Himachal Pradesh is tracked down on the lap of Dhauladhar range is the tourist attraction with utmost beauty and sanctity. This Indian state is enriched by twelve important districts which grasp own story, beauty and features. All these districts contain picturesque and small towns in Himachal Pradesh and have made this northern Indian state the real Heaven on Earth. From this perspective, Kangra is such a lovely district of HP and in which Dharamshala is located.
Popular Places to Visit Dharamshala:
Dharamshala is one of the best hill stations in India situated upper part of Kangra Valley. Coniferous forest enriched this “Heaven on Earth” is the perfect holiday destination for countrymen along with foreigners. Among the beautiful sights, nine significant places to visit in Dharamshala are described below as travel guide.
Chamunda Devi Temple
The gravity and attraction of Chamunda Devi Temple in Dharamshala cannot be overlooked among other holy places. This 700 years old shrine is located on 1000mt high in altitude from sea level and the lap of the majestic Dhauladhar range and the bank of wavy Ban Ganga. This temple is natively called Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham where Goddess Shakti is the deity to be worshipped. A holy Kund is a special attraction of this temple and devotees can take a divine plunge for sacred satisfaction and dime a dozen of shutterbugs capture the snaps of this holy place.
Mother Nature always gifts something to the mankind and the flawless Dal Lake is the out-and-out example of these kinds of gifts. Though it lies in mid-altitude of 1775m from sea level but the length and width is not ignorable. The pristine natural lake is almost 6.5km long and 5km wide which covers nearly 10square miles area extensively on Naddi road. A temple of Lord Shiva, flower garden, park has embroidered the bank of the lake instead of encasement of mountainous walls from three sides which remains incomplete if not visited.
Being one of the oldest forts in India, Kangra Fort draws the attention of countless travel enthusiasts who are keen to understand the history of ancient India and its heritage. Kangra Fort is an ideal architectural beauty of 4th century BC. This majestic fort and suppose to be the largest fort in Himalayan range carries the memory of the royal Kangra family in Himachal Pradesh. At present this solemn fort contains a sprinkling of temples which can be accessed through seven gates of this fort. A panoramic view of Manjhi and Ban Ganga river attracts the dime a dozen of shutterbugs to capture eye catchy scenes from this fort.
Bhagsunag Falls is an important place of attraction in Dharamshala to the pilgrims. The main deity at this place is Bhagsunath and Lord Shiva is worshipped here. This falls is commonly called as Bhagsu Falls where the stream of water enchants from 20m height. This captivating arena becomes more seductive during monsoon. This spot is situated only 2km away from Tibetan suburb McLeodganj.
Due to presence of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is considered as “Little Tibet” where many monasteries are everywhere. Gyuto Monastery is one of these prominent living houses of monks and study point of Buddhist philosophy through His Holiness, the Karmapa. Jetsun The modern tourists make crowd in this monastery not only to view the structure of the holy place. Rather they are more eager to experience about Tantric Meditation and Tantric Ritual Arts. The extreme peaceful chamber contains an awe-inspiring statue of Buddha.
Being a chief Buddhist land McLeod Ganj easily entices a large numbers of tourists undoubtedly. The reason of popularity of this center is only due to relocation of Dalai Lama and his followers in 1959. Tibetan arts and culture and population of Tibetans enrich this suburb from every nook and corner.
Among various shrines, monasteries and holy sanctum, Jwaamukhi Temple is one of the main centers of attractions being one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in India to the visitors throughout the globe. The distance of this temple is only 30km from south Kangra Valley. In spite of the absence of any idol the “Goddess of Light” is the prime deity in this temple. The characteristic of the temple is a forever burning and bright blue flame coming out from a holy rock and this rock is worshipped as a deity of power.
Kangra Valley Tea Gardens
Although Kangra Valley has smallest tea regions in India but the significance of this valley cannot be ignored for its famous Kangra Tea. This tea gardens lie on the foothills of the awesome Dhauladhar landscape. The tea gardens are spread over the valley which makes a stunning look to the nature lover. The green carpet of tea bushes engages the tourists’ hours after hours for soaking their mind in soothing environment.
Hanumaan Ka Tibba
Among numerous peaks, Hanumaan Ka Tibba is the highest peak of Dhauladhar. Tourists are guided with “White Mountain” as another name. The height of this high point is 18,500feet from sea level. Innumerable sightseers gather a particular place to watch this point and capture numerous breathtaking views in their lens. Pir Panjal range can be identified from this point which is very alluring. According to Indian mythology, Lord Hanumaan took rest at this point while returning by bringing Sanjeevan leaves for Laxman. This place is ideal for trekkers and adventurists also.
Best Time to Visit Dharamshala:
March to Middle of July:
The travelers who prefer to travel in summer then March to middle of July in Dharamshala is the perfect place of visit for them. An enjoyable temperature range from 220 C to 350C belongs in this place. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic beauty of varieties full bloomed flowers on striking trails. Even the Losar Festival of Buddhist is organized during this time period.
Middle of July to Middle of September:
Dharamshala welcomes all kinds of visitors irrespective of religion, cast and language. From adventurists to romantic honeymoon couples can enjoy the wild rainfall from mid-July to mid-September. The mountains look greenest and super scintillating when sun light reflects. But tourists should carry raincoats, umbrellas and should be prepared for facing unwanted circumstances like road blocks due to unpredictable climatic condition.
Middle of September to November:
On and around mid-September rainfalls stop and the weather becomes very pleasant to arrange Dharamshala sightseeing and trekking. The entire weather becomes chilly after setting the sun and then tourists need woolens and warmers.
December to February:
Mother Nature gifts the countless grace in Dharamshala from the month December to February. Tourists can take part in rejoice of snowfall during winter. Chilly winds elope with all attention towards this “Little Lhasa” with the temperature -10C.