Explore Dharamshala and Nearby Locations

Dharamshala is also called as The Little Lhasa in India. It is the home of the tibetan guru and leader His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the tibeian government in exile. Often called as “Little Lhasa”.  Under the Himalayas, the Dhaluadhars, the place is a  beautiful hill station and a world known destination. This place is not an ordinary Indian hill station, but it’s wholly a different place being in touch with the whole world but has an environment of its own. It’s an old British place. Mcleodganj-mcllo is a world famous tourist destination. Foreigners from all over the world and many other celebrities visit this small hill town.

McLeodganj a British place. Located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala received little attention from the outside world for most of its history. Dharamsala and McleodGanj has many other Suburbs which are Bhagsu and Dharamkot near McleodGanj which consitutes in Upper Dharamsala. Sidhbari, Yol and Khaniyara near Dharamsala or Dharamshala (Lower Dharamshala).

Some of the important places worth visiting are :

Naddi & Dal lake

Just 2 kms from Mcleodganj is the sacred Dal lake known for its religious water. The lake is regarded is the lake of Lord Shiva. One kms ahead is the famous location called Naddi, where you can see the Mount Dhauladhar very near and the sunset is worth seeing in the the evening

Tsuglagkhang Temple :

The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha, including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava. His Holiness The Dalai Lama conducts a public teaching here every year.

Norbulingka Institute:

Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven. It also has a Tibetan food joint serving tibetan foods.



Triund is a popular picnic spot at a height of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17kms from Dharamsala. The breathtaking view of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking destination.

St. John's Church:

One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the church of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed stone church is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala on the way to McLeodganj.

Bhagsu Temple and Water fall

About two kilometers from McLeod is a holy pilgrim site for Hindus. Bhagsu, as it is better known has an ancient Shiv temple. It is a treat for tourist making it to Dharamsala during the hot months.

Chinmaya (Tapovan)

Nestled in the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas is the Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram. It is, one of the main retreats of the Chinmaya Mission. It is important as a center of the Sandeepany Vedanta course, meditation camps, vedic teachings.

Gyuto Monastery

Sidhbari is where is located the Karmapa (Ogyen Trinley Dorje)'s temporary residence, at Gyuto monastery. Sidhbari is about six kilometers from Dharamsala. Karmapa means "the one who carries out buddha-activity" or "the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas."

The Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is located 20 kms from the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, India. the fort is thought to date back to 1009 AD. The Kangra Fort was built by the Royal family of Kangra (The Katoch Dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata.

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