Is one of the 80 hill resorts

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Dharnashala

The ‘ Scotland of India “ is one of the 80 hill resorts established by the British . It is said elegantly set on the spur of the Dhauladhar range and the snow line  easily accessible as compared to the other hill resorts . McLeod  ganj and Forsyth Ganj , the suburbs of the Upper Dharmashala still retain  British Flavour  while the lower Dharmashala  is a busy commercial  center . It is also known for being the headquarters of His Holiness  Dalai Lama  and referred as the “ Little Lhasa in India “

War Memorial : It is 3 km : It lies near the entry point of Dharmashala and was erected  in memory of the post Independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh

Kangra Art Musium  : It exhibits rich art and crafts of Kangra Valley 

St. John’s Church ( 7 km ) : The Church on the road between McLeod Ganj  and Forsythe Ganj  has a memorial of Lord Elgin , one of the Viceroy’s of India . McLeod Ganj ( 9 kms ) It is the headquarters of HH the Dalai Lama . Place  worth seeing are the Monastery , Tibetan Institute of performing Arts and Tibetan Handicraft Centre . There is a large presence of Tibetan community and McLeodganj teems with Tibetan restaurant , antique and curio shops

Bhagsunag : The beautiful site 2 kms. From McLeodganj has an old temple  and water spring . Spectacular Bhagsunag waterfall is located about 0.5 kms. from here .

Dal Lake : The pretty lake amidst forest of  Deodar is 2 kms. from McLeodganj

Chamundadevi Temple : The famous temple is on the banks of river Baner with Dhauladar in the backdrop . on the rear side is a sacred Shivalinga .

Kangra  : It is 17 kms from Dharmashala , which is a historic town  set on the confluence of the Baner and Majhi streams . It overlooks the torrent of Banganga river . This capital of the Kangra rulers attracted many invaders It was taken victory by the forces of Jahngir in 1620 which was again re captured by  Raja Sansar Chand  Katoch  in the 18 th century  . Kangra is famous for its temple , fort and pain tings.

Reaching facilities: Road : It is well connected

Railway : Pathankot ( 85 kms.) is the nearest broadgauge  station . Narrowgauge station is at Kangra

 Nearest Airport : Gaggal (13 kms.)

 

Nagarkot : It is nearabout 3 kms. from Dharmashala The fort mostly in ruins with the stood the onslaught of the forces of  Mahmud of Ghajani  and Mughal emperor of Jahangir . The earthquack of 1905 , almost damage the fort . The glorious view from its defense  is truly inspiring awe

Brajeshwari Temple :  The shrine noted for its legendary wealth was invaded  in 1009 , by Mahmud of Ghazani .. It is said that he looted  the rich treasurers  of the temple . The earthquakes of 1905 , completely destroyed the shrine and which was rebuilt in 1920.

Jwalamukhi temple : Jwalamukhi Temple is 30 kms. from Dharmashala .which is a unique shrine of Jwalamukhi , the ‘ goddess  of the flaming mouth ‘is one of the most important pilgrim  centers of  northern India . There is no idol in the shrine . and an eternal flame rising from  the rocky  sanctum is worshiped here . . The “ shaktipeeth “ is believed to be the site where the tongue of the Goddess Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva fell

Palampur ( 35 kms.)  Picturesque Palampur set amidst tea plantations  and pine trees is endowed with exceptional scenetic  beauty and bracing climate .

Baijnath (16 kms. ) The sacred shrine built in ‘ Nagari ‘ style is dedicated to Lord Shiva  as Vaidyanath , the Lord of Physicians “ . The Shivalinga enshrined within the sanctum is said to be one of 12 Jyotirlinga  in India . A large fair is held here on Shivaratri for celebrating Shivaratri festival .

Nurpur :

It is known for an old fort , temple of Brij Raj and Nurpuri shawls. Jahangir named the town after his wife Nurjahan

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