One of the most visited places in the country is Dharamshala. It is considered to be a beautiful, picturesque place that has Dhauladhar Mountains as its backdrop. This place has been divided into lower and upper Dharamshala. There is present a difference of about 1500 ft. amongst them. This place is also the home to Dalai Lama, the spiritual Buddhist Monk from Tibet. It is presently the Tibetan government presently in exile. This town is dominated by the Tibetan community and retains the same colonial lifestyle as well as British passion. It also has managed to establish itself as base camp for the travellers and is the perfect holiday for all types of tourists. Tourism is indeed a unique experience here.
Some popular tourist spots in the region
One should check out the Dharamshala package to find out the different tourist spots.
- McLeod Ganj: This is a prime Buddhist centre, where the Tibetan refugees under the leadership of Dalai Lama had taken refuge in 1959. It is presently the home of the great Dalai Lama. It boasts of having an impressive monastery. It has larger than life images and statues of Buddha. Just one kilometre away from this place is located the Tibetan Performing Art Institute. This museum boasts of having several Tibetan musical instruments collections as well as various Tibetan traditions. Genuinely a must visit place in the region.
- Palampur: It is located towards Dharamshala’s south east about 38 km. The surroundings of this place do offer plenty of activities including gliding and trekking. It is also popular for the well-known Kangara tea.
- Chamunda Devi shrine: It is regarded to be a Shakti shrine that is located just 10 kilometres towards Palampur’s west in the District of Kangra on River Baner. It is a world-famous temple. Durga temple faces the hill and is visible and is held sacred, where devotees can take dip in the Ban Ganga. One can recite and read Shat Chandi’s writings.
- Jwalamukhi Temple: It is located to the Kangra Valley’s southern part about 30 km away and is dedicated towards Goddess of Light. No idol is present in the temple. Forever shining, burning blue flame is said to have originated from rock sanctum. It is considered to be the Goddess and worshipped by thousands of people. This temple is also known to be popular and belong to one of the important 51 Shaktipeeth spots in the country. The two important fairs held here are in October and April month.
- Baijnath Temple: It is located just 56 km from Dharamshala. It is a lingam that is among the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country. It is to Lord Shiva that this temple has been dedicated. Ravana, the demon king was known to have worshipped the great lord at this site. The shrine’s water is known to have some medicinal properties that can cure people’s diseases.
The Dharamshala tour when taken from a reputed travel operator is sure to help the tourist to check out all the above tourist spots, places of interest and others.