|Mcleodganj||Located 9km from the town Dharamshala|
|Bhagsunag Fall||Located about 11km from the city of Dharamshala|
|Dal Lake||Located in district Kangra|
|Dharamkot||14km from the town|
|Triund||17km from Dharamshala town|
|Naddi||Situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the Macleodganj market|
|Baijnath||Situated in 56 Kilometres from Palampur|
|St. John’s Church||8km from the town of Dharamshala|
|Jwalamukhi Temple||Located in the Valley of Beas, about 56km from the town of Dharamshala|
|Kunal Pathari||3km from the town of Dharamshala|
|Tsuglagkhang||Located in Sidhpur village near Dharamsala|
|War Memorial||Situated 3km away from the town of Dharamshala|
Natural Retreats in Dharamshala
Located 9km from the town Dharamshala, Mcleodganj is the Headquarters of the great Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. His arrival along with thousands of refugees to Dharamshala in 1959 made the life here more active. A number of tibetan settlements with religious education and other rehabilitation centers mushroomed all over the Mcleadganj. There is a large presence of Tibetan Community and Mcleodganj teems with Tibetan restaurants, antique and curio shops.
Located about 11km from the city of Dharamshala, and roughly 2km from the city center of McLeodganj, this beautiful site of Bhagsunag is a must see destination for the tourists. It is known for its old temple of Bhagsunath, a fresh water spring, water falls and slate quarries. This serene little mountain village is a dream location for the tourists on the look out of a tranquil nature. A few cafeterias and restaurants offer mouth-watering food, thus making a trip to this lovely location worthwhile. You can take a dip in the chilly water of fall. There are some trek routes to Triund near the fall. The fall forms a small stream.
The pristine Dal Lake is one of the premium attractions of Dharamshala. What strikes you the most about this picturesque Lake is the lovely canopy of green that encases the water here. The lush greenery of the thick Deodar forests that surround the Dal Lake adds a different dimension to the beauty of the place.
The Dal Lake is also the best site for Base Camping for the trekkers to McLeodganj. The annual festival held here every year in the month of September attracts a lot of tourists, as it is believed that a dip in the holy water of the Lake brings down the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Dharamkot is a favorite picnic spot for the tourists to Dharamshala. Located 14km from the town, Dharamkot is situated on the crest of a hill and affords a panoramic view of the Kangra Valley. One can reach Dharamkot by a simple trek from Bhagsu. Various small restaurant types of shops are situated in the path for a quick relaxation and beverages. The scenery from Dharamkot is simply breathtaking and you also meet the Gaddi folks.
Triund is located 17km from Dharamshala town and is perched at an altitude of 2827meters above the sea level. It offers captivating views of the lovely snowcapped mountain region above and the beautiful green valley below. In fact, the snowline begins at a distance of just 5km from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. Those who want to do a return trek in one day are advised to start early. It is the famous trek route for local people as well as for tourists.
Naddi is a village that affords a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of lush Kangra valley to the south. It is situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the Macleodganj market and provides complete peace of mind. It is surely the best place to spend some quality time amidst the heart of Dhauladhar Mountains.
The place of Baijnath houses a sacred Shrine built in ‘Nagari’ style. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanath, the ‘Lord of Physicians’. The Shivalinga enshrined within the Sanctum is said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The occasion of Mahashivaratri brings down a large fair here.
Religious Places in Dharamshala
St. John’s Church
The Church, situated 8km from the town of Dharamshala, lies in the forest between McLeodganj and Forsythe Ganj. It has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who died at Chauntra ( Mandi district ) and was buried here in 1863 A.D. The Church has lovely spotted glass windows and there is a Christian cemetery around it. It is ideally situated in the majestic 'Deodar' forest.
The Jwalamukhi temple is located in the Valley of Beas, about 56km from the town of Dharamshala. The Jwalamukhi Temple in the native tongue means the temple of the ‘Goddess of flames’. This is because unlike most of the other temples of the Hindus this temple does not worship an idol or image; rather a blue flame is the deity here that seems to come from the rocks. A popular myth amidst the people of the place is of the opinion that Lord Shiva had submerged the Demon Jalandhar beneath big mountains. It is the fire of his mouth that is still alive inside the temple.
The pure silver doors of the temple are spellbounding. In fact, the women who have composed songs in praise of the Goddess Jwalamukhi have the reference of Emperor Akbar in their songs who had tried to put off the flame by bringing in a stream from the back of the temple. But being defeated in his intentions, the Mughal Emperor had himself become a great devotee.
Located 3km from the town of Dharamshala, a walk from the Kotwali Bazar will lead you to the temple of the local Goddess. This temple is related to a legend dating back to centuries. Located near the beautiful tea gardens, Kunal Pathari Temple offers good view of the Dhauladhar Range. Because of high altitude, Kunal Pathari area greets the visitors with refreshing winds. It is a very ideal place for having a memorable walk and the blessings of the mother goddess.
The name of the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama is very synonymous with Tsuglagkhang. This is because it houses the famous Namgyal Monastery, which is the ultimate religious destination for thousands of devotees. Except the monk’s residence, all other parts of the monastery are open for public visit.
Besides meeting the Dalai Lama (which is not an easy thing to do) tourists can enjoy viewing the paintings that depict the sculptural stories and various Tibetan leaders. There are various stupas, temples, monastery for the tourists to explore. Also there are bookshops, café and a museum that too serve the tourists
Historical Places in Dharamshala
Situated 3km away from the town of Dharamshala, the War Memorial has been situated to commemorate the memory of those who fought with valor and courage for the honor of the motherland. The place is ideally located in the pine forest and offers a very enjoyable walk through pine forest. Near War Memorial is the beautiful GPG College Dharamshala made during the British Era. There is also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages.