Dharamsala and McLeod-Ganj

Shimla 21st April 2005: I had just completed a 13-day tour of Spiti and Kinnaur areas of HP and got back to Shimla yesterday. I have another 9 days free before heading back to Mumbai. So I plan to explore western HP like Dharamsala, Mc Leod Ganj and maybe Dalhousie, Chamba, Kaltope, Khajjiar etc.

I left Shimla by the 9:00am Bus to Dharamsala. It was a tirig 9-hour journey going via Dharlaghat, Brhampukar, Ghagas, Ghumarwin, Hamirpur, Nadaun, Jawalamukhi, Ranital, Kangra and Dhramsala. I reached at 7:00 pm and quickly took a room at HPTDC Yatri Niwas for a night (Rs 330).

Roof top Sunrise GH of Atul

Next day morning shifted to a room (Rs 200) in a Homestay-GH called Sunrise-GH run, by a nice guy Atul Varma and his wife.  Then took a Bus to Mc Leod Ganj and visited some of the sights.

Prayer wheels Kalachakra Temple

Statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) the Indian scholar who  took Bhuddism to Tibet 8th century

Wall Painting at Tsuglagkhang at McLeod Ganj


McLeod Ganj View from Temple Rd



Baghsu-Nag Mandir

Swimming pool at Bhagsu-Nag

Dharamsala town and Dhaula-Dhar Range .... from GH balcony


Main Prayer hall at Tsuglagkhang Complex at Mc Leod Ganj

Gilt statue 3m high of Sakhyamuni Buddha at Tsuglagkhang Chapel

Statue of Avalokiteswara the Tibetan diety of Compassion


The Monks' Debate: Arguments closed "with a stamp of the foot and a clap of hands"  ...... at the Tsuglagkhang Courtyards!


Radha Krishna - at Bhagsunag temple complex

Radha Krishna temple at Bhagsu

23rd April 2005 - Today did the Triund Trek with Atul, the owner of the Sunrise GH. That trek is described in a seperate Page in the link below.

24th April 2005 - Today did some local sights in Dharamsala including the Kangra Arts Museum etc. Tomorrow plan to move on to Dalhousie.