Himachal Tour


Himachal Pradeshis the land of eternal snow in the north-west of India. The literal meaning of Himachal is 'Land Of Snow'. It is also known as 'Dev Bhoomi' ( the land of Gods). The capital of the state is Shimla and other major towns include Solan, Dharamshala, Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba, Hamirpur, Dalhousie and Manali. It takes in the frontier zone from the plain to the high Himalaya and in the trans Himalayan region of lahaul and spiti actually crosses that mighty barrier to the Tibetan Plateau.


District Wise Details of Himachal Pradesh


 Tours :-

» Bilaspur
» Chamba
» Hamirpur
» Kinnaur
» Kangra
» Kullu
» Lahaual Spiti
» Mandi
» Solan
» Sirmaur
» Shimla
» Una

Kangra


Located at an altitude of 615 m, the Kangra town is around 15 km away from Dharamshala. The town was the erstwhile capital of the Chand dynasty and has been through tremendous upheaval due to its prosperity. Time and again, invaders turned their evil eyes to the accumulated wealth of the famous Brajeshwari Devi Temple. Each time the temple and the town were plundered, but recovery too was quick to take place. Few of the prominent historical personalities who laid a siege on the temple included Mahmud of Gazhni (1109 AD) and Feroz Shah Tughlaq (1360 AD). Later in the 17th century, under the rule of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Kangra made immense progress. Afterwards, local rulers ruled the land till the time the Britishers made it their garrison. The Britishers made Kangra district ( Kangra, Lahaul Spiti, Kullu and Hamirpur) a part of the Punjab province with its headquarters at Kangra town. The headquarters was soon moved to Dharamshala, however the importance of the Kangra town itself never diminished. After the formation of Kangra district (with Hamirpur which finally separated from Kangra in 1972) in the year 1966 to the present day, Kangra town attracts a huge number of people every year.

Places of Interest


Kangra Fort

The most important fort of the region, it is enclosed by high ramparts and its walls have a circumference of approximately 4 km. It was built about 1,000 years ago on the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi rivers. Its various gates, shrines and remains of the old palaces are noteworthy. An earthquake destroyed the palace and the fort in 1905. The ruins still dominate the Kangra Valley.

Brajeshwari Devi Temple


The Brajeshwari Devi Temple is the prime attraction of the Kangra town or perhaps even the entire Kangra district. It was the wealth of this temple that caught the attention of the invaders again and again. The temple, it is believed was established by the divinity of the same name during Ashwamedh or horse sacrifice.



Mahmud of Gazni destroyed the temple and built a mosque over the ruins, however, the temple was rebuilt and was later visited by the likes of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Mughal Emperor Akbar along with his trusted diwan, Todar Mal.

Masrur


Masrur is around 15 km away from Kangra town and is quiet well known for its Shikhara style rock cut temples. There are a total of 15 temples that trace their construction date to the 10th century.



The carvings of these temples are hugely similar to that of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra, India, though they are in a need of bit of maintenance work. Moreover, as you make your way towards Masrur from Kangra, the views that will meet your eyes are simply magnificent.

Pong Lake Sanctuary


This Lake Sanctuary is around 65-km from Panthankot and 115-km from Dharamsala.



The wildlife sanctuary is home to animals like Nilgai, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Buar, Clawless Otter, and Leopard. Water sports is also quiet a good option here.

Jain Temple


It is 24 km from Dharamshala. Bath can be availed at Ban Ganga with the picturesque view of Kangra fort . In the courtyard there are two temples, one of Lakshminarayan and the other of Ambika Devi, a family goddess of Katoch.



A Jain temple with Adinath in stone image also found nearby, which gives a great architecture work done by ancient people.

Jwalaji


Jwalamukhi is dedicated to the "GODDESS OF LIGHT", the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in northern India. An eternally burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees.



This flame is considered as a manifestation of the Goddess. The golden tower (dome) of the temple was a gift from Emperor Akbar. Two important fairs are held here during the Navratras in earlier April and mid October.

Chintpurni


Chintapurni temple is the Shrine of Parvathi Devi, where the feet of goddess Parvathi is said to have fallen when she embraced sati. The idol of Chhina Mastaka the killer of the demon Nishumbha is in the Chintapurni temple.



Revered by the Hindus, the goddess is known as the remover of all troubles. Crowds are greater during a ten day fair held in the month of August each year

Baba Baroh Temple


Baroh is famous for the temple of Radha Krishnan with black and white marble



And idol of Durga which is made of metal. The drive to Baroh is enjoyable through pine forests.

Dharamshala


Dharamshala has a temperate climate in summers, and heavy monsoon showers in July and August. While days are warm in summer, nights are chilly. Besides the rainy season, occasional showers are common here. Winters are severely cold, with heavy snowfall and temperatures dipping down around December. The best time to visit Dharamsala is between October and December. Dharamsala lies at the foot of snow covered lofty Dhauladhar ranges and presents a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. Dharamsala with a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has become a place of international importance.

Places of Interest



Kangra Art Museum

Kangra Art Museum is treasure trove of the Kangra valleys arts, crafts and rich past, display artifacts that date back to the 5th Century. It includes a gallery of famous paintings and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamiyanas and local dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jail and pndals are also on display. Coins jewellery and manuscripts are included. A section houses the works of conteporary artists, sculptures and photographers.

Dharamshala Tea Garden & Kunal Pathri Temple


Located in the lap of the Dhauladhar Ranges this temple is dedicated to goddess Kapaleshwari. It has been mentioned in the Shiv Maha Puran that Daksh Prajapati the father of Sati had once organized a Yajna. He did not invite Lord Shiva to this Yajna. Sati could not bear the insult to lord Shiva and in retaliation jumped into the fire of the Yajna. Lord Shiva was shocked to learn about the death of Sati. He started roaming in a state of madness with the body of Sati on his back.



On seeing this Lord Vishnu used the Sudarshan Chakra to Destroy Sati's Body and a part of her skull is believed to have fallen here. The locals here call this place Kunal Pathri.

War Memorial


The War Memorial is situated in Dharamshala town, near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates. This was built in the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour and defense of the mother land. The place is ideally located amid the pine forest.



There is also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages.
 

International Cricket Stadium


One more picturesque spot is nearby the lower Dharamshala , .



The officially stadium came into existence on March 2005 by having the opening match between Board President-XI and Pakistan.

Norbulingka Monastry Sidhpur


Norbulingka Institute, It is 6 Kilometers from the Dharamshala, Institute is closed on Sunday. Norbulingka institute is committed to the preservation of Tibetan culture. It houses a beautiful Buddha temple, a Japanese inspired garden & a Losel Dolls Museum exhibiting regional, ritual. Religious, official & theatrical costumes.



Norbulingka institute promotes Statue making, Thangka painting, Applique needlework, Tailoring & Woodwork.

Aghanjar Mahadev Temple


This temple is located at a distance of 8.5 km from Dharamshala and just a few meters from the Khaniyara village, famous for its scenic beauties. Once when Arjun, of Mahabarat, was on his way to the Kailash Mountains.



Lord Shiva appeared in front of Arjun and blessed him with the Boon of Victory over the Kauravas. At this place Baba Ganga Bharati has fired "Akhand Dhuni" (Sacred Fire).

Chinmaya Tapovan


10 km from Dharamshala on the banks of the rivulet Bindu Saras, is an ashram complex established by the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita.



The complex includes a 9m high image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Ragunath Temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation center.

Gyotu Tantric Monastry Sidhbari (17th Karmapa)


Karmapas means "the one who carries out buddha-activity" or "the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas.



We have here the residence of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje at Sidhbari Yol cantt. You can have a spiritual visit here.

Indru Naag Temple


This Temple is located on way to Khaniyara Village about 3 kms from Kotwali Bazaar. 2 kms road route upto the village Chola and 1 km trek route to the Indrunag temple.



This temple is dedicated to Nag, the Lord of Snakes, and the Lord of Rains. In the Month of July many devotees of the local areas visit the Temple.

Chamunda Temple


15 Kilometers from the Dharamshala, with the Dhauladhars forming a majestic backdrop, it is one of the nine shaktipeeth temple, It is an enchanting spot with a glorious view of the mountains.



Temple glorifying Lord Shiva as Nandikeshwar in the temple complex is equally revered.

McLeod Ganj


Life was added to the city with the arrival of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with thousands of refugees to Dharamsala in 1959. The place is now filled with a number of Tibetan settlements with religious education and other rehabilitation centers. Thus, Mcleodganj is a renowned Buddhist centre of pilgrimage and learning in the country. Camping is indeed the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature and the warmth of people. Mcleodganj is often called the ‘Little Lhasa’. All this makes McLeodganj is a colorful little town, a perennial den of tourists – a place you can chill out in and do your own thing. While you stop to wonder at a Tibetan trinket or a shawl, you’ll realize that your stomach is involuntarily responding to the lovely smell of wantons wafting from a nearby joint. McLeodganj is steeped in Buddhist culture – you can find anything from Tibetan food, good luck charms and thanks to Enlightenment. In fact, many disenchanted foreigners come here seeking solace, meditation or to champion the Tibetan cause.

Places of Interest



Talnu Naddi Snow Point

A high point beyond the Dal Lake, Naddi village affords a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountain range to the north and the vast expanse of lush Kangra valley to the south. Naddi is situated far away from the hustle and bustle of the Mcleodganj market and provides complete peace of mind. It is surely the best place to spend some quality time amidst the heart of Dhauladhar mountains.

Dal Lake


Located by the road side to Mcleodganj. The ancient lake have a great aspect to the hindu pilgrimage every year the public bath (Snan) is being organized to have blessing from lord Shiva people in great crowd came at the lake on a prescribed day to have holy bath.



The lake lies amidst hills and stately fir trees 11kms. from Lower Dharamshala connected by motorable road. It is the starting point of excursions and trekking and is located next to the Tibetan Children's village.

St. John's Church


Situated at a distance of 8 km. from Dharamsala, the church lies amidst the deodar forest between Mcleod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. Dharamshala town, near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates. This was built in the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour and defense of the mother land. The place is ideally located amid the pine forest.



The church has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin, one of the viceroys of India, who died at Chauntra ( Mandi district ) and was cremated here in 1863 A.D. .
 

Bhagsunag Temple & Waterfall


Located at a distance of 11 km. from Dharamsala town..



It is visited for its old temple, a fresh water spring, water falls and slate quarries. One can ,easily reach the fall by road.

Dharamkot


It is located at a distance of 14 km. from Dharamsala and is on the crest of a hill. This mesmerizing picnic spot offers a great view of the Kangra valley and the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges.



One can easily reach Dharamkot by a simple trek from Bhagsu where there are several small restaurant type of shops providing relaxation and beverages.


Kareri


22 km from Kotwali Bazzar, amidst sylvan surroundings, there is a rest house here.



Surrounded by open meadows and thick woods, the Kareri lake is 13 km ahead.

Dalai Lama Temple


The Dalai Lama’s Temple or Tsuglakhang. The main Buddhist temple, situated opposite the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama. It is open from sunrise to sunset each day and is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists. In the center the statue of Lord Budha or Sakyamuni is three meters high and gilded in bronze.



To either side are Padmasambhava, Tibet’s great tantric teacher and Avalokiteshwara or Chenrezig, the Budha of Compassion, He who hears the cries of the world, in silver with eleven faces, a thousand arms and one thousand eyes.

Mc-leodganj Market


Market near the Temple of Dallai lama , youi can buy the traditional Tibetan Thangka Paintings and Tibetan handicraft.



One of the market in Dharamshala, which preserve the Tibetan culture, dance and Art & Craft.


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