Dharmshala - Tourist Places of Himachal Pradesh

About Dharmshala

Dharmshala is one of the major towns and the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh, which is located in the Kangra district. Located 18 kilometres away from Kangra, this place was earlier known as Bhagsu, and today it hosts the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile. Recently this city has been selected as one of the major cities in India, which will be transformed into a smart city. The natural beauty of this place is no less appealing.

How to reach

By Road : Buses from almost all the major cities like- Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla do make a stop here. One can reach this place via NH 503. 
By Rail : Nearest railway station is at Chamunda Marg, which lies on the Pathankot broad guage line. 
By Air : Kangra Gaggal Airport is the nearest one located 12 kilometres away.

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  • When to visit
  • Tourists can visit this place throughout the year. However, it is advisable not to visit this place during the monsoon.

  • What to Eat
  • Dharmshala is one of the largest human settlements In Himachal Pradesh, and so you can expect to find almost all kinds of food. However, do try out the Tibetan cuisine.

  • Attractions
  • Kangra Fort : It is an excellent specimen of Indian architecture that still stands tall, even today. This fort was contructed by the royal faily of Kangra way back in the 4th century B. C. It also happens to be one of the oldest forts in India and the largest one in the Himalayas. 
    Bhagsunag Falls : The height of this waterfalls is 20 metres and is located alongside the temple of Bhagsunath which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
    Namgyal Monastery : This is the largest monastery which is located outside the territory of Tibet. This monastery was founded by the 2nd Dalai Lama in the 16th century and today it houses the Dalai Lama (the spiritual head of the Tibetans). 
    Kangra Art Museum : This museum preserves the rich culture and heritage of the Tibetans and the Buddhists. It also preserves  apiece of the history of the Kangra valley which constitutes its- arts, works, ways of life and many more. 
    Some other places that you must visit are- Gyuto Monastery, Norbulingka Institute, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple and the Dala Lama Temple Complex.

  • Activities
  • - If you are visiting this place around the time of Buddha Purnima (it marks the birth date of the founder of Buddhism), then you can not possibly miss out enjoying the festivals that are orginised here. During that time, the entire town comes alive. 
    - For a complete tour of this place, you need to stay here for atleast 2-3 days. During the evening, one can engage in some shopping. There are a umber of good markets selling a lot of souvenirs. 
    - One can have a look of the HPCA (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association) stadium from outside. This iconic stadium is located right in the centre of the valley and offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas.

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