is situated in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It
lies on a spur of the Dhauladhar range in the Pir Panjal region
of the Outer Himalayas; and commands majestic views of the mighty
Dhauladhar ranges above, and the Kangra Valley below.
Dhauladhar means "white ridge" and this breathtaking,
snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra Valley to a height of
5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra Valley is a wide, fertile
plain, crisscrossed by low hills. The scenery touched the heart
of a British official who wrote: "No scenery, in my opinion,
presents such sublime and delightful contrasts. Below lies the plain,
a picture of rural loveliness and repose...
Turning from this scene of peaceful beauty, the stern and majestic
hills confront us... above ll are wastes of snow to rest on."
from all over the world flock to Mcleodganj to receive blessings
and teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Western and Indian
tourists and scholars come here to see the rebirth of an ancient
and fascinating civilization. The high altitude and cool weather
contribute physically to the re-creation of the original Tibetan
environment. Dharamsala pulsates with the sights and sounds of old
Tibet. Though certainly more modern, life is basically Tibetan in
character. Shops strung out along the narrow streets of Mcleodganj
sell traditional Tibetan arts and handicrafts and the aroma of Tibetan
dishes lingers in the air.
Attractions at Dharamsala / Mcleodganj
The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument in
McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha, including
a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava.
The Namgyal Monastery was founded by the Third Dalai Lama, and
serves the Dalai Lamas exclusively. A unique feature of this monastery
is its diversity of practice. Namgyal monks perform prayers and
rituals of all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was established to preserve
and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges,
small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven.
Here one can watch the wooden carvings and the tangka paintings,
golsithing and embroidery being done. The nunnery close to the institute
is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist
One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the church
of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed
stone church is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala on the way to
McLeodganj. Under the shade of Doedar branches, a memorial has been
made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at
Dharamsala in 1863.
Triund is a popular picnic spot at a height of 2827 m. The area
is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17kms from Dharamsala.
The snow line starts at Illaqua, which is five kms from Triund.
The breathtaking view of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund
an ideal picnic spot and trekking destination.
Temple and Water fall
About two kilometers from McLeod is a holy pilgrim site for Hindus.
Bhagsu, as it is better known has an ancient Shiv temple. The main
attraction for the tourist and the crowd puller here is not the
temple but the public swimming pool. It is a treat for tourist making
it to Dharamsala during the hot months. But if you are not a great
fan of crowded places then stear clear of this swimming pool as
it is always crowded. Of course except during the cold winters when
the water is freezing.
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
There are hot springs situated at Tattwani, 25-km from Dharamsala
but on the way, at Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big as the
one near the Bhagsunath temple.
Masrur Rock cut Temple:
Fifteen richly carved monolithic rock temples sculpted in the splendid
style of the Kailash temple at Ellora and dating back to the 8th
century are to be found at Masrur, just 15 km south of kangra. Images
of Ram Sita and Lakhsman can be found in the sanctum of the main
Gopalpur where the Forests Department has set up a zoo called Dhauladhar
Set amidst a sylvan surrounding is a rest house, located in the
cool depths of the pine grove. Surrounded by green open meadows
and forests of tall oak & pine at a height of 3250m is situated
the picturesque Kareri Lake, which is just 13-km from the rest house
and 22- kms from Dharamsala.