Being an idiosyncratic fusion of Tibetan and Kangra culture, Dharamshala is among the most visited tourist spots in India. The Tibetan settlement has led Dharamshala to be named as the Little Lhasa for the obvious reasons. Apart from the engrossing scenic beauty, here are 5 reasons that will make you add Dharamshala to your 2018 bucketlist!
If you are a mythology-lover, then this place will enthrall you! Masroor is a well-known place near Dhramshala which is famous for its rock-cut temples, dating back to 8th century AD. With the images of several Hindu deities from the oldest of the epics, the temples are filled with finely detailed carvings similar to that of Maharashtrian Ellora Caves. Quite recently, a new 2-kilometer shortcut has been built from Dharamshala to Masroor.
While one can spot numerous monasteries in the Himalayan region, Namgyal Monastery holds a special place among all. While established in 1575, this monastery was relocated to Dharamshala after the Tibetan uprising in 1959. This is one of the prime cultural and learning Tibetan centers. Namgyal is the perfect place to spend some peaceful time, away from the city noise!
If you think that only Rajasthan can take you back to the royal era, then you are absolutely mistaken! Located almost 20 Kilometers away from Dharamshala, Kangra Fort is believed to be the seat of one of the oldest dynasties of the world. The Katoch rulers of Kangra find their mention in the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana as well as Alexander’s war records. Go ahead and relive the golden age in the remains of beautifully detailed halls, watchtowers and temples at the Kangra Fort.
Named after its nominative counterpart in Jammu and Kashmir, the Dharamshala’s Dal Lake is an absolute delightful place to be. This lake is surrounded by thick Juniper and Deodar forest and is a perfect place for selfie lovers. You can also witness the famous annual fair at the Kali Mandir located near the banks of this river.
Located between the sky-touching mountains, the Dharamshala Stadium is the highest cricket stadium in India. Even if there is no on-going match, the stadium is a must visit. You can also enjoy a joyful meal at the restaurants located in the stadium. This stadium is the perfect add-on the kaleidoscopic beauty of this town.
Away from the Hullabaloo of the cities, Dharamshala offers the perfect setting for a peaceful vacation. Sit by the banks of the Dal lake, attend the morning prayers at Namgyal monastery or explore the royal lineage at Kangra Fort, Dharamshala has something of everyone! Happy Vacations!