DHARAMSHALA (धर्मशाला): - Dharamshala is a small town settled in the lap of the Dhauladhar Mountains in the Northern state of India Himachal Pradesh at distance of the 18 km from the city of Kangra. It's also the winter capital of the state. Old name of the city was "Chotta Lahasa". The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration are in the Dharamshala. This is one of the hundred selected smart city to be developed under PM Smart cities Mission.
Dharamshala is one of the tourist hubs in Himachal. Tourist from all parts of India and foreign countries visit here every year. Here are many palace of the interest for the tourist where they come to enjoy the nature and also for the research works.
In Dharamshala there are many places of the old and new architecture as The St. John's church, Dalai Lama Complex, Monastery, Museum, Kangra Fort, Masroor Rock Cut temple etc are the in and nearby the Dharamshala.
Bhagsu Nath this is a religious place. There is a temple of the Lord Shiva and there is a water fall near it which is the attraction for the tourist. This water fall is in the shape of the "Shiv Linga".
Mcleodganj is the famous tourist place at distance of 10 km from the Dharamshala. It is also known as "little Lahasa" or "Dhasa" (a short name used by Tibetans) It is famous for the Dalai lama complex and Tibetans monastery.
Dal Lake Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake at a distance of 11 km from Dharamshala. The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake. This lake is surrounded by the Deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is a small Shiva temple on its bank. There are many species of fish in the lake. It can be reached by cab easily from the Dharamshala on the way to Mcleodganj.
Naddi is a tourist place at the distance of 3 km from Mcleodganj. This a starting place for many tracking ways. This place is surrounded by pine, Himalayan oak, and Rhododendron. Here climate is always gratifying.
Dalai Lama complex is situated in Mcleodganj which is the headquarter of the Tibetan administration in-exile. This is also famous for the meditation. Here is the meditation centre at Dharamkot.
War memorial, this is the place in the main city near civil line. It is known for the monuments of the martyr soldiers.
Chamunda Temple is one of the famous "Shakti Peeth" at distance of 16 km from the main city.
Kangra Fort is one of the oldest forts in Himachal also situated near the Kangra city it is on the bank of the Banner Khad (A Small River) there is also a temple inside the fort. The views of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar Mountains are unforgettable from the fort.
Brajeshwari Temple, The temple situated in the Kangra city, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Brajeshwari in the Nagarkot. This is at distance of about 20 km from Dharamshala. This is one of the "Shakti Peeth" of the goddess Parvati. The original temple was made by the Pandvas in the time of the Mahabharata. Temple is surrounded by a stone wall.
Jawala Ji Temple, Jwala Ji temple is one of the "Shakti Peeth" in Himachal at a distance of 60 km from Dharamshala. It is famous temple, known for the 'Jwala' (fire) coming out of the water automatically. There are many other temples near this temple. It is a beautiful and religious place.
Palampur is famous for the tea gardens, which is at a distance of about 40 km from Dharamshala. There is also the Sheetla Mata temple. Near Palampur there is Gopalpur zoo.
Baijnath a famous place known as the shelter of the lord Shiva. It is 55 km from Dharamshala. Here is the famous Shiv temple in the lap of the Himalayas.
Masroor Rock Cut Temple or Himalayan Pyramid is a complex of temples located in Masroor in Kangra Valley at distance of 60 km from Dharamshala city. There is also a lake or pond called Masroor Lake in front of the temple. It is believed to be constructed by the Pandvas in the Mahabharata
Baglamukhi Temple. The temple is at distance of 45 km from Dharamshala while visiting to Chintpurni. This is one of the ten Mahavidyas (wisdom goddesses) in Hindu religion.
Chintpurni Temple. Is a pilgrimage centre and one of the Shakti Peeth in Himachal at distance of 80 km from Dharamshala located in Una district. This is famous for the Chinnamasta Mata temple in the lap of the Shivalik ranges.
Winter Season- Oct to March
The weather is very cold in Dharamshala provide an scenic view of the Dhauladhar Mountain that remain covered with the snow in the season from November to March.
Summer Season - April to June
One can feel natural Ac environment, and can have relaxed journey. In this season tourist prefers to visit Dharamshala because of the cool environment nearby.
Rainy Season: - July to Oct
It remain covered with the fog and clouds all around, which is liked by the visitors for the best photography of the natural beauty, one can see many waterfalls near around Dharamshala.
Tourist Approach: - All over the year i.e. summer, winter and as well as in Rainy season.
Bus Stand is in the main city. Buses and taxes are available here for whole day for all places.
Nearest Railway Station is Kangra.
Nearest AirPort is Gagal Airport.