According to traditional etymology, Dharamshala translates to 'spiritual dwelling'. The calm expanse of the Dhauladhar Ranges enveloping this city grants it a rich history of spirituality and attracts thousands of travellers from around the globe, looking for that very bliss. Homestead of the Dalai Lama and innumerable other Tibetans, Dharamshala boasts of beautiful monasteries all around, such as those within the Tsuglagkhang Complex, which also houses the Tibetan Leader's official residence. Other attractions include the Kalachakra Temple, which houses some hypnotisingly beautiful murals, the Tibet Museum and the Namgyal Gompa, where monks can be seen engaged in animated debates in the afternoon. Apart from the spirituality, this charming little city also hosts International Film festivals, local fairs, Shoton Spring Festival and the vibrant Tibetan Opera- 'Lhamo. The city is usually dormant with regard to adventurous activities, but for those thrill seekers and nature lovers around, an adrenaline rush always awaits them. Some resorts provide opportunities for paragliding, flying fox, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling and even night camping. Treks through the magical hills and forests are always invaluable, the most cherished one being, the trek to the snowy peaks of Triund. Dharamshala's vast Tibetan population gives way to charming little kitchen cafes serving the most lip smacking Tibetan dishes, that too at very affordable prices (below Rs 500 for two). Dishes such as thenthuk, thukpa, chocolate and meat medallions are a huge hit with most travellers that have visited and sought refuge in this city's mystical spread.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Dharamshala is from March to June
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Tibetan Library of Works and Archives
When you are hungry after a lot of trekking and exploring the beautiful Triund, this is a place to relax and satiate your hunger pangs. There is also the Shiva Falls nearby and thus the name of the café. The place is oerfect for all types such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best part about this place is however the peaceful ambience and great views.
6. Serene, soothing face of Gautam Buddha at the Dalai Lama Temple. People practice yoga in the temple premises and meditate for hours.You just have to go straight on the street passing all the local market you will reach here. Caution if you have girls in your gang you might not reach your destination soon ;) The blissful showers made us all nostalgic of us as kids getting drenched in rains.We almost went mad, it's raining we got split into groups finding each other in different shops. one got stuck in one shop other got in some other. We were totally enervated! Rains were like cheery on the cake. The weather was awesome.
Tsuglagkhang is the place where the Dalai Lama resides. It is one of the most significant places of worship which attracts devotees from all over the world and serves tourists as well.This complex has a monastery, various stupas and temples, a museum, a library, a bookstore and a cafe. Except for Dalai Lama's residence, every other part of the complex is open for tourists. If lucky, one can even get to meet his Holiness. The complex houses a beautiful statue of Lord Buddha as well as statues of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche.The museum inside the complex tends to be a popular choice amongst the tourists and houses many imprints of Tibetan art and culture. These include history documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings etc. The museum gives tourists an insight into Tibetan culture and at the same time, the various struggles faced by them lately. The structure of the Tibet Museum is influenced by Tibetan architecture which is unique and innovative.
Nestled atop the Dhauladhar Range is the hill town of Dharamashala that happens o be yet another one of the constructions of the British. The place is famous as it happens to be the temporary residence of the leader of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama himself. Dharamshala is resplendent with tall oak trees reminds one of the colonoial era. The town has made it to the top with its local handicraft items and garments that are a winner with tourists. The most famous festival celebrated here is Buddha Purnima which is held either in March or April. So if you are planning a vacation, either make it for the festival and be a part of the crowds or skip it and come when the place is less crowded.
Dharamsala War Memorial
Another name for this museum is the Garhwal Rifles War Museum and it was established in the year 1923 by Lord Rawlinson of Trent. He was the then governer chief of India. The museum is in the famous Rifle Ground and is one of the most popular attractions here. You can visit this place to get detailed information about pre- independence history and the achievments of the army men here. The museum was built in the honor of the valour of the officers of the Garhwal Regiment. It remains closed on the day of Oath taking of new recruits of the Garhwal Regiment.
One of the most picturesque places in Himachal, this place dates back to centuries ago. The Main influence here is of the Buddhist and this is evident from the style of buildings and the monasteries around. The Dhauladhar Range adds to the greenery and natural beauty quotient of this place. The major attractions here are temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji. You can also shop for handicrafts here which found prominence during the rule of the British Empire. The handicrafts include wood carved items and shawls mostly.