Tsuglagkhang Temple :
The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument in
McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha, including
a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava.
Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the Kalachakra
Temple is open to the public. The Dalai Lama uses
this temple as his base 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.
The Namgyal Monastery was
founded by the Third Dalai Lama, and 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.
Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was established to preserve
and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges,
small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven.
Here one can watch the wooden carvings and the tangka paintings,
golsithing and embroidery being done. The nunnery close to the institute
is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist
One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the church
of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly dressed
stone church is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala on the way to
McLeod Ganj. Under the shade of Doedar branches, a memorial has
been made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died
at Dharamsala in 1863.
About 11 kms from Dharamsala and 2 kms from Mcleodganj is the picturesque
Dal Lake lying amidst the hills and sourrounded by dense Fir trees.
This lake is a sacred lake and regraded equivalent to the holy lake
The temple of Bhagsunag - dedicated to Lord Shiva, some 2 kms fromMcleodganj,
is a beautiful village full of natural scenes. Their situated is
a famous ancient tample of Lord Shiva, a cold running water tank
and springs. Not far from there is a natural build waterfall with
chilling water. The place is both visited by pilgrimages and tourists.
A high point beyond the Dal lake, Naddi village is a beautiful village
with magnificient view of the Dhauladhar mountains. It is also declared
as the closest point to the mountains and one can see the huge mountain
ranges just in fornt of their eyes.
Triund is a popular picnic spot at an height of 2827 m. The area
is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17-kms from Dharamsala.
The snow line starts at Ilaqua, which is five kms from Triund. The
breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys makes Triund
an ideal picnic spot and trekking spot.
richly carved monolithic rock temples sculpted in the splendid style
of the Kailash temple at Ellora and dating back to the 8th century
are to be found at Masrur, just 15-kms south of Kangra. Images of
Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lakhsman can be found in the sanctum
of the main temple.
Maharana Partap Sagar (Pong Wetland):
Pong Dam is some 90 kms from Dharamsala. This is a huge man made
reservior created in 1975 - 76 with the construction of a dam in
the river Beas. The reserviour is now home of millions of migratory
birds, and hence this place was designated as an International Wetland
(Ramsar site). Now this place is also famous for it's water sports
activities held on timely basis.
in 1978 by one of the finest proponents of the Bhagwat Gita and
the philosophy of vedanta - swami Chinmaya, this is a place that
exudes an aura of abiding peace. It is 20 kms from Dharamsala.
amidst beautiful surroundings of Chir forests and a place to stroll
in evenings, the place commemorates the memory of those soldiers
who fought valiantly for the defence and freedom if motherland India.
Andretta is 13kms south of Palampur. Nestling
in the rolling plains of Kangra avlley, with a wide panorama of
snowy mountains backdrop. Andretta atracted many artists. The village
became famous due to presence of Ms Norah Richards, the famouns
writer and dramatist. One another very famous artists, Sir Sobha
Singh created thw most famous paintings of "Heer-Ranjha".
The Sobha Singh Art Gallery still reminds of the memorable paintings
done by this great artist.
Set amidst a sylvan surrounding is a rest house, located in the
cool depths of the pine grove. Surrounded by green open meadows
and forests of tall oak & pine at a height of 3250m is situated
the picturesque Kareri Lake, which is just 13-km from the rest house
and 22- kms from Dharamsala.