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is situated in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
It lies on a spur of the Dhauladhar range in the Pir Panjal
region of the Outer Himalayas; and commands majestic views
of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges above, and the Kangra Valley
below. Dhauladhar means "white ridge" and this
breathtaking, snow-capped range rises out of the Kangra
Valley to a height of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet).The Kangra
Valley is a wide, fertile plain, crisscrossed by low hills.
from all over the world flock to Mcleodganj
to receive blessings and teachings from His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. Western and Indian tourists and scholars come
here to see the rebirth of an ancient and fascinating civilization.
The high altitude and cool weather contribute physically
to the re-creation of the original Tibetan environment.
Dharamsala pulsates with the sights and sounds of old Tibet.
Though certainly more modern, life is basically Tibetan
in character. Shops strung out along the narrow streets
of Mcleodganj sell traditional Tibetan arts and handicrafts
and the aroma of Tibetan dishes lingers in the air.
The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist
monument in McLeodganj. There are three magnificent
images of Buddha, including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni,
statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava.
The Namgyal Monastery was founded by the Third Dalai
Lama, and serves the Dalai Lamas exclusively. A unique
feature of this monastery is its diversity of practice.
Namgyal monks perform prayers and rituals of all the
major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Just 4-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.
Sidhbari is where is located the Karmapa (Ogyen Trinley
Dorje)'s temporary residence, at Gyuto monastery.
Sidhbari is about six kilometers from Dharamsala.
Karmapa means "the one who carries out buddha-activity"
or "the embodiment of all the activities of the
In the Tibetan tradition, great enlightened teachers
are said to be able to consciously arrange to be reborn
as a teacher who can carry on the teachings of a predecessor
in a prior life.
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-kms from Dharamsala on the way to McLeodganj.
Under the shade of Deodar branches, a memorial has
been made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord
Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
Triund is a popular picnic spot at a height of 2827
m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range
and is 17kms from Dharamsala. The snow line starts
at Illaqua, which is five kms from Triund. The breathtaking
view of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund
an ideal picnic spot and trekking destination.
Temple and Water fall
About two kilometers from McLeod is a holy pilgrim
site for Hindus. Bhagsu, as it is better known has
an ancient Shiv temple. The main attraction for the
tourist and the crowd puller here is not the temple
but the public swimming pool. It is a treat for tourist
making it to Dharamsala during the hot months.
Nestled in the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges of the
Himalayas is the Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram. It is, one
of the main retreats of the Chinmaya Mission. It is
important as a center of the Sandeepany Vedanta course,
meditation camps, vedic teachings and the Chinmaya
Rural Primary Health and Training Center.
This ashram is special as this is also Swami Chinmayananda's
last resting-place, who attained 'Mahasamadhi' in
August 1993 . Today this Himalayan Ashram in Dharamsala
is famous for the Vedic Teachings of this great saint
Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheater
of low hills, is an idle landing ground for hang/para
gliders. Bir has Buddhist Monasteries that are worth
visiting. Fine Tibetan handicrafts are also produced
here. Billing up in the hills, 14 km from Bir. Billing
at Bir is known as the host for International Pre
World cup Paragliding tournament held every year in
the month of Sep - Oct.
& Dal lake
Just 2 kms from Mcleodganj is the sacred Dal lake
known for its religious water. The lake is regarded
is the lake of Lord Shiva. One kms ahead is the famous
location called Naddi, where you can see the Mount
Dhauladhar very near and the sunset is worth seeing
in the the evening. Naddi is a liked many for it's
natural look and cool winds that pass by from the
The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from the
town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of
Kangra, India. the fort is thought to date back to
1009 AD. The Kangra Fort was built by the Royal family
of Kangra (The Katoch Dynasty), which traces its origins
to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the
It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably
the oldest dated fort in India.