Dharamsala hill station, hill stations in india, north india hill stations, Dharamsala Location: Himachal Pradesh
Area: 29sq.Kms
Altitude: 1380m above sea level.
Climate: Summer 16°C - 26°C; Winter 3°C - 6°C .
Best Time to Visit: March - June,September - October

Main Attractions: Dal Lake,Shrine of Bhagsunath, Kangra Art Museum, Kunal Pathri, Norbulinka Institute, Andretta, Triund

Queen of the hills of Dharamsala, the town of Blue Mountains is a main township of the Kangra region. Dharamshala standing in a foot of snow wrapped up Dhauladhar range and offers spectacular views of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and rolling hills. Numerous rivers, fresh healthy air, attractive and close to the snowline, Dharamsala has everything a perfect vacation. It is full of life and yet peaceful.

Prime Attractions of Dharmsala (Dharamshala):

Kangra Art Museum

This treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century.

Dal Lake

Surrounded by high and green Deodar trees is the lake, which fills a mountain bowl. This lake is easily approachable by road and makes an enchanting and serene picnic spot.

St. John's Church

Under the shade of Doedar branches It was built in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin.

Tatwani & Machhrial

There are hot springs situated at Tatwani, 25-km from Dharamsala but on the way, at Machhrial, is a waterfall twice as big as the one near the Bhagsunath temple.

The Shrine of Bhagsunath

It is the ancient temple of Bhagsunath. There are many fresh water springs close to the temple, which are considered sacred by the Hindus.

Kunal Pathri

These are the rock temples from which the place derives its name.


Located on the crest of a hill lie this attractive picnic spot, which presents a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges.

Norbulinka Institute

This place has heavy Japanese influence. The shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven. The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.

Chinmaya Tapovan

The tranquil ashram includes a 9m high image of Hanuman, a Ram temple, a meditation hall, a school and a health & recreation center.


It houses a gallery of some of his major works and a pottery center.


Originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, McLeodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.


Fifteen richly carved monolithic rock temples sculpted in the splendid style of the Kailash temple at Ellora and dating back to the 8th century is to be found at Masrur.


The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range. The breathtaking views of the mountains, and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking spot.


The unique cave temples with a stalactite and stalagmites dedicated to Lord Shiva