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Over the years, Dharamshala & McLeodganj have steadily become a most favoured destination for travellers and backpackers. The popular places and hikes around McLeodganj are known to be super crowded during the summer season. On various visits to this region for work and explorations in Kangra Valley; here is a list of offbeat places and experiences for the discerning traveller who is looking for more. These places are all in the region of around 50-80 kms from Dharamshala.

Monastery Experience : Tashijong & Palpung Sherabling

Dharamshala ,home to the Buddhist guru, Dalai Lama,is the hotbed for Tibetan Buddhism not only in India, but in the entire world and hence a monastery tour is to be definitely experienced while in Dharamshala.

Tashijong is the name of the village while the name of the monastery is Khampagar Monastery. Tashijong in Tibetan literally means ‘auspicious valley’. It is established under Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Pong Lake & Dam Boating

Pong Dam is also called as Maharana Pratap Sagar dam and is known to be the highest earthfill dam in India. The lake is huge and stretches for around 300 kms at its widest level. A visit to Pong Lake makes for an excellent day trip from Dharamshala. Among the main attractions and experiences at Pong Lake are :

Baijnath Temple – Poetry in Stone

Also known as Baidyanath Shiva temple, a few parts of this very old temple are supposed to date to 804 AD. It is a lovely stone temple with intricate carvings and is set in a wide open space.

The Shaivite Baijnath Temple complex is well preserved and was built in the early 13th century. It is surrounded by a wall decorated by fine carvings. Inside the main temple are intricately carved statues and the sanctum sanctorum has the Shiva lingam protected by a five-headed cobra.

Tea Gardens of Palampur

Palampur is called the ‘Tea Capital’ of north India, it is famous for its rolling hillsides of tea gardens sprawling over vast acres of land. Tea plantation was introduced in and around Palampur in the 19th century and since then Kangra Tea has become quite famous for its distinct flavour.

HPCA Stadium

Welcome to the prettiest cricket stadium in the world! The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium has firmly put Dharamshala on the cricket map of the world. The lush green grass is flanked by snow clad Himalayas to make it a majestic sight.

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