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(Dharamsala is also spelled as Dharamshala / Dharmshala)
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View all photosDharamsala is famed as the holy abode of Tibetan Charismatic Leader Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan Government in exile. Dharamsala is a synonym for Buddhism in India. Situated on the upper hilly terrains of Kangra valley and set against the scenic backdrop of exquisite Dhauladhar Mountains. The gorgeous city is distinctively divided as upper and lower divisions with two altitude ranges.
Home to the Tibetan leader, this is the perfect place to learn about Buddhism and the Tibetan struggle for Freedom. The city is dominated by the Tibetan populace while still retaining the British fervor and English lifestyles. Numerous Buddhist Viharas or Gompas, presenting great cultural values and Tibetan architectures, are the main attractions of Dharamsala.
Dharamsala has a vibrant environment with dense green forests with Deodar trees and pine trees. Blessed with many clear and unpolluted streams it is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. This place has been renowned as one of the best picnic spots in India.
Kotwali Bazaar is a perfect shopping place where one can view the color and lifestyles of the entire Dharamsala community. The market is considered as the base camp for tourists’ travelling to upper Dharamsala. The tourists who love nature walks and trekking can stay in this base camp and explore the hilly forest regions.
One of the tourist attractions in Dharamsala is the Kangra Art Museum, displaying the rich past of Dharamsala and its cultural supremacy of the Tibetan people. There are some institutions as well which are established to preserve the grand old Tibetan traditions, cultures and arts. This little hill town is indeed a must visit to every traveler coming to this region or booking Manali tour package.
To visit and experience Dharamsala hassle-free, view Dharamsala Tourism.
Destinations in this region: Mcleodganj, Palampur, Bir, Kangra
by Afia Ahmad on Mar 01, 2013
India is a myriad country and the people of the country completely believe in the saying – ‘Atithi Devo Bhava' – meaning Guest is God by Akshay Balraj on Jan 11, 2010
Want to be in harmony with your body and soul? Dharamsala offers you even more! Here you can be at peace with nature, body and your soul!
Travel within city
Dharamsala is essentially a very small city, and you can walk to all the destinations present within the city. Walking through the streets of Dharamsala can itself be a magical experience, and you will not need to take up a bus or an auto rickshaw unless you have to head to McLeodganj or any other region that lies away from the center in Dharamsala.
Buses in the city of Dharamsala are few in number, though they cover all the often visited portions in the city. Traveling by buses in Dharamsala can be a good and cheap option, and ticket fares will normally range around Rs 5 to 10, in order to get to the end points in the city or McLeodganj.
Auto rickshaws are a very comfortable mode of travel present too, but they will normally charge you more as auto rickshaws in Dharamsala do not run on meter. There are no night fares applicable and fares may range from Rs 30 to 40. Travelling through an auto rickshaw is also a safe mode of travel.
McLeodganj - One of the most spiritual and divine destinations in Himachal, the major attraction in McLeodganj is the Tsuglakhang Complex that houses the holy abode of the spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. The town is perched on the Dhauladhar mountains and offers panoramic views of the surrounding.
Palampur - One of the prettiest hill station in Northern India, Palampur is 35 km from Dharamsala and is extremely popular for its tea gardens. Often tagged as 'Tea Capital of North India', the town is a perfect place for honeymooners and serves as an excellent base for trekking as well.
Bir - 30 km from Palampur, the town of Bir and Billing are also known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’. Billing serves as the take-off site while Bir, 14 km from Billing, is the landing site. Best time to enjoy paragliding is from March to May and October to November.
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