According to Hinduism, ‘DHARMSHALA’ is a shelter or a resting place for spiritual pilgrims. In yesteryears, these dharmshalas were built near pilgrimage destinations, often in remote rural areas that shelter visitors. Historically Dharmashala was a British hill resort. Later, its importance lessened, and it became a sleepy little hill town. 1849 Dharmshala was an army subsidiary cantonment for battalions stationed at Kangra. Dharmshala is the home of the Dalai lama and has a significant impact on Northern India. Earlier, Gurkhas rebuilt the town along with monasteries that Gurkha Rifles Heritage acknowledges as the 1st regime. Britishers had planned to make Dharamshala the summer capital of India, but later it was shifted to Shimla after the disaster. soul of this place lies in the old city. Different periods have impacted architectural styles, both aesthetically and scientifically, from Buddhist monasteries and castles. Most of the structures are built on the elevated and face towards the south; a prominent feature is colours that have deep meaning in Tibetan architecture. Red and yellow colours are considered sacred that are used only in temples.
The prime disciple of the 1st Dalai lama in 1474 founded Gyuto Monastery. It is a prominent monastery in Tibet. The monastery is renowned for its tantric activities and contemplation. Multitudes there study a lot about this subject. One can find exquisite sculptures of lord buddha with a backdrop of snow-clad cliffhangers covered in it.
Dharamshala cricket stadium
This cricket stadium is single-handedly boosting the economy of the place. This arena invites revellers from both near and distant. This dramatic arena is snuggled admit the greens of the great Himalayan ranges, and its lure is beyond one fiction. Also, it is inducted at a highland of almost 1500M and caters to myriad cricket matches. Popularly it is famed as the HPCA stadium.
Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is one of the most enlightening tourist places in Dharamshala. This library is the home of some of the most vital Tibetan literature at present. Most of the salvaged manuscripts from the great eviction of1959 are conserved in this library. Sculptures and other antiques are preserved alongside the library. Readers have an excess of more than 80,000 manuscripts relating to the chronology, civilisation and spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. The best time to visit is all year round.
St John in the Wilderness Church
This destination has my heart, St John church is tucked admit the lush green trails of deodar. St John Church exhibits the age-old gothic architecture style and has a remarkable feature which is the window with stained glasses which is a Belgian style of providing colour to a simple structure. overall this church is made up of stones and lime mix.
Jakhong Temple is an east-west-oriented temple. Also, it is a non-traditional one. This temple is a magnificent combination of Nepal elements; Tang features inspired by the aesthetics of ethnic Han. 25,100 sqm area is dedicated to more than 20 palaces and sanctuaries, capturing your first view with a gorgeous courtyard. Decorated with deer and wheel motifs, the gilded rooftop with its bronze tiles shining under the sky flirts with you from a length.
A pioneering organisation illustrating culture, history and craftwork is an elegant unification of Chinese and Tibetan architectural styles that were designed by a Han Chinese architect. Exhibiting flok artwork, treasures and crafts of the region, the museum is a splendid collection of prehistoric cultural antiques. This museum has beautiful colourful ornamented beams, pillars, lintels etc., but it is also well equipped with modern facilities for effective administration and the safety of visitors.
Sera Monastery is situated in the northern suburb region. This monastery has been a prominent structure since 1419. The structure reflects a Gelugpa-style balance between diversity and compactness, thus making it the only fort of the region. This monastery spreads over 28 acres of land with houses, temples, halls, residence quarters of monks, stupas and several institutions.
Ganden Monastery is one of the ‘great three’ Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, Ganden is a tremendous and astonishing architectural complex reflecting traditional Tibetan monastic style over the wangbur cliffs.
Drolma Lhakhang temple is a notable example of Tibetan Buddhism. An inner ‘KORA’ surrounding the main chapels is a holy feature of the monastery furthermore it has ancient antiques and hidden treasures, prominently showing the guardian deities at the entrance and exit.
The combination of red and white halls scattered in a valley encompassing an incredible landscape, this cave is amongst three well-known meditation centres in the region. Drakyerpa caves consist of ancient meditation caves for Lamas to meditate in white pagodas monasteries standing for pilgrims to kora around one by one.
Tidrum Nunnery charms the surrounding valley with its festooned prayer flag, located on a narrow canyon at the junction of two streams. Medicinal hot springs with crystal clear water, girded with wooden canopies, are believed to have magical healing powers.
With central courtyard houses, a magnificent bronze sculpture of protector Abchichudu and gives 180-degree gives eye-capturing views of the serene surrounding.
Located in the northeastern region that was built in 1435 by master RongtonShejekunrig. In this monastery, many yogis practice for a lifetime. The sculpture of Rongtonpa in a crystal clear glass case highlights the main hall. some of the temples are still under construction
Mind rolling Monastery means a PLACE OF PERFECT EMANCIPATION in Tibetan. It is the sixth major monastery.
Barkhor Bazar is a unique and stunning place that preserves the original style of the region. This historic site is more than 1300 years this place is a flouring shopping street and a stop for worldwide travellers. A 2-storey building, MakyeAme, where the sixth Dalai Lama lived.