Attractions

War Memorial

Set amidst beautiful surroundings, this War memorial is built near the entry point to Dharamshala to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the defence of the motherland.

War Memorial is located at the entry point of the Dharamshala town and it was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor of their motherland. This place is ideally located in the pine forest of Dharamshala and offers a very pleasant walk through the woods. There are two main attractions nearby the War Memorial-the beautiful GPG College Dharamshala, made during the British Era and a café serving fast food and beverages. Surrounded by sprawling gardens, the elegant looking War Memorial is a tribute to those brave souls who sacrificed their life for the country and this signifies that these soldiers will always be alive in our thoughts. During the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 and various peacekeeping missions, many soldiers lost their lives, and it was in their memory that the War Memorial was built with the names of those many heroes inscribed on the stone.

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Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort is located just 20 km from Dharamsala and 3 km from Kangra, the Kangra Fort is a magnanimous structure built by the royal family of Kangra. It is one of the largest and oldest forts in India.

The fort of Kangra resisted Akbar's siege in 1615. However, Akbar's son Jahangir successfully subdued the fort in 1620. Kangra was at the time ruled by Raja Hari Chand Katoch of Kangra (also known as Raja Hari Chand II). Mughal Emperor Jahangir with the help of Suraj Mal garrisoned with his troops.

Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Falls is a small yet beautiful waterfall located 2km away from Mcleodganj. Around 0.5 km from the waterfall stands the Bhagsunath temple and the waterfall is revered by devotees who throng the temple.

The falls is easily reachable by taxis or autos, besides trekking or walking is another good experience to enjoy the serene surroundings. It will take around 6 to 8 hours to explore the region. During monsoons, the place is subject to heavy rains and snow is winter. It is a good idea to avoid visiting during mid-winter.

During monsoons, this waterfall turns into a 30 ft cascade besides a mountain that looks like an art piece made out of slate. This occurrence is due to the rich deposits of slate in the surroundings. Tourists can enjoy swimming but the water is cold.

It is a place where one can enjoy and relax in the soothing environment of the miraculous Himalayas. Besides a nice picnic spot close to McLeodganj with small cafeterias where visitors can have snacks and refuel themselves.

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Dal Lake

Dal Lake, which is 2km walk westwards from Mcleodganj market, is renowned for its scenic beauty and the cool ambience. With an altitude of 1775 m, the lake is situated at the vehicular road between Mcleodganj and the village of Naddi. Surrounded by deep green Deodar forests, it is also a base camp for trekkers in Dharamsala and Mcleodganj.

The Lake can be reached by bus, taxi or on foot, taking around half an hour to 2 hours to explore the whole area. The annual fair held every year in September on the banks of this Lake is a great attraction to the tourists.

Taking a holy dip in this lake is considered to remove all miseries. It is a common belief that the dip in this holy lake will bring blessings of Lord Shiva. Even though the lake is small, the surroundings make it charming and dynamic. The temple located close to the Lake which is dedicated to Sage Durvasa is also a worth place to visit.

Tea Garden Palampur

Palampur is the only destination in Himachal Pradesh that boasts of teagarden attractions. Lush tea garden sprawling over vast acres of land are enough to captivate the senses of onlooker. Palampur is also known is the ‘Tea Capital of Northwest India’, and the splendorous virgin beauty of the place is the USP of this holiday destination.

The tourists can not only enjoy the beauty of the tea gardens but can also watch the tea making process at the Palampur Tea Cooperative, located on Mandi side of the town. Tea gardens in Palampur cover a large area on the hillsides. Palampur was established by Dr. Jameson, who introduced tea plantation on the hill station. Amongst these gardens, a few are privately owned; some are called as "demonstration plots" that are managed by organizations such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Vast tea plantation estates can be seen on the road to Dharamshala that belongs to Palampur Co-operative Tea Factory. The abundance of tea plantation has made Palampur the Tea Capital of North India. The lush plantation with the backdrop of gorgeous Dhauladhar Mountain Range adds to the beauty of Palampur.

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Triund

Triund, the name of a crest in the Dhauladhar ranges in The Himalayas, is a very famous tourist attraction, which is 9 km trek from Mcleodganj. This place gives a breathtaking view of the Moon peak-Indera Pass. Ideal for camping, its unpolluted air and the unspoiled environment make the place an eco-friendly tourist spot.

Also popular as trekking spot, the place offers the greenery forests and undulated hilly areas in the Himalayan Ranges. A trek to Triund will take around 4 hours from Mcleodganj and the best time to trek is April - June & September - November.

Naddi

1 Kilometer Above McLeod Ganj A Village Called Dharamkot Inhabited By The Gaddis (hill Tribals) Nestles Amidst Scenic Beauty At 2,100 Metres Above The Sea Level. Besides Offering A Panoramic View Of The Dhaula Dhar Range Of Mountains, Kangra Valley And The Pong Dam, The Village Once Had A Gallery Of Paintings Of A Well-known English Painter "A.W.Hallot".

Naddi is a village in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley.

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Baijnath Temple

Two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka built the famous Baijnath Temple in 1204 AD. It is an example of the north Indian style of architecture that emerged in the medieval era. Known as the Nagara style of temple architecture, the focal point is the lingam in the inner sanctum. The entrance to this sanctum is through a narrow hallway that has a mandapa or outdoor pillared hall in front. Apart from the idol of Lord Shiva, this temple also houses images of Surya (the sun god), goddess Chamunda, Nandi (Shiva's bull vehicle) and a sculpture of Kartikay (the son of Shiva and Parvati). The outer walls have carved images of several other deities.

Baijnath is a town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 50 kilometres from Dharamshala which is the district headquarters.The very famous ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated here giving the town its name

St. John's Church

The St. John's Church lies on a motorable road between McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj, 8 kms. from Lower Dharamshala. The St. John's Church has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the 19th century viceroy of India, who was buried here in 1863 AD. The St. John's Church is a Gothic building with cobble-stones floors and stained glass windows. There is a Christian cemetery around it where various other British soldiers were buried.

St. John in the Wilderness is a Church of North India church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852, located near Dharamshala, India, on the way to McLeodGanj, at Forsyth Gunj.

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Shri Bajreshwari Devi Temple

The Kangra town, known to the ancients as Nagarkot, is the seat of Shri Bajreshwari Devi. Mr. F. Cunningham's District Gazetteer of Kangra has the following account of the Bajreshwari temple in kangra "'The temple of Bajreshwari or Vagreshwari Devi at Kangra is - perhaps the most famous in this district. It is said to have been founded by the divinity of that name at a famous Ashwamedh or horse sacrifice, which was held on the spot. The famous Mehmood of Ghazni is said to have invaded the district and destroyed the temple, building a mosque on its ruins It was, however, restored and is said to have been visited by Akbar together with his celebrated Diwan Todar Mal. There are some temples in the vicinity which, are, said to have owed their origin to Todar Mal. Finally, Maharaja Ranjit Singh visited and under his orders the domes of the temples here and at Jawalamukhi were gilded. Subsequently devotees from Amritsar subscribed together and presented the temple with marble floor." Through the main temple was ravaged by foreign invader and flattened by the 1905 earthquake, it has since been restored to its pristine glory. At Kangra, one can also visit the historical Kangra Fort, the `Gupta Ganga Kshetra' and also trek up to Jyanti Devi temple situated on a hillock to the West of Kangra. There is a beautiful Jain temple near the Fort. Kangra is 20 km from Dharamshala

Bhagsu Temple

Bhagsu nag Temple is one of the popular ancient temples, which is located at about 3 km east of the main city of McLeodganj and around 11 km from Dharamshala. It is surrounded by the famous Bhagsu Falls and is considered to be a popular place of Hindu pilgrimage. An annual fair is conducted in the month of September at this temple which attracts tourist from across the globe.

Located in the serene town of Dharamshala, Bhagsunag Temple is believed to be an ancient temple where Lord Shiva had prevailed himself. Hence, this sacred temple is a much-worshipped place among the Hindu pilgrims for its exciting history and sacredness. Thus, be in a Hindu or a tourist of any other religion, the Bhagsu Nag Temple is a must visit for all.

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Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

This temple is located at a distance of 8.5 km from Dharamshala and just a few meters from the Khaniyara village, famous for its scenic beauties. Once when Arjun, of Mahabarat, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains. Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjun and blessed him with the Boon of Victory over the Kauravas. At this place Baba Ganga Bharati has fired "Akhand Dhuni" (Sacred Fire).

Located in the serene town of Dharamshala, Bhagsunag Temple is believed to be an ancient temple where Lord Shiva had prevailed himself. Hence, this sacred temple is a much-worshipped place among the Hindu pilgrims for its exciting history and sacredness. Thus, be in a Hindu or a tourist of any other religion, the Bhagsu Nag Temple is a must visit for all.

Gyuto Monastery

Situated about 6km from Dharamsala, Gyuto Monastery is a popular pilgrim site and the abode of Karmapa (the head of the Karma Kagyu, a major school of Tibetan Buddhism). Often called as TCV School, the monastery houses the majestic image of Sakyamuni Buddha enshrined in a small chamber.

The gompa was built to commemorate the Tibetan soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Tibet. The structures of the stupa in the monastery have a stark resemblance to the structures that were built by King Asoka during the 3rd century BC. Buses to Gyuto Monastery from Dharamsala are available from the main bus stop. Besides, taxis can be hired too.

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Tsuglagkhang(Buddha Temple)

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 Mcleod Ganj 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.

In the early morning, you are welcome to participate as the monks chant and meditate. You can join local residents for a meditative walk around the temple/monastery complex. Along the way you will see many prayer flags and "mani" stones.

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Paragliding In Dharamshala

Sheltered By The Mountains And Surrounded By Tea Gardens, Bir A Small Village With A Tibetan Colony And Monasteries In Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh; Serves As A Landing Ground And A Base For Hang And Para Gliders. Their Launching (take-off) Destination Billing, Is A Little Meadow At 2,400m (8500 Ft) On The Dhauladhar Ranges, 14-km Up From Bir. This Meadow One Of The Wonders Of Nature, Perfectly Designed As A Launch Pad, Has Become A Legend On The International Paragliding Circuits And A Destination For World Champion Paraglider Pilots. The Meadow Directly Above The Villages Of Bir And Chaugan, Is One Of The Best Gliding Sites In The World.The Massive Dhauladar Mountain Range And The Kangra Valley Below With Its Panoramic Views Offer Opportunities For High Altitude 'up And Down' And 'cross-country' Flying For More Than 200-km. The Dhauladar Range Runs From Dalhousie In The North West Of The State, In A Curving Arc South-east To Mandi. Billing Lies Roughly Midway Between Dharamsala And Mandi And To The South West Of Manali And Kulu Valley.

Cricket Ground Dharamshala

HPCA Stadium Stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) is a cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India. The venue is unique in India in that it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level and has the spectacular snow capped Himalayan mountains in the background. It is often considered the fastest pitch in India

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Hanuman ka Tibba

Hanuman-Ka-Tibba is an ideal trekking route for all those who love challenges. Situated right in front of McLeodganj, it offers spectacular and a breathtaking sight. It is the highest point in the Dhauladhar ranges and is famous for scenic views.

Also known as ‘White Mountain’, this peak is located at an altitude of 5,639 m above sea level and offers magnificent views of the Dhauladhar ranges and Pir Panjal ranges. Tourists can visit throughout the year.