Dharamshala India

Attractions in Dharamshala

dharamshala temples

Tsuglagkhang Temple - This is the most renowned Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. Here you will find three magnificent images of Buddha, including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, the Indian scholar who is attributed with the introduction of Buddhism and Tantric teachings to Tibet in the 8th century.

Kalachakra Temple - Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the Kalachakra Temple is open to the public as the center for pilgrimage.

Because of its murals and architecture, it also serves as a representation of Tibet’s rich spiritual and artistic ethnicity. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as the center for public teaching. The centre of the main Northern mural is a large painting of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni surrounded by all 722 deities of the Mandala. On either side of this host of deities are the images of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the lineage Gurus. At the centre of the Eastern wall is the portrayal of the Mind Mandala of Kalachakra.

The Namgyal Monastery - Founded by the Third Dalai Lama, this monastery serves exclusively the Dalai Lamas. 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.

Dip Tse-Chok Ling Gompa - This beautiful little gompa is situated at the base of a steep track. The main prayer hall contains an image of Shakyamuni, as well as two enormous drums covered in goat skin and painted around the rim, which were made by monks at the gompa. Here you will also find some superb butter sculptures, which are made during Losar. Fine and detailed sand mandalas are also made here.

Museum of Kangra Art - This museum is a treasure chest of Kangra Valley's arts, crafts and rich past. In addition to the miniature paintings from the famous Kangra School of Art, which flourished in the 17th century, a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items are also on display. Shamiyanas and local dresses used by local royalty and old carved doors, are also to be found. Coins, jewellery and manuscripts are displayed. A section houses the works of modern artists, sculptures and photographers.

The Library of Tibetan Works & Archives - Located in the Central Tibetan Administration complex, this library was built in 1971 as a repository for ancient cultural objects, books and manuscripts from Tibet. This Library also has a team of Tibetan scholars who are engaged in research, translation, instruction and the publication of books. Since its beginning, the Library has acquired a repute as an international centre for Tibetan studies. To date, more than five thousand scholars and research students from over thirty countries have benefited from this unique educational institution. LTWA also offers regular classes in Buddhist philosophy and the Tibetan language.
Activities in Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a place for relaxation, a pace to unwind yourself. But for the adventurous souls, this place does have spectacular and challenging treks from McLeodganj. This 12 km climb to Triunda at a height of 2800 meters will bring you to a level clearing and an icy pond, the likes of which you will not find elsewhere. In addition, there are several treks available to the peaks and the lofty mountains of Dhauladhar. 3065 meters from the Upper Dharamshala is the Lake Kareri. Dharamkot at a distance of 2 kms offers fine views of the valley and the Dhauladar Range. For excursion purposes, you may visit the Chinmaya Tapovan, an ashram complex initiated by the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita. Nurpur - famous for an old fort and a temple of Brijraj. In Masrui you will find large monolithic temple, similar to the temples of Ellora.

Getting There & Away to Dharamshala

Flights to Dharamshala
Dharamshala can be reached by air from Delhi. The closest airport at Gaggal is 13 km away.
Trains to Dharamshala
Pathankot the nearest broad gauge railway station is 85 km away and the toy train stations just 17 km at Kangra. Taxis, Buses for Dharamshala are available at both places.
Car and Bus service to Dharamshala
From Pathankot the drive takes about three hours. You can also drive from Delhi (526 km) via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur. This, however, would take around 12 hours. From Delhi and Shimla luxury buses are also available to Dharamshala.

Getting Around in Dharamshala

For sightseeing, there are buses moving between Dharamshala and McLeodganj. A distance of 10 kms, it takes about 30 minutes by coach. A well-connected taxi service is also available at Kotwali Bazaar. On foot it would take you about 45 minutes but this option is for those who are prepared to traverse steep paths.        
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