Dharamshala- A Gem of Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala
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Resting at an altitude of 1475 meters, Dharmshala is a beautiful place to spend your summers at. Unless you have travelled to Dharamshala you will find it hard to imagine the beauty of the small town covered from all directions in Deodar cedar trees. Located in Kangra valley, the
town houses the famous Dalai Lama along with many a Tibetan monk, giving it a sacred element of spiritualism. Namgyal monastery, constructed by the 3rd Dalai Lama in 1575, isone of the places where tourists often go to experience monk culture and understand inperson about the seven pillars of Buddhism. Not only Buddhists but Hindus too could find both peace and magnificence in Masrur, which is known far and wide for its various rock cut temples. These temples are very much like the ones built in Ellora. The modern architecture done on these old edifices incites in one a strange curiosity to learn more about Ancient India. While you are in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh do not ever forget to visit the famous war memorial and pay obeisance to the brave martyrs of Indo China war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1947, 1965 and 1971, who died saving our country from foreign invasion.

Places to Visit In Dharamshala-

Gyuto Monastery — As the name itself suggests, Dharamshalla is the house of various religions. The history of Gyuto monastery is as interesting as is its location. In previous times the monastery was known to teach its
monks the powers of tantrism, a sort of black magic. Even today, people visit Gyuto to rewind history and brush up folklores about magic and tantrism. What is surprising is that here, black magic is used to heal people’s problems. To make matters memorable, take photographs and trek around
the monastery.

 

Monastery Dharamshala

Bhagsu Falls- Located at about 11 km. from Dharamshala, Bhagsu falls is known for its unparalleled beauty and an old temple. Imagine stepping into a waterfall that is surrounded on all sides by rising mountains and
lush green trees! A temple dedicated to lord Shiva resides nearby. It is said that dipping in the cold water of Bhagsu falls pleases the lord very much and whoever does that is blessed by Shiva himself.There is a cafeteria too where one can find mouth-watering local cuisines cooked in typical Himachali style.

 

Bhagsu Falls

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium- It wouldn’t be wrong if you called Dharamshala’s Cricket stadium the most beautiful cricket stadium
in the entire world. The view is almost breathtaking. While the trees adorn the backdrop, the pavilions have been given a touch of ancient temples. If you are a fan of cricket, a trip to the beautiful stadium is compulsory and should be on top of your list. You can help yourself with as many pictures as you like. To experience a stadium surrounded with mountains is a lifetime experience and must be capitalised on.

 

Cricket Statdium Dharamshala

Jwalamukhi Devi Temple- Jwalamukhi devi temple is one of the best examples of India’s brains in architecture. Since it also is one of the most important shaktipeeths, it is visited all round the year by tourists and devotees alike.The temple is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi and is located at about 30 km. to the south of Kangra valley. It is said that Akbar, one of the most powerful Mughal emperors, tried dousing the flames releasing off the deity’s mouth and when he remained unsuccessful in doing so, he submittedto the mother’s power and presented her with gems and gold made accessories.

Naddi- Resting peacefully at an altitude of 7152ft, Naddi is a beautiful village of Himachal Pradesh, known for its spectacular landscapes and mindboggling treks. Every year thousands of visitors from around the world come to Naddi to enjoy the serenity of place and to experience a world that they have only seen on televisions and perhaps in their dreams. If you love watching the sun set, you must visit the sunset point at Naddi. If you are planning to visit Naddi, learning a bit of Himachali or Punjabi will do you a lot of good as the localities here mostly communicate in either of the two languages.

 

Naddi

Triund Trek — Not many people know of the jaw-dropping beauty of Triund and therefore, in-spite of being as beautiful as it is, it remains less explored. It is located at about 18 km from Dharamshala, between the safe arms of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley. It is a perfect place for those looking for a bit of adventure in their lives. The trek is quite steep and tricky, requiring more than just skills to get over with. As the trek is cut through a dense forest of oak trees and rhododendron, there is no fear of losing track of things anywhere on the way. Except for January and February, when snow falls heavily in and around the area, the trek remains open throughout the year. If you truly want to enjoy Triund, you must visit the trek around March and June as during those months the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, but is a perfect blend of coolness and warmth. The trek usually starts from Dharamshala.

 

triund trek

War Memorial- The war memorial guards the boundary of Dharamshala. It is built right at the entry point of the town. It is dedicated to those brave martyrs of India who gave away their lives fighting for us. What makes the experience magical is the walk through a dense forest of pine trees to reach the memorial. Inside the memorial, the names of the heroes have been inscribed on stones to make sure that their memories stay alive with us.

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