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- ‘Scotland of India’ is one of the 80 hill resorts established by the British.
- It is set elegantly set on the spur of the Dhauladhar range.
- The snow line easily accessible as compared to other hill resorts.
- McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj, the suburbs of Upper Dharamshala still retain the British flavour, while the Lower Dharamshala is a busy commercial centre.
- Known for being the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and referred as the “Little Lhasa in India”.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ), Amritsar, 210 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Rail: Nearest narrow gauge Railway Station Kangra. Nearest broad gauge Railway Station Pathankot, 85 kms away from Dharamshala.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
- St. John’s Church
- McLeod Ganj
- Chamunda Devi Temple
- Brajeshwari Devi Temple
- Jwalamukhi Temple
|MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
- Kangra Art Museum
ATTRACTIONS OF DHARAMSHALA
- It lies near the entry point of Dharamshala.
- It was erected in memory of the post-independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh.
Kangra Art Museum:
- Exhibits rich art and crafts of the Kangra Valley.
St. John’s Church:
- Church on the road between McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj.
- A memorial of Lord Elgin, one of the Viceroy’s of India.
- Headquarters of HH the Dalai Lama.
- Places worth seeing are the Monastery, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and Tibetan Handicraft Centre.
- There is a large presence of Tibetan community and McLeodganj teems with Tibetan restaurants, antique and curio shops.
- Beautiful site 2 kms from McLeodganj has an old temple and water spring.
- About 0.5 kms from here is the spectacular Bhagsunag waterfall.
- Pretty Lake amidst forest of Deodar is 2 kms from McLeodganj.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND DHARAMSHALA
Chamunda Devi Temple:
- 16 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Famous temple is on the banks of river Baner with Dhauladhar in the backdrop.
- On the rear side is a sacred Shivalinga.
- 17 kms away from Dharamshala.
- Historic town set on the confluence of the Bener and Majhi streams, overlooks the torrent of Banganga River.
- This capital of the Kangra rulers attracted many invaders.
- It was conquered by the forces of Jahangir in 1620, and was re-captured by Raja Sansar Chand Katoch in the 18th century.
- Kangra is famous for its temples, fort and paintings.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple:
- Shrine noted for its legendary wealth was invaded in 1009, by Mahmud of Ghazni.
- It is said that he looted the rich treasures of the temple.
- Earthquake of 1905 completely destroyed the shrine and was rebuilt in 1920.
- 3 kms away from Kangra.
- Fort mostly in ruins with stood the onslaught of the forces of Mahmud of Ghazni and Mughal emperor Jahangir.
- Earthquake of 1905 almost ravaged the fort.
- Splendid view from its ramparts is truly awesome.
- 30 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Unique shrine of Jwalamukhi, the ‘goddess of the flaming mouth’.
- One of the most impotent pilgrim centres of northern India.
- There is no idol in the shrine and an eternal flame rising from the rocky sanctum is worshipped here.
- ‘Shaktipeeth’ is believed to be the site where the tongue of Goddess Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva fell.
- 35 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Picturesque Palampur set amidst tea plantations.
- Pine trees in endowed with exceptional scenic beauty and bracing climate.
- 16 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Sacred shrine built in ‘Nagari’ style is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanath, the ‘Lord of Physicians’.
- Shivalinga enshrined within the sanctum is said to be one of 12 jyotirlingas in India.
- A large fair is held here on Shivaratri festival.
- 66 kms away from Dharamshala city.
- Known for an old fort, a temple of Brij and Nurpuri shawls.
- Jahangir named the town after his wife Nurjahan.