Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamshala is a location with snow crowned meadows and a picturesque feast for the eyes. Dharamshala, the headquarters of the Kangra district is situated in Himachal Pradesh, a north Indian state. It stands at the foot of Dhauladhar peak at an elevation varying between 1,250 m and 1,650 m above the sea level. Dharamshala has been segmented into two. The Upper Dharamshala constituting places like Forsyth and Mcleod and the lower Dharamshala comprising the commercial and civil locations. Mcleod Ganj in the upper Dharamshala is a centre of Buddhism, which has gained prominence across the globe after it had been declared as the headquarters of the Government of Tibet in exile under the leadership of Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual head.Between Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj, lies the Saint John’s Church, an excellent architectural piece set amidst a majestic Deodar forest at a distance of 8 kms from Dharamshala town. An architectural treasure, with artistic designs in its glass windows, it had been dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who had died and had been buried here.
Places To Visit in Dharamshala
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium is positioned at a level of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level. The snow capped of Dhauladhar mountains to it’s natural background, Dharamshala Cricket Stadium is among the best eye-catching cricket stadiums in India.
Naddi has been established as picnic location at the height of 2,000 metres above the sea level and approximately two kilometers via Dal Lake and 13 kms from Dharamshala presenting a panoramic view of valley and Dhauladhar peaks Additionally, it’s a kick off point for a trek to Kareri lake, Guna Temple and Triund.
Dal lake Near Dharamshala
Around 11km from Dharamshala, near a village Tota Rani A miniature oval-shaped man made lake called Dal lake is small in area and overlooking the Deodar trees This is a natural lake whose resource for water is the Balan Dhar. On the bank of Dal Lake a popular Lord Shiva temple is situated, that is certainly considered to be very holy. The Dal fair, held at the Dal Lake in September is largely attended by Gaddis (tribe) and other Hindus. Taking a dip in the lake is considered sacred. Devotees believe that a bath in the lake fulfills any boon asked from Lord Shiva at that time. It is the starting point of excursions and trekking.
St. John’s Church Near Dharamshala
7 km from Dharamshala and fifteen minutes’ walk from McLeod Gunj, the Anglican church lies in the forest between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj It was built in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows.. A memorial to Viceroy Lord Elgin then British Victory of India, who was buried here in 1863 A.D. The church is surrounded by Deodar trees.
At 2,000 metres above sea level, McLeodganj is in the upper part of Dharamshala and is at about 9 Kms from Dharamshala. McLeodganj was founded in 1848 and named after David McLeod, the Governor of Punjab.
Dharamshala has risen to international fame as “The Little Lhasa in India” when the Indian Government offered Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current His Holiness Dalai Lama refuge in 1960 where he set up the Government of Tibet in exile. McLeod Ganj, became his official residence. Several thousand Tibetan exiles have now settled in and around McLeod Ganj, where they have built monasteries, temples and schools. Tibetan architecture example is the Tsuglagkhang or the Dalai Lama’s temple. Tsuglagkhang, the magnificent images of Shayamuni, Padmasambhava and Avaloktesvara, all sitting in meditation postures.
Bhagsunag which is known for ancient temple of Nag dedicated to lord Shiva, was built by the Raja of Kangra in the 16th century just 02 km from Mcleodganj with spring water .
About 1.5 km from Bhagsunag Temple, there is a small waterfall, During monsoon the water falls turns into a glorious 30 ft cascade. One can enjoy light drizzling as a result of water fall. Near the waterfall, the mountain side has a lot of slate quarries.
Trek to Triund also known as trekkers paradise. Triund is 9 kms trek from Mcleod Gan passing through Dharamkot and Rakkar Villages via Gulu Devi , a small Temple and water point. The area was initially used by local Gaddi shepherds too across the Dhauladhar into Chamba district during summers with their sheeps. Triund lies in the foothills of the snow clad Dhauladhar mountains and is at a height of about 3500 m above the sea level.. The snow line starts from Laka 5km from triund, offering a breath-taking views of the mountains and the Kangra valley. On the way one can find wild flowers, many birds and wild animals.
Accommodation is available in the rest house of Forest Department which was built about 100 years ago by British One private hotel has also come up there. While trekking it is a must for you to carry your own food and water.