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