Things to Do in Dharamshala

The city of Dharamshala holds great historical and cultural significance, mainly due to its connection with the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.

While the city is located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the aforementioned fact serves as its main identifier and remains one of the primary reasons why people from all over the world flock to it every year in order to meet the revered and respectable spiritual personality.

However, while Dharamshala is known for that reason, it holds several other monuments and places which are unique to it and deserve a mention to anyone who is planning to visit the historical city.

If you find yourself making plans to land in Dharamshala anytime soon, then the following places should definitely be on your roster – that is, once you are done with your travel arrangements and the task of finding hotels in Dharamshala.

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

Starting with the obvious, McLeod Ganj is the place you want to go to in case you seek an audience with the Dalai Lama.

Home to the respectable figure, the suburb of McLeod Ganj is located just outside the main city of Dharamshala, less than 6 kilometers away.

Therefore, if you have accommodations in Dharamshala, then all you would need to have a comfortable visit in McLeod Ganj is transportation and maybe a local guide to help you through the journey to the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and the next destination on our list.

Tibet Museum

Also located in McLeod Ganj, the Tibet Museum tells the story of Tibetan culture as well as the struggles and hardships that were endured by their people – which they still experience in some form.

Every visit to Tibet Museum is full of insight and leaves you with an emotional impact that is hard to replicate in your life afterward, and leaves you with an experience that remains indelible within your memories.

Triund Hill

Apart from its cultural significance, Dharamshala is also known for being a popular facilitating point between famous trekking sites, and Triund Hill tops the list of these places.

Perched at the elevation of approximately 9278 feet, Triund Hill is one of the most famous destinations in Dharamshala. The popular hill does not only provide a magnificent sight to those who visit it, but anyone with a love for trekking would enjoy travelling to it all by itself.

Norbulingka Institute

Founded in 1988, the Norbulingka Institute focuses on the preservation of Tibetan culture and thus houses magnificent creative works originating from teaching interested individuals.

Since it is located at the short distance of 8 kilometers from the main city of Dharamshala, the drive is as good as you travelling around a large city.

Kangra Valley

If you visit Dharamshala, then you absolutely have to take a trip to its neighboring Kangra Valley.

Filled with stunning sights and historical monuments, the valley would provide you with countless opportunities to take memorable pictures. In addition, since its average elevation is recorded at over 2000 feet, you might be able to catch a wisp of clouds floating by, if you are lucky.

That being said, since its over 20 kilometers away the main city of Dharamshala, don’t forget to pack some snacks, you might need to snack the way.  It’s important to stay energized while making your way through the picturesque valley.

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