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Dharamshala Sightseeing

India Buddhism BookingTsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama's Temple), (Central Cathedral) : Though a plain and utilitarian substitute for its far more splendid namesake in Lhasa, also known as the Jokhang, the Tsuglag Khang is nevertheless fascinating and peaceful . Tsuglagkhang is the most important Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. It houses three main images: that of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion, of whom the Dalai Lama is the current reincarnation. The principal image is that of Sakyamuni Buddha, measuring three metres high and made of gilded bronze. To its right are the images of Padmasambhava and Avalokitesvara, which are both, facing Tibet. This complex is at five minutes distance form McLeod Gunj. It comprises the official residence of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Namgyal Monastery, bookshop and café and the Tsuglagkhang.

Kalachakra TempleKalachakra Temple : Built in 1992, kalchakra temple houses a stunning mural of the Kalachkra (wheel of time) mandala. Sand mandalas are created here on the fifth day of the third Tibetan month. Photography is prohibited here.

McLeodganj : McLeodganj is located at a distance of 9 km above Dharamshala. It is a charming Tibetan settlement with bustling markets that sell carpets, handicrafts and delicious Tibetan food. A giant prayer wheel ornaments a main street in the monastery; a serene statue of the Lord Buddha presides over the gentle chanting of the monks. This was originally the home of the semi-nomadic Gaddi tribe, and today the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This is now a major culture centre of Tibetan culture and the impressive monastery has life size images of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avaloketeshwara. A large Tibetan community and the presence of traditional architectural designs drawn from Tibet have enhanced the charm of the area. A host of Tibetan handicrafts and garments are available. Today it has become a popular tourist destination among the world.

India Buddhism BookingNamgyalma Stupa : Surrounded by prayer wheels, this Buddhist stupa is located in the centre of McLeod Gunj. Erected as a memorial to those Tibetans who lost their lives fighting for a free Tibet, Namgyalma Stupa stands as a monument to the determination of a suppressed people to preserve their distinctive way of life against overwhelming odds. With a statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha enshrined in a small chamber, the stupa is built in the tradition of the third century Indian Emperor Ashoka and represents peace and progress. Day and night, devotees turn prayer wheels as they circumambulate the stupa, reciting mantras.

Norbulinka Institute (4 KMS) : The Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture was founded by the Department of Religion and Culture to preserve and promote Tibetan art and culture in exile. It derives its name from His Holiness the Dalai Lama's beautiful summer residence, the Norbulingka (Jewel Garden), set in parkland two kilometers from Lhasa and 4 km form Dharamshala. Fearing for the future of Tibet's cultural heritage, the Seventh Dalai Norbulinka institute was set up to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts in 1754. The institute is famous for its wooden carvings and tangka paintings. The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy . The institute is situated in the scenic valley below Dharamshala. Hollywood actor Richard Gere also got fascinated by the place and came here...

BhagsunathBhagsunath : This ancient temple is 2 kms from Mcleodganj . Bhagsunag-which is referred firstly by the kings name (Raja Bhagsu) and then by the Lords name –Nag is believed to be historical. It is about 11 kms. From Lower Dharamshala and we find an old temple and a fresh water spring. The temple of Bhagsu is devoted to Lord Shiva. Known for the waterfall and small shrine, Bhagsunath is located in the vicinity of Dharamsala. Tourists can take a long sunny walk from the McLeodganj market to the Bhagsunath temple and waterfall.

India Buddhism BookingSt. John's Church : This beautiful small Anglican Church, St. John church of the Wilderness, featuring some exceptional stained-glass windows, is just a few hundred meters from McLeod Ganj. This charmingly dressed stone church is about 8 kms from Dharamsala on the way to McLeod Ganj. Under the shade of Deodar branches, a memorial has been made over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died in 1863.

War Memorial : War memorial, at the entry point of Dharamshala is erected in memory of the brave soldiers, who gave their life to protect India in various post-independence wars. There are some good cafes near War memorial, which serve good Tibetan and Indian fast foods.