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Places near Dharamsala

The city of Dharamsala is perched on one of the beautiful slopes of the Kangra valley in the Himalayas. The city itself is a great tourist destination for many travelers across the world. However, it is very interesting that Dharamsala is yet again surrounded by certain places which are interesting and worth visiting while roaming and staying in the city.

There are various kinds of places that may interest a tourist and hence the following list can be very useful. These places are out of the city and can be reached within a few hours. Some of them are very close to the city while some of them are situated a few kilometers. While staying in Dharamsala, these places can also serve as getaways.

Interesting Spots near Dharamsala

Hanuman ka Tibba
This is a very interesting spot for both religious purpose and nature’s lovers. It is the highest point of the Dhauladhar mountain range and is also known as the ‘White Mountain’. The legend has it that while going to save Laxman with Sanjeevani buti, Hanuman rested here along with the whole mountain. People staying at Dharamsala can visit this point only by trekking. It is at an altitude of about 5,639 meters and is approached via steep tracks. While the spot offers a great view of Pir Panjal range and the Kangra valley, it is better to be avoided by amateurs for a trekking adventure.
Jwalamukhi Temple
Goddess Durga is worshipped in many forms in India. Jwalamukhi is another form of Durga. Jwalamukhi temple is one of the oldest temple in India and a mythological story follows its establishment. When Goddess Sati's tongue fell here while being carried by Shiva, the place was consecrated as holy. The goddess is seen as small blue flames that burn through the cracks in the old rock.

Jwalamukhi Temple

Actually the flames that come of the rocks are worshiped here rather than any idol. The temple is beautified with a small platform just at the entrance and a huge brass bell that was presented by King of Nepal. The temple also features a Yantra or a diagram of the goddess. Devotees cover this yantra with shawls and ornaments.

The temple is also interesting due to its location. The Dhauladhar range of mountains make the perfect background for the tourists destined to visit the temple. The temple is reached while travelling via Dharamsala-Shimla road and is about 20 kilometers from Jwalamukhi Road Railway Station.

A huge number of pilgrims gather every year to pay respect and seek blessing of the goddess. However, the puja in the temple goes on every day with the Aarti being performed five times in a day, while the havan is done once.

Kangra Fort
Another example of the then architecture in India is the Kangra fort. The fort dates back to 4th Century BC and was constructed by the Royal family of Kangra. Being the oldest fort in India it embraces a lot of history. Kangra fort also prides in being the largest fort in the Himalayan region.

Kangra Fort

The tourist must travel 20 kilometers from the city of Dharamsala to reach the Kangra Fort. There are few temples inside the fort which are secured by seven gates. The fort also provides an opportunity to glimpse the magnificent view of Manjhi and Banganga river from the top.

The Royal Family still has hold over the place and they run Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum which is situated right next to the fort.

Aghanjar Mahadev Temple
The mythological story behind the establishment of this temple along with the gorgeous location makes Aghanjar Mahadev temple a must visit for tourists staying in Dharamsala. The temple is situated near the Khaniyara village which is surrounded by scenic locales. A beautiful and charming stream flows near this spot to add to its beauty.

The Mythological story to which the temple is related is an extract from the Mahabharata where Arjun stopped at this place and received blessings from Lord Shiva. He was blessed with the boon to have victory over the Kauravas.

Norbulingka Institute
The Norbulingka Institute near Dharamsala should be visited oncee while staying in Dharamsala. It is a true embodiment of the Buddhist religion. The place has been decorated with wooden bridges and tiny water falls that give the heavenly feeling. Wooden bridges and small streams add to its beauty. The most sought products by a tourist here are thangka paintings and wooden carvings.

Norbulingka Institute

Chinmaya Tapovan
The place is famous for the Ashram complex that is established by the great exponent of Gita - Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Tapovan is located about 22 kilometers from Dharamsala and is established on the banks of Bindu Saras. The ashram is basically a school and a recreation center. The place also features a 9 meter high image of Hanuman, a temple dedicated to Lord Ram and a meditation hall.

Cave Temples
On the way from Pathankot, which is situated about 41 kilometers from Dharamsala, there are the special and beautiful cave temples. These temples have stalactite and stalagmites which have been dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Sujanpur Tira
Mainly a fort that is worth visiting, Sujanpur Tira also offers the glimpse of wall paintings and temples. Holi is celebrated with vigor and the place attracts a lot of tourists during this time of the year. The place is situated about 80 kilometrs from Dharamsala.

Nurpur is a must visit for all travelers destined for Dharamsala since it falls in the way from Pathankot to the city. The fort is named after Nurjahan. The fort has been one of the treasures of the Mughal empire. The Krishna temple in this fort is the main attraction and provides a glimpse of the exquisite carvings done on stone in those times. While at Nurpur onme must also buy Pashmina shawls.

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