Dharmasala is located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Other name is Bhagsu. Dharmasala is divided into two parts. They are Upper Dharmasala which is also known as McLeod Ganj and other one is Lower Dharmasala. Lower Dharmasala consists of Commercial areas, local hospitals, schools and government offices. Upper Dharmasala is famous for Tibetan culture and community. This is the residence place of spiritual Tibetian Leader Dalai Lama. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had given permission for the Tibetians to live in this place in 1959. Main attraction of Dharmashala is Tibetian Architecture. Buddha Purnima is a famous festival celebrates in this place.
What to see in Dharmasala:
Dal Lake: Deodar tree is major attractions in this place. Near the lake a small Shiva Mandir is located. Base camp for the trekkers is organised here. People believe that if they take a dip in the lake they will be blessed by Lord Shiva.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium: This was opened in 2003. Venue holds IPL Matches and Ranji Trophy. Capacity of the stadium is 25000 seats.
Billing Adventure: In the international paragliding circuit Billing Paragliding site has become legend. It hosts both world cup and International competitions.
Tsuglagkhang: It is a vast temple complex consists of Namgyal Monastery which is residence of Dalai Lama, Cafeteria, library, Buddhist shrines, Prayer wheels, book shop, and Tibetian museum. All sections of monastery can be seen except monk’s residence.
What to see around Dharmasala:
Kangra Fort: This is best place which acts as the evidence to war records of Alexander. It is one of the oldest and largest forts in India. Other name is Nagakot. Main attractions are Manjhi and Banganga Rivers. It is located 20 kms away from Dharmasala.
Dharmakot: This is the best picnic spot located 14 kms away from Dharmasala. This place offers Himalayan views.
Norbulingaka Institute: This is a centre for continuation. Training will be given for Tibetian arts and crafts. This was developed by Dalai Lama.
Bhugsunath: This place is named after ancient Bhugsunath temple. It is the favourite picnic spot to all the visitors. Major attraction here is waterfalls.
Palampur: This place is famous for Tea Gardens. Other name is Tea Capital of North India. After Kullu and Manali this is famous honeymoon destination. It is located 43 kms away from Dharmasala.
Bhagsu waterfalls: This place famous for waterfalls. It is located very close to McLeod Ganj. A Bhagsu waterfall is 7 kms away from Dharmasala.
Kangra Arts Museum: This is located 4kms away from Dharmasala. This displays artifacts of Buddhist and Tibetan cultures. Some of the items in the museum belong to 5th century.
Getting to Dharmasala: Different ways to reach this place are Road and Air ways. From all the north Indian cities, buses will come to this place frequently. Nearest railway station is Kangra Mandir. Nearest airport is Gaggal / Dharmasala airport which is 15 kms away from the city. Domestic flights connected to Delhi.
Getting around Dharmasala: Bus is the cheapest way to reach the surrounding places of Dharmasala. Auto rickshaws are also available to take to destination places. But they will not run on meters.
Best time to visit Dharmasala: Throughout the year visitors are allowed visit this place. But January is not preferable to visit this place as temperature at that time is subzero. Best season to visit this place is between September to June.
Where to stay in Dharmasala: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in this place. Most of the hotels are located at Yongling area and McLeod Ganj areas.
Where to eat in Dharmasala: Most famous food here is Thupkas and Momos. All varieties of food are available in all the restaurants.