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Home » Himachal Pradesh » Tourist Destinations » Dharamsala
Dharamsala ValleyDharamsala is in the mountainous regions. One gets a view of the Kangra Valley here. The Upper and Lower Dharamsala differ by a thousand meters of height. The Tibetan government in exile lives here. British pattern of life is still the rule in the area. Snow atmosphere surrounds the area.

Travellers who come to explore the mountains come here.
Dharamsala receives high rainfalls and is second only to Chirapunji in this regard. April to July is the season to visit Dharamsala.

Dharamsala Tourist Attractions

St. John's Church in Wilderness

St. John's Church in Wilderness is between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj. This was built in 1852. The tinted glass is impressive.

Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Devi Temple is near Dharamsala. Chamunda Devi Temple spot gives a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Kotwali Bazar

Kotwali Bazar has the life style of a simple town. The Kangra Museum contains articles from the past to preserve the Tibetan Art, culture and traditions. Around Dharamsala, Dalai Lama the Buddhist's religious head and Tibetan leader live here.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife sanctuary is home to many species of birds in two hundred and twenty species. They include egrets, water fowl, ducks, terns, plovers and black headed gulls.
The red necked grebe was made at the Sagar. The animals seen in the sanctuary include Barking deer, sambar, wild boars, leopards and others. Twenty seven species of fish has been reported in Sagar.

Maharana Pratap Sagar

This was earlier known as Pong Dam Reservoir. Maharana fought for independence. The Pong Dam was completed in 1976.

Norbilinka Institute

Norbilinka Institute centre has been established to perpetuate Japanese influence and culture.

Nurpur Fort

The fort in ruins have some of the exquisite carving that make this place special.


Close to Dharmasala is the home of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The statue of Buddha here is famous.

Tsug Lag Khang

Tsug Lag Khang ( Central Cathedral ) is also known as the main temple.


Andretta houses major works of the artist Shobha Singh.

Dal Lake

The surrounding Deodar trees make the place scenic. Dal Lake is a good tourist picnic spot.


Dharmkot is also a picnic spot that offers panoramic view of the Kngra valley and Dauladhar ranges.

Chinmaya Tapovan

Chinmaya Tapovan is the ashram established by Swami Chinmayanda on the banks of the rivulet Bindu Saras, he has been an exponent of Bhagvat Gita. Nine meter high image of Lord Hanuman, retreat centre and Raghunath temple, school, meditation centre and health care centre make the place characteristic.


Banjar is famous for trout fishing. One needs permission of the fisheries department to do this though.


Karanje is known for the medieval Shiva temple.

Kunal Pathri

Kunal Pathri is famous for the rock temples. It is just three kilometers from Kotwali Bazar.

Lord Elgin's Memorial

Lord Elgin's Memorial has been built in commeration of ascend of the British Queen to the title of Empress of India.


Moodabidri houses beautiful monolith columns with priced metal images of Jain Tirthankaras.

Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery assists Dalai Lama in religious activities.


Shoja is 2.6 kilometers above the sea level. The aerial view it offers is special.


Kasidhar is 2.3 kilometers above the sea level. Is a spot the picnickers prefer.

Pulga and Khirganga

Pulga and Khirganga is noted for the wild settings.

Reaching Dharamsala

  • The Gaggla airport is just 13 kilometers from Dharamsala.
  • By rail. One can reach the Pathankot railway station which is 85 kilometers from Dharamsala.
  • By Road: are available from Manali too.
  • Also one can reach here from Changigarh, Kiratpur, Bilaspur.
  • Luxury bus service is available from Delhi to this spot.
Trekking paragliding, mountaineering, Kayaking and mountain biking are the main sports adventures in the area.


HPTDC offers a number of reasonably rated facilities for accommodation. These include guest houses, hotels, resorts. Also there are Forest rest houses, private hotels.

Climate in Dharamsala

The climate in Dharamsala Is generally pleasant in summer. In winter it is so cold. The temperature may drop down to freezing point and woolens are must. In the months of monsoon it may be risky with landslides. The best time to visit is May to October.
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