Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh, India
Dharamshala is located at 1650 meters( 5400 ft) above sea level in Himachal Pradesh, India. Dharamshala is headquarters of Kangra district, Dharamshala Came into existence in the year 1849 when it was selected as a site to accommodate a military regiment that was being raised in the town, Dharamshala was formed as a cantonment for troops stationed at Kangra and it was fully occupied by troops of Garrison and there was insufficient space for civil station , Search for a alternate location was need of time and an ideal location for troops was found at slopes of Dhauladhar ranges, On that hill one Hindu Sanctuary or ‘ Dharamshala” was located , Same name chosen for newly formed town.
Dharamshala stands at the foot of Dhaualdhar and provides magnificent views of snow-capped mountains, Deodar & Pine forests and tea garden are add on beauties.
The snow line is very easily accessible at Dharamshala, Now Dharamshala has got international importance as His holiness Dalai Lama is residing here and many Tibetan settlements are done here.
Dharamshala is divided into two parts one is lower Dharamshala where civil area & business area are located and Upper Dharamshala with places like Mcleodganj & Forsyth Ganj are located.
Tourism in Dharamshala
Dharamshala / Dharamsala has become world famous tourist spot or hill resort in Himachal Pradesh and India, Dharamshala has awesome views of snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala has many nearby towns developed as hill resorts like Mcleodganj, Forsythganj, Dharamkot Etc. Triund trek is very famous for trekking lovers & adventure lovers, Now Dharamshala also has world class cricket stadium, Dharamshala is very popular hill station in foreign tourists.
How to Reach Dharamshala
By Air: Nearest airport to Dharamshala is Gaggal, Located 15 Kms from Dharamshala.
By Rail: Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railway station, Located 95 km’s from Dharamshala.
By Road: Dharamshala is well-connected by road from all parts of India, Chandigarh is 239 Kms and National capital Delhi is 514 kms. from Dharamshala.Another famous hill station Kullu Manali is situated 210 kms from Dharamshala.
Sight Seeing Places Around Dharamshala
Mcleodganj: Mcleodganj is residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama, Dali Lama came here in the year 1959 with thousands of refugees at Mcleodganj and built many Tibetan settlements like education centre, rehabilitation centres, Dharamshala became headquarters of Tibetan Government in exile, It gained international identity as major Buddhist centre and prominent personality started visiting Dharamshala.
Bhagsunag Falls: Bhagsunga is located 11 km’s from Dharamshala town & 3 Kms from Mcleodganj, Bhagsunag has an ancient temple of Lord Shiva and also has a freshwater spring, waterfalls, People enjoy bathing in the chilly water of water fall, Tourist can reach Bhagsunag by motorable road.
St. John’s Church: St. Jons’ church is located 8 km’s from Dharamshala in between Mcleodganj & Forsythganj forest.
Dharamkot: Dharamkot is situated 14 km’s from Dharamshala town and located on a hillcrest, Dharamkot is a favourite picnic spot & provides beautiful views of Kangra valley & Dhauldhar range. Dharamkot is approachable by an easy trek from Bhagsunag, Dharamkot is the area where Gaddi folks are residing and views are awesome from Dharamkot, Tourist can find small restaurants and dhabas for meals & snacks.
War Memorial: War Memorial is situated at the entry point to Dharamshala and built in memory of brave fighters for the motherland, War memorial is located in between pine forest, Tourists can enjoy fast food & snacks at the nearby cafe.
Triund: Famous trek Trek Triund is located 17 km’s from Dharamshala town, Triund is situated at height of 2827 meters ( 9250 ft) above sea level. Snowline is located only 5 km’s from Triund, Triund has extra ordinary beautiful views of Valley & snow-capped mountains, Triund is a picnic & trekking spot and it is suggested for tourist to start early in morning for Triund if going for same day Trek, Guides are available for Triund Trek.
Kunal Patheri: Kunal Patheri is situated only 3 km’s from Kotwali Bazar of Dharamshala, A temple of the local goddess is situated here.
Kareri: Kareri Lake is situated at height of 7100 ft above sea level, Surrounded by green meadows of Oak & Pine trees.
Dal Lake: Dala Lake ( Himachal) is situated 11 km’s from Dharamshala town and situated next to Tibetan children village, Though there is no comparison with Dal lake of Kashmir as the name is similar.