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Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. A busy bazaar town, Dharamsala has established itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is mixed with the simple life style. The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet , adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

A quiet retreat in the hills of the Dhauladhar range, Dharamsala is picturesque hill resort in India , located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Dhauladhar range offers a magnificent backdrop to Dharamsala, which means 'Holy Refuge'. Dharamsala is about 90 kilometres from Pathankot, 252 kilometres from Chandigarh and about 560 kilometres from Delhi , India . Dharamsala, at an elevation ranging between 1,250 m and 2,000 m, is a popular hill station as well as the spiritual abode of the Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh. It is divided into two parts Dharamsala being the lower section is three km away from its higher section, McLeodganj, which is 500 m above.

Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, still it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour.

Major Attractions in Dharamsala

Dharamsala is a popular hill station among tourists mainly from the plains of northern India . The hill station has pristine beauty, peace and pleasant weather, which attract the tourists.

St. John'S Church In Wilderness - 7-km upward from Dharamsala, between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj lies the charming St. John's Church. It was built in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. The church is popularly known as the church of St. John in Wilderness.

Nurpur Fort - Orginally known as Dhameri, 66-km from Dharamsala and 24-km from Pathankot, Nurpur Fort was renamed by the Emperor Jehangir, son of the Great Moghul Jalal-Ud-Din Mohammad Akbar. The fort is now in its ruins, but still has some finely carved reliefs.

Tsug-Lag-Khang (Central Cathedral)
- Though a plain and utilitarian substitute for its far more splendid namesake in Lhasa, also known as the Jokhang, the Tsug-Lag-Khang is nevertheless fascinating and peaceful. Situated opposite the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsug-Lag-Khang is known to the local Indians as the Main Temple .

Chamunda Devi Temple
- Not far from Dharamsala is the famous temple of Chamunda Devi. It is an enchanting spot with glorious views of the mountains, the Baner Khud, Pathiar and Lahla forests. 15-km from Dharamshala a tiny village of Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Chamunda Devi.

Norbulinka Institute
- Just 4-kms from Dharamsala is Norbulinka. This place has heavy Japanese influence. The Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture was founded by the Department of Religion and Culture to preserve and promote Tibetan art and culture in exile.

Dall Lake - Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated 11-kms away from the town, this lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot.

Dharmkot - Just 11-km away from Dharamsala, located on the crest of a hill lie this attractive picnic spot, which presents a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges.

Karanje - 37 kms from Mangalore on the road to Dharmasthala is the holy place of Karanje, well known for its medieval Shiva temple. Situated on a hill 1,500 ft high, it commands a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Pong Lake Sanctuary - Pong Dam reservoir is 65-km from Panthankot and 115-km from Dharamsala on the Beas River. The Pong Dam Lake is significant for a wildlife sanctuary with wild life species like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar, Clawless Otter, and Leapord. The reservoir is developed on a large scale for promoting water sports for tourists.

Best Time to Visit : April to October

How to reach :
Dharamsala can be easily accessed through air, train or road.

By Air : Jagson Airlines connects Delhi and Kullu from Kangra Airport at Gaggal, which is at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala.
By Rail : Nearest narrow gauge railhead is 17 km away and broad gauge railhead is 90 km away at Pathankot connecting Dharamsala with all major cities.
By Road : Dharamsala is well connected by surface network with all the major towns of Himachal Pradesh like Kullu, Shimla, Dalhousie, Chamba and Mandi and neighboring cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Jallandhar. From Manali too bus services are available to this place. One can drive from Delhi via Chandigarh, Kiratpur, Bilaspur and it's an 8-hours journey. From Delhi and Shimla, luxury buses ply to Dharamsala.

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