Tourist Places around Kangra valley in Dharamshala

DHARAMSHALA Dharamshala is a small hill station that lies on the spur of the Dhauladhar range high up in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is the starting point...


Dharamshala is a small hill station that lies on the spur of the Dhauladhar range high up in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is the starting point for several popular treks that can be undertaken across the ridges of the Dhauladhar Range. Rising from the Kangra valley to a height 4600 meters, it makes for a stunning trail passing through thickly wooded forests of Deodar, Pine, Oak and Rhododendron, across gurgling streams and past gushing waterfalls.

This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar Mountain range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. The Upper Dharamsala is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, 13 km away. Pathankot, the nearest broad gauge railway station is 85 km away and the toy train station is 17 km at Kangra. From Pathankot the drive takes about three hours or you can drive from Delhi (526 km) via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur and takes 12 hours. In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended. Dharamshala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district.


Mcleod Ganj also known as Upper Dharamsala has a number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have lent importance to McLeod Ganj. The Budha temple is situated opposite to the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and is worth a visit. The Tibetan Institute of performing Arts(TIPA) is 1km. walk from McLeod Ganj and preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet. It holds an annual 10-day folk opera commencing on the second Saturday of April. There is also a Tibetan handicraft centre situated at McLeod Ganj and a Sunday market is organized at about 10 minutes walk from here.


Just 3 kms from Mecleodganj bus stand. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a very ancient temple of Dharamshala. A fresh water pond is the main attraction of this palce. One can trek to the water fall from here.


At a distance of 3km walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess Durga. In the temple there is a sauser shape stone which remains always wet. According to local belief, the moment it starts drying, it rains. The road to Kunal Pathri passes through forests and tea gardens, occasionaly allowing glimpses of wildlife ranging from rabbit to agile leopards.
Chamunda Devi Temple: The famous shrines of Chamunda Devi is located on the bank of river Ban Ganga on an altitude of 1000 mt. Just 15 km distance from Dharamshala, Chamunda Devi Temple Dharamshala is considered as more than 700 years old.


Brijeshwari Temple Known once for its legendary wealth of diamonds and pearls, this temple was subject to successive depredation by invaders from the North. Mohammed of Ghazni is known to have departed with a king’s ransom in gold, silver and jewels in 1009. Earthquake of 1905 destroyed it completely. Rebuilt in the present form in 1920, it continues to be a busy place of pilgrimage.

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Jawalaji Temple is also one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths in India. It is situated in the town of Jwalamukhi in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Sati’s tongue is believed to have fallen at the very place where Jawalaji Temple is now situated. The tongue of Sati is represented by Holy Flame or Jawala that is perpetually burning. The flames come out from nine different rocks in the temple. The temple is thus named as Jawalaji Temple. It is believed that even Emperor Akbar paid yearly visit at the Jawalaji Temple after he became impressed with the holy flames that kept burning even after he had put a massive chhatra or canopy over it to extinguish it.


Chintpurni Temple lies near Amb of Una district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Mata Chintpurni is supposed to take all your worries and troubles away with her. The Chintpurni Temple is dedicated to Mata Shri Chhinnamastika Devi and Mata Chintpurni Devi. The general belief of the devotees to the Chintpurni Temple is that if you ask for something from the goddess with a true and pure heart, your wish will be fulfilled. A major fair is held for ten days at the Chintpurni Temple between July and August. It is called the Sawan Ashtami Fair and begins on the first Sawan Navaratra.


The  temple re-built during the 13th Century has a large number of image of great beauty and iconographic importance.  The temple is heavily ornamented with floral and geometrical designs along with the images of various gods and goddesses, including a unique  composite of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.  Shiva’s vahan Nandi rests outside the temple on the compound, cut out of just one piece of stone. It attracts a large number of pilgrims and tourists from all over India throughout the year. The Ayurvedic College at Paprola has a research center for the herbal medicine. Baijnath town in district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh  is very well connected by rail and road from Delhi.


Triund( 2975 M) which is 9 kms away from Mcleodganj is situated on a ridge with a beautiful view of  Kangra Valley on one side and Dhauladhar mountain range on the other. Night stay in a tents is a memorable experience at Triund.

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Dhouladhar Mountains at Dharamshala


Bir- a small village located in Baijnath Tehsil of Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, India. Bir is 70 kms southeast of Dharamshala and it took about three hours by road to reach here from Dharamshala. Delhi to Bir is about 540 kms via Chandigarh-Una-Kangra-Baijnath an overnight journey by road (about 10-11 hours). Bir is 14 kms south of Billing, which lies on the way to the Thamsa

r Pass leading to Bara Bhangal.  Bir is a upcoming centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Apart from its ancient values and tradition is has also become a home to a Tibetan Refugee Settlement with lots of Buddhist Monasteries and Larg Stupa to see.


Billing  at an elevation of 2400 metres is known for the best Paragliding location in India. Every year world level competition held here. It is also the place for Hang gliding and Para Sailing.  The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Himachal Pradesh organises the ‘Para Gliding Pre world Cup’ at Bir-Billing in the month of October.  Rejuvinate and encourage yourself with this nature blessed tour package of camping and paragliding at Bir. Our three days Bir Package – includes camping tent; trekking-backpack gear and paragliding

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