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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dharamshala:QUEEN OF THE HILLS

In the Himalayan wilderness Dharamsala is a lovely place. Spectacular views of the snow-laden mountains, striking culture, quaint old monasteries and packed with Buddhist nuns and monks together form the tourist attractions in Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is blessed with picturesque natural beauty covered with oak, deodar, pine and lush greenery, and has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. Dharamshala has a number of exciting places to visit varying from temples to churches, monasteries to museums and ancient towns to places of natural beauty.
Every season and every spot has its own special offering such as Kangra art museum, Kotwali bazaar, St. John’s Church are the various well known places. The colourful temples and Gompas add cherry to the cake by reflecting the preeminent culture of Tibet.
Handy Information
Languages Spoken:Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade Shopping Centres: Kotwali Bazar, a general shopping area, and McLeod Ganj for Tibetan handicrafts
Area:5739 sq. km
Population: 13.39 lakh
Altitude: Between 1250 m to 1550 m (Dharmshala)
Temperature: Max. 38 C in June; Min. 0 C in Jan.
Annual rainfall:Varies between 290 cm to 380 cm second highest rainfall in the country.
Best season:January to June; September to December. July-August is rainy season.
Clothing:Winter: Heavy Woollens Summer: Light Woollens and tropical
Approach:Air: The nearest airport at Gaggal is 14 km away after which it is accessible by road.
Rail: Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railway terminal to Dharamshala. From Pathankot there is a narrow gauge railway line up to Kangra (94 km) and from here Dharamshala is 17 km by road.
Road: Direct and regular bus service from Delhi (520 km), Chandigarh (250 km), Jammu (210 km), Shimla (238 km), Chamba (185 km) and Manali (240 km).
Places to See in Dharamshala
• Bhagsunag Falls: The mighty Bhagsunag waterfalls lies a little away from the town of Dharamsala. An old temple is also positioned is the surrounding.
• Dal Lake: Edged in Deodar and Fir trees, the Dal Lake is added chocolate-box spot just 10kms away from Dharamsala.
• McLeod Ganj: Lovingly raised as the little Lhasa, McLeod Ganj draws more fame from the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama than anything else. The little township with clusters of maonasteries and Buddha Statues is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Dharamsala.
• Jwalamukhi Temple: A nearly two-hour jaunt would take you to the renowned Jwalamukhi Temple, enthusiastic to the Goddess of Light. There is no idol to worship as such in the temple. Slightly a constantly burning blue flame, emanating from inside the rocks, is worshipped.
• St. John's Church: As you drive from McLeod Ganj to Forsythe Ganj, St. John's Church lies in between. It also houses the tomb of Lord Elgin one of the Viceroys of British India.

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