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Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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Dharamshala, located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is blessed by the bounty of beautiful nature. Monasteries with their saffron-robed monks and fluttering prayer flags can be seen at numerous spots. Indeed, more than fun and adventure, Dharamshala is where you can unwind for a short spiritual journey. This charming town is located beneath the majestic Dhauladhar range. Lower Dharamshala, which is divided into two halves, is made up of Kotwali Bazar and the surrounding markets, while in the upper reaches, there is a striking change to dense pine, cedar, and Himalayan oak forests around the township of Mcleodganj. Summertime temperatures in Lower and Upper Dharamshala shift from warm to cool as you gain altitude.

Nearby Places to See

McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj, a tranquil hill town 5 kilometres away from Dharamshala, is blessed with unrivalled natural beauty in the form of lush surroundings and snow-capped mountains. The Dalai Lama, the head of Tibetan spirituality, resides in this hill town, which is perched at a height of 1,770 metres above sea level. Tourists can enjoy trekking opportunities in addition to visiting the numerous monasteries that are situated here and learning about their culture. McLeod Ganj, the traditional capital of Tibet, is also known as Little Lhasa because of its strong Buddhist heritage. McLeodganj has been named after Donald Friell McLeod, then lieutenant governor of Punjab.
Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, a small but charming hill town, distinguishes itself from other hill towns with one of the oldest forts in the nation and thrilling and difficult treks. Kangra, which is tucked away in the Kangra Valley between the Dhauladhar and Shivalik ranges, is renowned for its unparalleled beauty and artistic heritage, which are accentuated by its lavish temples and bustling bazaars. For art enthusiasts, the exquisite Kangra paintings are the cherry on top because of their vibrant colours and intricate decorative detail that are renowned throughout the world.
Dalai Lama Temple Complex
The temple, also known as Tsuglagkhang, is constantly crowded with lamas chanting prayers throughout the day. The complex has developed into a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and the Dalai Lama frequently visits to conduct prayers there. The complex has large idols of many monks. The enormous Buddha idol that is perched on a high pedestal is the main attraction. It was constructed in 1959 when the Dalai Lama travelled from Tibet to India.
Triund Hill
This hill is located about 7 kilometres from Dharamshala. The base is accessible by vehicles, and the final 6 kilometres of the moderate trek. Located between the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar mountains, the peak offers fantastic views.
Gyuto Monastery
This monastery is known for the study of Tantric meditation and philosophy. It was established to preserve the practice of Tantrik vidya, or black magic. The purpose was to demonstrate to the world that, contrary to popular belief, black magic can also be employed for good. The monastery, which is perched atop a small hill, provides breathtaking views of the Beas river and the Dhauladhar mountains.
Bhagsunath Temple
This ancient temple, also known as Bhagsunag, is revered by Gorkhas and Hindus and is situated about 6 kilometres from Dharamashala. There are 2 ponds here which are believed to have healing powers and are considered sacred. It is located near the above mentioned Bhagsunag waterfall.