Himachal Pradesh – Sightseeing & Activities

Himachal Pradesh Tour Guide

Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. Its home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.

Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas. Its home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.

From the underground waters to the peak of mountains, Himalayas has blessed Himachal with great natural riches. In between, the Passes, the Valleys and the Hot Springs are also the gifts of Himalaya to Himachal.

For countless centuries Himachal has been home to a variety of birds and animals. There are pheasants whose colors can place rainbows in the shade; then there are partridges and patient kites, ibex, antelopes, deer, bears, leopards, the rare bharal and thar – and the elusive snow leopard.

In Himachal, the freshest of leaves are nurtured by roots that go centuries deep – and the nourishment has come from scores of different strands. South of the Greater Himalaya, the presence of Hinduism is strong. In the mid-hills, pastoral presences appear in the worship or numerous local ‘devtas’ and ‘devis’. In the Trans Himalaya, Buddhism has thrived for over a thousand years. The presence of Christianity came with the arrival of the British and the state has over a dozen churches spread over its area. Similarly, there are several places across the state that are held sacred by the Sikhs. Islam registers its presence in and around Nahan and in some of the larger towns.

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Shimla

  • Christ Church

Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. The foundation stone of this church was laid on 9th September 1844. It was consecrated on 10th January 1857 by Bishop Wilson of Calcutta. Built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture, it took nearly thirteen years to construct it. The stained glass windows over the altar and the clock were placed in 1860.

The fresco on the walls was painted from a design made by Mr. Lockwood Kipling (father of the Jungle Book writer Rudyard Kipling). The Pipe Organ of the church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and was erected in September 1899. Other impressive features of the Church include paintings that portray scenes from Jesus Christ’s life. As it is located at the most prominent road of Shimla, The Ridge, it has become an important landmark in the city.

  • Kufri

Situated near the Himalayan range, Kufri is a picturesque hill station situated 20 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Founded in 1819 by the British, the popularity of the hill station as a tourist spot grew only in the last few decades. Kufri derives its name from ‘Kufr’ which means lake. Especially popular among trekkers, Kufri is the starting point of treks to Manali, Shimla, Rewalsar and Fagu among others. Kufri, Shimla and Chail form the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. The cool and pleasant climate, along with stunning natural beauty, makes Kufri a perfect summer getaway.

  • Scandal Point

Scandal Point is located along the western end of Shimla where the Mall road joins the Ridge road. A meeting place for locals, tourists and lovers, Scandal Point is a name wrapped in mystery. One legend suggests that the controversial name comes from the scandal caused by the elopement of the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh with the daughter of the British Viceroy.

It is also famous for the statue of the Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai. One can relax here as there are many benches to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. Right next to the Scandal Point is the fabulous stone colonial structure of the General Post Office.

  • Mall Road & Ridge

The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the heart of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. Most major places of Shimla like Snowdon, Mall, Jakhoo hill, etc. are connected through the Ridge.

It runs east to west alongside the Mall Road, and joins it at the Scandal Point on the west side. On the east side, The Ridge road leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden crafts market. It’s the major landmark and the most easily recognized face of the hill station. When winter sets in and when the country had its first major snowfall of the year, most newspapers printed photos of the ridge submerged in clumps of fresh snow.

  • Pinjore Garden

Also known as Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore Gardens was established in 17 century by architect Nawab Fidai Khan during the reign of Aurangzeb and was later refurbished by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh. The garden is laid out on seven terraces and as you come in through the grand entrance you will step onto the first terrace with the palace built in Mughal style. The garden is massive and quite a walk to explore on foot.

Stroll along the stretch of water and water fountains, heavily lined with cypress, palm trees and flowerbeds, and you can actually experience firsthand what it must have felt like to be a king or a queen proudly approaching your palace. There’s a mini-zoo in the lowermost terrace, with emphasis on the word ‘mini’. You can always board the heritage train that takes visitors to all the monuments and gardens in the complex. Alternatively, you could refuel on snacks being sold along the way by hawkers. There is a nice eatery located outside the gardens.

  • Timber Trails

Want to enjoy a picturesque ropeway ride in the mountains? Break journey at the Timber Trail Resort on the highway at Parwanoo, and ride up on the Parwanoo Ropeway to the Timber Trail Heights Resort. Both resorts have a restaurant and bar for tired travelers. Over the years, this has become a very popular trip. The cable ride is free for the hotel residents. Kids love the exhilarating ride which is about 1.8 km long and takes about 8 minutes one way.

Kullu

  • Kullu Vaishno Devi Temple

Commonly known as Mahadevi Tirth, Vaishno Devi temple in Kullu is situated on the banks of Beas River. Named after the wife of Lord Shiva, Parvati, the magnificent temple was built in the year 1966 by a saint named Swami Sewak Das Ji Maharaj. At present, the shrine is under the overall supervision of Shri Sharda Maa Seva Trust. The renowned Vaishno Devi temple is located at a distance of 2 km from the beautiful town of Kullu, right on the way to Manali. Devotees travelling to this side of Himachal Pradesh are likely to get smitten by the sprawling forests, apple orchards and majestic hills that happen to come on their way. Surrounded by an atmosphere of peace and calm, the temple has turned into one of the most sought after religious places in Kullu.

  • Kullu Shawl Factory

The Kullu Shawl factory is a small yet significant attraction for those planning a holiday in Kullu. Here tourists can shop for handmade authentic Kullu shawls. The way to reach the factory where tourists pass through gardens, mountains, falls and other amazing scenic beauties is also an added attraction.

  • Kasol Valley

Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India. It is situated in Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. It is located 42 km east of Kullu at the height of 1640 meters.

Manali

  • Snow Point

Snow Point is not any particular location, rather, it is just a stretch of snow on the way to Rohtang La identified by local vendors to set up their stalls. In peak winters, Snow point is at a location very close to Manali.

As the summer progresses, location of snow point moves higher and higher till it reaches Rani Nullah and then further towards the Rohtang Pass. Enthusiasm of tourists converts snow point into some sort of a snow theme park. Tourists and honeymooners can indulge in various snow activities like Amateur skiing, yak rides, snow scotters and snow mobiles and of course throwing snow balls at one another.

  • Tibetan Monastery

Along with the hills and rivers, Manali is also famous for its Tibetan Monasteries as many people from Tibetan origin have settled here. The two prominent monasteries that attract a large number of tourists from all across the world are Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa and Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. These monasteries are a storehouse for Tibetan culture, literature and crafts. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is located near the busy old Manali road and was built in the year 1969. Though small in area, it has beautifully decorated interiors alongwith an impressive statue of Lord Buddha. Meditation can be done in the well-maintained garden situated outside the Gompa. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is located near the market square of Manali.

These monasteries are known for their handicrafts, especially paintings and carpets. The aroma of incense sticks, sounds of hymns/chants and the rotating prayer wheels together creates a divine ambience. The tranquil surroundings of these monasteries act as a great stress buster and hence, they must be included in travel itineraries.

  • Old Manali

Away from the hustle and bustle that the town of Manali holds, Old Manali is a backpacker’s paradise. Lying at a distance of 3 kilometers uphill from the central city, Old Manali is often frequented by tourists from all across the world. Here you can sit back and relax in the lap of nature, away from the hullabaloo of city life.

The serenity of Old Manali is perhaps unique. The swaying eucalyptus, gently winding roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river and beautiful hills of this destination make it the perfect natural retreat. Indulge in some delicious continental food at low prices here, and shop for knick-knacks from the local markets here.

The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place. Old Manali is most famous for its Hidimba temple. Tucked away in the lap of quiet nature, this destination is the perfect place to experience the pure beauty of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Pandoh Dam

The Pandoh Dam is an embankment dam on the Beas River in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Under the Beas Project, the dam was completed in 1977 and its primary purpose is hydroelectric power generation.

  • Rohtang Pass

When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometers from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck.

To just curl up on your seat in the car as it begins to chill with every increasing metre on the altitude scale and gaze outside at the mesmerizing beauty of nature is absolute bliss. The pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views.

  • Solang Valley

When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang. 14 kilometers on the North West of the main town of Manali, Solang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps especially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.

During winters, as the valley is covered with snow, skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers, it is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this valley, while here.

  • Beas River

Running through the terrain of Manali and Kullu, the Beas River is a legendary river whose mention is found in Hindu myths as well as historical records. Flowing on India’s eastern-most border that was invaded by Alexander the Great’s in 326 BC, it is this river which proved to be a hurdle in the way of Alexander’s expansive project. Originating from the Vyasa Kund from where it gets its name, this river is today an important tourist destination for the number of water activities that it offers. While you are on your way to Kullu from Manali, you will see this river flowing alongside your path. The best way to enjoy this river would be to go for river rafting here. For those who just wish to enjoy it from a distance can sit on its banks and witness it’s gushing milky while waters.

  • Gulaba

Gulaba is a small village near Manali which is located on the road to Rohtang pass. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, the village of Gulaba is flanked by the picturesque beauty of snow covered mountains, grasslands and the Beas river that washes away its landscapes. Owing to such an amazing topography. Being reputed as a heavy snowfall region, the landscapes of Gulaba have turned out to be a hub for adventure sports.

  • Manali Sanctuary

A wildlife sanctuary in the state of Himachal Pradesh, it has a path from Manali log huts and Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopard are some of the common animals seen here.

It is an uncommon tourist attraction in Manali. Especially for people who go there to enjoy the beautiful weather. But trust me, the wildlife sanctuary is going to be a good relief for you if you are visiting Manali. It is easily one of the most beautiful sanctuaries.Birds are the biggest attraction for visitors. The sanctuary is home to Monal, Tree Creepers, Chakor, Kokla, Kingfisher, Snow Pigeon, etc. It plays home to several species of migratory birds during summer.

  • Rahala Falls

The stunning Rahala Falls is located at a height of 8,500 ft and about 16 km from Manali. It is located on the way to Rohtang Pass and whoever visits the Rohtang valley makes a halt at Rahala Falls to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. One can click pictures, trek above the cliff and enjoy the melting ice of this fall. The Rahala waterfall is a result of melting glacier, and so the water of this fall is extremely cold. This fall is set amidst dense forest of deodar, silver birch trees, and fresh and aromatic air. This place is easily accessible from Manali and one can take a bus, car, bike, or pony to reach the spot. The view of the place is really attention-grabbing and it gives mental peace to the visitors. The pleasant weather and the marvelous surroundings make it one of the best attractions in Manali.

  • Mall Road

The Mall Road in Manali is the focal point of this popular hill destination. Buzzing with activity throughout the day, the Mall Road is close to all places of interest and perfect for street shopping. Lined with multiple hotels, restaurants and bars, this busy commercial center also houses numerous shops and emporiums. From Kullu and Kashmiri shawls, rugs, woolen caps, jewellery, to wooden furniture and books, the Mall Road has something for everyone.

  • Hadimba Devi Temple

Located amidst the snow covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hadimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of the goddess herself. The construction style of the temple is entirely different from that of any of the other temples, with its wooden doorways, walls, and cone-shaped roof. This temple is a fitting dedication to its presiding deity Hadimba.

The wooden doors of this quaint shrine show images of Goddess Durga, while the temple base is made out of whitewashed stonework. The roof of the temple stands tall at the height of 24 meters and unfolds itself in three layers with a brass cone at the top. A rock protruding from the earth’s surface finds shelter in the temple premises, with a 7.5-centimeter brass image representing Goddess Hadimba. A temple dedicated to Hidimba’s son Ghatothkach also finds place close by.

  • Van Vihar

Van Vihar is a simple favorite of both tourists as well as locals. This is a municipal garden located on the Mall Road and has a pond for boating surrounded by tall deodar trees watching over. Visit for some relaxed and enjoyable time amongst awe-inspiring Deodar trees and boating around the simple pond.

  • Vashisht Temple

At a distance of 3.5 km from Manali Bus Stand, Vashist Temple in Manali is dedicated to sage Vashisht, the Kula guru of Lord Rama in the village Vashisht across the River Beas. It is among the most famous places to visit in Manali.

The village of Vashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht one of the seven sages of Hindu. According to the legend, Rishi Vashisht was left depressed on finding out that his children had been killed by Vishwamitra. Rishi Vashisht tried to commit suicide by jumping into a river but the river refused to kill him. He then started a new life in the village here. The river which took the rishi to the village was named Vipasha, meaning freedom from bondage. The Vipasha River is now known as the Beas River.

The Vashisht temple is believed to be more than 4000 years old. Inside the temple there is a black stone image of the Rishi wearing dhoti. The Vashist temple is decorated with excellent and beautiful carvings on wood. The interior of this temple is rather traditional which is ornamented with antique painting and figures.

Dalhousie

  • Dainkund Peak

A drive, a walk and a breathtaking view! Yes this is the route to Dainkund Peak, Dalhousie. Being the highest mountain peak in the region, it offers a complete 360° view of the entire valley. So fasten your seat belts and be prepared for an amazing experience hidden in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. The road enroute the peak is embellished with flowers on both sides that are a treat to the eyes. One has to put on one’s walking-shoes to cover a good 30-40 minutes on foot to reach atop the peak.

As you make your way through the valley, the wild daisy blossoms and fluttering butterflies will simply take your breath away. The tiring and difficult trek is wonderfully soothed by the mesmerizing valley-views. If you are lucky, then you could catch a glimpse of the Kailash Mountain on a clear day. The top of the Dainkund Peak is home to the Pholani Devi Temple which houses nothing more than a trident. One can hear the pleasant breeze blowing through the trees creating a musical serenade.

  • Khajjiar

Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a small lake which is one of the most favored tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests and it is also known for its beautiful temples. This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc. Khajjiar is a must visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby regions. However, the way to Khajjiar can be closed sometimes during winters because of heavy snowfall.

  • Sunset Point

The Sunset Point is a famous view point. The spot is a frequented tourist location which offers the view of a picturesque sunset during the evening hours. The plethora’s of colors that the sunset provides make it a marvel to behold and a great place to spend your evenings and must be experienced at least once.

  • Kalatop National Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop is one of the most pristine destination in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, and is known for the lush green surroundings and snowcapped Himalayan peaks. This wonderful destination tops the list of almost every traveler who visits Dalhousie with an aim to explore the natural splendors that are available in abundance here. Kalatop is located approximately 12 KMS from Dalhousie and it can be easily reached through trekking. The visitors often come here with family or friends, and spend hours gazing at the beautiful surroundings of Kalatop that embrace the amazing green landscapes and majestic mountains in its vicinity.

  • Tibetan Market

The Tibetan market is a popular spot, which offers a variety of goods including bags, dolls, carpets, purses and handicrafts. The Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium on Thandi sarak is known for its traditional Kashmiri shawls; which reflects the intricate craftsmanship of the locals. These handicrafts are unique in their own way. Bhuttico was established by local women in the mid-19th century. It offers a wide range of the famous Kullu shawls; made from lamb’s wool, angora, pashmina. Recently, they have also started making the popular embroidered shawls. The costs for these exquisite articles start from INR 300 only.

  • Sath Dhara

The exquisite Satdhara Falls in Dalhousie region of Himachal Pradesh is filled with scenic beauty and serene ambience making it one of the most popular sightseeing attractions. This stunning Satdhara fall derives its name from the seven beautiful springs that flows from a height of 2036 meters, passing the majestic mountains and cliffs of Chamba Valley. This amazing waterfall is set amid a very pleasant surroundingin Dalhousie and offers beautiful views of snow-covered mountains, surrounded by pine and Deodar trees. This place gives an excellent experience to the guests, who are in search of peace and tranquility.

  • Bakrota Hills

The picturesque Bakrota Hills is one of the most beautiful spots in Dalhousie, which is surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains and serene landscapes. This destination is located only 5 km away from Dalhousie at an altitude of 2085 meters above the sea level. Tourists visit this place to refresh their mind and feel free and comfortable in the arms of the Mother Nature. There is a beautiful place called ‘Bakrota Mall’ in the Bakrota Hills, which offers a 5 km walk around the hill. One must definitely visit the Bakrota Mall to catch a glimpse of snow clad peaks of the Himalayas and to enjoy the white magic of the Bakrota Hills.

  • Gandhi Chowk

Gandhi Chowk is the most famous and main attraction in Dalhousie. It is a shopping place because there are many different types of shopping material available. Formerly known as GPO, Gandhi Chowk is a spirited plaza with abundant bistros and shops. Among the many shops situated here is the Tibetan market is worth a visit as it sells multiple goods ranging from traditional handicrafts to electronic goods. There is a coffee shop known by the name of the Dalhousie cafe area, it is a rabble place filled with the visitors. During winters there is no place to stand up in the front of the shop. It is the main attraction for the tourists and local peoples.

Dharamsala

  • St. John in the Wilderness Church

This neo-gothic church was built in 1852 and is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. Located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj, this church was built in dedication to John the Baptist.

It is the oldest built structure of Dharamsala. This church was built in dense woods that is why it is famous as ‘St. John in the Wilderness’. It is also the final resting place of Lord Ergin, one of the governor generals and also a viceroy of India during the British Raj. This church should not be confused with the church of the same name located in Nainital, Uttarakhand.

  • Dal Lake

Situated at a height of 1775m above sea-level, Dal Lake comes under the region of Kangra district,

Which is 11 km away from Dharamsala. Nestling amidst lush green forests of deodar trees, the Dal Lake is famous for its scenic beauty

and pilgrimage center.

On the bank of Dal Lake a famous Lord Shiva temple is located, which is considered to be very sacred.

  • Mcleodganj Sqaure

“Dharamsala” literally means “a spiritual dwelling” and in loose translation as a shelter or rest house for pilgrims and travellers. Traditionally, such dharamshalas (pilgrims’ rest houses) were commonly constructed near pilgrimage destinations (often in remote areas) to give visitors a place to sleep for the night.

When the first permanent settlement was created in the place now called Dharamshala, there was one such pilgrims’ rest house on the site, and the settlement took its name from that dharamshala.

  • Chinmaya Tapovan

In the lush Kangra valley, at the feet of the Dhauladhar mountain range, nestles the small hamlet of Sidhbari, named as ‘the abode of the siddhas, or Self-realized masters. According to ancient scriptures, this mystical place was home to numerous great saints and seers, who, through their austerities, sanctified all the earth they walked on.

In 1977, Swami Chinmayananda came across the barren, hilly landscape and instinctively knew that it was hallowed space. There he founded Chinmaya Tapovan Trust (CTT) and the ashram it now administers.

The once barren countryside of grazing grounds was transformed with the ashram’s new temple, cottages, and satsang halls, providing a panoramic view of Nature’s splendor.

  • Dalai Lama Temple

The Dalai Lama Temple Complex is a beautiful and peaceful place located in Upper Dharamshala, just a short walk away from the Mcleodganj Bus Stand. Decorated with the colorful prayer flags, it’s perfect for long serene walks, or early morning meditation with chanting monks.

  • Bhagsunag Fall

This enchanting waterfall is located about 11 KMS from Dharamshala and is easily approachable by road.

It is one of the best tourist attractions in Dharamshala and is known for its old temple, a fresh water spring, and slate quarry a waterfall surrounded by stunning cliffs and trees. Tourists can take a dip in the chilly water of this fall and visit the Bhagsunag temple to seek blessing of Lord Shiva. The Bhagsunag Fall falls on the way to Triund, so the tourists can continue with their journey to Triund once they visit this elegant fall. Though, this spectacular waterfall lies a little distance away from the town of Dharamshala, the tourists make sure that they visit this spot, which is also an important place for Hindu pilgrims.

  • Bhagsunath Temple

Surrounded by beautiful pools and lush greenery, this temple is located at a height of 1770m above sea level and attracts a huge number of devotees and tourists throughout the year.

  • Cricket Stadium

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, abbreviated as the HPCA Stadium, is a picturesque cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamsala District Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town of Dharamsala is best known internationally as the home of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

  • Tea Gardens

The smallest tea region of India, Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. It is known for its good quality tea and is available for purchase in many shops across Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

  • Kangra Art Museum

The Kangra Museum is dedicated to the brilliant marvels of Tibetan and Buddhist artwork and their rich history. Among the large variety of its precious collectibles are jewelry, rare coin memorabilia, paintings, sculptures and pottery. The essence of tribal culture is beautifully reflected in the exquisite pieces of art on their culture.

  • Norbulingka Monestry

From the moment you step inside the gates of Norbulingka, it is as if you are transported to a different world.

Gurgling streams run through immaculately maintained Japanese styled gardens, while birds of all different species can be seen flittering among the treetops. The architecture, built in traditional Tibetan style gives a feeling of returning to old Tibet. There is much to see and do here, and you will want to allow for at least several hours to explore. Each year they welcome thousands of visitors to explore their workshops and grounds, and witness firsthand the practice of traditional arts.

  • Dharamshala War Memorial

War Memorial is located at the entry point of the Dharamshala town and it was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor of their motherland. This place is ideally located in the pine forest of Dharamshala and offers a very pleasant walk through the woods.

There are two main attractions nearby the War Memorial-the beautiful GPG College Dharamshala, made during the British Era and a café serving fast food and beverages.

Surrounded by sprawling gardens, the elegant looking War Memorial is a tribute to those brave souls who sacrificed their life for the country and this signifies that these soldiers will always be alive in our thoughts.

During the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 and various peacekeeping missions, many soldiers lost their lives, and it was in their memory that the War Memorial was built with the names of those many heroes inscribed on the stone.

  • Tsechokling Gompa

At the base of a long flight of steps off of Nowrojee Rd, this peaceful gompa was built in 1987 to replace the original Dip Tse Chokling Gompa in Tibet, destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The prayer hall enshrines a statue of Sakyamuni in a magnificent jeweled headdress.

  • Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is a majestic sample of architecture, which was constructed by the royal family of Kangra and dates back to around 4th Century B.C. This is known to be the largest fort in the Himalayas and is one of the oldest forts in India. This ancient fort is located about 20 KMS away from Dharamshala and houses a few temples that can be accessed by passing through seven gates. A major tourist attraction at the Kangra Fort is the magnificent view of the Manjhi and Banganga rivers from here. Right next to the Fort is also the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum, which is run by the Royal Family of Kangra.

  • Masrur Rockcut Temple

Masrur is 32 km from Kangra on Nagrota Surian link road and is famous for remarkable group of rock cut temples. They form a group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style and are richly carved. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India. The main shrine contains three stone images of Ram Laxman and Sita but the presence of the figure of Shiva

In the center of the lintel affords a strong presumption that the temple was originally dedicated to Mahadeva.

  • Temple Kaveri Lake

Kareri Lake is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of Dharamsala in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. Its surface is 2934 metres above the sea level. Snow melting from the Dhauladhar range serves as the source of the lake and a stream, Nyund is the outflow. Since the source is fresh melting snow and the lake is shallow, water visibility is very high and in most places, the lake bed can be seen.

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