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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
Activities and attractions:- Shopping
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.
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
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.
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
Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Historical Monuments, Museums, Places of Worship, etc.
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Once done visiting Dharamshala do visit tourist attractions near Dharamshala to quench your wanderlust:
1. Mcleodganj - 5.2 kms from Dharamshala
2. Manali - 234 kms from Dharamshala
3. Bir - 64 kms from Dharamshala
4. Shimla - 236 kms from Dharamshala
5. Naggar - 217 kms from Dharamshala
6. Prashar Lake - 166 kms from Dharamshala
7. Dalhousie - 116 kms from Dharamshala
8. Khajjiar - 117 kms from Dharamshala
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Have the most remarkable trip by doing the most fun activities in Dharamshala. Check out the details.
1. Paragliding - Known for the natural hilly terrain
2. Triund Trek - Known for stunning view of Dhauladhar Mountains and Kangra Valley
3. Camping - Known for the beautiful contours and the hilly terrain
4. Kareri Lake Trek - Known for beautiful green vegetation and unique flora
5. Traditional Day at Dharamshala - Known for scrumptious lunch with traditional cuisines
Even though Dharamshala is unique in itself, you can visit several nearby Dharamshala tourist places that are as fascinating such as:
- Kangra Fort, which is a historical monument as well as a gorgeous viewpoint
- Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, which is a pilgrimage site for worshippers of Lord Shiva.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can also check out the various trekking trails nearby such as treks to:
- Triund Hill
- Lahesh Caves
- Hanuman Ka Tibba (which is the highest peak in Himachal Pradesh)
Some unique gifts and souvenirs that you can buy in Dharamshala include Signings Bowls, Prayer wheels, prayer flags and other items of cultural and spiritual significance to the people of Dharamshala. You can also buy cloth with stunning local embroidery, local jewellery that is hand-crafted, bags, purses and much more.
Dharamshala is considered one of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. The city itself is located at an altitude of 4,780 feet above sea level and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the Himalayan Range.
To imbibe the spirit of Dharamshala and enjoy every aspect of the place during your stay, it is recommended that you spend 2 days in the city itself and another 2-3 days travelling to the nearby attractions which have their own unique features.
The easiest way to reach Mcleodganj from Dharamshala is via the main road that connects the two places. The highway, that is known as Dharamshala bypass, is frequented by buses which cost 15 INR per person to ferry you from one place to the other. You can also take shared jeeps or book cabs of your own from either of the places to traverse the 10km distance between Mcleodganj and Dharamshala.
The months of February, March, April, May, June and July are considered the best time to visit Dharamshala, as the city sees spring during these months and the weather is warm and pleasant, with maximum temperatures during the day reaching 25 degrees Celsius. However, if you like cold winters and want to see the snow-capped mountains, September to December is also a good time to visit.
Apart from its incredible natural beauty, there are several places to visit in Dharamshala which is bound to make it worth your while. Here are some important reasons why you should be planning your next vacation to Dharamshala:
- It is home to the Dalai Lama, who has his abode there after fleeing from Tibet
- It gives you incredible insight into the past and the present life of Tibetans who have fled their country and have set up home in Himachal Pradesh
- The food is amazing and you can even taste local delicacies from Tibet
- The scenic beauty including the snow-capped mountains, lakes, pine forests and rivers, and the sheer number of outdoor activities you can enjoy in nature is definitely one of the primary reasons why Dharamshala is worth visiting
When you have finished exploring the natural beauty and the exciting activities that Dharamshala has in store for you during the day, you can enjoy a host of activities during the night as well. Even though there are not many Dharamshala tourist places you can go during the night, you can always enjoy campfires, bonfires and picnic trips where you can camp outdoors under the million stars in the Himachali sky.
Dharamshala is one of the best places to visit in India because it has something for everyone. Whether you are an adventure enthusiast looking for thrilling treks and climbs, or a nature lover, looking to spend time amidst the most pristine form of nature, or a tourist out on a vacation to relax and unwind from the claustrophobia of the city, or a pilgrim seeking out spiritual fulfilment, there are several Dharamshala tourist places to give you exactly what you seek.
Some of the more popular tourist places in Dharamshala include temples and monasteries such as :
- Dalai Lama Temple Complex
- Namgyal Monastery Hanuman ka Tibba
- Kalachakra Temple, etc.
You can also visit museums and libraries including :
- Norbulingka Institute
- Namgyalma Stupa
But of course, the most stunning spots in Dharamshala include the natural attractions such as :
- Dal Lake
- Naddi Village
- Lahesh Caves
- Kangra Fort
- Bhagsu Waterfall