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Dharamshala and Sightseeing places

Dharamsala is situated in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It lies on a spur of the Dhauladhar range above and the Kangra Valley below. Dhauladhar means "white ridge" and this breathtaking, snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra Valley to a height of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra Valley is a wide, fertile plain, crisscrossed by low hills.

People from all over the world flock to Mcleodganj to receive blessings and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Western and Indian tourists & scholars come here to see the rebirth of an ancient and fascinating civilization. The high altitude and cool weather contribute physically to the re-creation of the original Tibetan environment.

Some tourist destinations around us


Tsuglagkhang Temple :

The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha, including a statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Avalokitesvara and Padamasambhava. The Namgyal Monastery was founded by the Third Dalai Lama, and serves the Dalai Lamas exclusively. A unique feature of this monastery is its diversity of practice. Namgyal monks perform prayers and rituals of all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Norbulingka Institute:

Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulingka was established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams and tiny water falls make this place look like heaven. Here, one can see the wooden carvings and the tangka paintings and watch goldsmith and embroiderer, do their work. The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.

Gyuto Monastery, Sidhbari:

The Karmapa’s (Ogyen Trinley Dorje)'s temporary residence (Gyuto Monastery )is located at Sidhbari.Sidhbari is about six kilometers from Dharamsala. Karmapa means "the one who carries out buddha-activity" or "the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas." In the Tibetan tradition, great enlightened teachers are said to be able to consciously arrange to be reborn as a teacher who can carry on the teachings of a predecessor in a prior life.

St. John's Church:

One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the church of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed stone church is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala on the way to McLeodganj. Under the shade of Deodar branches, a memorial has been made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died in Dharamsala in 1863. The church is an excellent place to sit and relax amidst the deodar trees.

Triund:

Triund is a popular picnic spot at a height of 2827 mtr. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17kms from Dharamshala. The snow line starts at Illaqua, which is five kms from Triund. The breathtaking view of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking destination. One can make a day hike to Triund or make an appointment for a night stay at one of the guesthouse.

Bhagsu Temple and Water fall:

Bhagsu Temple and Water fall: About two kilometers from McLeod is a holy pilgrim site of Hindus. Bhagsu, as it is better known has an ancient Shiv temple. The main attraction for the tourist and the crowd puller here is not the temple but the public swimming pool. This place is a treat for tourists during the hot months. But if you are not a great fan of crowded places then steer clear of this swimming pool as it is always crowded. Of course, except during the cold winters when the water is freezing.

Naddi & Dal lake:

Just 2 kms from Mcleodganj is the sacred Dal lake known for its religious water. The lake is regarded as the lake of Lord Shiva. One kms ahead is the famous location called Naddi, where you can see the Mount Dhauladhar very near and the sunset is worth seeing. Naddi is a liked many for it's natural look and cool winds that pass by from the mountains.

 

Masroor Rock Cut Temple

Masroor Rock Cut Temple : The beautiful Indo-Aryan style rock cut temples at Masroor, carved out of monolithic rocks in the style of Kailash Temple at Ellora in Maharasthra, date back to the 8th century AD. Masroor is just 30 kms south of Kangra. These are the only monuments of this style in Northern India. Images of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman are installed in the central shrine.



Char Dham Devi Darshan

Chaar Dhaam Devi Darshan : One can visit the famous religious places of Himachal from Dharamshala. The 4 Devi dhaam (chaar dhaam devi darshan) are visited by many devotees.

hese include Chintapurni Mata, Jawala ji Mata, Chamunda Mata and Brijeshwari Mata

 

Dharamshala & Palampur Tea Gardens

The captivating tea gardens of Dharamshala will fill your heart with delight when you take a stroll to these gardens. Palampur is a fascinating green hill station in the Kangra Valley, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India.

 

 

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