As Dharamshala is one of the most attractive places for tourists, in Himachal Pradesh is home to the holy Dalai Lama. Fringed by the lofty mountains and dotted by Deodar and Cedar forests, this superb hill station in India is amongst the most famous hill stations in the country. Dharamshala is situated at an altitude of about 1487m in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is distributed into two portions, i.e., Dharamshala and Mcleodganj and is separated by a village named Ganchen Kyishong. The hill station has endured attracting the attention of many travellers due to its tranquil environment and scenic beauty. A large number of tourists throng here, particularly in the summer season. However, many visitors like to visit in winter here to see the snowfall.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
As located on the Himalayas, the climate of Dharamsala is pleasant during summer and very cold in winters. The summer months from May to October is pleasant and is the ideal time to visit the hill station. During wintertimes, the temperature can drop below the freezing point; thus heavy woollen clothes are required.
Major Tourist Attractions:
- Dal Lake
- Kangra Museum
- Naam Art Gallery
- Bhagsu Waterfall
- Bhagsunag Temple
- Kunal Pathri Temple
- Chamunda Temple
- Monolithic Rock Temples
- Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
PLACES AROUND DHARAMSHALA
St. John’s Church In Wilderness – 7km upward from Dharamsala, between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj, lies the charming St. John’s Church. It was constructed in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some beautiful Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin.
Chamunda Devi Temple – This temple is not far from Dharamsala hill station, It is the famous temple of Chamunda Devi.
Maharana Pratap Sagar – Called in honour of the Maharana Pratap Sagar great patriot ‘Maharana Pratap’ (1572 – 97 AD), the Maharana Pratap Sagar was once named as the ‘Pong Dam Reservoir’.
Dall Lake – Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11km away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot. Fir trees beautifully surround it.
Dharmkot – 11-km away from Dharamsala, located on the pinnacle of a hill, lie here the attractive picnic spot, which shows a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges.
Moodabidri – Moodabidri, 23 km from Venur described as Jaina Kashi, is acknowledged for the 18 bastis, the most prominent of them being ‘Savira Kambada Basti’ (Basti with thousand pillars). .This Basti has beautifully built-in 1430 AD.
KANGRA ART MUSEUM, KOTWALI BAZAR – This treasure trove of the Kangra Valley presents arts and crafts and rich past, artefacts that date back to the 5th century times. It covers a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature painting and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Famous for/as: Hill Station, Pilgrimage
Languages: Pahari and Hindi
Best Season: September to March
Weather: Summer: Light Woollens and tropical, Winter: Heavy Woollens
Altitude: 1457 meters over the mean sea level
STD code: 01892
Pincode: 1762xx (vary)
Restaurants in Dharamsala
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen
Nick’s Italian Kitchen