Dharamshala is located at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains. It has a magnificent view of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills. The snow line is accessible from Dharamshala. This quaint town has gone international due to the presence of his holiness the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is divided into two distinct parts. Upper Dharamshala comprising of places like McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj and lower Dharamshala made up of civil and business area made up of courts and Kotwali Bazaar.
Famous places around Dharamshala are:
McLeod Ganj: It is a major Buddhist center. With his holiness the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan refugees settled here. This place has international fame.
Bhagsunag Falls: This place is known for a fresh water stream, water falls, old temple and slate quarries.
St. John’s church: The church lies between McLeod Ganj and Forsyth Ganj. It has a monument dedicated to Lord Elgin one of the viceroys of India.
Dharamkot: t is situated on the crest of a hill, this favorite picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. One can reach Dharamkot by a simple trek from Bhagsu
War Memorial: Situated in Dharamshala town. The memorial is situated near the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour and defence of the mother land. The place is ideally located in the pine forest and offers a very enjoyable walk through pine forest.
Triund: 17 km. from Dharamshala town, at an altitude of 2,827 meters. The snowline starts just 5 km. from Triund and affords a breathtaking view of the snows above and the valley below. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot.
Dal Lake: Lies amidst hills and deodar tress and is 11 km. from Lower Dhramshala. It is a starting point for excursion and trekking and is located next to Tibetan children's village. You can have a memorable walk around the lake. Held sacred, this has a small Shiva temple on its banks.