185km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Kangra Art Museum, St. John's Church, Mc Leodganj
Best time to travel
Mid-May to Mid-October
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. Dharamshala came into being in 1849, when it was
selected as a site to accommodate a native regiment that was being raised in the
town. Dharamshala originally formed a subsidiary cantonment for the troops
stationed at Kangra was fully occupied by its garrison and there was
insufficient space for the civil station , a search for an alternate location
The ideal location for the
cantonment was found at the slopes of the Dhauladhar, upon which stood an old
Hindu sanctuary or 'Dharamshala' the name adopted for the town. Dharamshala
stands at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent view of snowy peaks,
deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. The snow line is
perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than any other hill station in
India. Dharamshala now really has become international, with a number of Tibetan
settlements and the residence of Noble Laureate the 'Dalai Lama'. Dharamshala is
devided into two distinct parts : lower Dharamshala the civil and business area
with Courts and Kotwali bazar and upper Dharamshala composed of places like
Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj.
Kangra Art Museum - This
treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays
artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery
of Kangra's famous miniature paintings and a representative collection of
sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items.
:- The arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees to Dharamshala in 1959 made the
life here more active. A number of tibetan settlements with religious education
and other rehabilitation centers mushroomed all over the Mcleadganj. As
Dharamshala became the headquarter of the Tibetan Government in exile, headed by
Dalai Lama, it gained prominence all over the world and prominent personalities
started arriving here. Mcleadganj emerged as a major Buddhist centre.
St. John's Church :-
[8 km. from Dharamshala town] The church lies in the forest between Mcleod
Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. It has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the
viceroys of India, who died at Chauntra ( Mandi district ) and was buried here
in 1863 A.D. The Church has lovely spotted glass windows and there is a
Christian cemetery around it. It is ideally situated in the majestic 'Deodar'
Institute : - Just 4-kms from Dharamsala,
Norbulinka was established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The
shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place look
like heaven. Here one can watch the wooden carvings and the tangka paintings,
golsithing and embroidery being done. The nunnery close to the institute is a
place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
Triund is a popular picnic spot at an
height of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17-kms
from Dharamsala. The snow line starts at Ilaqua, which is five kms from Triund.
The breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund an ideal
picnic spot and trekking spot.
: Set amidst the pine
groves is a war memorial, built on the entry point of the to Dharamshala to
commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh. A web of
narrow paths and landscaped lawns lead towards this monument.
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