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Dharamshala

North India Manali Hill Station
Location of Dharamshala
Nestled at a backdrop of the Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamshala, which literally means The Holy Refuge, lies perched up on the high slopes in the upper reaches of the Kangra valley. Dharamshala came into existence in 1855, and is one of the 80 hill resorts developed in the seventeenth century by the British to beat the heat.
Dharamshala

General Overview
In Kangra valley. Dharamsala is the main hill station with a fertile, undulating valley, lying between the gentle Shivalik Hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars. The abode is marked for the beauty of its scenery - lush terraces, wooded hills and sparkling streams. The Dhauladhars, "the white mountains" that rise 4,000 m above the valley floor, provide a dramatic backdrop Picturesque. Dharamsala, built on a spur of the Dhauladhar range, commands a splendid view of the surrounding country.


Climate
As Dharamsala is situated in the Himalayas, the climate of this hill station is very pleasant during the summers but in winters the cold is very bad. Temperature can drop below the freezing point during the winters and heavy woollen cloths are required. During the summers the weather is mild and pleasant. Best time to visit Dharamshala is between March and October. Avoid coming here during the monsoon months.


Fact File
Altitude 1,380 metres
Languages Hindi, English, Himachali
Best time to visit April-October
STD Code 01892


Places of Interests
Chamunda Devi Temple - Not very far from Dharamsala, there is a Norther famous temple of Chamunda Devi. Chamundi Devi is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests. 15-km from Dharamshala a tiny village of Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple devoted to Goddess Chamunda Devi.

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Norbulinka Institute - Just 4-kms from Dharamsala is Norbulinka. This place has heavy Japanese influence. The Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture was founded by the Department of Religion and Culture to preserve and promote Tibetan art and culture in exile

Norbulinka InstituteWar Memorial - Nestled in Dharamshala town, the War memorial is situated near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor and defence of the mother land. The memorial is ideally located in the pine forest and offers a very enjoyable walk through pine forest. Near War Memorial is the beautiful GPG College Dharamshala made during the British Era. There is also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages

Kangra Art Museum - 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.


Things to Do
Trekking & Rock Climbing - Those who are interested in trekking and rock climbing, Dharamshal can be a Norther kinda place to explore. Dharamsala is one of the most popular starting points for treks and Rock climbing over the ridges of the Dhauladhar range. You can actually avail the tailor-made treks in the Kangra valley around Dharamsala and adjoining places. The trekking season starts from May and goes on to October. The most frequented route from Dharamsala to the Chamba valley, over the Indradhar Pass (4,350m), is arduous trek but the most novice trekkers can manage to complete it within five days.

The major trekking areas in and around Dharamshala are Mcleodganj and Dharamsala, Dharamkot. If one wishes to go on a longer walk then he can walk 8-km to Triund.

Angling & Fishing Angling & Fishing - Dharamshala gives all the leisurely actvity one would like to have on his / her tour. The area around Dharamshala is rich in small rivers and streams, which give ample opportunity for angle fishing. The 20-km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and the Pong Dam offers ample of opportunities in angling for Mahaseer.


Connectivity
Air - Gaggal is the nearest airport and is 13 km from the town. Indian Airlines flies to Dharamshala thrice a week from Delhi.

Rail - Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railhead Rail route though is picturesque and worth the extra time it takes.

Road - National Highway 1 and National Highway 1A connect Dharamshala to Pathankot and Jalandhar. Dharamsala is also well connected by road to other places in Himachal. There are several buses a day to and from Mandi, Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.
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