5 Places To Visit In And Around Dharamshala - EDU

5 Places To Visit In And Around Dharamshala

Dharamsala or little Tibet has many gorgeous places to explore
The gorgeous hill station of Dharamshala sees many new visitors each year. Its beauty is such that once you get a glimpse of the Dhauladhar range and breathes in the cold mountain air, you will want to take a trip to what's commonly known as little Tibet every year.

It's a favourite pick for trekkers as well as food lovers who have plenty of charming cafes and rustic local eateries to explore that not just serve home-style Tibetan fare but Indian and International cuisines, particularly Israeli. So yes, you can enjoy your Shakshuka seated amidst nature and overlooking the gentle swaying of the Deodar Cedar trees.

If you like to avoid the crowd, then head out of Dharamsala town and make your way to nearby places to feel closer to nature. Here are some options for you:

1. Dharamkot
Dharamkot near Dharamshala
This little village is further uphill of Mcleodganj (about 8 km from Dharamsala) and is known for its hippie culture. This is where you will come across many Israeli cafes that offer great food and a laidback space to completely let you destress. If you chose to halt for a night in one of their modest stays, you can even sign up for yoga or meditation classes and take part in various village activities such as movie screening, cooking sessions, etc. Most popular cafes here include Morgan's Place, Trek N Dine and Friendly Planet Cafe.

2. Gallu
Gallu Temple Road
Gallu is another village, which is further uphill from Dharamkot, about 2 km. Not many people know about it and there's really nothing much to do there other than trekking to the No Name Waterfall. The narrow path that meanders through hills and rock boulders finally opens up to a stunning waterfall where you can lounge around with your friends and enjoy a picnic lunch. It takes about one and a half hours to reach the waterfall. On your way back to Dharamkot, don't forget to stop by Sunset Cafe to enjoy fresh fruit juices and the spectacular sunset.

3. Triund

Triund is the most popular trekking route near about Mcleodganj, where you can camp overnight and get the best views of the Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley. The trek is moderately tough as it's a steep uphill climb, but on the way you can sight pretty Rhododendrons and mountain birds and star gaze too.

4. Namgyal Monastery
Namgyal Monastery
A trip to Dharamsala is not complete without visiting Namgyal Monastery. If you are lucky, you can even get an opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama. If that doesn't happen, don't get disheartened. Explore the beauty of the monastery, which is decorated with intricately hand-designed wall paintings that narrate many fascinating tales of their Buddhist faith.

5. Norbulingka Institute

Other than indulging in flavorful Tibetan fare, you should also make your way to the Norbulingka Institute to get firsthand insights to Tibetan Arts and Culture, and learn about their rich history. The institute offers a range of workshops to visitors, which includes thangka sketching, wood carving, wood painting, and appliqué. You can even browse through their wonderful range of products in the store and pick up souvenirs. Norbulingka Institute also offers beautiful and luxury stay options for travelers - Chonor House, Norling House and Serkong House.

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