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Best Places to Visit in Dharamshala in 2018

  • Dharamshala, a scenic hill station that is embraced by the enchanting beauty of the conifer and oak groves, snow clad peaks, lush mountains, and several trekking routes. Located in the Dhauladhar Range, this hill station is also one of the headquarters of His Holiness Dalai Lama.

    Attractions: Waterfalls, Temples, Masrur, Jama Masjid, McLeodganj and Dal Lake

    Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Bird Watching, Cycling and Horse Riding

    Distance from Delhi: 487km

    Best time to visit: January to June and September to December.


  • 01 Kangra Valley

    Kangra Valley
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    Kangra Valley is home to the famous Masrur temple and is situated in the western Himalayas in Punjab. It is also a strong contender for the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a huge appreciation to the place and its beauty. The people in this area speak Kangri, which is a regional dialect of the place.

    Location: It dominantly lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh and the famous town of Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Kangra district. Pathankot is the nearest railway network. Gaggal airport, which is also known as the Kangra airport is located here.

    Highlights: The famous towns of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Sidhbari, Tira Sujanpur and much more are the major highlights of the district.
    Best time to visit: Most of the people prefer March to April as the best time to visit. This is due to the pleasant climate during this time which is otherwise freezing during the winters.

     



  • 02 Sach Pass

    Sach Pass
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    Sach Pass is situated in Sach town which is approximately 15 km from Killar, in the Chamba District.. Based at around 14500 ft, this Pass interfaces the grand Pangi tribal valley with district headquarters, Chamba. It is an exceptional trekking trail that leads to the Pangi Valley, which is the remotest and the most enthralling valley. It is blessed with a picturesque landscape and rugged terrains and also offers various options for trekking devotees.

    Sach Pass trekking trail drives you through dense woods, snow clad crests and lush green plantations. So all you adventurers and thrill seekers come and explore the challenging Sach pass in Dalhousie.

    Activities and attractions:- Trekking, road trip, photography, sightseeing

     



  • 03 Bhagsu Waterfall

    Bhagsu Waterfall
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    For those who love waterfalls, Bhagsu waterfall has to be one of the most beautiful locations in Dharamshala. Most of the tourists that visit the place make sure they spend some time here. It is peaceful, serene and gives you a nice feel of nature throughout. The place is also recommended by Lonely Planet.

    Location: It is at a 20 KM distance from the famous Bhagsunath temple which attracts many visitors. The town of Bhagsu is mere 2 KM from Dharamshala, which is a major town in Himachal Pradesh.

    Highlights: The water in itself is the highlight of the place which attracts a lot of tourists to the place. The water comes from the Dauladhar ranges which are quite cool and crystal clear.



    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is probably in the months of October-November when the days are sunny and the nights are pleasant.


  • 04 Dalai Lama Temple Complex

    Dalai Lama Temple Complex
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    The Dalai Lama temple complex is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places you must have visited. The whole vicinity is decorated with colorful prayer flags and this makes it perfect for long serene walks. You will find a lot of good statues and the atmosphere is something which lures people to come back again and again.

    Location: It is just a short walk from the McLeod Ganj bus stand and is quite accessible from the major parts of the district.
    Highlights: The sight of monks meditating peacefully and chanting verses is something that everyone must experience. You can be a part of it, if you want to.

    Best time to visit: If you love chilling winters, the best time would be to have a visit at this place during the months of December to February. But be aware of the dipping temperatures which can reach as low as –1 degree Celsius.


  • 05 Ganji Pahari

    Ganji Pahari
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    One of the unique places to visit in Dalhousie is the Ganji Pahari. Ganji Pahari means bald hills and as the name states this hill has no flora whatsoever. It is situated approximately 5 km from Dalhousie, on the Pathankot road. 

    Being in close proximity of the town, this place is easily accessible. It is a hub for all adventurers, as the manoeuvring terrains here make a splendid trekking zone.  Reach the pinnacle and be in awe of the breathtaking view. During winters, the Ganji Pahari is bejewelled with snow. One can visit this place any time of the year and enjoy its aura in different seasons.  

    Activities and attractions:- Trekking and Sightseeing.



  • 06 Tibetan Market

    It’s time to explore the Tibetan Market in Dalhousie, because shopping makes us all happy. It is situated at Gandhi Chowk and is one of the best places to buy handicrafts. There are also items such as woollen clothes, colourful carpets and beautifully carved jewellery. The very popular Chamba slippers and shawls are also available here. One can also find a variety of electronic and toy products. Run mostly by the Tibetans, this place has innumerable products that you can take home as souvenirs.

     Activities and attractions:- Shopping



  • 07 Dal Lake

    The slopes of McLeod Ganj have one of the most picturesque lakes around. Named after the more-celebrated Dal Lake in Srinagar, this small lake is close to a beautiful village called Tota Rani. Flanked by Deodar trees, that are so typical of the region, lend the lake a mystical ambiance. A small shrine dedicated to Durveshwar Mahadev causes Dal Lake to be considered sacred, and a festival-fair held every year is evidence of that. The mid-altitude lake takes a greenish-hue and has varieties of fish inhabiting the water. 

    The mist in the mornings and evenings make Dal Lake the perfect place for an introspective walk alone, or with the beloved. If you’re lucky, boating in the lake is an amazing experience, when available. The lake next to the Tibetan Children’s village is a nice stopover before you proceed to other attractions, and is regularly listed in the places to visit in McLeod Ganj. A kilometre-and-half from Dal Lake is a spot in Naddi that offers a scintillating view of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar peaks, and is famous as a sunset point.



  • 08 Bhagsunath Temple

    Bhagsunath Temple
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    Bhagsunath Temple is located in the village of Bhagsu which is now a tourist place given its attractions. Most of the people here are into tourism and make a living out of it. Due to this, the village has a lot of restaurants and guesthouses which earns a lot of money for the village.

    Location: It is located at a 1 KM distance from the famous McLeod Ganj. You will find many means of transportation to the temple. If you have reached McLeod Ganj, you can also have a walk and reach the temple.

    Highlights: There is a waterfall nearby which a lot of people visit to freshen up and revitalize. The village has Gaddi tribal people who are nice to interact with.



    Best time to visit: The northern part of India is best in winters. However, if you like a warm weather, you must visit the place during summers.


  • 09 McLeod Ganj

    McLeod Ganj
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    McLeod Ganj is a suburb in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is also popularly known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa". The city has got this name due to the large populations of Tibetans. Also, the famous Tibetan government-in-exile has its headquarters in this city.

    Location: The nearest airport to the city is Gaggal Airport which is around 15 KM from Dharamshala. You will find the nearest railway station at Kangra which is 20 KM south from Dharamshala. Both the options are good if you are a tourist.



    Highlights: The major highlights of the area include the Tibetan sites and the famous Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF). Triund hill and Dal Lake are in close proximity which you can visit.

    Best time to visit: You can visit the place during any time of the year and find it equally beautiful. However, most people prefer to visit the place in winters.


  • 10 Bhuntar Town

    Bhuntar Town
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    Not so far from Kasol, Bhuntar is a small town situated in Parvati valley. Nested amidst the dense forest and steep trails, Bhuntar is nothing less than a treat to one’s eyes. The village is located in Kullu district which is about 30 kilometers away from Kasol. 

    The narrow roads and tricky trails make your drive to Bhuntar a thrilling one. Sightseeing, relaxing in the lap of Mother Nature, shopping and discovering some local activities are some of the things you can do at Bhuntar. This hamlet is for those that wish to do nothing but relax on a holiday and is one of the peaceful places to visit in Kasol.



  • 11 Triund Hill

    Triund Hill
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    Triund hills are also known as the crown jewel of Dharamshala. It is situated in the midst of Dhauladhar mountains and gives a stunning view. Triund is one of the most popular trekking spots in India which attracts a lot of tourists.

    Location: You can simply opt for a taxi from Mcleod Ganj till Galu or you can start the trek right from Mcleod Ganj itself. You can also hire a horse/pony to take you to the top if you are not willing to hike for a long distance.

    Highlights: The beautiful forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron lines up the way for the trek which looks stunning and gives you a nice journey through the hills.

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    Best time to visit: As the place is close for trekking during the months of January and February, the best time to visit is from March to May and September to December.


  • 12 Naggar Village

    Naggar Village
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    Naggar village is one of the lesser known or virgin villages that surround Kasol. This hamlet is home for a few temples, military structures, museums and galleries making it one among the best Kasol places to visit. One can tick them all off and head to explore the rural exquisiteness of this village.

    Distinct culture of this village is of the greatest attraction to the tourists. International Roerich memorial trust, Naggar castle and Gauri Shankar temple are some of the places worth visiting in this village. 



  • 13 Kullu

    Kullu
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    The twin sister of Manali, Kullu is located approximately 50 kilometres away from Kasol. Kullu is also one of those nearby getaways from Kasol which has a number of sightseeing places and activities that will keep tourists engaged on their holiday. Surrounded by a number of temples and other historical places, Kullu has a number of visiting destinations. 

    One can also try out activities like trekking and yak safari that the city has in store for its visitors. The panoramic view of the hilly hamlet is an add on to the wonderful activities and sightseeing destinations Kullu has to offer to its visitors. 



  • 14 Explore Kangra Fort

    Explore Kangra Fort
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    Kangra Fort, located on the outskirts of Kangra town, is a fort built by the Rajput family of Kangra as part of the Katoch Dynasty. The builders of this fort trace their history back to the Mahabharata making this fort the oldest recorded fort in India. 

    It’s also the largest fort in the Himalayas. The fort is well known for its importance in medieval Indian history as it was a much sought after fort by the Mughals and succeeded in resisting a lot of Mughal sieges. The outer wall of the fort has a circumference of 4 kms and the inner chambers have a lot of artifacts from various periods, most notably the Mughal and British occupied India eras. There are temples and royal chambers inside that make for a very fun and eventful tour. 

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

     



  • 15 Chamba Town

    Chamba Town
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    The Chamba town is situated on the banks of the River Ravi. It is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Dalhousie. Being an age old princely state, this place is blessed with marvellous architecture. The Chamba Town also proffers innumerable excursions for all you tourists. 

    The temperature here is extreme; hence it is advisable that you explore this town during the chilly winters. Find faith in immaculate temples of Laxmi Narayan, Hari Rai and others. Admire the magnificent Akhand Chandi Palace and Rajmahal. Also, do not forget to visit the Bhuri Singh Museum, which exhibits the rich culture of Chamba. 

    Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Historical Monuments, Museums, Places of Worship, etc.

     

     



  • 16 Khajjar

    Khajjar
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    Located approximately 2000 M above the sea level, Khajjar is popularly known as the mini Switzerland. So, if you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your better half, then Khajjar is a perfect destination to add flavour to your romance. 

    Being blessed with dense Deodar forests, snow clad mountains and the captivating Khajjar Lake; this is an ideal picnic spot to be visited with friends and family. For all the nature lovers, Khajjar is a heaven on earth. The antiquated Khajjinag Temple, which was built in the 12th century, is also a well-known attraction here.

    Activities and attractions:- Picnic spot, Sightseeing, Photography

     



  • 17 Pulga Village

    Pulga Village
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    At a distance of approximately 16 kilometres, nested is this famous place to visit in Kasol called Pulga. Not so far from the city, this village welcomes all the tourists of Kasol. Pulga is best known for the temple or gurudwara in Parvati valley. The peaceful habitat has surprisingly large number of foreigners visiting the place throughout the year. Pulga village is one of the must visit for all the bag packers as it will enhance their love for bag packing as well as offbeat destinations. 

    The village is also known for being the tea treasure of the Himalayan side. All in all Pulga village is a small but an exciting tourist destination that adds to the glory of this small town, Kasol. 



  • 18 Chhalal Village

    Chhalal Village
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    One among the Israeli abodes in Kasol, Chhalal Village is one other place to visit in Kasol for tourists that look out for small attractions in the city. Redefining the beauty of nature and blending in Israeli culture, Chhalal is a quite wonderful place to spend a day. One can trek to this village witnessing the mystic atmosphere of the place. 

    The best thing to do in this small town is to explore cafes and try out some of the best Israeli cuisine. Kasol, also known as the ‘Mini Israel’ of India, accommodates many other small hamlets like Chhalal that add to the overall experience of the tourists that visit Kasol.  



  • 19 Tirthan Valley

    Tirthan Valley
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    Drive away for some 60 kilometres from Kasol to hit this secluded heaven amidst the wild, called Tirthan valley. The magnificent view of the valley, non-concretised paths, the wilderness feel, all just amaze the tourists that visit this place. 

    It is easily a complete day engagement place to visit in Kasol. One can relax besides the river and trek through the jungle to discover a waterfall in the valley. Tirthan valley is surely one of the best one-day getaway from Kasol and is a must visit to everybody that hit the land of Himachal.

    Kasol is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, famous for its scenic beauty and little tourist destinations. Some of the Kasol places to visit have it all sorted for the tourists with decent number of tourist places and fun activities. 

    Here, it is not just about the place or activity, it is also about knowing the hidden culture and traditions of this tiny hamlet. Being called the Israel of India, Kasol is filled with a mixture of India and Israeli culture that is worth a watch.  



  • 20 St. Patrick's Church

    Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. 

    This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.

    TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

    Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of worship



  • 21 Kangra Fort

    Kangra Fort
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    It is a famous fort located in the outskirts of the famous place Kangra near Dharamshala. This fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of the state of Kangra in the 15th Century. However, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the year 1905. Still, it has a good structure which attracts a lot of tourists.

    Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.

    Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.



    Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.


  • 22 Gyuto Monastery

    Gyuto Monastery
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    Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

    Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

    Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



    Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.