Dharamsala overlooks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere make the surroundings very attractive. A busy bazaar town, Dharamsala has established itself as the travelers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains. Places To Visit In Dharamsala McLeodganj : Originally home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, McLeodganj is today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This mid 19th century place was developed as a British Garrison. Today McLeodganj is an important administrative point for the whole Kangra valley. There are a large number of Buddhist monasteries here visited by the the Buddhist followers from all around the globe. Even famous celebrities like Richard Gere and Pierce Brosnan are a regular visitor here. The impressive monasteries of McLeodganj posses larger than life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara. Kangra Art Museum : This treasure trove of the Kangra valley's arts, crafts, and rich past, displays artifacts that date back to the 5th century. The museum also includes a gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings. St. John's Church : 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-km from Dharamsala on the way to McLeodganj. War Memorial : Set amidst the pine groves is a war memorial, built on the entry point of the Dharamsala to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh. A web of narrow paths and landscaped lawns lead towards this monument. Norbulinka Institute : Just 4-km 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 looks like heaven. Places To See Around Dharamsala Kareri : Located in the cool depths of the pine grove surrounded by green open meadows and forests of tall oak and pine at a height of 3250m is situated the picturesque Kareri Lake, which is just 22- km from Dharamsala. Masrur : Fifteen 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-km south of Kangra. Triund : Triund is a popular picnic spot at an height of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhaulagiri range and is 17-km from Dharamsala. Dharamsala Travel Guide Adventure activities in Dharamsala : No trip to Dharamsala can be complete without trying your hands at different adventure sports here. The thrill and the adrenalin rush of these sports can not be explained in the words. Trekking & Rock ClimbingTrekking and Rock Climbing • Dharamsala is one of the most popular starting points for treks and rock climbing over the ridges of the Dhaulagiri range. • The trekking season starts from May and goes on to October. • There are many easy walks of small treks around McLeodganj and Dharamsala such as Toral Pass (4,575m) that start from Tang Narwana. Angling And Fishing In Dharamsala The area around Dharamsala is rich in small rivers and streams, which give ample opportunity for angle fishing. The 20-km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and the Pong Dam offers ample of opportunities in angling for Mahaseer. How To Get There Air: Dharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi and the nearest Airport is at Gaggla, just 13-km away from the town. Rail: Pathankot is 85-km and is the nearest rail-head for Dharamsala. Trains from all over the country make a stop over at Pathankot and from here it is a three-hour journey to Dharamsala. Road: The 582 km distance from Delhi to Dharamsala can be covered via road. Either take your own car or take the Government operated buses.