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1. Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
Must visit 4.3 /5

0 km
from city center
1 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayan mountain range lies the quaint Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, also known as the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium. Located at a height of 1,457 masl amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra valley, it is one of the highest sports grounds in the world. Operated under the auspices of HPCA, the Cricket Stadium often serves as the practice ground for the Indian Cricket Team, Himachal Pradesh state-level cricket team, as well as Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab.

2. Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj

Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Overlooking the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar, the Namgyal Monastery is situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex. This complex also is the proud home to the residence of Dalai Lama, among various other shrines, temples, bookstores, souvenir shops etc.

3. Triund

Triund
3.2 /5

6 km
from city center
3 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Triund is a 9-km trek away from Mcleodganj. It is situated at a great height and provides a mesmerizing view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass. This is an ideal spot for picnics and the clean and pristine environment will surely rejuvenate your senses.

4. St. John in the Wilderness Church

St. John in the Wilderness Church
Must visit 3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

This neo-gothic church was built in 1852 and is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. Located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj , this church was built in dedication to John the Baptist.

5. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

1 km
from city center
5 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

With artifacts and manuscripts that date back to the 12th century, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is one the pioneering institutions in the study and research of Buddhism. With as many as 80,000 manuscripts, 600 Buddhist artifacts including beautifully crafted silk applique thangkas and a three dimensional, wood carved mandala of the Avalokiteshwara, one of the most revered and compassionate Bodhisattva in Buddhism. With an air of peace and serenity descending upon people who visit the museum, it is indeed a calming experience to visitors of this offbeat museum in India.

6. War Memorial

War Memorial
Must visit 3.5 /5

2 km
from city center
6 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The War Memorial in the forests of Dharamshala was created to commemorate the memory of those who fought to save our motherland. During the Indo-China War of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971, and UN Peace Operations, many brave soldiers of Kangra lost their lives as war heroes. Three huge panels of black stone, each 24 feet in height, preserve their memory in stone.

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7. Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery
3.2 /5

5 km
from city center
7 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Popularly known for the study of Tantric Meditation and Philosophy, the Gyuto Monastery is one of the beautiful and popular monasteries located in Dharamshala. It was founded in India in 1959 and was established for preserving and promoting the tradition of Black Magic, popularly known as Tantric Teachings, of the great teacher Ksongkhapa. The glorious monastery has helped in depicting how, unlike popular belief, black magic can be used for the well-being of the people.

8. Bhagsunag Temple

Bhagsunag Temple
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
8 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

This temple is located at a height of 1770 m above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful pools and lush greenery, this temple attracts a lot of devotees and tourists throughout the year.

9. Dal Lake

Dal Lake
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
9 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Dal lake is located 11 km away from lower Dharamsala and lies in between hills and deodar trees. This is a starting point for treks and excursion around the lake, making for a memorable experience.

10. Dalai Lama Temple

Dalai Lama Temple

1 km
from city center
10 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Replete with Tibetan culture, Dalai Lama Temple Complex also known as Tsuglakhang Temple is a politico- religious centre in Dharamsala. Ideal for peaceful meditation and religious rumination, the temple is full of lamas at all points of the day chanting on prayer wheels or beads.

11. Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
11 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

This museum is located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex and has a collection of brilliant forms of Tibetan Art, which include history documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings etc.

12. Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Falls
3.2 /5

5 km
from city center
12 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The Bhagsu Falls are situated 2 km away from McLeodganj. Set amidst lush greenery and nature in its most pristine form, these falls are majestic and grand and should not be missed by all tourists travelling here.

13. Tea Garden

Tea Garden
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
13 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The smallest tea region of India, Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. It is known for its good quality tea and is available for purchase in many shops across Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

14. Trekking in Dharamsala

Trekking in Dharamsala
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
14 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

There are different ventures or institutes which organizes treks here, you will be accompanied with well experienced guides and trekking experts.

15. Kalachakra Temple

Kalachakra Temple

2 km
from city center
15 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Located inside the Thekchen Chöling temple complex in Mcleodganj near Dharamsala, Kalachakra Temple is a popular Tibetan temple which was built in 1992. Kalachakra Temple is situated on the west side of the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the shrine is known for housing the stunning murals of Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) which are linked to the Avalokitesvara, of whom Dalai Lama is a manifestation. Used as a centre of public teaching by Dalai Lama himself, the stunning temple is an architectural marvel and boasts of Tibet’s rich ethnicity and artistic prowess.

16. Jwala Devi Temple

Jwala Devi Temple
3.2 /5

38 km
from city center
16 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Jwala Devi Temple is dedicated to Jwala Ji - a Hindu Goddess depicted by a set of eternal flames. One of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India, it is believed that the tongue of Goddess Sati fell where the Jwala Devi Temple is now situated. A novel temple which does not have an idol, the five aartis conducted at Jwala Devi Temple are the main attraction.

17. Tsuglagkhang, Mcleodganj

Tsuglagkhang, Mcleodganj
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
17 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

This is the place where the Dalai Lama resides. This complex has a monastery, various stupas and temples, bookstore and a cafe'''' which will attract devotees from all over the world and serve tourists as well.

18. Masroor Rock Cut Temple

Masroor Rock Cut Temple

24 km
from city center
18 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Situated 32 kms from Kangra in Dharamsala on the Nagrota- Surian Link Road, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is an archaeological site which is currently in ruins. The complex is a combination of 15 rock cut temples designed in the Indo- Aryan style of architecture, believed to have been built in the 8th century (as per relics).

19. Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

5 km
from city center
19 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Located 5 kms away from the town of Dharamsala in Khaniyara, at the foothills of Dhauladhar, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Believed to have been built around 500 years ago, the temple is nestled amidst bounteous forests and emerald mountain peaks.

20. Dharamshala International Film Festival

Dharamshala International Film Festival

20 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

One of the leading independent film festivals of the county is the Dharamshala Film Festival, held every year in November. The festival is for filmmakers, volunteers and travellers from far and wide. Showcasing the best of Indian and international cinema, the DIFF provides a platform for hitherto unknown artists to take centre stage.

21. Kangra art museum

Kangra art museum
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
21 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The Kangra Museum is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich history. Its is situated near the bus station of Dharamshala.

22. Dharamkot Studio

Dharamkot Studio

3 km
from city center
22 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

A small rustic space located in the village of Dharamkot about 2km from Mcleodganj, Dharamkot Studio is a hidden gem where people can take pottery lessons. The lessons include trying to get the hang of the art using simply the hands and the wheel. The studio is also known for reviving black pottery, and trained instructors guide locals and tourists every step of the way.

23. Mcleodganj Market

Mcleodganj Market

3 km
from city center
23 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

McLeodganj is famous for its culture, crafts, etc. and tourists flock in from different parts of the world to experience it and be a part of it. The shopping experience in McLeodganj is worth remembering, provided you know how to bargain and purchase the local items of the place such as Tibetan mats and carpets. If you're planning a visit there, see the sights, soak in the scenery, sample the local food and before leaving, grab some souvenirs and gifts from the local markets to carry the feeling and memories of Mcleodganj home with you. As a bonus point, many of the stores on our list give part or all of their proceeds to local relief organisations.

24. Naam Art Gallery

Naam Art Gallery

0 km
from city center
24 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Located in Dharamshala near Mcleodganj, Naam Art Gallery is often visited by people interested in the art. Even people with a creative bent of mind can spend some relaxed and enjoyable time here, looking around at a number of works as well as spiritual artworks. The Naam Art Gallery showcases work of the European artists Elsbeth Buschman (watercolours and acrylics) and Alfred W. Hallett (oil paintings). Those interested in collecting art can buy some prints available here at a price of INR 400.

25. Norbulingka Institute

Norbulingka Institute

2 km
from city center
25 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Named after the summer residence of The Dalai Lama at Lhasa, the Norbulingka Institute is a popular learning centre that is located 7.5 km from the district of McLeodganj in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Built in a traditional Tibetan Style, it is set in a beautiful garden of meandering paths, flowing streams, small waterfalls and ponds with the spectacular Dhauladhar Mountains of the Outer Himalayas rising prominently in the background. It is, thus, a must place to visit for people who have a natural hunger for enhancing their knowledge and observe the live culture of Tibet.

26. Paragliding in Dharamshala

Paragliding in Dharamshala

3 km
from city center
26 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

With no shortage of hilly terrain in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, paragliding has become a significant adventure sport in the area. It is a beautiful opportunity for adventure lovers to fly like birds, surrounded by the gorgeous mountain ranges and the tea gardens under the clear blue skies. Indrunag and Bir Billing are two of the most popular spots for paragliding in Dharamshala.

27. Nechung Monastery

Nechung Monastery

1 km
from city center
27 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Part of the Tsuglagkhang Complex, Nechung Monastery is one of the most popular attractions in Dharamshala and is of extreme importance in Tibetan and Buddhist culture. The monastery is located below the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and is where the State Oracle or the Nechung Oracle resides. The establishment walls are beautifully painted, and it is set in a calm environment amidst the greenery and mountains of the area.

28. Namgyalma Stupa

Namgyalma Stupa

1 km
from city center
28 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Situated in the village of Upari Barol, the Namgyalma Stupa is a dome-shaped structure modelled after stupas constructed in the 3rd century BC during the rule of King Ashoka. The stupa is said to contain the remains of Buddha and is a place of worship and a tribute to the Tibetan soldiers who lost their lives in the freedom struggle. There are numerous prayer wheels around the structure.

29. Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass Trek

10 km
from city center
29 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The trek to Indrahar Pass is a fairly easy one, being the most picturesque trail starting from Mcleodganj, covering Lahesh and Triund Caves, and lasts about 14 km single way.

30. Pong Dam

Pong Dam

37 km
from city center
30 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Built on the Beas River in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, Pong Dam Lake is an earthfill reservoir constructed for generating hydroelectricity and for irrigation purposes. Constructed in 1975, the dam is based on the foothills of the Shivaliks. Also known as the Beas Dam, Maharana Pratap Sagar and Pong Reservoir, the region boasts of rich wildlife and is a breeding ground of commercially viable fish. The reservoir is home to a large number of birds and hence, has been converted into a Bird Sanctuary. The region has been declared as one of the 27 international wetland sites by Ramsar Conventions owing to its rich wildlife and vegetation cover.

31. Nandi View Point

Nandi View Point

4 km
from city center
31 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Located in Mcleodganj’s Naddi Village, Naddi View Point is the perfect location for catching a glimpse of the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges, especially during the winters when the peaks are covered in snow. A trek or drive to Naddi View Point, specifically in the evening, will allow visitors to catch the sunset against the mountains, take photographs, and there is also the option to see the distant mountains through a telescope. It also serves as the starting point for various treks like Kareri Lake, Triund, and Dharamkot. The tea stalls on the way provide snacks and beverages.

32. Laka Glacier Trek

Laka Glacier Trek

32 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The Laka Glacier Trek or the Snow Line Trek is a 3-day beginner-friendly trek set in the Kangra Valley that takes trekkers up to 10,600 feet. Beginning from Mcleodganj, it goes farther than the Triund trek, passing oak, pine trees, and rhododendron bushes. It covers a distance of 26km, at the end of which lies the magnificent view of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges and the Kangra Valley at sunset. The trek includes a camping experience that involves sitting around a bonfire, eating a hot meal, and listening to soothing music, along with a bird-watching experience owing to the many songbirds around.

33. Lahesh Cave Trek

Lahesh Cave Trek

3 km
from city center
33 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The Lahesh Cave Trek is a popular trek in Himachal Pradesh that is set in the Dhauladhar ranges, taking trekkers up to an altitude of 3,500 m above sea level, following a trail of 12km. Lahesh Caves, located on the path to Indrahar Pass, serve as a campsite and offer magnificent views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks.

34. View of the Dhauladhar Ranges

View of the Dhauladhar Ranges

2 km
from city center
34 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

The Dhauladhar ranges, part of the lesser Himalayan mountains, rise to an altitude of 3,500 m to 6,000 m above sea level and provide marvellous scenic views, especially when snow-clad. There is no dearth of ways to catch a glimpse of these peaks, with some of the most common being trekking; some of the popular treks include the ones to Triund, Lahesh Caves and Laka Glacier.

35. Guna Devi Temple

Guna Devi Temple

6 km
from city center
35 out of 35
places to visit in Dharamshala

Set amidst oak and deodar forests in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Guna Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali. One of the best ways to reach the temple is through a guided trek that begins from Naddi village and provides an opportunity to admire the area’s natural beauty and the view of the Dhauladhar peaks around. People can take photographs while on the trek and after having reached the temple.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Dharamsala?

Day 1: Arrive at the Gaggal airport, reach your hotel in a cab. Check-in at the hotel. Leave for local sightseeing after some rest. Visit the Buddhist Monasteries in Dharamsala. Visit the famous Tsuglagkhang monastery and Namgyal monastery in McleodGanj and spend some time in peace and tranquillity.
Day 2: Visit the Dharamsala cricket ground and enjoy the surreal view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Then, head to visit the famous Dal lake of Dharamsala. Afterwards, visit the Kangra Fort which is located just 20 km away from Dharamsala.
Day 3: Visit the BhagsuNag waterfall and temple in Mcleodganj. Then, enjoy the short trek of 2-3 hours to Triund in Mcleodganj and back to the hotel.

How can I commute within Dharamsala?

Commuting within Dharamshala is not tough though. Taxis and Buses are available easily. Buses are cheaper option for travelling. There are taxi stands available here. Once you reach Mcleodganj, it can be explored on foot. Walking from Mcleodganj to Bhagsu won't be very difficult either.
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How much does a package cost for Dharamsala?

The packages for Dharamsala start at INR 9000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Dharamsala?

The top sightseeing places in Dharamsala are Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Dharamshala International Film Festival 2019, War Memorial, Gyuto Monastery.

What are the top activities in Dharamsala?

The top activities in Dharamsala are McLeodganj Getaway with Dhauladhar View, FullDay Sightseeing in Dharamshala & Mcleodganj, Camping in Dharamshala at 5000 Ft, Heritage Cottage Stay near Dharamshala, Camping at Triund in Dharamkot, Camping with Scenic Views, Dharamshala.

What are the top hotels in Dharamsala?

There are 335 Hotels in Dharamsala which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Dharamsala are Hotel Royal Taj, Triund Camps Riverside Resort, Camp Indrunag, Delightful 1BHK Cottage in Dharamshala, Serene 1BHK Home in Dharamshala, Best Cottages 2. You can see all the hotels in Dharamsala here
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