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Dharamsala

Positioned at the base of the Dhauladhar range, Dharamsala is surrounded by thick coniferous forest and has some magnificent views of the hills, peaks and tea gardens. Once a sleepy town, it is now a bustling hub of tourism and pilgrimage. This is owing to the settlement of the exiled Dalai Lama in McLeodganj in 1960.

 

Fervent global followers of Buddhism and H. H. The Dalai Lama flock to this place to gain insight and clarity. The Dalai Lama temple complex offers a glimpse into the routine lives and arrangements of the monks through early morning chanting and meditation or a meditative walk around the temple complex.

 

Other places worth visiting are St. John’s Church, an ancient Anglican Church with a cemetery of notable figures of the British Raj, and the War memorial erected to commemorate the war heroes of Himachal. The Norbulingka Institute is an educational institution for the preservation of traditional Tibetan arts and crafts like Thangka painting, tailoring and wood crafts.

 

Bhagsunag is a small temple village that has a cascading waterfall and an ancient temple. The views are amazing and the walk is inspirational.

Itineraries that include Dharamsala are Himachal & the Golden Triangle, The Sikh & The Lama

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