Spotted by Locals:- Dharamshala

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Spotted by locals:- Dharamsala

Crowned by the ragged peaks of the western Himalaya, Himachal Pradesh is North India for the thousands of foreign and domestic travellers who come here every year. Against the background of snow-capped mountains, Queen of the hills, Dharamsala stands on the foothills of Dhauladhar range. Dharamsala is known for its scenic-beauty which is amidst high pine trees and tea gardens. Now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is evocative of imperial days in places like Mcleodganj and Forsythe Ganj. The high altitude, cool and favourable weather have contributed towards the creation of a Tibetan environment.

Places of tourist interest and excursions:-

Mcleodganj                                       

It is the main traveller hangout in Dharamsala with dozens of budget hotels, trekking companies, net cafes, restaurants and wall-to-wall shops selling Tibetan souvenirs. A number of residential buildings, antique and curio shops together with famous Tibetan institution have lent importance to Mcleodganj. The Buddha Temple is situated opposite the present abode of His holiness, the Dalai Lama and is well worth a visit. This place is famous for its market from where one can shop for handicraft items and eat Tibetan food.

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

 

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There are many Dharamsala attractions to choose from, but among the top things to do in Dharamshala is a visit to the residence, monastery, and temple of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama temple complex, on Temple Road, is just a short walk from the Mcleodganj bus stand in upper Dharamsala. The temple complex is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, and visitors are welcome to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. The residence is directly opposite Tsuglagkhang, the main Tibetan temple. Within the Dharamsala Tsuglagkhang temple are three principal images. The central image, seen from the entrance, is that of Shakamuni Buddha. Nearby is Padmasambhava, the Indian yogi who introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. Also nearby is Avalokitesvara, of whom the Dalai Lama is considered to be the current emanation. The image of Avalokitesvara is sculpted in silver with eleven faces, one thousand arms, and one thousand eyes. Next to the Tsulagkhang is a temple devoted to the Kalachakra. This temple is decorated with frescos depicting 722 deities of the mandala, Shakamuni Buddha, and the central Kalachakra image.

Triund

Seventeen kilometres from Dharamsala, Triund lies at the foothills of the snow-clad Dhauladhar. It gives breath-taking view of the snow above and the valley below. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. Accommodation is available in the forest rest house. Those who want to do a return trek in one day are advised to start early.

Dal Lake

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About eleven kilometres from Dharamsala is the picturesque Dal Lake, not as large as its illustrious namesake in Kashmir.  In the midst of deodar, pines and oak trees, this attraction is one of the prominent picnic spots in the destination. The greenish lake is home for various species of fish. Hill tribes such as Girths and Gorkhas host a fair at the site in every August and September.

Dharamkot

Directly above upper Dharamsala is the small hill of Dharamkot whose summit 2100mts high is a favourite resort offering a panoramic view of the district of Kangra and the peaks of Dhauladhar.

The shrine of Bhagsunath

Near the dal lake is the shrine of Bhagsunath, not far from a small but lovely waterfall. During monsoon it turns into a 30 feet cascade. It is within easy walking distance from the Mcleodganj bazaar.  It is famous for its ancient temples, the tank and the spring which is considered sacred by the Hindus.

Tatwani

Dharamsala is full of surprises. There are hot water springs at Tatwani. The water of the spring is believed to possess healing properties.

Kunal Pathri Temple

Located three kilometres from Dharamsala Bazaar, this temple is dedicated to goddess Kalpeshwari. It is believed that a part of goddess sati’s skull fell here when Lord Shiva was carrying the charred body of the goddess.

Chamunda Devi Temple

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In the village of Dadh just fifteen kilometres from Dharamsala is the famous temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamunda Devi.

Dharamsala cricket stadium is a cricket stadium of international reputation. It is one of the most attractive cricket stadiums, because of its natural background giving view of snow-capped mountains.

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Dharamsala is reached by Gaggal Airport. To reach Dharamsala by train one has to reach Kangra town and then take a bus or taxi. Buses of all classes (deluxe, air-conditioned, Volvo) drive daily between Dharamsala and major cities.

The best time to visit Dharamsala is the autumn and spring months. Because of all these things Dharamsala is known as the tourism paradise.

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