Tsuglagkhang Temple :
The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the most renowned Buddhist monument
in McLeodganj. There are three magnificent images of Buddha,
including a gilded statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara
Situated next to the Tsuglagkhang Temple, the
Kalachakra Temple is open to the
public. The Dalai Lama uses this temple as his base for public
teaching. The centre of the main Northern mural is a large
painting of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni surrounded by
all 722 deities of the Mandala.
The Namgyal Monastery
was founded by the Third Dalai Lama, and serves exclusively
the Dalai Lamas. A unique feature of this monastery is its
diversity of practice. Namgyal monks perform prayers and rituals
of all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Just 4-kms from Dharamsala, Norbulinka was established to
preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths,
wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place
look like heaven. Here one can watch the wooden carvings and
the tangka paintings, golsithing and embroidery being done.
The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women
are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
One of the most poignant memories of the British Raj is the
church of St. John, situated in the wilderness. This charmingly
dressed stone church is located just 8-kms from Dharamsala
on the way to McLeod Ganj. Under the shade of Doedar branches,
a memorial has been made over the body of the British Viceroy,
Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
About 11 kms from Dharamsala and 2 kms from Mcleodganj is
the picturesque Dal Lake lying amidst the hills and sourrounded
by dense Fir trees. This lake is a sacred lake and regraded
equivalent to the holy lake of Manimesh.
The temple of Bhagsunag - dedicated to Lord Shiva, some 2
kms fromMcleodganj, is a beautiful village full of natural
scenes. Their situated is a famous ancient tample of Lord
Shiva, a cold running water tank and springs. Not far from
there is a natural build waterfall with chilling water. The
place is both visited by pilgrimages and tourists.
A high point beyond the Dal lake, Naddi village is a beautiful
village with magnificient view of the Dhauladhar mountains.
It is also declared as the closest point to the mountains
and one can see the huge mountain ranges just in fornt of
Triund is a popular picnic spot at an height of 2827 m. The
area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17-kms
from Dharamsala. The snow line starts at Ilaqua, which is
five kms from Triund. The breathtaking views of the mountains
and the valleys makes Triund an ideal picnic spot and trekking
richly carved monolithic rock temples sculpted in the splendid
style of the Kailash temple at Ellora and dating back to the
8th century are to be found at Masrur, just 15-kms south of
Kangra. Images of Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lakhsman can
be found in the sanctum of the main temple.
Maharana Partap Sagar (Pong Wetland):
Pong Dam is some 90 kms from Dharamsala. This is a huge man
made reservior created in 1975 - 76 with the construction
of a dam in the river Beas. The reserviour is now home of
millions of migratory birds, and hence this place was designated
as an International Wetland (Ramsar site). Now this place
is also famous for it's water sports activities held on timely
in 1978 by one of the finest proponents of the Bhagwat Gita
and the philosophy of vedanta - swami Chinmaya, this is a
place that exudes an aura of abiding peace. It is 20 kms from
amidst beautiful surroundings of Chir forests and a place
to stroll in evenings, the place commemorates the memory of
those soldiers who fought valiantly for the defence and freedom
if motherland India.