Dharamsala is an important hill town in Himachal Pradesh. It is located at the foot of Dhauladhar and has a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests and tea gardens. It also serves as the home of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who arrived here in the early 1960s. Dharamsala is divided into two distinct parts: lower Dharamsala, consists of most of the government offices, Schools, Hospitals and commercial areas. It also has a few tea gardens. Upper Dharamsala is known as McLeod Ganj. It is home to the Tibetan community and the centre of tourist activity. This place has been renowned as one of the best picnic spots in India.
Tourist Attractions in Dharamsala:
Kareri Lake: The beautiful Kareri Lake is situated at a distance of 13 km away from Dharamsala. Kareri Lake is located at an altitude of 3250 m above sea level. It is a favorite haunt for the trekking enthusiast. Kareri Lake is a high altitude, shallow, freshwater lake.
McLeodganj: McLeodganj is a famous tourist attraction in Dharamsala, which is commonly known as 'Little Lhasa'. It is located in the Kangra Valley. The arrival of the Dalai Lama (Tibetan spiritual leader), along with thousands of refugees to Dharamsala in 1959 made the life here more active. Today, McLeodganj is the first choice for visitors travelling to the place.
St. John's Church: St. John's Church is located at a distance of about 8 km from the Dharamsala. It is one of the oldest Churches in North India as it was built in the year 1852 and is known for its unique gothic character. St. John's Church is also popular for its magnificent architecture and stained glass windows. The glasses are covered with a fine mosaic of patterns and are a delight to the eye. These glass windows are Belgian in origin and have been specially gifted by none other than Lady Elgin, who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
Dal Lake: Dal Lake is surrounded by deep Deodar forests and is situated approximately 10km from Lower Dharamsala. It is undoubtedly a beautiful picnic place. It is believed that by taking a dip in the lake, one gets rid of all the miseries and will be blessed by Lord Shiva. It is also a starting point for excursion and trekking and a colorful annual fair is also held here in the month of September every year.
Tatwani and Machhrial: Tatwani And Machhrial is located at a distance of 25 km from Dharamsala. It is popular for two wonderful attractions: hot water springs at Tatwani and a waterfall at Machhrial.
War Memorial: War Memorial is placed at the entry of the Dharamsala town. It is built in memory of the heroes of Himachal Pradesh. The place is truly picturesque where well-manicured gardens, dense pine trees offers peace and shelter to the brave sons of Mother India who lost their lives in Indo-Pak wars.
Kangra Art Museum: Kangra Art Museum is located in Kotwali Bazaar of Dharamsala. This art gallery was inaugurated in 1990. Kangra Art Museum is a unique museum displaying the artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures. The variety of items on display includes woodcarvings and tribal jewellery, sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Some of the displayed items in the museum are dating back to 5th century.
Dharamkot: Dharamkot fulfils your trekking needs as well as helps you unwind in a gorgeous hill station. To get there you need to take an invigorating twenty minute uphill walk from McLeodganj. Dharamkot offers you an absolutely stunning view of the mountains, the pine trees and Deodar forests that surround Dharamsala. You can even see the steep valley leading to Kangra here. Lots of foreigners have made Dharamkot their home and rent fields and houses from local Indians. In fact Dharamkot is also known as a hippie colony. Hebrew is spoken on the streets perhaps as much as in Israel itself. Motorbikes of every make zip around the place bearing a tattooed, long haired free spirit and many cafes offer international fare
Dharamkot is situated at a distance of 11 km from Dharamsala. This attractive picnic spot is located on the crest of a hill, which presents a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar ranges. Dharamkot is an eco-friendly picnic spot in McLeodganj which provides comfortable accommodation facilities such as resorts and luxury hotels.