Offbeat Things to Do in Dharamshala
Offbeat Things to Do in Dharamshala
Amidst wafts of fresh air and the distinct reverberation of Tibetan chants filling your ears, embrace this cultural dwelling that is the abode of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is a quaint town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the Dhauladhar range cradling this rustic hill station. If you’re planning a vacation up north, here’s a list of things you can do
Meditate, Discover & Rejuvenate at Dharamkot
Dharamkot is a charming hippie village situated between Mcleodgunj and Dharamshala. It has become a popular tourist destination for practicing Yoga and Meditation. Your walk down to the famous ‘Trek & Dine’ café will feature a breathtaking view of the valleys below and the heavenly backdrop of the Dhauladhar range.
Tibetan Heritage Center at Norbulingka Institute
Norbulingka Institute is a heritage site that preserves Tibetan culture and tradition. This cultural edifice boasts a two-story Buddhist monastery, a doll museum and a handicraft center. You must reserve a grand meeting with the seasoned artists at the institute who practice, preserve and teach young Tibetan refugees the art of Thangka painting.
Buddhist Teachings at Namgyal Monastery
Before you start shopping in Mcleodgunj you must grab a unique experience by attending one of the Buddhist teaching classes. You can pay a visit to the Namgyal Monastery, and if luck is by your side capture the monks immersed in their morning rituals of heavy chants and worship.
Historical Expedition at the Kangra Fort
One of the biggest historical feats in Dharamshala is the Kangra Fort, with its rich heritage and pastoral ruins. You’ll enjoy the jaw dropping view of the Banganga and the Manjhi River as you immerse yourself in the historical tales of this royal fortress that once housed the monarch family – Katoch Dynasty.
Exquisite Dip at the Bhagsunag Waterfall
As you trek your way up to the Bhagsunag Temple, you cannot forget to grab a peek at the Bhagsunag Waterfall. The scenic cascade is incredibly popular with both local and foreign tourists. Take a dip in the fresh and chilling waters of the Bhagsu Fall that is around 20 meters in height.
Volunteer at Tibetan Children’s Refugee School
Volunteering is a vocation that we often miss out on but in Dharamshala you get ample opportunities to be a part of the community. As a compassionate traveler I’ve always rejoiced in playing a bigger role when it comes to educating the refugee children at the TCV.
Early Morning Trek to Triund
If you ask any backpacker what’s their first agenda for the day, don’t be surprised if they pull you out on a mountain trek. Triund is the ideal camping spot where adventure enthusiasts and even families can enjoy a warm and luscious bonfire under the starry night sky.
Unearth Art at the Andretta Pottery Village
Take a pottery class at the Andretta Village, a pristine and eco friendly complex that is hidden away in Kangra. While you enjoy spinning your fingers with clay, every little piece of crockery tells its own tale. Right from personal anecdotes to philosophical dialogues, embrace the artist within you.
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