Dharamshala lies in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala has become the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, and is the home of Dalai Lama, the great Tibetan spiritual leader. However, though Tibetan community is spread all over Dharamshala; the town has its colonial influences too, which also need to be explored in the heritage tours of Dharamshala.
The Kangra Art Museum offers an overview of the rich cultural legacy of the Dharamshala region. Arts, crafts and other artifacts displayed in this museum date back to the 5th century. Kangra's famous miniature paintings are the highlight of this museum. Besides, it has a great collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. When you plan out heritage tours in Dharamshala, be sure to not miss out on the Kangra Art Museum from your itinerary.
War Memorial is built at Dharamshala in the honour of the heroes of Himachal Pradesh, who laid down their lives while fighting for the nation in the Indo-China and the 1965 Indo-Pak war. The names of 1024 war heroes of Indo-China and Indo-Pak war, are carved on its walls. The walls are built in a curved shape to indicate the continuity and onward movement of human life. Without paying your homage to the War Memorial, your heritage tours of Dharamshala would remain incomplete.
St. John's Church is located between Mcleodganj and Forsythganj, just 8 km from the Dharamshala town. It is commonly known as St. John in the Wilderness. The church was built in dressed stones with beautiful stained glass and windows. A memorial is built under the deodar branches, where body of Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India, lies buried. This is his final resting place. A wall-tended old graveyard is available on the grassy slopes of church. This is an important landmark of the heritage tours of Dharamshala. Earlier Mcleodganj was home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe. A British garrison originally developed the place in the 19th century. Today, it is the headquarters of the exiled Tibetan government. Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibet Museum, and the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts are manifestations of the Tibetan culture in Dharamshala, and should be integral parts of your heritage tours of Dharamshala. Namgyal Monastery, also known as the little Lhasa, is a major tourist attraction of Mcleodganj, and an important part of its heritage.
The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is perhaps one of the most significant destinations that you can include in your heritage tours of Dharamshala. It is one of the most important institutions on this world for preserving and disseminating Tibetan culture. A number of original Tibetan manuscripts are available at this library, which also houses a photographic archive. It is a treasure-trove of Tibetan artifacts and manuscripts.
Visiting Jwalamukhi Temple, Brijeshwari Temple and Chamunda Temple can also bring you closer to the heritage of Dharamshala, where Tibetan and colonial influences have mingled quite well with the elements of Hindu culture.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/07