tourist destinations around us
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
& 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.
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.
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
& 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