Dharamshala : Best Places to Visit Near Dharamshala and Kangra

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium: Dharamshala Weather & Overview

Dharamshala Cricket stadium, dharamshala weather

Dharamshala Cricket stadium lies at the height of 1.457 meters is amidst the beautiful Dhauladar mountain range in Kangra Valley. So Dharamshala weather or temperature is surprisingly amazing during the winter. People also call it Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium. Surprisingly, this stadium is one of the highest sports grounds in the world. Undoubtedly, you will be allowed to visit here as it is opened for tourists.

Where: HPCA Cricket Stadium, District, Kangra, Dharamshala, (HP).

Timings:  9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Entry fees: INR 20 per person

Triund Hill Near Dharamshala

Triund Hill
Triund Hill

Certainly, Dharamshala is beautiful and Triund Hill is undoubtedly one of the most exquisitely beautiful places near Dharamshala. Thus you must visit here. Surprisingly, Dhauladhar ranges surround one side and beautiful rolling valleys on the other side. Undoubtedly, trek lovers will love the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain ranges during that fall on their trekking. you must enjoy the Dharamshala weather, especially in winter.

Where: Top floor Main bus stand, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala

Best time to visit: You should visit there during March-May and September-December.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry Fee: 2600/- INR for trekking

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The Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamshala

The Library of Tibetan Works & Archives
The Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh has the honor of the Tibetan library, The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. By the way, it was Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Balai Lama, who found it. Generally, it can be said to be one of the pioneering institutions that offer study and research of Buddhism. Certainly, you will find artefacts and manuscripts that really date back to the 12th century. Surely, people love to visit this offbeat museum. Enjoy the reading in beautiful Dharamshala weather.

Certainly, there are 80,000 manuscripts and 600 Buddhist artefacts. Even there are silk applique thanqkas that are extremely beautiful and there is a three-dimensional, wood-craved mandala of the Avalokiteshwara. Surely, it is reserved and compassionate Bodhisattvas in Buddism.

Best time to visit: All year round

Where: Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala.

When: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; (Sunday off)

Entry Fee: 100/- INR one-time registration fee.

St. John in the Wilderness; an Old Church in Dharamshala

St. John in the Wilderness
St. John in the Wilderness

St. John in the Wilderness, a Church, is an Anglican Church that is dedicated to John the Baptist. Certainly, it is an important church near Dharamshala that was built in 1852. The Church rests on the way to Mcleodganj and lush deodar forests surround the church. Thus it becomes more beautiful. Undoubtedly, it is the oldest church ever built in Dharamshala. Undoubtedly, Dharamshala weather makes the church more beautiful.

Location: The Church lies on the Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Timings: The best timing to visit the church is from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM in the evening.

Entry fees: Free of cost

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The War Memorial near Dharamshala

The War Memorial lies in the forests of Dharamshala. Generally, it was created to commemorate the memory of those soldiers who fought to save our motherland. Many brave soldiers of Kangra, the war heroes, passed away during the Indo-China War of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971, and UN Peace Operations. Basically, there are three huge panels of black stone the height of each is 24 feet. Certainly, the Panels there preserve their memory in stone.

The beautiful pine forests surround The War Memorial. Even there are lush gardens and quaint walkways. By the way, you must find out the names of the martyred craved on the stones. Even there are some good cafés where you can have some refreshments and snacks. Kindly remember to visit GPC college, it is nearby.

Where: Kachehri Road, Jawahar Nagar, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Entry fees: INR 10 per head

Gyuto Monastery, Dharamshala

Certainly, Gyuto Monastery, The study of Tantric Meditation and Philosophy, is one of the extremely beautiful and popular monasteries that rest in Dharamshala. Generally, the reason behind establishing for preserving and promoting the tradition of black magic was found in 1959 in India. Really, the Dharamshala weather makes it more attractive.

Certainly, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Dhauladhar Ranges and Beas River from there, as it lies on a hilltop. Even there is a gold-plated statue of Lord Buddha at the entrance of the temple, the statue shines when the sun rays fall on it while the sun is rising. Tourists love to be here. Surely, it is one of the best places in Dharamshala.

Where: Dharamshala

Best time to visit: Any time but April-May are supposed to be the best months.

Dal Lake, Mcleodganj Overview

Dal Lake, Mcleodganj Overview
Dal Lake, Mcleodganj Overview

Dal Lake rests at the height of 1,775M from sea level. By the way, it lies near the village of TotaRani in District Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Though Dal Lake is small yet it is picaresque due to its surrounding atmosphere. Undoubtedly, there are beautiful mountains and tall deodar trees. In short, natural beauty lies there. Certainly, its name has been drawn from the extremely beautiful Dal Lake of Srinagar.

When you are trekking up to Naddi, you can relax and rest here. In fact, the locals organize a fair on the bank of the lake in September, it is celebrated to show their belief in the presence of Lord Shiva and the people from the Gaddi Tribe come to attend this event in the beautiful Dharamshala weather.

Where: Dal Lake, McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: March-May to October.

Timings: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm every day.

Entry Fee: Free entry

Tea Garden Dharamshala, Dharamshala Overview

Tea Garden Dharamshala
Tea Garden Dharamshala

Those who love nature must take a different move toward the tea garden. Certainly, you will enjoy among lush green leaves of the tea garden. Generally, it is the smallest tea zone of India and there are beautifully organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. Undoubtedly, the tea of these gardens is of good quality and people can bus it in many local shops across Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

Where: Palampur, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

Timings: 9:00AM to 6:00PM

Entry fees: Free.

Dalai Lama Temple, Mcleodganj Overview

Dalai Lama lives in Tsuglagkhang in Mcleodganj, which is just above Dharamshala. Certainly, the devotees from all over the world visit there like it a significant place for worship. Certainly, it isTsuglagkhang Temple and Namgyal Monastery, and even Tibet Museum, even the tourists can visit here and see the beauty. Not only the surroundings are extremely beautiful but Dharamshala weather is also the most beautiful.

The museum is in Tsuglagkhang and is a popular choice for tourists. Certainly, it is a spot of many imprints of Tibetan art and culture. There are several historical documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings, etc.

Where: Tsuglagkhang in McLeodganj

Best time to visit: 5 am – 8 pm but 6 am – 6 pm in November to March.

Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj Overview

The Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama lives at Namgyal Monastery. Undoubtedly, it is the largest Tibetan Temple in Mcleodgonj. The second Dalai Lama was founded in the 16th century. By the way, it is outside Tibet. Surprisingly, it creates such amazing beauty that tourists can’t stop themselves from coming here. Generally, it is called Dalai Lama’s Temple but it is 14th Dalai Lama’s personal monastery.

Location: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

When to visit: September to October

Distance: 3.3 km from Dharamshala bus stand

When: Monday to Sunday (5:00 am – 8:30 pm)

Entry Fee: Free entry

Bhagsu Waterfall

Bhagsu Waterfall
Bhagsu Waterfall

The Bhagsu Waterfall is surrounded by incredible scenic beauty. Thus the tourists must visit this extremely beautiful place in Dharamshala. Even it is the best place for hikers and rock climbers. Thus it becomes a stunning place for tourists.

Where:  Kangra District, Nr. Mcleodganj Main Market.

Best time to visit: June to September

When: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm every day

Entry Fee: Free entry

Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley is very famous and lies in the western Himalayas. Undoubtedly, Kangra Valley is the best place near Dharamshala, so the tourists visit here. By the way, it is supposed to be a strong contender for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The locals speak Kangri, a regional dialect.

McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj also famous as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Because of the large population of Tibetans, the city has this name. Even there lies the headquarters of the famous Tibetan government-in-exile in the town. Undoubtedly, tourists must visit this extremely beautiful place near Dharamshala.

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport that is around 15 KM away from Dharamshala and the nearest railway station is Kangra that lies 20 KM south of Dharamshala.

Best time to visit: Anytime, but winters are preferable.

Dharamkot

Seriously, those who love hill stations love to go to Dharamkot. Undoubtedly, Dharamkot is a small hill station in Kangra district. By the way, it is just above McLeod Ganj. Dharamkot sits at a height of about 2827m. Due to its natural beauty, many foreigners live here. Surely, you will love this fascinating beauty.

Where: Around 4 km far from Triund Trekking area.

Best time to visit:  April and May.

Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass is an extremely famous trail among trekkers in Himachal Pradesh. By the way, it lies at an altitude of around 4,500 feet in the Dhauladhar Range. Undoubtedly, it is an extremely charming adventure for tourists from all over the world.

Where: Dhauladhar Range, Dharamshala.

Best time to visit: April to September.

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 8 km

Timings: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Sundays).

Entry Fee:  INR 5000 onwards

Kangra Fort

There are many tourist places in Dharamshala and Kangra Fort is one of them.  Katoch Empire got it constructed in the 4th century BC. Thus it is counted as one of the ancient forts in India. Certainly, its structure is epic and historical even there are gorgeous and attractive viewpoints. Tourists from all over the world come to enjoy the scenic beauty. Even you should visit the villages of Kangra and its river.

Where: Old Kangra, Kangra.

Best time to visit: March to August.

Timings: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: 150 INR per head for Indians but 300 INR per head for foreigners.

Jwala Devi Temple, Kangra Overview

Jwala Devi temple is dedicated to maa Jwala and it lies in the Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. Surprisingly, there is a set of religious and eternal flames. According to Hinduism, it is one of 52 Shakti Peethas and people say the tongue of Goddess Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva, fell here. So here is a great temple without an idol. Even the pandits here conduct 5 aartis a day at Jwala Devi Temple.

The Hindus believe that Maa Jwala lies in the holy flames of the temple that go on burning all the time without rest. Undoubtedly, it is a miracle. Let me tell you that these holy flames represent nine forms of Goddess Durga( Nau Devi)- Mahakali, Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini, Ambika, Anji Devi, Mahalakshmi, and Saraswati.

Jwalamukhi Cave is just 1 km far from the temple. Generally, it has three openings but now it has only a single opening and there is a spring of water too.

Hanuman Ka Tibba

Hanuman Ka Tibba, the highest hill in the famous Dhauladhar ranges, rests at an altitude of 19,000 feet. So the tourists must visit this mountain. Even adventure lovers love this beautiful place because they can do trekking, mountain climbing, and hiking. Not only this but you will get a chance to see the extremely beautiful view of the surroundings.

Where: Trail to Triund Hill, Dharamshala.

Best time to visit: September- December, if you want to enjoy the snowfall.

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 8.9 km

Timings: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday off.

Entry Fee: Free entry

Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

The tourists who are the devotees of Lord Shiva must go to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple because it is not only a pilgrimage but also a beautiful spot of natural beauty. Generally, people say that the temple was built over 500 years ago. As Himachal Pradesh is home to hills, so this temple also lies at the top of a rocky hill and is even surrounded by the beautiful forests, mountains, and cascading rivulets that make the trek extremely beautiful.

Where: Khanyara – Dari Rd, Dharamshala.

When to visit: All through the year

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 9 km

Timings: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free entry

Lahesh Caves

By the way, there are some tourists who love to visit the Dharamshala trek to Triund Hills, but those who love adventure and travel must go to take more pictures of these picturesque Lahesh caves. Lahesh Caves sits at the height of 11,482 feet, Majestic Himalayan mountain range and lush forests surround the Caves. So make some moments of your life memorable when you are here.

Where: Trail to Lahesh Caves, Dharamsala.

Best time to visit: Either you should visit from March to May or from September to December

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 14 km

Timings: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday off.

Entry Fee: INR 2500 onwards for a trek to and from Lahesh Caves

Naddi Village

Naddi Village lies at the height of 7,154 feet from sea level. Certainly, people know the hamlet for its natural beauty and landscapes that are famous for trekking. Due to its beauty, lots of tourists love to pay at least a visit to Naddi Village.

Where: Upper Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Best time to visit: April to October.

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 8.2 km

Timings: Open 24 hrs

Entry Fee: Free entry

Kalachakra Temple Near Dharamshala

When you are at Dharamshala you must visit some beautiful and scenic holy places. Certainly, there are many religious places and Kalachakra Temple is one of them. By the way, the meaning if Kalachakra in English is “Wheel of Time”, the temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha. Undoubtedly, amazing and natural beauty surround the temple so it always attracts tourists. Certainly, you would enjoy the beautiful Dharamshala weather.

Where: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Best time to visit: from September to December and from March to July

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 4.1 km

Timings: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Entry Fee: Free entry

Namgyalma Stupa

Namgyalma Stupa lies just in the center of the town and is a monument. By the way, it was built in the memory of the soldiers who passed away during the war in Tibet. Surprisingly, Stupas were built in the third century AD. The Structure of Stupa is also modeled on it.

Where: Upali Barol, Himachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: from September to October and from April to June

Distance from Dharamshala bus stand: 3 km
When: Monday to Saturday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Entry Fee: Free entry

Chinmaya Tapovan in Dharamshala

Certainly, Chinmaya Tapovan is also one of the beautiful tourist places in Dharamshala. Mainly those who love solitude should seek this place. Naturally, the ashram is quiet and an excellent epitome, because of its blend of tranquil setting and serenity.

Even there is a mighty statue of Lord Rama’s greatest devotee, Lord Hanuman and you will find a school, recreation center, and even a Ram temple. Dharamshala weather increases the beauty of the temple.

Where:  Sidhbari, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Entry fees: No fee

Ritesh Gautam
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