The hill towns of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj are located in the upper reaches of the scenic Kangra district. The towns are set amidst magnificent deodar, conifer and pine forests, tea gardens and mist-soaked hills. Dharamshala also boasts of an international cricket stadium which hosts several IPL and international cricket matches. Dharamshala is also the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Mcleodganj, apart from being a major tourist attraction, also serves the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.The town attracts adventure seekers and seekers of spiritual enlightenment alike. The famous monastery known as Namgyal Gompa has images of the Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshwara along with the golden prayer wheels is also located in Mcleodganj. The popular trekking trail to Triund also starts from Mcleodganj.
Another feather in the Kangra valleys hat without a doubt in the quaint town of Bir. Bir is known as the paragliding capital of India, it has also hosted the World Paragliding Competition twice. Apart from this Bir is gifted with abundant natural beauty and has some of the area’s best eating joints.
Masroor rock temple – Counted among the magnificent rock cut temples of India, The temple is a unique monolithic structure and is also one of the most unexplored temples in Himachal Pradesh. The protected monument is believed to have been erected between the sixth and the eighth century. There are 15 rock-cut temples richly carved and built in the Indo-Aryan style.
The temples, partly in ruins, were conceived in the same manner as the great temples of Kailashnath Temple at Ellora in Maharashtra and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu with which it bears a striking similarity. The temple complex is located on a hill and also has a large rectangular pond which remains filled with water throughout the year. From the temple premises, you can get an amazing view of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges of exile.
Pong dam – Located among the picturesque snow-clad mountains of the Dhauladhar , Maharana Pratap Sagar Sanctuary also known as the Pong Dam is a lake sanctuary in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Named in honor of Maharana Pratap, Thousands of migratory ducks from Siberia can be seen in the shallow regions of the lake. The best time to see the vibrant congregation of the visiting birds is between November and March. The sanctuary is home to barking deer, wild boars, leopards, cheetals, black buck and 27 varieties of fishes can be spotted in the lake.
Tatwani hot spring-
Tatwani hot spring is a hot spring on the bank of Gaj rivulet, a tributary of Beas. The hot Water Springs, famous for its medicinal values, the spring emerges at a height of about five feet from the side of the hill. The water is pleasant, not too hot, and you can bathe in it, under large trees, in the heart of a forested area and a picturesque Shiva temple
Kangra fort –
Kangra Fort was once the stronghold and seat of power of Katoch rulers, who ruled the land for over 2000 years. Today, it stands in ruins because of the devastating earthquake that hit the area in 1905. The location of the fort is such that it is inaccessible from three sides. Kangra Fort of Himachal Pradesh overlooks the rivers of Manjhi and Ban Ganga.
One of these Jain temples is dedicated to Tirthankar Adinath and is believed to be built in 1466, the earliest remnants of Kangra Fort are the Jain and Brahmanical temples that belong to the 9th century. The main entrance of the Kangra Fort is known as the Ranjit Singh Gate, which leads down a path to the Jehangir gate through the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza. The road to the left leads to Darsani Darwaza, with two deformed statues on its sides that are believed to be of Goddesses of River Ganga and River Yamuna. A sculpture shed was also found in the fort, with a number of loose sculptures and architectural elements. Out of these, the six most important ones can be seen at the Himachal State Museum in Shimla.
The Kareri Lake lies within a meadow that recedes into the forests of oak and pine. This high-altitude shallow fresh water lake is about 9km west of Dharamsala. The lake remains frozen between early December and April. Kareri Lake serves as a base for trekking further into the Dhauladhar and onward to Chamba and Bharmour via the Minkiani and Baleni Pass.
The third Dalai Lama first established Namgyal Monastery in 1579 in Tibet, which was later relocated to McLeodgunj in 1959 and now serves as the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama.
The Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala, set amidst a gorgeous garden with flowing water and koi fish, was founded in 1988, with the objective of preserving the Tibetan language and cultural heritage. There is a temple here around which craft centers are located, which specialize in traditional forms of Thangka painting to Metal art that are considered integral to Tibetan Monastery architecture.
The walk is 9 km long, mostly uphill, but moderately uphill. Along the way there are small tea shops where we would invariably stop to have chai (tea). Thus walking for 4-5 hours,
March to June – Summer begins by the mid of April with just the right amount of nip in the air, for travelers keen on seeing snow, snow is accessible on various hikes and drives right up to the end of June. As the snow melts on the higher reaches it gives way to lush green meadows and a riot of colorful wildflowers.
July to september – The beginning of the south west monsoon opens the way to the Pangi valley, which is accessible only during these three months. This is also the season when the apple plucking is in full swing, traveler’s can get a glimpse of the apple plucking, packaging process.
October to December – The post monsoon is another beautiful time of the year to visit the area as the weather is stable and promises bright sunny days. The inhabitants begin preparing for the onset of winter, most of the trails and drives are accessible.
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