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Located in the heart of snow-crowned Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala lies in the Kangra district. It is about 322 km away from Shimla, 192 km away from Chamba, nearly 252 km away from Manali, approximately 239 km away from Chandigarh and about 514 km away from Delhi. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, located at a distance of about 15 km from Dharamshala. Pathankot is the closest broad gauge railway station. Dharamshala is connected to other cities in the state by a regular bus service.

Dharamshala is well-known for its dense deodar and pine forests, snow-capped peaks, picturesque hills, magnificent lakes and huge green tea gardens. Norba Linga Institute is one of the prominent tourist attractions in the town. Besides natural beauty, the city is popular for its temples, monasteries and other holy places. It is a home of the spiritual leaders including the Noble Laureate Dalai Lama. Some of the popular monasteries in Dharamshala are Namgayal Monastery, Nechung Monastery, Gyuto Monastery and Sherbaling Monastery.

McLeodganj is characterized by numerous Tibetan settlements. It houses the Buddha Temple which is located opposite the current residence of His Holiness, Dalai Lama. This place is full of numerous Tibetan monasteries and nunnery. There are also plenty of residential buildings, antique and curio shops and restaurants. A yearly 10-day fair opera is conducted on second Saturday of April.

Located at the distance of about 14 km from Dharamshala, Dharamkot is a wonderful picnic spot offering a breathtaking view of Dhauladhar ranges and Kangra valley. One can get to Dharamkot by a trek from Bhagsu. The War Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions which was constructed near the entry point of the town. It was built in the memory of the Indian soldiers, who laid down their lives during the Indo-China war, and the Indo-Pak war of 1965. Another place of interest in Dharamshala is Lord Eligin's Memorial. This well-known church is constructed in the memory of Lord Elgin, the Scottish working peer and the eighth Viceroy.

The Shrine of Bhagasunath is situated about 11 km away from the lower town. It is well-known for its ancient temple. One can find the slate quarries at this spot. Another holy temple, the temple of Chamunda Devi is located in the village of Dadh. It is approximately 15 km away from Dharamshala. One can have a magnificent view of Dhauladhar on three sides as well as the views of Pathiar, Baner Kund and Lahla forest.

Trilokpur is another interesting place located at a distance of about 41 km from the town of Dharamshala. It is renowned for the natural cave temple that has stalagmite and stalactite hanging from the roof. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The ruins of palaces and Baradari of Lehna Singh Majitha are the highlights of the cave.

Located at a distance of about 11 km from Dharamshala, Dal Lake fascinates the tourists due to its scenic natural beauty. Surrounded by the fir trees, this lake is a picturesque picnic spot. It is the beginning point for trekking and excursions in Dharamshala. Every year, a fair is conducted in the month of September, which is attended by a large number of people from Gaddi tribes and other hill men.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/07