Places to visit in Dharamshala

Located at a distance of 18 km from Kangra city, Dharamshala is the winter capital city of Himachal Pradesh. Famous for adventure sports there are plenty of places to visit in Dharamshala. Dharamshala is surrounded by peaks of Dhauladhar mountains, lush pine, and deodar forests, and snow-covered landscape. Along with a great number of restaurants, cafes, and shops, the town is brimming with cultural and architectural attractions. 

1. Mcleod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj

Nestled in the Kangra district and the suburbs of the town of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj is famous for being a spiritual getaway and pilgrimage for the Buddhists, the reason being that it is home to the Dalai Lama, who came here in the year 1960 after his exile from Tibet. Situated at the height of 2,028 meters, Mcleodganj is truly one of the best places to visit in the Himalayas because of its scenic beauty, spirituality, adventure, and serenity. Mcleodganj is also considered an adventurous hub because it is Home to one of the most beautiful, scenic, and exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek.

2. Dal Lake

Dal Lake is a small lake near the village of Tota Rani in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake is located at an altitude of 1,775 meters above sea level. Boating is one of the popular activities in Dal Lake, you can explore different views of the hills by boating. There is also a Kali temple that adds to the beauty and peacefulness of the lake.

3. Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Falls is one of the famous places to visit in dharamshala himachal pradesh

Bhagsu waterfall is located 2 kilometres away from Mcleodganj. It is s one of the most important places to visit in Dharamshala because of its scenic beauty and pristine natural beauty. The waterfall is situated in the village of Bhagsunag, village is mainly famous for waterfalls and Bhagsunath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Bhagsunag falls is popular trekking.

4. Triund

Triund is a small hill station in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Triund is a part of Dharamkot. Triund is at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,828 m.

Triund is about 13.5 kilometres away from Dharamshala situated at an altitude of  2,828 meters above sea level. Triund hill is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dharamshala. Triund hill is considered ideal for trekking because it is surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges on one side and rolling valleys on the other which gives breathtaking and majestic views.

5. Kangra Valley

Kangra Valley is situated in the Western Himalayas. Administratively, it predominantly lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is a popular tourist destination, with the peak season around March and April. The Kangri dialect is spoken there.

Kangra valley is considered ideal for walks, bird watching, trekking, mountaineering and rock climbing. The famous attraction of the valley is the Masrur temple and is situated in the western Himalayas. It is the best place to visit in Dharamshala.

6. Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, India.

Kangra Fort was built in the 4th century BC by the Katoch Empire. It is one of the oldest forts in all of India and one of the popular tourist places in Dharamshala. Witness the historical incidents the fort has been through by visiting the place and listening to the stories by locals in their own language.

7. Trekking

Trekking in Dharamshala can provide you with the sort of adrenaline rush that is difficult to find. Dharamshala boasts of numerous trails that range from clean to difficult. The towering heights and the amazing beauty of nature are extraordinary and could make you need to discover the numerous treks. En route, you may stumble upon splendid meadows, beautiful valleys, old fashioned Himachali villages, and dense green forests. The vegetation of the forest changes drastically as the ascent starts. Here are some of the famous treks in Dharamshala:

  • Triund Trek
  • Kareri River Trek
  •  Guna Devi Temple Trek
  • Bhagsu Trek

8. Paragliding

Dharamshala is famous for paragliding. People from all over the world come here to experience the thrill of paragliding in Dharamshala. It is considered the perfect spot for paragliding. Dharamshala offers gliders a breathtaking view of the snow-clad mountains and lush green valley which is mesmerizing.

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