Dharamshala is a city surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas. This city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. It is located in Kangra district at a distance of 18km. Dharamshala has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship.

On 19 January 2017 CM Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is one of the most frequent spots. It is famous for Tibetan culture, handicrafts and temples.

Places to visit in Dharamshala

 

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•Dharamshala Cricket Stadium : It is a picturesque cricket stadium located in the Dharamshala. The city served as a home ground for the HP cricket team Ranji Trophy and other domestic matches. This stadium also hosted some IPL matches. It is situated at an altitude of 1457m above the sea level and snow covered mountains in the background.

•St.John Wilderness Church: It was built in 1852. It was located on the way to McLeod Ganj and was built in the dedication to John the Baptist. This is situated at a height of 5,742feet above the sea level. It is easily accessible from McLeod Ganj. There are pine and deodar trees around church courtyard. The unique feature of the church is architecture of the polished wood.

•War memorial : This place is known for sitting ideally in the forest in the hill town. It was built in the memory of those who died during the Indochina war of 1947-48 , 1962 ,1965 and 1971. There are three huge panels of black stones so that we can preserve their memories.

•Dul Lake Dharamshala : It is situated near the village of Tota Rani in kangra district. It was surrounded by deodar trees. It is also considered as sacred spot as their was a small shiv mandir on its bank.

•Tea Garden Dharamshala : Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens. Chilgari is known for its tea gardens and tourist’s are allowed to visit tea gardens. The road’s have tea gardens on each side with lush green pine trees.

•BhagsuNag Waterfall : It is situated in the Bhagsu village behind BhasuNag temple near McLeod Ganj. It is 3km away from McLeod Ganj and 7km from Dharamshala. It is a popular picnic spot and well known for trekking.

 

More Places to Visit around Dharamshala

•Namgyal Monastery : It located in McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala. It is a personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. It’s role is to assist with rituals involving the Dalai lama of Tibet. It is a famous tourist spot.

•BhagsuNag Temple : It is situated in bhagsu village near McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala. This temple is dedicated to God Shiva. This temple was constructed by King Bhagsu after seeking forgiveness from snake god.It is worshipped by many visitors.

•Triund: It is a small hill station located at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges at the height of 2,828m.It is a part of Dharamkot in Kangra district.It is a crown jewel of Dharamshala. It is a very popular trekking spot. Tourists enjoy the evening sky from Triund.

•Kalachakra Temple: It is famous for Tsuglagkhang Temple which represents the murals and architecture of the Tibet’s rich and spiritual artistic ethnicity of the temple.It is a famous Buddhist temple that is dedicated to Kalachakra and used by Dalai Lama as a centre for public teaching.

Tourism Business in Himachal Pradesh largely depends upon Local people, running small and medium enterprises and freelancers who make most of the transactions in cash. Life was running smoothly until our PM announced a currency ban on the 500 and 100 denominations. With the winter tourism season gaining pace in Shimla, the small service providers, like Horse riding guys, freelance local guides, small home-stay owners, adventure and other experience curators landed in a mess with tourists handing them the banned currency notes.

How Tourism Businesses in Himachal are using technology during Currency Ban

Among all of this turmoil, long queues outside ATMs and rush in Banks, local guys are joining portals like Paytm to accept money and Localguy.in to list their business and get instant bookings from tourists and travelers. Startups like Localguy.in are building market places where any local service provider can list their activity or experience based service with their authenticated profile and get instant bookings.

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The service is so simple to use that anyone can list their activity with their photograph and profile and get bookings front he travelers.  Activities such as sight-seeing, horse-riding, guided walks, curated lunch/dinner experiences, special occasion celebrations, adventure activities and many more.

Only condition being that the local person has to submit valid ID and details of their activity using a simple form on the portal itself.

The recent move by the government is being considered a game changer in local commerce and is leading to a big leap towards digitization on local grounds.