Dharmshala & Mcleodganj have been very popular Hill Stations in Himlayan State of India (Himachal Pradesh) and it's more popular now because of wonderful Cricket Stadium there. The New Cricket Stadium at Dharmshala is hosting various IPL Cricket Matches apart from regional ckicket and many folks are coming to this beautiful town for sports as well as exploring natural beauty. This Photo Journey talks about various options around Dharmshala for better holidays with Sports !!!
If you are planning to go to Dharmshala for IPL Cricket matches, apart from basic planning about travel & hotel you may want to explore some of the beautiful places around Dharmshala. Here are some of the options and you can pick a subset, as per time you have.
The very first photograph shows St. John's Church near Mcleodganj. Mcledoganj is most popular tourist place around Dharmshala with Dalai Lama's Temple and Tibetan colonies. Apart from interesting market of Mcleodganj - Chruch, Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls, Triund Trek etc can be good places to explore. To know more about places around Mcleodganj, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/04/dharamshala-heaven-on-earth-beckons-all.html
Palampur is another interesting place, which is not as commercialized as Mcleodganj is. Palampur is rich in terms of natural beauty and also known as Tea Estate of North India. Wonderful landspaces with snow covered hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges and widely spread Tea gardens. There is a famous temple on the way from Dharmshala to Palampur - Chamunda Devi ! Although these photographs don't do justice to the beauty of Palampur, but you can have a brief idea about the place by looking at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/07/catch-some-amazing-views-of-snow-capped.html
Further on, there is a wonderful drive from Palampur to Baijnath. On the way there are some wonderful landscapes and whole road is quite good except few small stations. At Baijnath, there is a Shiva Temple made up of huge rocks and has some important stories associated. At Baijnath, Dussera is not celebrated. To know more about this temple, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2009/08/historical-shiva-temple-baijnath.html
If you still have time before back journey, Bir Billing can be next destination in same direction. Bir Billing is the place for people who want to experience Paragliding. The popular site hosts Paragliding World Cup and very popular among adventure lovers. To know more about the place through photographs, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/07/travelling-camera-sharing-some-high.html
On back journey towards Delhi or Chandigarh, you may plan to go via Masroor, which is small temple with a site of Archeological Survey of India - Monolithic Temples of Masroor. This is a series of temples carved out of a huge hill. A wonderful place to see... To know more about Masroor Monolithic Temples, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/02/ellora-of-himachal-pradesh-maintained.html
Going further towards Una Railway Station, you will see wonderful views of Pong Dam on the way till Dehra. If interested, you can have a small diversion to go closer to this lake for spending some moments around the place. It's like a beach in North India and very peaceful, unless you encounter migratory birds... Check out more about Pong Dam Lake at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/02/some-sunset-moments-with-wild-wings-of.html
Here is another place which can be targeted, but may need sufficient time to actually explore it in better way. Check out more about bath Temples at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/04/bathu-temples-dipped-inside-pong-dam.html
So plan your Dharmshala trip to best enjoy Cricket as well as natural beauty of these Hills Stations around Dharmshala.
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite