Dharamsala, previously called as Bhagsu, is one of the famous and attractive place in Himachal Pradesh. It is the headquarters of Kangra district, and one of the prominent towns of Kangra with others like Mcleod Gani, Bajnath, Bir-Billing, Palampur. Though name Dharamsala itself is proclaimed, some people like to call some of the suburbs of Dharamsala as a separate place. Places like Mcleod Ganj, Dharamkot, Naddi are often said separately so much to get compounded them as separate towns. These suburbs have acquired, what in movie-language is called as, “cult followers.” Some people take pride in saying that they toured Mcleod Ganj, they spent vacation in Dharamkot than Dharamsala, just like how some English scholars prefer not using ‘stare’ and ‘gaze’ interchangeably.
But having said that, you would agree Dharamsala, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamkot and Naddi offers different options and vibes to some significant extent. To appreciate the difference you should at least spend considerable time at all these places.
For me Mcleod Ganj looked like tourist destination, solo travelers love this place for reason. You can find lot of Hostels, restaurants, street shopping, Monasteries and fast moving traffics. On the contrary, Dharamkot and Naddi are peaceful, silent, like-minded tourists with some of good cafes that one could ask for. A perfect quaint place to stay close to nature and get lost in admiring them and a dramatic place to have a stroll of nowhere in particular.
Places to See
Namgyal Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness, Bhagsunag Waterfall, Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai Lama Temple, Gyuto Monastery, Tea Garden, HPCA Stadium, Dal Lake, War Memorial