Dharamsala was established in the year 1849, by British rulers, for the purpose of having a place where they escape from the scorching heat of Indian plains. Later on, the hill resort developed into big town and now is divided into two distinct parts Lower Dharamsala i.e. the civil and business area with Courts and Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamsala i.e. places like Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. The place also serves as the residence of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is surrounded by some interesting and beautiful tourist attractions that make up its excursions. Read on to know about the places to see near Dharamsala.
Bhagsunag Fall is located 11 kilometers away from Dharamshala town and
has an ancient temple, a fresh water spring, many waterfalls and
numerous slate quarries. The place is reachable by road from McLeodganj.
A dip in the chilly water of the fall gives an extraordinary experience.
St. John's Church
Located some eight kilometers from Dharamsala, this church is situated
in the forest between Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. It has lovely
spotted glass windows and there is a Christian cemetery around it,
housing the grave of Lord Elgin who wished to be buried here.
Dharamkot is located 14 kilometers away from Dharamshala and serves as
an ideal picnic spot. It can be reached from Bhagsu side, through a
trekking route. The place is situated amidst sub-Himalayan range of
mountains and gives panoramic views of the surrounds.
Located three kilometers away from Dharamshala, Kunal Pathari is a
temple of the local Goddess. It is quite popular among local masses for
religious reasons. People come here everyday, in large numbers, to have
a look at the statue of the Goddess and pay their respects.
Dal Lake is located next to Tibetan Childrens village and, about
eleven kilometers away from Dharamsala, forms a major excursion. The
place has great beauty and peace. A popular destination for newly
married couples, Dal Lake attracts tourists easily.
Located 17 kilometers from Dharamsala town and at an altitude of 2,827
meters, Triund is a very popular picnic destination. The peace offered
by the place, combined with the panoramic beauty of the surrounding
locales, make sure to leave an impact on visitors.