INTRODUCTIONDharamshala is a hill station with great variations in altitudes, temperature and character, making it a hot favourite for the tourists. Situated at a wonderful location, Dharamshala is a beautiful and a peaceful town, spread at a different levels and surrounded by forests and pine. Accessible from the broad gauge line at Pathankot, Dharamashala provides a range of interesting activities for the visitors with the lower end of the town acting as a busy commercial part of the city, while the upper suburbs with charming old world old world names like Forystheganj and Macleodganj are not too far below the snowline. The massive snow capped peaks of the Dhauladhars rise like a giant waves of a frozen ocean, providing the town with a breathtaking view.
ORIENTATIONDharamshala is situated at an altitude of about 4000 meters perched in the valleys of Kangra.
Dharamshala is also popularly referred as Little Lhasa after the Tibetan immigrants to this hill station. The word Dharamshala means, an inn attached to a temple. The history of Dharamshala talks both about by the heritage of both Hinduism and Buddhism. In the 8th century the place was occupied by the Tibetan immigrants which led to the coming up of many monastries here,buthowever it was soon overtaken by the Hindu temples.Dharamshala was totally under the control of the British in 1848 and during their period of reign they had this town as ther summer retreat.After the British it came under the control of the Kangra rulers whose glory was washed away along with the loss of the earthquake in 1905.It took time to slowly get back to normalcy, and it really gained prominence only after the arrival of Dalai from Tibet.
TIME TO VISITThe ideal time t visit Dharamshala is anywhere between Mid-May To Mid-October.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
PRASHAR FAIRThis is a fair welcoming the summer especially by the people of Shimla and Dharamshala.This festival is entertained by a variety of cultural events.
KANGRA FESTIVALThis festival falls in the month of June and is celebrated with great pomp in the Kangra valley.
PLACES OF INTEREST
WAR MEMORIALThis War Memorial is constructed in the memory of brave sons of Dharamshala who died in different action since 1947, is worth a visit. It is situated near the entry point to Dharamsala and people offer prayer here.
KUNNAL PATHRIKunnal Pathri is a rock temple which houses the local goddess. Number of localities and the tourists visit this temple for it is just 3-km level walk from Kotwali Bazaar.
LORD ELIGIN'S MEMORIALLord Eligin's Memorial is built in honour of the eighth Scottish Viceroy,Lord Elgin who died in Dharamshala.According to his wish he was buried in the Church of St. John and one can get to see his monument in the campus of the church.
THE SHRINE OF BHAGASUNATHThe shrine of Bhagasunath is famous for its ancient temple. It is 11km from lower town. Slate quarries are found here. There is a tank and spring which are considered sacred by the Hindus.
TRILOKPURThis is a famous cave temple located at a distance of about 41km from Dharamsala.The cave of this temple made of stalactite and stalagmite naturally. Ruins of palaces and Baradari of Lehna Singh Majitha, Governor of Kangra hills, are present high on the ridge of the cave.
TSUG-LAG-KHANGTsug-Lag-Khang in Dharamsala is referred as the Main Temple and is right opposite to the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Tsug-Lag-Khang is a very peaceful place and is also known as Jokhang.
PONG LAKE SANCTUARYPong Dam reservoir is about 115-km from Dharamsala on the Beas River and it entertains the tourists by water rides and sports. There is also a wildlife sanctuary with wild life species like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar, Clawless Otter, and Leapord.
SHOPPINGThe main area for shopping in Dharamshala is the Jogibara Road which has both big and roadside shops.The most popular itenary in the shopping list includes wooden carvings for Dharamshala is full of dense forests.The other items in the list are silk and woven woolen scarves and Tibetan handicrafts.The Tibetan community has a tradition of handicrafts, which are available in profusion. Look for the trinkets and knick-knacks, which serve well for personal use, gifts and interior decoration.Nice hand-knitted sweaters and cardigans can be purchased from here.Metalwares and artifical jewellery is also quite famous here.Local pickles, squashes and jams are also very popular among the tourists of Dharamshala.
A wide range of mouth-watering Tibetan delicacies like momos, thenthus, Yak butter tea and thukpa are served in the restaurants of Dharamshala.
Khana Niravana - Tibetan, Indian and veggie meals.
Some of the other restaurants in Dharamshala which promises good food are Om Hotel, Moon Peak Coffee,Nick's Italian Kitchen,Snow Lion Restaurant, Rewa café, Taste of India and Le Vrai cafe.
1.Hotel Anand Palace
Himachal Pradesh, India
Tel. : 0091-1892-220507
2.Asian Plaza Hotel
Main Chowk Mcleodganj H.P. India
3.Hotel Himqueen Mcleodganj H.P. India
5.Jukaso Palace, Dharamsala
Naddi (Talnoo), Upper Dharamsala - 176216
Himachal Pradesh, India
Tel.: + 91-1892-221336, 221227
6.Royal Palace Resort
Bhagsunag (Mcleodganj) H.P.India
Phone -01892-220962 Mobile 098162 74260
7.Spring Valley Resort
Bhagsunag, McLeodganj, Upper Dharamshala - 176 219 Distt. Kangra (H.P) India
+91 1892-221248, 220802
Above Mall Road, Upper Dharmashala,
Himachal, INDIA 176219.
Telephone : 91-1892-221010
CHAMUNDA DEVI, DHARAMSHALA
PHONE : 01894 252347
10.HOTLE INDIA HOUSE
11.Hotel Snow Crest
Mcloedgang Dal Lake Naddi, Dharamsala,
Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
HOW TO REACH
BY AIRDharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi and the nearest Airport is at Gaggla, just 13-km away from the townNearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (82 kms).
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.