Dharamsala Attractions/Tourist places/Local Sightseeing
Dharamsala is a city and a municipal council in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama's residence in McLeodGanjand the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration, (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamsala. Dharamsala is 18 Kilometres from Kangra.
St. John Church #1
St. John Church in Dharamsala is also known as St. John Church in Wilderness. It is an Anglican Church which is dedicated to Saint John. This church was constructed in the year 1852, situated at Forsyth Ganj. It is built in Neo-Gothic architectural style and features Belgian stained-glass windows that were donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin.
Kangra Valley #2
Kangra Valley is one of the most serene and scenic valleys in the Dhauladhar range. Popular for its picturesque beauty and wide variety of flora and fauna, Kangra Valley is also known for its religious destinations and as a hot spot for adventurous activities.Kangra Valley has many holy tourist spots like Brajeshwari temple, Varajeshwari temple, Jwalamukhi temple, Chintpuni temple, St. John's church, and Namgyal Buddhist monastery.
Dal Lake #3
Dal Lake is surrounded by deep Deodhar forests and is situated approximately 11 km from Dharamsala. This lake is an ideal base camp for trekkers coming from McLeodganj. During the month of September, an annual fair is organised on the banks of Dal Lake, where tourists take dip in the holy water. It is believed that dip in the holy Dal Lake removes all the miseries and will be blessed by Lord Shiva.
War Memorial #4
The War Memorial is at the very entrance of Dharamsala town. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, and poetic little paths, you are led to the Memorial by a storybook pine trail. The War Memorial was set up to commemorate the soldiers who fought for India in post independent India and a lot of thought has been put into its creation.
Dharamkot fulfils your trekking needs as well as helps you unwind in a gorgeous hill station. To get there you need to take an invigorating twenty minute uphill walk from McCleodganj. Dharamkot offers you an absolutely stunning view of the mountains, the pine trees and Deodar forests that surround Dharamsala. You can even see the steep valley leading to Kangra here.
Hanuman-ka-Tibba is a suitable trekking route in Dharamsala, which is one of the highest points in the Dhauladhar Mountain Range. This place is also known as the 'White Mountain' and is situated at an altitude of about 18,500 ft above the sea level. Pir Panjal Mountain Range is also visible from this point.
Triund is located approximately 17 km from Dharamsala and is considered to be one of the popular places for excursions. This tourist spot is perched at a height of about 2,827 m, providing 360° view of the surrounding. Dhauladhar mountain range is easily visible from this tourist destination.
Dharamsala Cricket Stadium #8
Dharamsala Cricket Stadium (DCS), an internationally renowned stadium, is the home ground of Himachal Pradesh State cricket team. It is considered to be one of the most attractive cricket stadiums of India due to its natural backdrop.
Chinmaya Tapovan #9
The Chinmaya Mission was started by Balakrishnan Menon, a young journalist who met spiritual masters like Swami Sivananda and from there began a search for meaning. One of the greatest exponents of Vedanta the world has ever known, the Swami has set up several trusts, schools and meditation centres all over India.
Kangra Fort #10
Kangra Fort is situated alongside the banks of Banganga River, near Kangra town. It is easily accessible from Shimla-Mathura National Highway. This fort is located at a distance of 3 km from the main town and is also known as Nagarkot. There is a museum at the entrance of the fort, which features valuable old photographs of the fort.
Bhagsu Nag Temple #11
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 Dharamsala. It is surrounded by the famous Bhagsu Falls and is considered to be a popular place of Hindu pilgrimage.
Namgyal Monastery #12
Namgyal Monastery is associated with Dalai Lama and was founded by Sonam Gyatso in 1575. This monastery is located inside the Potala Palace, where Buddhist monks perform their rituals. The Namgyal Monastery is home to 200 monks, belonging to the four Tibetan monastic lineages