Dharamsala-The Land of the Dalai Lama

by admin on July 17, 2010

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Tibet in India

Dharamshala - A lovely place to visit

Dharamshala - A lovely place to visit

Welcome to Dharamsala – a land of white snow and whiter innocence. This scenic hill station located at a height of about 1400 meters sits in between a breath-taking pine forest. It is also the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile and home to the 1989 Noble Peace Prize winner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Naturally, this beautiful town is also known as the ‘Little Lhasa of India’ and is a popular destination for tourists throughout the world.

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

With a plethora of Dharamshala Hotels to choose from, accommodation is never an issue and there is hotel for every budget. Dharamsala literally means a ‘sanctuary’ or a ‘house of spirituality and peace’. The name becomes more appropriate as the presence of the Dalai Lama literally makes the town an ‘abode of spirituality’.

If you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway among the hills then you should ask your tour operator for Dharamsala with your eyes closed.

 

The House of Peace

Holy Men in Dharamshala Monastery

Holy Men in Dharamshala Monastery

The house of peace is also the house of love. The struggle of both the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people to reclaim their homeland is a lesson in victory of the human spirit. It is living proof of the fact that love wins over hate and peace over violence. You are sure to find a lot of inspiration from the monastery of Dharamsala where you could hear to Dalai Lama’s recorded teachings; unfortunately his poor health does not allow him to teach or meet people or else you could have easily met him here.

Norbulingka Institute at Dharamshala

Norbulingka Institute at Dharamshala

There are many institutes in Dharamsala that are dedicated to spreading the message of Tibetan peace and love, yoga and meditation and the glorious Tibetan culture. Foremost among them is the Norbulingka Institute. Founded by the Dalai Lama, the Institute was set up in 1988 to preserve the language and cultural heritage of Tibet. It also runs famous Tibetan art and craft courses like Thangkpa painting and wood carving.

If you are interested in art and craft or have always itched about getting to know more about meditation techniques, then here is your opportunity to make the best of both worlds. However it is perfectly understandable if you would like to laze around a barbecue or go paragliding – you just have to make your choice known to your tour operator.

Places to see around Dharamsala

Beautiful Dharamsala is peaceful like the surface of a calm pond. Nature gives this picture-perfect town a charm that makes you dizzy with happiness. Try the exquisite Dal Lake on the outskirts and you may become a peacenik forever.

Flowing and Lovely Bhagsu Waterfall

Flowing and Lovely Bhagsu Waterfall

A little further down the road is the Bhagsu Waterfalls which is like a serenade to your senses. 20 kms out of town is the Kangra Fort, the largest fort in the Himalayas. If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous, you can visit Palampur – just 50 kms away and sip the heavenly Kangra tea.

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