With a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and a jaw dropping background of the deodar forest, Dharamshala is one
of the most popular destinations for tourist intending to have a quick getaway from the hassle of their daily life.
Home to the holy Dalai Lama and many monasteries, it attracts spiritualist as well. Here is a list of the top 5 offbeat
places to visit in Dharamshala to convert into your trip a memorable experience.
Kareri Dal Lake
Named after the serene lake of Kashmir, this is one of the best attractions in Dharamshala.Spread over an area of
1square kilometer and at an altitude of 1775 m, it is surrounded by thick cluster of deodar forest and presents a
picturesque view which is a treat to your eyes making it a top spot for sightseeing in Dharamshala. It also serves as a
base camp for treks to nearby mountains and the kali temple next to the lake hosts a grand annual fair.
This marvelous fort is the largest in Himalayas and one of the oldest in India dating back to 4th century BC. Built by
the royal rajput family of Kangra belonging to the Katoch dynasty, its roots can be traced back to Mahabharata. It is
located at a distance of 20km from Dharamshala and has several budget hotels nearby in Dharamshala.
Headquarter of the Tibetan government-in-exile, it is the home of the 14th Dalai Lama and hosts a huge population of
Tibetans. It is named after Sir Donald Friell Mcleod who was the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. A shopper’s paradise
when it comes to handicrafts, Mcleodganj is one of the major attractions of Dharamshala and the majestic hanuman
tibba peak can be viewed from here which is at a height of 5639m.
HPCA cricket stadium.
The highest and arguably the most beautiful cricket stadium in the world, HPCA stadium is one of the latest addition
of stadiums having test status. With the backdrop of Dhauladhar mountains, it is a treat for players and spectators
alike to be present in the stadium. It has become a major boosting factor for Dharamshala tourism as cricket fans along
with their not-so-enthusiastic supporters come to the town to witness IPL matches and international fixtures.
The largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet, Namgyal Monastery is situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex and is
home to the holy Dalai Lama. It is a major attraction for people seeking peace and spirituality. The Tibetan style
architecture, prayer wheels, temples and the aura of the entire complex will leave an everlasting impression in the
mind of every soul who visits this holy monastery.
On a whole, Dharamshala offers a complete package and caters to the need of every category of tourist. Along with
the above listed, there are many other places to visit in Dharamshala. And with various options of connectivity between
Dharamshala and Delhi, it can either serve as a perfect weekend getaway or a full week’s memorable trip. The only thing
which is sure to happen is Dharamshala calling out to you for repetitive trips to the gateway of heaven.