Dharamshala Set against the snow-clad DhauladharMountains, Dharamshala nestles on the high slopes in the upper ranges of Kangra valley. It is a picturesque town set among thick conifer forests. Dharamshala, where the celebrated Dalai Lama has settled in exile is a spectacular Tibetan township. Blessed with marvelous landscapes, Dharamshala is a traveler’s paradise with lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, gushing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower-adorned meadows, beautiful temples and striking monasteries, it feels like you have stepped back in time. Dharamsala offers sightseeing which ranges from temples, churches and monasteries to museums, ancient towns to places of natural beauty.
Best Season to Visit: April to June
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is at Gaggal, 13 km from the town. Indian Airlines flies to Dharamshala thrice a week from Delhi.
By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot and a railway booking office can be found close to the bus stand. Rail route though is picturesque and worth the extra time it takes.
By Road: National Highway 1 and National Highway 1A connect Dharamshala to Pathankot and Jalandhar. Dharamsala is also well connected by road to other places in Himachal. There are several buses a day to and from Mandi, Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.
Tsuglagkhang Temple: TsuglagkhangTemple is the most known Buddhist site in McLeodganj. Here are three majestic images of Buddha, including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, and the Indian scholar who is attributed with the introduction of Buddhism and Tantric teachings to Tibet in the 8th century.
Kalachakra Temple: Set next to the TsuglagkhangTemple, the KalachakraTemple is open to the public as the center for pilgrimage. Because of its murals and architecture, it also serves as a representation of Tibet’s rich spiritual and artistic ethnicity. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as the center for public teaching.
The Namgyal Monastery: Established by the 3rd Dalai Lama, this monastery serves exclusively the Dalai Lamas. A unique feature of this monastery is its diversity of practice. Namgyal monks perform prayers and rituals of all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Dip Tse-Chok Ling Gompa: This beautiful little gompa is situated at the base of a steep track. The main prayer hall contains an image of Shakyamuni, as well as two enormous drums covered in goat skin and painted around the rim, which were made by monks at the gompa. Here you will also find some superb butter sculptures, which are made during Losar. Fine and detailed sand mandalas are also made here.