There was a time when sheep and goats used to
graze in the meadows of Dharmasala but now it is the home of about 3000
in the Kangra valley, Dharmasala is a beautiful hill station. It is also called" The
little Lhasa of India". The Dalai Lama has been living here
Till the end of the 18th century, king
Sansarchand ruled here. Dharmasala is important historically for its numerous forts. In
and around Dharmasala, there are many tea estates. Snowfall, sunlight and rainbows can be
seen at one time.
Dharmasala is very attractive to the tourist
because of its forests of deodar and pine trees and also its green mountains. It is
divided into two parts. There is a difference of 457 mts between these two parts.
Dharmasala spreads from 1250 mts. to 2000 mts. The lower part has its police station, the
court and other business spots while the upper part has Mekladganj, Forsitganj, and other
From March to June and September to November.
Dharamsala is 126 Kms from Dalhousie. Hence, while visiting Dalhousie, one can go there.
Buses are available to visit Dharmasala and the other sites around it.
Places of Interest
10 kms by road and 3 kms by foot, Mcladganj is surrounded by many old manors,
restaurants, and shops that sell ancient handicraft. The famous Tibetan Monastery
temple of the Dalai Lama are also here.
St. Jone's Church:
8 kms from Dharmasala, this beautiful church is situated amidst green trees. This church
was made in memory of Lord Elgin, former Viceroy of India. Highlights of this church are
its attractive stained-glass windows.
This ancient temple is 11 kms from Dharmasala. Close to this temple is a beautiful
One sees this place as soon as one enters Dharmasala. As the name suggests, this was built in
memory of the soldiers who died fighting.
This picnic spot is on the peak of the mountain 11 kms from Dharmasala. The view of Kangra
valley and other mountain peaks is clearly visible from here.
This stream is 11 kms from Dharmasala. It is surrounded by fir trees and is ideal
for trekkers. In September every year a fair is held here.
60kms from Dharamsala.
Here one finds pictures of ancient Gods and Goddesses carved on rocks. Kunal Pathri is
3kms from the police station.
One finds a mixture of Tibetan and Himachal culture here. Carpets and dhurries from Tibet
and hand made articles from Himachal, wooden items can be bought here.
Light woollens in summer and thick woollens in winter.
Information: Here in isolated spots, the Forest Department has guest
houses has rooms available at inexpensive rates. But one has to reserve
There are many restaurants in Meklad Ganj and Kothwali Bazaar which serve North Indian,
Continental and Chinese food.
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