Himachal Pradesh Dharamkot Hill Station
Magnificent view of the Kangra valley and Dhauladhar ranges , a small hill station above Mcleodganj , welcome to Dharmkot . Located of the state of Himachal Pradesh of India Dharamkot is paradise for interesting eateries . Consider it as a hub for meditation , Dhamma Sikara and Tushita Meditation Center are situated at Dharamkot.Tushita Meditation Center is place dedicated to study and practice of Buddhism.
Triund is a snowline situated on the foot of Dhauladhar at an altitude of 2,827m above the sea level. Regarded as one of the most easily accessible snowline of the Himalaya, which has its starting point of Iluqua is located 5 Km away from Triund. For a good walker , it’s a four hour journey from McLeodganj to Triund another one and a half hour may be considered to reach Iluqua.
Ahead of Dharamkot , the terrain past the Galu Devi Temple the climbing becomes more demanding.
Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862-63) was a great admirer of natural beauty of Dharamshala because it resembled to the beauty of Scotland , his home town back of England. Lord Elgin passed away of 1863 while he was on a tour. He now rest of peace of the graveyard of St. John's Church-of-Wilderness, which stands of grove of Pine trees between McLeodganj and Forsythganj.
By 1904, Forsythganj and McLeodganj was a major place of trading and business and official works related to kangra district were done here. It was a serious earthquake of 1905 which compelled the British Government to move
How To Reach
Dharamkot is situated at Forsyth Ganj Road.
Forsyth Ganj Road provides a visual treat to the tourist as the drive along this road is quite attractive. The 1.7 km drive is a great experience for nature lovers.
The attraction can be reached by a hired taxi or a cab from the main city. One can also choose HPRTC and private buses to roam around the city. Walking by the green meadows to the place can also be nice refreshing experience.
Places To Visit
Naam Art Gallery
The Naam Art Gallery is famous among tourist for paintings and exhibitions. The gallery displays the paintings by renowned German painter Elizabeth Buschmann and English painter A.W. Hallett. Painting are also available for sale to the art lovers .
The Tibetan Library is a Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA). The library is one the most prominent reservoir of Tibetan literature and work related to Tibetan establishment around the world.
The Tibetan Museum is of the charge of conserving the Tibetan artwork artifacts and culture. The museum is situated within the complex of Dalai Lama s temple. White painted walls of the museum displays photographs and artifacts related to Tibetan culture.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
In Dharamkoat summers are hot and winters are cold.
- During March to June it is summer season. Tourists activities becomes less as temperature shoots up that is between 22deg C to 38 deg C.
- There is scanty rainfall which it gets mainly between July to August.
- Winters extend from November to February. Winters are very cold, snowfall occurs of the month of December and January.
- During November to February the season is winter . There is extreme cold as snow falls during December and the month of January.
Best Time To Visit
During November to February is the best season for tourist’s activities.
Language And Culture
Hindi, Punjabi and English along with Pahari is the widely spoken language of people who are engaged of the tourism industry.
The presence or the culture of the west is apparent of the existence of cafes and pool parlors. The Tibetan heritage of this place attracts foreign tourists rather than the natural beauty of the place.
Gagan Resorts is one of the best places to stay as it provides accommodation within the reach of common man with added services and other facilities to the guests. It is built on the upper side of Dharamshala.
Address: Dharamkot Village, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, H.P. India
Kamal Guest House
Kamal Guest House offers a variety of services like TV with cable connection, newspapers, Spa/Massage, excursion facilities and well furnished bars for wine lovers. Round the clock room services are also available.Health conscious people can use the fitness center and vehicles can also be rented for sightseeing.
Address: Near Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Dharamkot, Mcleodganj, HP
Festivals And Activities
It is an important festival celebrated every year of June by tribal people according to their customs, on the onset of summer.
The beginning of the new year is celebrated by this festival of either February or March, they follow the Tibetan calendar.
International Himalayan Festival
It is the chief festival of the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh and is enjoyed with great enthusiasm.
Saka Dawa Festival: Saka Dawa Festival is the important festival for the followers of Tibetan Buddhism. This festival has a great religious significance for the devout disciples of Lord Buddha.
Trekking is the main activity and it is usually done of the area of Dhauladhar range, the trekking equipment can be rented . Two major time for trekking are from the month of April to June and second from September to October.
Hotel Eagles Nest
It is built of the foothills of the Himalayas and overlooks the Kangra and Kullu Valleys which provides a perfect scenic beauty and mind enthralling views of the mountains of Dhauladhar covered of snow. IT has a lush green vegetation of trees like cedar,rhododendron and the mighty oaks of a 2sq k area (6,808ft/2,042m).
Address: Hotel Eagle's Nest - Upper Dharamkot, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, H.P INDIA
Dev Cottages are located of Dharamkot, upper Dharamshala at a distance of 1.5 km from Mcleodganj town (Himachal Pradesh - INDIA).
Address: Dharamkot, Upper Dharamsala, Mcleodganj,India
Dharamshala has a good bus service that run between it and the city of McLeodganj. of addition to the buses shared taxis are also available at a cheap fare of just Rs.5. Auto rickshaws are also available for travel between McLeodganj and village of Bhagsu.
Naddi Gaon,situated just at a distance of 1km and a half away close on a bridge to Dal Lake gives tourists an astounding picturesque vision of the Dhauladhar range. Only at a distance of 8km of trekking on can reach Triund at a height of 2,827metres.
Bhagsu Village Only at a small distance of 2km from McLeodganj, it is built on the banks of a stream. The stream is fed by a waterfall which leads to a pool which is a bathing spot for the pilgrims prior to offering prayers at the Bhagsunath,s Shiva Temple.
Palampur a beautiful small town 40 kms away from Dharamshala is covered on all sides by tea gardens and charming snowcapped peaks and it offers quiet retreat flourishing on its large fruit orchards.
The important shopping areas of Dharamkotare popular for their Tibetan handicrafts things which can be purchased in McLeodganj and the city of Dharamshala.
The Green Shop managed by the Tibetan Welfare Office puts on sale recycled products those made with hands like cards and beautiful paper.
Shopping of this city of Dharamkot is limited to the purchase of handicrafts including woolenclothes, carpets, metal objects, thangkas, and ornaments.