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Dharamshala

General Information
Altitude : Between 1250 m to 1550 m (Dharamshala)
Temperature : Max. 38 C in June: Min. 0 C in Jan.
Best Season : March to June : September to December
Clothing: Winter: Heavy Woollens Summer: Light Woollen and tropical
Language : Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari are understood & spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade

Dharamshala is the district hqr. of Kangra district. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18kms. north east of Kangra town. Hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to trek to snow point after an early morning's start. In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts.Kotwali Bazar and Upper Dharamshala compose of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary hqrs. of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India".

Accessibility

Air

The nearest airport at Gaggal is 13kms. away after which it is accessible by road.

Rail

Pathankot, the terminal of the broad gauge railway, is 90kms. There is also a narrow gauge train from Pathankot which comes up to Kangra (94kms.). and from here Dharamshala is 17kms. by road.

Road

Direct and regular bus service from Delhi (470kms.), Chandigarh (240kms.), Jammu (210kms.), Shimla (300kms.), Chamba (192kms.) and Manali (265kms.).

Tourist Attraction

MCLEOD GANJ

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.

BHAGSUNAG FALLS

At a distance of 11kms. from Lower Dharamshala, Bhagsunag can be approached by road, here an old temple, a fresh water spring and restaurant are located. Further about 2kms. is beautiful Bhagsunag water falls which sooths one's eyes.

ST.JOHN'S CHURCH

The church of St. John's in the wilderness lies on a motorable road between McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj 8kms. from Lower Dharamshala. It has a monument of Lord Elgin, one of the Viceroys of India, who died in Dharamshala and was buried here in 1863.

DAL LAKE

The lake lies amidst hills and stately fir trees 11kms. from Lower Dharamshala connected by motorable road. It is the starting point of excursions and trekking and is located next to the Tibetan Children's village.

TRIUND(2975 m)

20 kms. from Dharamshala, Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2975 m . The snow line starts at ilaqa, 5kms. from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. Accommodation is available in the rest house of Forest Department ,but water has to be fetched from a distance of about 2kms. Ropeway is being installed from Dharamshala to this place.

WAR MEMORIAL

Set amidst beautiful surroundings , this memorial is built near the entry point to Dharamshala to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the defence of the motherland.

KUNAL PATHRI

A level 3kms. walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess.

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