Kangra Art Museum, Kotwali Bazar
Located in Kotwali Bazar, the Kangra Art Museum showcases the treasures of Kangra Valley. One can find a rare collection of artifacts, pottery, sculptures, coins, jewellery, and costumes depicting the culture and past of Kangra Valley. Also displayed are the relics of Buddhist and Tibetan cultures. Some of the items displayed here date back to 5th Century. Further,
the museum has a section dedicated to modern-day artwork..
Dharamsala War Memorial or the 'Shahid Smarak' was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour of their motherland. Surrounded by lush pine trees and sprawling gardens it also offers a very pleasant walk through the woods..
The Aghanjar Mahadev Temple has a gorgeous location near the scenic Khaniyara village surrounded by forests, mountains and a charming stream that flows right next to it.
It is believed that, when Arjuna one of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him at this spot and blessed him with the boon of victory over the Kauravas..
HPCA Stadium Dharamshala
Situated at the height of 4780 feet above sea level and against the picturesque backdrop of snow-capped mountains, is the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or HPCA Stadium. It is home to Himachal Pradesh cricket team of Ranji Trophy. It also boasts of hosting IPL matches as a home ground for Kings XI Punjab..
Church Of St. John In The Wilderness
Fifteen minutes’ walk from McLeod Gunj, the Anglican church lies in the forest near Forsyth Gunj. This neo-Gothic stone church was built in 1852 and has some fine Belgian stained-glass windows. It miraculously survived the 1905 earthquake – only the spire collapsed. A memorial to Lord Elgin stands in the churchyard. The British Viceroy died in Dharamsala and is buried here. Visiting hours for the church and cemetery are 10 am to 5 pm each day..
Mc Leod Ganj
Often called the Little Lahasa', the town of Mc Leod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government in exile. The town is known for TIbetan handicrafts, carpets, garments and other souvenirs. One of the major Buddhist attractions is the Dalai Lama's temple (Tsuglagkhang) with larger than life images of Buddha and Padmasambhava. The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is just one kilometers away and organizes a ten day festival from second saturday of April. The Dharamshala International Film Festival is also held every year in November. Starting point for some exhilarating treks, it is the most irresistible destination in Dharamshala..
The Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake (1,775 m above sea level) near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district Himachal Pradesh.The lake is surrounded by deodar trees and is considered as a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir (shrine) on its bank.Taking a holy dip in this lake is considered to remove all miseries and will bring blessings of Lord Shiva.There are different kinds of fish that live in this lake.This lake has greenish water. The distance from Resort to Dal Lake is 1.5 kms..
Located at about 20 minutes walk from the famous Shiva Temple of Bhagsunag are the famous Bhagsu Falls. These cascading waterfalls are about 20 meters in height and a delight to look at. Visitors can plunge into the cool waters of the pool below or simply enjoy the beauty while sitting in the cafeteria nearby. One of the main tourist attractions, it is a ‘must visit’ site in Dharamsala..
About 10 kilometers from Dharamsala is the ashram complex established by Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Geeta. The complex is marked by a 9 meter high idol of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Ram Temple, Meditation Hall, cottages and beautifully manicured gardens providing a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar. You can pay your homage at Swami Chinmayananda’s ‘Samadhi Sthal’..
Tea Garden Dharamshala
Spread over acres of land, the beautifully lined and organized tea gardens, on either side of the road are a scenic site. These gardens provide a blissful experience as the visitors take a walk, soaking in the peaceful environment. You can explore the tea gardens and also purchase the freshly plucked and processed Kangra tea..
Masroor Rock-Cut Temple
Located at a distance of fifty kilometers, on Gaggal-Lunj-Nagrota Surian road, are the famous monolithic rock cut temples in the indo-Aryan style. Dated by art historians to 6th and 8th centuries, they are distinguished by their richly carved sculptures and ornate carvings. The legends attribute their construction to the Pandavas who resided there during their exile from the kingdom. The entire temple complex is situated on a hill and provides a spectacular view of the terrains beyond..
Located at a distance of 15 Kilometers from Dharamsala, along the banks of Banganga (Baner) river, is the holy Chamunda Devi Temple. Dating back to the 16th century, it is believed to be the abode of Shiv and Shakti hence it is also known as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’. Paintings from Mahatamay, Ramayan and Mahabharata can be seen on the walls of this famous hindu shrine..
Constructed by the Katoch Dynasty, the history of the fort dates back to 4th Century BC and also finds a mention in the Epic Mahabharata. Believed to be one of the oldest and largest forts in the Himalayan Region, it is strategically located atop a hill with Banganga and Patalganga on either side. The rich history, the mammoth size, structure, and the breathtaking view from the fort makes it one of the most prominent attractions of district Kangra. About 22 KM from Dharamsala, a visit to this fort is highly recommended..