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Dharamshala

Dharamshala, popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills", is divided into lower and upper towns with a difference of 457m (1500ft.) between them. The mountains enfold 3 sides of the town and the valley stretches to the south. There is a luxury resorts in Dharamshala, which stands on the spur of the Dharamshala range.

  Dharamshala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and serenity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens estate and timber yielding trees. Dharamshala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama Temple. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamshala is evocative of the imperial days in places like Mcleodganj and Forsythe Ganj. Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Kangra district. It became the capital in 1852 and is 125 years old.

An earthquake once wrecked Dharamsala in 1905. Since 1960, it became temporary headquarters of the Dalai Lama and has risen to international repute as "The little Lhasa in India". After the Indo-Chinese and Indo-Pak wars, the govt. erected war memorials of jawans and officers belonging to Kangra, who died in the war. Tibetan environment has been created in the high altitude, and more than 3000 Tibetans have made Dharamshala their temporary home, living mostly in Mcleodganj. To add to its beauty, there is an artificial stream flowing, gleaming with gold fish. Tibet’s unique form of Thongka painting, woodcarving, metal–crafts and music are very famous. Tibetan works and archive are preserved in the library at Dharamshala where buddhist monks from distant refugee camps come to study ancient manuscripts.


About Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj, one of the most famous places not only in Himachal but very popular nationally as well as internationally. People all around the world come to Mcleodganj to get the peace of mind. Buddhists monks can be seen in majority wearing red robes. The place Mcleodganj seems to have people with different cultures. Lots of foreigners, local residents from Kangra, Buddhist monks can be seen here. Many big international personalities often visit Mcleodganj silently without

any information to media and silently go back. It has been allegedly stated that the richest person of the world Bill Gates, Actor James Bond and Mr. Universe Arnold Schwazneger have also visited Mcleodganj.

Though Mcleodganj is famous for the peaceful environment and Buddhist monasteries but Bhagsunag temple in Mcleoganj has its own importance. Bhagsunag temple is situated at a distance of about 4 kms from the main market of Mcleodganj. People visiting Mcleodganj surely visit this Bhagsunag temple. Bhagsunag temple has a very beautiful architecture. A special Puja called 'Bhagsunag Puja' is being conducted at Bhagsunag Temple since 150 years. Last time the Bhagsunag Puja was held in April 19, 2007. In the vicinity of Bhagsunag temple there is a pool of water where Buddhist monks, visitors, foreigners enjoy bath. Also, there is a holy pool of water in Bhagsunag Temple. It is believed that if a coin is put into the water for a particular wish, it comes true in future. Tourists follow this tradition and so many coins can be seen under the holy pool of water. Just a little distance away from Bhagsunag temple is a beautiful waterfall.


Dalai Lama Temple

Dalai Lama

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.

Residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - The residence is directly opposite Tsuglagkhang, the main Tibetan temple.

Tsuglagkhang - Central Cathedral -Tsuglagkhang is the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Triund Fails In Dharamshala

Triund Trek

18 km from Dharamshala, Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2975 m. The snow line starts at Ilaqa (3350 mtr), 5km from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. The tracks from Rawa, Dal Lake, Dharamkot and Bhagsunag meet at a ridge known as Galu temple (2130 mtr) which has a small shrine and water point. After the snow nullah the trek rises abruptly waving through 22 curves making the ascent tiring and difficult. On the way one can spot many birds and wild animals.


Dip Thekchen Choeling Monastery

Thekchen Choling Monastry

The Dip Thekchen Choeling Monastery is the best place if one intends to know deeply about the Buddhist faith. The monastery stands tall in the pine forests and is visible from a distance due to its golden roof. The first floor of the monastery is a museum with bronze figures, Buddhist images and a collection of mandalas. The library within the monastery has an exhaustive collection of ancient manuscripts, books on Buddhist philosophy, archival photographs on Tibet, prayer scrolls and sacred texts.


Chamunda Devi

Chamunda Devi

Located at a distance of 15 km from the main town of Dharamshala, Chamunda Devi temple is dedicated to goddess Durga also called 'Chamunda'. The pilgrimage site holds immense reverence for devout Hindus and whenever in Dharamshala people of the faith make it a point to visit the shrine. The shrine also holds significance due to the belief that praying here gives moksha or salvation to one's ancestors. The shrine perched on a hill top gives a breathtaking view of the mountains and the surrounding forests which will surely remain etched in your mind.


Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort

The torrential Banganga River deep in the valley forming a formidable sheer and the Kangra Fort lurking atop the flat mountain range is a scene that one encounters on nearing Kangra town when you drive from Shimla-Mataur national highway. A feeling of awe mixed with joy pervades you as you look back in time. The Kangra Fort is approximately 3 kilometer from the town and is also known as Nagarkot. The fort is historically significant; its massive size and the beauty of its

structure lend it an added charm. At the entrance is a museum containing some valuable old photographs of the fort prior to the devastating earthquake of 1905 and some exquisite stone sculptures, carvings, idols and other artifacts. The climb leads through seven gates; en route there are some idols embossed in the walls of the fort; the ramparts open out to the fascinating valleys below and one can recreate the past and glide the corridors of history as one climbs up slowly through cobbled path. There are three richly carved temples in the vicinity-- Lakshmi Narayan temple, the Ambika temple and a Jain temple of Adi Narayan.


Bajreshwari Devi temple

Mcleodganj

In the middle of the town of Kangra is the temple dedicated to Bajreshwari Devi. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. Known once for its legendary wealth this temple was subject to successive depredations by invaders from the north. Destroyed completely in 1905 by an earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1920 and continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage. In the surroundings of Kangra, one can visit the historical Kangra Fort at Old Kangra (3 km) and also trek up to the temple of Jyanti Devi located on the hill top, opposite to the Kangra fort.

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