Dharamsala is known as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama. The city houses the Tibetan monk in exile.
Dharamsala is situated in Kangra district and is at a distance of about 18kms from the Kangra city. Dharamsala is divided into two divisions- Upper and lower. The lower division is the Dharamsala town and the upper-division is known as Mcleodganj.
Dharamsala is a Tibetan hub, hence, it is popular for learning and exploring Buddism and the Tibetan Culture. Some must-do things to do when in Dharamsala include:
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
It may appear like an attraction only for cricket enthusiasts, but the Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Dharamsala Cricket Stadium is located at a height of 1,457 meters above sea level. It is one of the highest sports grounds in the World. The magnificent backdrop and the fresh mountain breeze is what makes going to the HPCA stadium worth it. The cricket stadium usually serves as a practice ground for a lot of cricket teams including the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. The stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 23,000. The architecture of the main stand has a touch of the Tibetan aura.
The front row of the seating area has no fence due to which the audience gets an unobstructed view of the match. The stadium is open for tourists even when no matches are scheduled, so do make sure to stop by and soak in the beauty.
During the Indo-China war, many heroic soldiers of Kangra lost their lives. This War Memorial is designed to honour those soldiers who fought to save our motherland. It is situated in the forest of the town. Three 24 feet high panels made of black stone conserve the memory of the soldiers. The memorial is surrounded by pine forests which makes a lush green garden for walking. The War Memorial is established on the way to Dharamshala, at the Kachehri Road. You can comfortably reach here by booking a local taxi.
Tea Garden Dharamshala
Dharamshala has elegantly lined and composed tea gardens across the Kangra Valley. It is recognised for its excellent quality tea which is available for purchase in several shops in Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. It is the smallest tea region of India.
Mcleodganj is a small hill station near Dharamsala. It is popular for trekking. The place has a blend of Tibetan and British influence. Mcleodganj is the home to the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader. The hill station has an amazing landscape. It attracts a lot of tourists round the year. Mcleodganj has some very famous monasteries of India.