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.
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
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
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 -
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
Gaggal is the nearest airport and is 13 km from
the town. Indian Airlines flies to Dharamshala thrice a week from Delhi.
Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railhead
Rail route though is picturesque and worth the extra time it takes.
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.