Dharamsala – Hill Station In Himachal Pradesh
Dharamsala is situated in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Against the scrim of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamsala is rested upon the high slopes in of the Kangra Valley. This liitle hamlet is divided into two distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala, which differ in heights.
The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges from a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the main township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. Dharamsala offers everything for a perfect holiday in North India.
Admist the dense pine and deodars forests, abundant streams, salubrious ambiance, snowline and enchanting surroundings make your heart lies here. Retaining the British flavor and colonial lifestyle, Dharamsala is full of life and yet peaceful. The lower Dharamsala is a busy commercial centre while the upper Dharmsala is still carrying the British bygone aroma. The Dalai Lama is at upper Dharamsala
The impressive monastery has larger than life images of the Buddha, Avaloktwshwara and Padmasambhava. The vast Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the area.
In the mid of this hinterland, the charming church of St. John is situated here which was the final resting place of Lord Elgin who was the British Viceroy of India during the 19th century. Dharamsala is also the home of a large Tibetan community. Numerous ancient temples like Brijeshwari , Chamunda and Jwalamukhi lie on the plains below Dharamsala.
Dharmsala is accessible by road, air and railways. It can be approached by air from Delhi. Its nearest airport is Gaggal which is 13 kilometers away. It lies at the distance of 85kilometers from the nearest broad gauge railway station, Pathankot and the toy train station is 17 kilometers at Kangra. It is hardly at the distance of three hours’ drive from Pathankot.
Dharamsala freezes in the winter season, the temperature here can drop to the lowest freezing point. The main places of interest in Dharamsala are Kangra art museum, War memorial, Mcleodganj, Kotwali bazaar, Dal lake,Bhagsunath ,Chinmaya , Kunal pathri, Tapovan ,Nurpur.
The temple of Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Brijeshwari Devi are other pilgrim centers close to Dharamsala. The fort of Ma11ngarh and Kangra are other attractions.
Dharamsala offers varieties for sightseeing ranges from churches, temples and monasteries to museums, primitive towns and places of natural beauty. Each season and spot in Dharamsala has its own special oblations.
Dharamsala is also famous for adventurous and sports activities. The Dhauladhar range offers numerous varieties of trekking and climbing. It is also famous for fishing activities. The 20 kilometers stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and Pong Dam offers ample opportunities in angling for Mahaseer.