Dharamshala with Golden Temple 3N/4D
Dharamshala is a hill station situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
Main tourist attractions in the Amritsar trip
Golden Temple– The Golden Temple (also known as the Sri Harmandir Sahib) was designed by the fifth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Arjan Sahib, and was built in 1601 AD. Akal takht here is one of the Five Takhts of Sikhism and therefore the most important from the Sikh pilgrimage perspective. The golden temple remains the prime reason why tourists make a visit to Amritsar. Golden temple is also perhaps the most visited Sikh Pilgrimage destination in the world and visited by devotees from all religions.
Jalianwala Bagh– Jalianwala Bagh (5 Kms) is a garden where a thousand innocent citizens were shot dead in 1919 by British Gen Dyer’s troops. The bullet marks can still be seen and therefore visited by tourists to pay tribute to those who died in 1919.
Wagah Border– Wagah border is a famous India – Pakistan border at about 36 Kms from Amritsar and is known for its evening Parade.
War Memorial– At their start of town, landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a pine grove where a monument has been raised to commemorate the post-independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh
Norbulingka Institute– The Norbulingka Institute was founded in 1988 by the present 14th Dalai Lama at Sidhpur, near Dharamshala. The institute is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan language and cultural heritage. The institute is named after Norbulingka, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, Tibet. The main building is a replica of the Norbulingka palace in Lhasa. The Centre for Arts offers training in Tibetan statue making, thangka painting, printing, appliqué and tailoring, wood carving, wood, and metal craft. The Academy also offers long-term courses in Tibetan Buddhism. The institute also has the two-storied Seat of Happiness Temple (Deden Tsuglakhang) built-in 1985 and set amidst the Japanese-inspired Norbulingka gardens. It is known for its 1,173 murals of Buddha, frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas, and drawings chronicling the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. In the main hall stands the 4 mt high gilded copper Buddha, one of the largest outside Tibet. Around the temple are workshops of artisans and apprentices, which produce various handicrafts, also sold at the Norbulingka Gift Shop and Showroom, for the benefit of Tibetan refugees. A short distance from the institute lies the Dolma Ling Buddhist nunnery, and the Gyato Monastery, temporary residence of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Norbulingka Institute is a must-visit for any visitor to Dharamshala for a Tibetan cultural heritage experience.
Naam Art Gallery– Naam Art Gallery exhibits paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann – watercolors and acrylics – and oil paintings by Alfred W. Hallett. Both artists have lived here and created some of their best works which are displayed in the gallery. The Gallery is popular with inbound travelers.
St John’s Church– Between Forsythganj and Mcleodganj is the charming church of St. John. The area is under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamshala in 1863.
Dalai Lama Monastery– Most prominent site in Mcleodganj is Dalai Lama Temple or Dalai Lama Monastery. It has a large statue of Padmasambhava
Bhagsunath Temple– 3 Kms from Mcleodganj town center islands end, where the road ends. This is where the Bhagsu temple is situated. The temple is popular with North Indians and there are a number of hotels situated here. Guests can walk up to a perennial waterfall adjoining the temple at a short walk away.
Departure TimePlease arrive by 8:45 AM for a prompt departure at 9:00 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
Dress CodeComfortable athletic clothing