What is Dharamshala to you? A town in the valley of Gods – Himachal Pradesh and home to his Holy Highness – The Dalai Lama well, this blog tells you about some of the still unexplored places in and around Dharamshala. FlyWings Tour & Packages Pvt Ltd has been offering the best of the packages that comes with unmatched prices and comfort since their inception.
Needless to say, there are many tourist hot spots in and around Dharamshala. Dharamshala is not just a tourist attraction but it is a budding spiritual hub for Buddhist and people from all religions alike. Not many of you know that Kangra is one of the oldest dynasties of the world and finds mention in the great epic – Ramayana. Let us now try to explore the unexplored spots in and around Dharamshala.
Naam Art Gallery, Dharamshala
About 32 Kilometres from Mcleodganj, the Naam Art Gallery is situated in Sidhbari village. It is heaven for the art lovers. Opened by Elizabeth Bushcmann – a noted painter from Germany, this art gallery house art works of Buschmann and an English painter – A.W. Hallet. Buschmann art works include use of water colours and acrylics and that of Hallet are made from oil paints. Hallet died in 1986 leaving behind a treasure of beautiful paintings most of which are now owned by Himachal Pradesh government. You can buy them here or even order online. Except Monday, you can visit this art gallery from 10 AM to 7 PM.
Masroor Rockcut Temple
An old village in the remote areas of Himachal Pradesh, Masroor is famous for the rock cut temples of the 8th century AD. The beautiful architecture of the temple takes people by surprise. Also known as Himalayan pyramid, the rock cut temples are a set of complex temple with spell bounding architectural design.
Dharamkot is a hill station just above Mcleodganj but not many tourist go there because of difficult terrain. But not many of you know that it is now home to many foreign tourists, who came here for visit but stayed forever mesmerised by the beauty of the place. The majestic view of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar range is breathtaking. To enjoy the view in night, there is a snowline Cafe which offers beautiful views and also has facilities for sleeping bags and tents.
One of the best views around Mcleodganj can be viewed from the quaint and serene village – Naddi. A stop over for trekkers, some tourists have now started heading for this village foe its favourable climatic conditions, serene beauty and annual fairs. It can be described best a as a place to relax and meet the Mother Nature in person.
An unexplored place in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range, the Kareri Lake serves as a base camp for trekkers and hikers. It is not easily accessible by road, and so its isolation has helped it preserve its natural beauty.
Norbulingka Institute, Sidhpur
To keep the Tibetan culture alive and pristine, Norbulingka Institute was established in 1988 near Dharamshala. Named after Norbulignka, which is the summer residence of Dalai Lamas in Lhasa Tibet, this institute offers training and other short term courses to those interested in studying Tibetan culture, history and tradition.
It also offers education and employment to Tibetans by manufacturing high quality home furnishing, art objects and other items. Especially famous for its 1,173 murals of Gautam Buddha and Frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas, it also has n art studio. Here you will find art works made from woodcarving, papermaking, metal craft, tailoring and appliqué etc.
Tea gardens Tea Factory in Nagrota
Tea gardens are in Assam, not here. Right! Wrong! Yes, there are tea gardens and tea factories on the outskirts of Dharamshala. Nagrota village is surrounded by tea gardens overlooking the mighty Dhauladhar range. The tea produced in these gardens is mostly exported to Europe. Take the road that goes towards Cheelgadi from ISBT Dharamshala and then take on the Nagrota road to enjoy the lush green and refreshing view of the tea gardens that run on both sides of the road for about 3 kilometres.
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