The Briish developed the settlement as
an important administrative centre for he Kangra region. McLeod Gunj is the best
known as the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile and is the home of
the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Dalai which means the
embodiment of the ocean of wisdom, is a title that has been conferred on the
rulers of Tibet since the 16th century. Dharamshala in 1959 made this place more
lively. A number of Tibetan settlements with religious education and other
rehabilitation centres have emerged all over McLeod Gunj. Today, McLeod Gunj is a
major Buddhist centre of pilgrimage and learning.
The fall is about 11 km. from
Dharamshala town, known for its old temple, a fresh water spring, water falls
and slate quarries. This spot can be easily accessed by road. The Bhagsunag fall
is one of the major attractions of Mcleodganj.
The War Memorial is situated in
Dharamshala town, near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates. This was
built in the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor and defense of
the mother land. The place is ideally located amid the pine forest. There is
also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages.
Places to See Dharamshala
Nearest airport is Gaggal
airport located 15 km. from Dharamshala. Other airports having regular service
are : Jammu 200 km. Amritsar 210 km. and Chandigarh 260 km.
Nearest broad gauge railhead is
Pathankot 95 km. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar
passes through Kangra, 17 km. from Dharamshala.
Almost each and every part of
the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running
its buses covering the whole state. And we also arrange the car coaches to get
there. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.
Destinations Himachal Pradesh: -
Take a trip on the toy
train to experience the decrepit grandeur of the the Raj in this
pleasant hill station. Shimla was once par of the Nepalease king-dom and
called Shyamla, another name for the goddess Kali, but Shimla never
gained any fame until it was 'discovered' by the British in 1819. Three
years later, the first 'British' house was erected, and in 1864 Shimla
became the summer capital of India.
Home of the Dalai Lama,
this is the place to head for Tibetan culture (and chocolate cake).
While Dharamshala is synonymous with the Tibetan Government in Exile,
the actual headquarters is about 4km above Dharamshala at.....
valley and adventure playground. Kullu was once known as Kullanthapitha
- the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of
the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay
the fabled Silver Valley.
A beautiful town with
ancient Hindu temples hidden in winding backstreets. Situated in the
bosom of the middle Himalaya, Chamba has preserved its identity
inviolate through a period when the plains of India were ravaged by
fanatical hoarders from Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Manali situated in the
north Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the Northern
end of the Kullu valley with its spectacular views of the snowcapped
peaks and wooded slopes, the Beas rushing along its rocky course amid
grassy wild flowered meadows, is ideal for honeymooners and adventure
The picturesque town
of Sarchu is located at the height of 4253 meters and 105 km from
keylong. This is the last point on the Himachal Pradesh - Ladakh border
that offers splendid views of snow capped mountains. The unspoiled
natural beauty of Sarchu offers a perfect ambience to spend some time
away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
"Tourist Places and Adventure in Himachal Pradesh"
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