Of The Hills
against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar
mountains, Dharamsala is perched on the high
slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley . The
town is divided into two distinct and widely
separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala,
which differ almost a thousand metres in height.
Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the
Tibetan government in exile and the home of
Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan
community dominates the town, still it has
retained the colonial lifestyle and British
over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense
pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline
with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere
makes the surroundings very attractive.
is a busy bazaar town and has established itself
as the travellers base camp, who come to explore
the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides
the entire colour and characteristic of a small
town, which is mixed with the simple life style.
colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the
culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor.
The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich
past of the region and on the other hand there are
institutes that have been established to preserve
the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.
Art Museum: This treasure trove of the Kangra
valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays
artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The
museum also includes a gallery of Kangra's famous
miniature paintings and a representative
collection of sculptures, pottery, and
Memorial: Set amidst the pine groves is a war
memorial, built on the entry point of the to
Dharamsala to commemorate the post independence
war heroes of Himachal Pradesh. A web of narrow
paths and landscaped lawns lead towards this
Lake: Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is
the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. Situated
11-kms away from the town, this lake is easily
approachable by road and makes an enchanting and
serene picnic spot.
John's Church: One of the most poignant memories
of the British Raj is the church of St. John,
situated in the wilderness. This charmingly
dressed stone church is located just 8-km from
Dharamsala on the way to McLeod Ganj. Under the
shade of Doedar branches, a memorial has been made
over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin
who died at Dharamsala in 1863. more...
& Machhrial: There are hot springs situated at
Tatwani, 25-km from Dharamsala but on the way, at
Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big as the one
near the Bhagsunath temple.
Shrine of Bhagsunath: Just 11-km from the town
center of Dharamsala is the ancient temple of
Bhagsunath. There are many fresh water springs
close to the temple, which are considered sacred
by the Hindus.
Pathri: These are the rock temples from which the
place derives its name. Kunal pathri is a 3 kms
flat walk from Kotwali Bazaar.
Just 11-km away from Dharamsala, located on the
crest of a hill lie this attractive picnic spot,
which presents a panoramic view of the Kangra
valley and Dauladhar ranges.
Institute: Just four kms from Dharamsala,
Norbulinka was established to preserve and teach
the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden
bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this
place look like heaven. Here one can watch the
wooden carvings and the tangka paintings,
golsithing and embroidery being done. The nunnery
close to the institute is a place where women are
taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
Tapovan: Just 10-km from the town is the tranquil
ashram complex set up by the great exponent of the
Gita--Swami Chinmayananda. Situated on the banks
of Bindu Saras, the ashram includes a 9m high
image of Hanuman, a Ram temple, a meditation hall,
a school and a health & recreation center.
Situated just 13-kms away from Palampur, lies this
dwelling place of artist S.Sobha Singh. It houses
a gallery of some of his major works and a pottery