Top 9 Places to visit in Dharamsala

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A beautiful place is the upper Kangra Region, this is a very important place for the Tibetian sect of Buddists. This is also the seat of the 14th Dalai lama and the place which Tibetian refugees chose to come to after they were attacked by China for encroachment. It is now a popular tourist attraction for Indians as well as foreigners. The thick cover of Deodar and Cedar trees and the scenic beauty all around makes the place even more charming. Apart from this, the monasteries round this place add to the peace quotient and you can spend hours over here in such serenity.

Bhagsunag Waterfall - Dharamsala

A spot of immense scenic beauty in Dharamsala, this is also the starting point of the trek route to the Triund Hill. This beautiful falls is also on the way to the McLeodganjand is especially crowded by trekkers. The view of the waterfalls from the bridge here is awesome and the backdrop of the mountains make it even more beautiful. The white, foamy waters combined with the lush greenery makes a fresh colour combination which is extremely soothing to the eyes. This is one place you just cannot give a miss in Dharamsala.
You need to climb half a mountain to reach this place and it's pretty adventurous. One can enjoy the long walk to the beautiful waterfall.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


A 20 min walk from the Bhagsunag temple and a kilometre from Mcleod Ganj, this waterfall is a long stream that snakes through the green rolling hills of Dharamsala. While the short (or long depending on your health) but steep trek may leave you short of breath, the crisp water that awaits your weary body is well worth it. The base of this waterfall is a secluded region amidst the bustling tourist spot. Sleepy shopkeepers will sell you piping hot Maggi and crunchy pakodas after your cold bath.
Gayatri Manu

503 Followers, 30 Reviews


Again on foot, we began our journey from McleoGanj main street to Bhagsu Naag waterfall. Along the way we came upon Bhagsunag Shiv Mandir, Radha Krishnan Hanuman & devi Mandir and Bhagsunag swimming pool. To reach the falls you can climb half a mountain with clearly marked pathway or the beautiful valley which outlines a river(souli Khad) that is now dried(being winter the stream was small). We decided to ditch the pathway and headed upstream on the stony riverbed to the fall. I advise to use your judgement based on weather conditions and stick to the clearly marked pathway if necessary. The clear cool waterfall was refreshing.
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


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nature trails, photography
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Dal Lake - Dharamsala

Dal Lake also known as Manimahesh Lake is a spot, which tourists cannot afford to miss out on due to its picture-perfect scenery in Manimahesh Kailash Peak in Chamba district. On one side the Manimahesh Lake Lake is surrounded by a range of majestic mountains.
A bus ride from McleodGanj bus stand, Dal Lake is surrounded by deodar trees, this greenish water lake is not very well kept. Considered to be sacred as it houses a Shiva shrine, the upkeep just depicts how much people(sadly most of them Indian tourists) value their motherland. A sad state.
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


Dal Lake is small lake located around three km from McLeod Ganj, next one of the Tibetan Children's Villages schools. This site holds an annual fair in August or September, and is also a common site for short treks from the town. There is a small spring and an old temple near the lake.
Mitali Chakraborty

278 Followers, 25 Reviews


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Sight seeing, Pray
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Tsuglagkhang Complex - Dharamsala

Also known as the Namgyal Gompa, this is the most important Buddhist worship and chanting center outside tibet. The monastery looks extremely simple from outside and has nothing to fancy at all. As soon as you enter this place, you will find a number of paintings, murals and structures inside on the walls. The moastery is mainly famous for their Kora rituals. It is opened for the public to come and meditate or chant during the whole day. the residential areas are however not accessible by the tourists.
This is the residence of Dalai Lama. The complex has a monastery, Museum and a library. The quiet and peaceful environment make this place perfect for meditation.
Nancy Nance

686 Followers, 187 Reviews


Best time to visit
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Things to do
meditation
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Budget
free

Dalai Lama temple - Dharamsala

In this place you will witness the struggle of the Tibetians to live up with their culture. This is where the Dalai Lama resided with his followers and is an important spiritual place. Apart from the great scenic views you get from here, you will also be able to participate in one of the nice chanting sessions. Also, there is a museum and library insode this monastery and a lovely book store from where you can collect some precious books of the Buddhsits.
This premier attraction and pilgrim site in McleodGanj is the official home of the 14th Dalai Lama. It is called Tsuglag Khang(does not roll of the tongue easily, does it?)
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


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meditation, museum tours
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St. John in the Wilderness - Dharamsala

This is an anglic church in the McLeodganj. The church from the outside looks completely abandoned and covered with creepers all along. As you enter it you will find it extremely clean and maintained and thus fully active always. Made in the Gothic form of architecture, it was dedicated to st. John's the Baptist and is a widely visited area here.
Instead of taking a bus back from Dal Lake to McleodGanj, we decided to walk the route. That is when we stumbled upon this eerie site - tall trees, shrubs, cobbled stone pathway and in the middle of it all a Church of Gothic architecture (the evening sky made for a perfect scene for a horror movie). Church of St.John in the Wilderness is rightly named as it is surrounded by dense deodar forests. Looking at the structure it is hard to say that this Church survived a major earthquake in 1905.
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


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Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts - Dharamsala

Founded by Tenzing Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama after he came back from exile in Tibet in 1959, this is an ideal place to know more about Tibetian Culture. This was set up as the Dance, Drama and Music Society whose aim was to preserve and conserve the rich culture of the Tibetans. The Opera Shows in this place are a great attraction for all tourists apart from all other Tibetan exhibits showcased here.
The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) debuted in McLeod Ganj during the first four days of November 2012, showcasing recent Indian and world cinema, including fiction, documentaries and shorts. Panel discussions and master classes with filmmakers from India and abroad also takes place here.
Mitali Chakraborty

278 Followers, 25 Reviews


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Things to do
Museum tours, music shows
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Budget
Rs 50 per person, Rs 100 per still camera, Rs 500 per video camera

Bhagsu Naag Village - Dharamsala

This is a very small village in the Dharamsala area of Himachal Pradesh. This is an extremely remote village with almost nothing in terms of outside communication. This place is mainly known for the Bhagsu Naag waterfall and also the Bhagsunag Temple. The people of this place are however extremely humble and love to interact with people. They are the best people with whom you can talk and talk to known more about this beautiful place and the history and lifestyle of the people here.
The perfect spot to stay if one can shell out a little more money and wants to live near the waterfall and make frequent trips to famous Shiva Cafe.
Kishnaa Samana

317 Followers, 20 Reviews


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Church Of St. John in the Wilderness - Dharamsala

Built in the year 1852, the name of the church sounds as if this place long abandoned and not in use but the case is exactly opposite. The church was built in the Gothic style of architecture and the overgrowth of creepers make it look even more charming. The inside of the church is very clean and in regular use. The church was dedicated to st. John the Baptist and there is also a cemetery just beside the church.
Want a taste of spookiness with old British architecture and a date with dead celebrities? Well you can head off to this church. Just off the main road into McLeod, this brooding church (dating from 1852 is one of the few remaining traces of McLeod's days as a British hill station. It’s open on Sunday mornings for a weekly 10 a.m. service. The huge cemetery contains the graves of many victims of the 1905 earthquake, as well as the tomb of the Earl of Elgin, 23rd Viceroy of India.
Mitali Chakraborty

278 Followers, 25 Reviews


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History tours, worship
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One Two Cafe. Main Temple Road | Cafe Ibd Complex - Dharamsala

This place is right opposite Dalai Lama's temple so you cant miss it. A nice place with big windows so you can view the street as you sip your coffee. Nobody bothers you to place an order so just sit & relax there. And this is a practice in all of Mcleod restaurants - something I love the most. The girl who took the order was very sweet & help me choose a dish I was confused about. There were two kinds of Thukpas (gyathuk & thenthuk). She patiently explained to me the difference between the two & suggested me to have Gyathuk. And it was delicious (I am not a raw noodle lover so separated the noodle from the veggies & soup). I always love the natural flavor of the vegetables & this soup had that taste. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. Their Vegetable Chowmein, Vegetable Momos & Fresh Orange Juice were also great.
Manoo J.

189 Followers, 12 Reviews


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