Dharmsala Hill Station ‘Abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama’

Dharmsala Hill Station:

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Dharamsala is one of the best hill stations in India. It located in the gorgeous Kangra Valey in Dhauladhar ranges, in Himachal Pradesh. It is a wonderful picturesque hill station and around this area spread with beautiful natural flowers, greenery, and temples. Now the hill station of Dharamsala become very popular on the world map due to its importance of Buddhism and the 14th Dalai Lama has been living in this Holy place. The place also became the refugee center to the Tibetans. There are many monasteries and temples which attract the tourists from all over the world.

Buddhism in hilly place:

The place also a prime center for Tibetan Buddhism. The greenery hill station is bounded by river streams, pine-clad hills, lofty snowy peaks, the ancient Hindu temples and many Pagodas shaped in monasteries. The city also divided as upper and lower Dharamshala. The difference in the altitude between the upper and lower Dharamshala is 1000 meters. The visitors enjoy a lot when they place their feet in this area, the greenery, pine and deodar forests, waterfalls and lakes all make the tourists attach with nature. It is also very difficult to explain how the tourists enjoy by visiting this place.

Important Places to see in Dharamsala:

St John’s Church In Wilderness: It laid between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj and 7 km upward from Dharamsala. It constructed in 1852 with gray stones. For decoration of this church used stained glass windows.
Chamunda Devi Temple: This is very famous and sacred temple to the Hindus and very near to Dharamsala. It is an attractive spot with scenic views of the mountains. The forests of Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests spread around the temple.

Maharana Pratap Sagar: Once the Maharana Pratap Sagar was known as ‘Pong Dam Reservoir’. Later named as ‘Maharana Pratap’ to honor his great patriotism. This dam completed in 1976 and the reservoir has an area of about 45,0000 hectares. In 1983 the Sagar declared as a wildlife sanctuary, here 2200 species of birds belonging to 54 families. The rare birds like black-headed gulls, plovers, terns, ducks, waterfowl and egrets. The wetland area prepared as suitable habitat for migratory birds. The rare animals like sambar, deer, wild boars, nilgai leopards also habituating in the sanctuary. In the reservoir has twenty-seven species and sub-species of fish are living in it.

Norbulinka Institute:
Indian department of Religion and Culture established the Institute Norbulinka to promote Tibetan art and culture in exile. Japanese influence is very more on this area. It is just 4 km away from Dharamsala.

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Nurpur Fort: This fort is very near to Pathankot and 66 km away from Dharamsala. During the period of Mughal emperor Jehangir, the fort was very famous. Later years it was ruined and still we can see the ruins and some finely carved reliefs of the monuments there.
Tsug-Lag-Khang: This is a very famous spiritual place and situated opposite the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama. This is the main Hindu temple to the local Indians and also called as the Jokhang.

Dall Lake: Very attractive place and the place are surrounded by high and green Deodar trees. The transport facilities are well sophisticated and one can easily approach this place. This lake is 11 km away from the town Dharamsala.

Dharmkot: It is just 11 km away from Dharamsala, this is one of the attractive picnic spots. From here we can see the panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges.
Moodabidri: This construction is 23 km away from Venus, it is also called Jaina Kashi. It built in 1430 AD and has beautiful monolith columns and priceless collection of jewel-studded metal images of Jain Tirthankaras.
Namgyal Monastery: It was founded by Third Dalai Lama sonam Gyatso in 1575, which later known as Namgyal Dratsang. It has been using by the Dalai Lamas in their public religious activities for the welfare of Tibet.

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Pong Lake Sanctuary: It is on the banks of Beas River and 65 km away from Pathankot. It is also significant for wildlife sanctuary with wildlife species like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar and Leopard. The Lake developed for promoting water sports for tourists.

Mcleod Ganj: This is a Buddha temple and situated opposite the abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama. The city surrounded by a number of residential buildings, restaurants, and antique shops.
Mcleod Ganj : Tibet has lent importance to Mcleod Ganj. The Buddha temple situated opposite the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This place is well worth a visit and around it is situated Tibetan monasteries and nunnery. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops are present.

Climate in the Hill Station:

The place situated in the Himalayas, so the weather is very pleasant during the summer. But in winter the weather is very cold, and the temperature can drop below the freezing point. March and October are the best time to visit Dharamshala. Remaining months are not preferable to visit this place.

Popular Shopping in Dharamsala:

Local artisans are very skillful in preparing the handicraft items. The Kotwali Bazaar is the main shopping area in Dharmsala. The Tibetan carpets are very attractive things in this area. These carpets woven delicately and applied with bright colors.

TRAVEL INFORMATION :

By Air: The nearest airport is Gagala, it is just 13 km away from Dharamsala. Delhi international airport is providing many flights travel to Dharamsala.
By Road: The road connectivity is available to the major towns around Dharamsala. Bus services from Manali are available at any time. From Delhi, Chandigarh, Kiratpu and Bilaspur takes 8 hours journey to reach Dharamsala.
Rail: The nearest railhead for Dharamsala is Pathankot. It takes three hours journey from Pathankot to Dharamsala.