Dharamsala is perched on the high slopes in the
upper reaches of Kangra
Valley . The town is divided into two distinct and
widely separated sections, Upper and Lower
Dharamsala, which differ almost a thousand meters in
Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the
Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan
leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan community
dominates the town, still it has retained the
colonial lifestyle and British fervor.
Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded
by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby
snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy
atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive.
The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the
culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor.
The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past
of the region and on the other hand there are
institutes that have been established to preserve
the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.
Kangra Art Museum, Dharmshala : This
treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts,
and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to
the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery
of Kangra's famous miniature paintings
and a representative collection of sculptures,
pottery, and anthropological items.
War Memorial, Dharmshala : Set
amidst the pine groves is a war memorial, built on
the entry point of the to Dharamsala to commemorate
the post independence war heroes of Himachal
Pradesh. A web of narrow paths and landscaped lawns
lead towards this monument.
Tatwani & Machhrial, Dharmshala : There
are hot springs situated at Tatwani, 25-km from
Dharamsala but on the way, at Machhrial, is a
waterfall twice as big as the one near the
Kunal Pathri, Dharmshala : These
are the rock temples from which the place derives
its name. Kunal pathri is a 3 kms flat walk from
Dharmkot, Dharmshala : Just
11-km away from Dharamsala, located on the crest of
a hill lie this attractive picnic spot, which
presents a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and
Tapovan, Dharmshala : Just
10-km from the town is the tranquil ashram complex
set up by the great exponent of the Gita--Swami
Chinmayananda. Situated on the banks of Bindu Saras,
the ashram includes a 9m high image of Hanuman, a
Ram temple, a meditation hall, a school and a health
& recreation center.
Andretta, Dharmshala : Situated
just 13-kms away from Palampur, lies this dwelling
place of artist S.Sobha Singh. It houses a gallery
of some of his major works and a pottery center.
EXCURSIONS IN DHARMSHALA
home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, McLeodganj is
today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
This mid 19th century place was developed as a
British Garrison. The place was developed as an
important administrative point for the whole Kangra
valley. Today the place has developed as
headquarters of the exiled Tibetan Government. The
impressive monastery has larger than life size
images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara.