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  • Located amidst the serenity of the upper Himalayas, Dharamsala or Bhagsu is a beautiful city that has a lot of attractions and natural scenery to offer. The residence of the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration are both located here making it very relevant in Indo-Tibetan relations.

    Its prevalence in scenery and culture makes it a must go to place for travelers to visit and there are a lot of things to do in Dharamsala keeping travelers engaged and enchanted. You can visit Dal Lake, Kangra Fort, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple, Tea Gardens and Bhagsu waterfalls. 

    For those looking for some adrenaline pumping activity, activities such as Paragliding, Camping and Trekking in Triund and Kareri Lake are sure to sustain these adventure urges. Do try and watch a Cricket match at HCPA stadium here.

    Situated at an altitude of 1457m against the Himalayan backdrop, this is a location that should be in one’s list of things to do in Dharamsala. Enjoy this list of places and activities that make Dharamsala a unique tour experience and be ready to be tempted to visit this beautiful hill station.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Dharamsala:

  • 01Paragliding

    Paragliding

    Paragliding is an adventure sport that involves gliding on a glider with no rigid support system. It follows much of the concept from a hot air balloon as the glider depends a lot on centripetal and centrifugal forces to help one glide in the air. In Dharamsala, a lot of tour and travel agencies provide this service. It is a great activity to indulge in if you crave the adrenaline rush that comes with any adventure sports. The natural hilly terrain of this area makes it a much sought after spot for such activities.

    Best time to participate: Summer because the wind will be more controlled.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges between 2000 to 8000 Rupees per person.

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    Paragliding at Dharamshala

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  • 02Triund Trek

    Triund Trek
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    Triund is located north of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj is often termed as the crown jewel of Dharamsala. Triund hill offers a stunning view of Dhauladhar Mountains on one side and Kangra Valley on the other side. The trek requires one to reach McLeod Ganj and hire a taxi from there to Galu. 

    You can also go to Bhagsu Nag and start the trek from there. The trek takes you through stunning forests that are lined with various trees that are unique to high temperature areas. You will also cross steep mountains and curves as you brave your way to Triund summit. 

    Along the way are a lot of establishments that serve beverages and light snacks making your trek much easier. This is a trek not for the faint of heart and should not be taken lightly either. The trek is worth it though as the view from the top makes up for the hardships of the way.

    Best time to participate: Summer because the trail will be less tough to trek through.

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    Trekking at Triund

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  • 03Camping

    Camping

    The beautiful contours and the hilly terrain make for an incredible camping experience in and around Dharamsala. The clear skies and the fresh air enrich the camping experience and make it more enjoyable. A lot of shops provide camping equipment in Dharamsala or you can opt to carry your own. 

    The trail between Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj makes for a great camping spot and one often encounters scores of campers here. You can also camp a little after McLeod Ganj which is less populated and more peaceful. However, it does restrict the amenities one can avail nearby.

    Best time to participate: Summer and spring because the terrain will be easier to camp in.

    Camp Stay at Chrysalid Dharamshala

    Camp Stay at Chrysalid Dharamshala

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  • 04Dharamshala Sightseeing Tour

    Dharamshala Sightseeing Tour
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    About the Activity:
    • Enjoy a complete fun trip to Dharamshala, a scintillating beauty located in the valleys of Himalayas with freezing breeze and climate.
    • Firstly head toward to visit the beautiful tea gardens, the aroma will have a healing energy and enjoy the salubrious atmosphere.
    • Have a look at the cricket stadium, Kangra art museum, war memorial and Norbulingka Buddhist temple.
    • Stroll the famous streets of Dhranamshala forgetting all the worries in your life and end the crazy trip at Indrunag temple.
    • A group of 4 people are needed for this tour, so have a great time with your friends and family.


  • 05Kareri Lake Trek

    Kareri Lake Trek
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    Kareri Lake is located approximately 40 kilometers North of Dharamsala and in the Dhauladhar Range. The route is filled with beautiful green vegetation and flora unique to the Himalayas. To get here, you need to start trekking from Ghera village. 

    Ghera is easily accessible from Dharamshala as you get regular buses to Ghera. From Ghera, the trek to Kareri Lake takes about 8 to 9 hours. The route is narrow and tough at times. It’s not as popular as Triund or Bhagsu Nag treks thus making it more of an untrodden path. There are a lot of camping places in Kareri to spend the night here and you can return to Dharamsala next morning.

    Best time to participate: Summer because the trail will be less tough to trek through.

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  • 06Day Trip to Kangra Valley in Dharamshala

    Day Trip to Kangra Valley in Dharamshala
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    About the Activity:

    • A beautiful gorge in Himachal Pradesh, Kangra valley has been attracting visitors for many years with its stunning sights.
    • Embark on a day full of sightseeing at this getaway and explore its charm as you depart early post breakfast.
    • On the way, you will be seeing many iconic sights such as Masroor Rock cut temples, which date back to the 8th century and belong to the Indo-Aryan School of architecture.
    • Post this you will be driving down for 40 minutes to visit the Norbulingka, an institute dedicated to preserving traditional Tibetan art and craft.
  • 07Traditional Day at Dharamshala

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    About the Activity:

    • Visit Dharamshala, a scenic beauty located in Kangra district of northern Himachal Pradesh and be a part of the exciting village life for one day.
    • Stroll through the markets, the crowded corners of the village and see how the economy of the village is being rolled.
    • Move your feet while watching the traditional dance of Dharamshala, know their culture closely.
    • Feel free to wear a traditional dress, take photographs with the local people and carry umpteen memories from there.
    • Moreover, take your seat for a scrumptious lunch with traditional cuisines and then find time to explore the different parts of the forest covered village on your own.
    • A group of minimum six people should be there for the tour gets operated.
  • 08Short Day Trip to Galu Temple

    Short Day Trip to Galu Temple
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    About the Activity:
    • Start your day after getting picked up from your hotel and reach the tour locality.
    • Enjoy walking to Galu Devi temple which is  located above Dharamkot and is the highest point in Mcleodganj.
    • Witness the stunning beauty of the lush green cedars and red rhododendron as you continue your walk.
    • Enjoy a lip-smacking lunch while viewing the amazing nature.
    • Pass the small tea shops before reaching the galu temple.
    • End your tour of 4 hours with lots of memories.
  • 09Camping and Trekking at Lahesh Caves

    Camping and Trekking at Lahesh Caves
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    About the Activity:

    • Lahesh Caves are a beautiful sight that are located in the state of Himachal Pradesh on the way to Indrahar Pass and are surrounded by many towering and magnanimous peaks of the Himalayas.
    • At this camping experience you will be staying at these caves which are sometimes used by the shepherds; while engaging in various other adventurous activities.
    • Trek on to the Triund mountains and the snow line going through the forests of oak, deodar, pine, oak and fir and then onwards to the stunning sight of the snow line.
    • You can also see the beautiful Bhagsu Nag Temple as well as a beautiful waterfall on your way down from the caves.
  • 10Explore 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.

     

  • 11Visit Dal Lake

    Visit Dal Lake
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    Dal Lake in Dharamsala is located on Dal Lake-McLeod Ganj Road, North of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj in Kangra district. Known for its altitude, it is surrounded by canopies of deodar trees that add to the charm of this small lake. There is a sacred Shiva temple here that is quite popular among the local people for its mythological importance. 

    This quaint lake makes for an excellent trip from Dharamsala as it’s located at close proximity to it and finding transportation to the lake from Dharamsala is quite easy. It’s most definitely a place to keep in your bucket list for things to do in Dharamsala.

    Best time to visit: Summer and spring is the best time due to the clear weather and less chances for road blockage due to snow.

  • 12Meditate at Gyuto Monastery

    Meditate at Gyuto Monastery

    Gyuto Monastery is located approximately 9 kilometers south east of Dharamsala on the Palampur-Dharamsala road. It’s a very important monastery in Buddhist heritage as it is a premium tantric college. It follows the principles of the Gelug Order, a relatively new Buddhist order that focuses on discipline and ethics to achieve spiritual fulfillment. 

    This is a beautiful place to visit in order to relax and meditate. The sheer beauty along with the peace and quiet of this monastery is sure to calm anyone. It’s a place one must visit to experience it and is a sure qualifier for things to do in Dharamsala.

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 13Visit Jwalamukhi Devi Temple

    Visit Jwalamukhi Devi Temple
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    Jwalamukhi Devi Temple is located in Jwalamukhi town, approximately 55 kilometers from Dharamsala in Kangra district. It’s dedicated to Jwala, a Hindu Goddess associated with fire and burning gas. The temple was built by Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch and is another monument in Dharamsala that traces its origins to the Mahabharata era.

    The most unique part about this temple is that there is no deity inside the temple. Instead, the flames that emanate from within the rocks through fissures in the ground are worshipped as they are considered to be the Goddess manifesting herself. The temple is identified as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas from Hindu mythology and is a revered religious site that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 14Bhagsu Waterfall

    Bhagsu Waterfall

    Located 1 kilometer from McLeod Ganj, Bhagsu Waterfall in Bhagsunag village is a traveler’s delight due to its surrounding beauty and the history associated with it. It is located close to the Bhagsu Nag Temple, a temple dedicated to Shiva. 

    The waterfall is a 30 feet drop that is located between the crevices of two mountains and is a majestic sight to behold. The waterfall is a 20 minute hike from the temple and is completely worth it once you see the clear water and relax in the peace and quiet among lush scenery. It’s a must visit place and should be on your list of things to do in Dharamsala. 

    Best time to visit: Monsoon because the flow will be greater, making the stream much more beautiful.

  • 15Visit Tea Gardens

    Visit Tea Gardens

    Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water. Almost 80% of the world’s population consumes tea and India is the second largest producer of tea in the world with a whooping 900,094 tonnes of tea produced per year.

    In Dharamsala, one can visit the tea plantations on the Dharamsala-McLeod Ganj road. While not as big as the plantations in Assam or the North East states, the plantations are large enough to keep one engaged for a couple of hours. The plantation mostly caters to local export i.e. consumption within the Indian Peninsula.  The aromatic mist of tea along with the greenery all around is sufficient to mesmerize and should be on your list of things to do in Dharamsala. 

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 16Visit Mani Lhakhang Stupa

    Visit Mani Lhakhang Stupa
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    Mani Lhakhang Stupa is located in Uprali Barol, approximately 5 kilometres from Dharamsala city. This Stupa is also known as the prayer wheels monastery. It was constructed in 2001 under instructions from Dalai Lama as part of 5 small stupas that could survive a natural calamity. 

    This beautiful Stupa houses a gold plated statue of the Buddha in his signature lotus position. The Stupa has a lot of prayer wheels that you can spin for good luck. It is easy to get to from Dharamsala as you can get a lot of transportation to this place. In the evenings, one can indulge your senses in the hymns sung by the monks that are sure to make you want to come back here time and again. 

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 17Watch a Cricket Match at HPCA Stadium

    Watch a Cricket Match at HPCA Stadium
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    Cricket is equivalent to a cult in India with a fanbase that knows no age, religion, caste, creed or gender divide. What better way to indulge in such a sport than to watch it in a stadium that is located at an altitude of 1457 m amidst scenic mountains and high altitude. 

    The HPCA stadium is located in Dharamsala and is more popularly used for Ranji Trophy matches. The high altitude of the stadium makes it a little difficult to use for international cricket since rains or snow can disrupt roads making transportation tough. Catch a game when here and enjoy the sport as you take in the breathtaking and majestic mountains in the background. 

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 18Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

    Located about 9 kilometers from Dharamsala, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple is located in the foothills of Dhauladhar Mountains in Kangra district. This beautiful town is in Khaniyara temple and is known for its scenic and religious splendor and awe.

    The temple has a deep history associated with the Mahabharata. It is believed that Lord Shiva granted Arjun the boon of victory before the Mahabharata war. The temple commemorates and celebrates this boon and is of much religious importance. There is a beautiful stream in the vicinity that one can visit as well. Large stones adorn this area and add to its beauty. This place is a must for those looking for things to do in Dharamsala.

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 19Dharamsala War Memorial

    Dharamsala War Memorial

    Located at the entry to Dharamsala town, the Dharamsala War Memorial is a memorial constructed to honor the brave men and women who died in service to our country post Independence. The memorial is located amidst beautiful scenery and is a monument that represents bravery and sacrifice. 

    The monument has the names of all the soldiers and martyrs, who died in the 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 war and peacekeeping missions. This is a structure that holds much importance. The sacrifices of soldiers are often forgotten in popular media and structures such as these remind and inspire one to remember and keep fighting the good fight. When here, do keep this in your list of things to do in Dharamsala.

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.

  • 20Sherbling Monastery

    Sherbling Monastery is located in Keori, Himachal Pradesh approximately 60 kilometers from Dharamsala. It was established in 1975 in a space in a protected pine forest by the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa’s disciples. The monastery has been constructed in typical Tibetan architectural senses and uses the ancient sciences of geomancy. 

    There is room for 500 monks inside the monastery and it has a lot of shrine rooms and halls for meditation and worshipping purposes. It’s an important structure in Tibetan Buddhist practices and has a large number of followers and pilgrims visiting this structure every day. The monastery is the holy abode of Tai Siti Rimpoche, a much respected figure in the Buddhist sect. The monastery will fill one with a lot of peace and introspection amidst the tranquility and serenity inside.

    Best time to visit: All throughout the year.


Attractions

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Gyuto Monastery

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.
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Kangra Fort

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.
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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

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Tirthan Valley

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.  

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Chhalal Village

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.  

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Pulga Village

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. 

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Khajjar

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

 

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Chamba Town

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.

 

 

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Explore Kangra Fort

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.

 

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Kullu

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. 

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Naggar Village

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. 

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Triund Hill

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.
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Bhuntar Town

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.

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McLeod Ganj

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.
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Bhagsunath Temple

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.
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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.

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