Tourist Attractions in Dharamshala
The various tourist attractions in Dharamshala are Triund,
Dharamkot, Kareri, Dal Lake, Nurpur, Kunal Pathri, St. John's
Triund is situated above Mcleodganj, about 20 kms. from
Dharamshala. Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually
snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2975 m. The snow
line starts at Ilaqa, 5 kms. from Triund. It is a
popular picnic and trekking spot. Accommodation is
available in the rest house of Forest Department, but
water has to be fetched from a distance of about 2 kms.
Ropeway is being installed from Dharamshala to this
place. To reach Triund, one has to trek from Mcleodganj
for about 9 kms. This trek passes through the Dharamkot
and Rakkar villages. The trek
Dallake, Dharamkot and Bhagsu meet at a ridge known as Galu
Devi (2130m) which has a small temple and a water point. On
this track one can spot many types of birds, specially Monals.
The black bear, leopards, pigs and wild goats are also found
in this region.
Dharamkot is a popular viewpoint located on the the crest of
the Dharamkot hill, about 11 kms. from Dharamshala. This
picnic spot offers a panoramic view of the Kangra velley, Pong
Dam lake and surrounding Dhauladhar peaks. One can reach
Dharamkot by a simple trek from Bhagsu. The scenery from
Dharamkot is simply breathtaking and here you can also meet
the Gaddi folks.
Kareri is a beautiful scenic spot located in the cool depths
of a pine grove, about 22 kms. from Kotwali Bazar. The
beautiful Kareri Lake is located just 13 km away from the
spot. This lake is set amidst green meadows and Oak and pine
forests, at an altitude of 3250 m. Durbasa and Kali temples
are located in Kareri.
The picturesque Dal lake is a popular picnic spot situated
amidst the hills and deodar trees. This lake is surrounded by
the pine forests. The lake lies 11 kms. from Lower Dharamshala
and connected by motorable road. It is also a starting point
for excursion and trekking. Dal lake is located next to the
Tibetan Children's village. A colourful annual fair is also
held here in the month of September every year.
Nurpur is situated about 66 kms. from Dharamshala. Nurpur is
named after Nurjehan, the wife of the Mughal emperor Jehangir.
It has an ancient fort and a carved Krishna temple. Today,
Nurpur is known for its fine Pashmina shawls and textiles.
Set amidst beautiful surroundings, this War memorial is built
near the entry point to Dharamshala to commemorate the memory
of those who fought valiantly for the defence of the
Kunal Pathri is located not too far from the Kotwali bazaar,
in the lap of the Dhauladhar range. A 3 kms. walk from Kotwali
Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess,
Kapaleshwari. Kunal Pathri is a little rock temple dedicated
to the local goddess, Kapaleshwari. According to the legends,
the Daksh Prajapati, the father of Sati had once organized a
Yajna. But he doesn't invited Lord Shiva to this Yajna. Sati
could not bear the insult to lord Shiva and in retaliation
jumped into the fire of the Yajna. Lord Shiva was so shocked
that he started roaming in a state of madness with the body of
Sati on his back. When Lord Vishnu saw this then he used the
Sudarshan Chakra to destroy Sati's body and a part of her
skull is believed to have fallen here. Due to this, this place
is known as Kunal Pathri.
The St. John's Church lies on a motorable road between
McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj, 8 kms. from Lower
Dharamshala. The St. John's Church has a monument
dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the 19th century viceroy
of India, who was buried here in 1863 AD. The St. John's
Church is a Gothic building with cobble-stones floors
and stained glass windows. There is a Christian cemetery
around it where various other British soldiers were
A number of
residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops,
together with famous Tibetan institutions have lent importance
to McLeod Ganj. The Buddha temple is situated opposite to the
present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and is worth a
visit. The Tibetan Institute of performing Arts (TIPA) is 1km.
walk from McLeod Ganj and preserves a number of musical dance
and theatrical traditions of Tibet. It holds an annual 10-day
folk opera commencing on the second Saturday of April. There
is also a Tibetan handicraft centre situated at McLeod Ganj
and a Sunday market is organized at about 10 minutes walk from
At a distance of 11 kms. from Lower Dharamshala, Bhagsunag can
be approached by road, here an old temple, a fresh water
spring and restaurant are located. Further about 2 kms. is
beautiful Bhagsunag water falls which soothes one's eyes.
The famous temple of Jwalamukhi is about 35 kms. from Kangra
and 56 kms. from Dharamshala. Dedicated to the Goddess of
Light, the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in
northern India. There is no idol of any kind and the flame is
considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally
burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum
and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees. The
golden tower (dome) of the temple was a gift from the Emperor
Akbar. Two important fairs are held here during the Navratras
in earlier April and mid October.
Dehra Gopipur is situated on the bank of the Beas. It is
possible to use Dehra as a base for different fishing areas
like Pong Dam, Pattan, Kurn and Nadaun. One can also visit the
famous temple of Chintpurni from here.
Trilokpur is situated about 41 kms. from Dharamshala and can
be approached by road. The natural cave temple of Trilokpur
contains a stalactite and stalagamite and dedicated to Shiva.
High on the ridge of the cave are ruins of a palace and
baradari (audience hall) of Lehna Singh Majitha, Governor of
Kangra hills during the Sikh rule.
Masroor is known for its monolithic rock temples, and about 40
kms. from Kangra. There are 15 rock cut temples in Indo-Aryan
style and richly carved. The temples partly ruined now are
profusely decorated with sculptural ornamentations, conceived
in the same manner as the great temple of Kailash at Ellora in
Maharashtra with which they bear a striking resemblance. The
main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita.