against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar
is perched on the high slopes in the upper
reaches of Kangra Valley
. The town is divided into two
distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and Lower Dhauladhar
which differ almost a thousand metres in height.
has become the synonymous to the
Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai
. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, still it
has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour.
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.
is a busy bazaar town and 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
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.
Attractions of Dharamshala
St. John'S Church In Wilderness
7-km upward from Dhauladhar, 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.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Not far from Dhauladhar 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 Dhauladhar a tiny village of
Dadh on Palampur road is the famous temple dedicated to
Goddess Chamunda Devi.
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
Lord Elgin's Memorial
After the honors of 1857, India's First War of independence, Queen Victoria
assumed the title of Empress of India. Her Prime Minister, Lord Canning made
the proclamation and the Governor General's title was raised to that of
Viceroy of India.
Tatwani & Machhrial
There are hot springs situated at Tatwani, 25-km from Dhauladhar
but on the way, at Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big
as the one near the Bhagsunath temple.
How To Get There - Dharamshala
Dharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi and the nearest Airport is
at Gaggla, just 13-km away from the town.
Pathankot is 85-km and is the nearest railhead for Dharamsala. Trains from
all over the country make a stop over at Pathankot and from here it is a
three-hour journey to Dharamsala.
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.