Dharamshala is an amazingly beautiful tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh. The awe inspiring natural beauty, picture perfect panoramic views and soothing climate of Dharamshala is mixed with the Tibetian flavors makes it a place worth visiting. Apart from the famous spots, Dharamshala has many offbeat and local things to do.
The Must not Miss Offbeat Attractions here include:
Kunal Pathri Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Kapaleshwari, the Kunal Pathri temple is a popular stop over for tourists. The mention of the temple in the Shiv Maha Puran makes it even more popular.
Dharamkot: For hiking enthusiasts, Dharamkot is an amazing attraction. The tranquil and calm attraction is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from the main town. The beautiful view of Kangra valley and Dauladhar ranges makes it look wonderful. Here you can visit the Tushita Meditation Centre. Here people can study and practice Buddhism following the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.
Dal Lake: It is a serene attraction which is located around 11 kms away from Dharamsala. This alluring spot is on an altitude of 1,775m above sea level. One of the most beautiful lakes in the country, Dal Lake has a small temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
TIPA: The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is very close to Mcleod Ganj. It takes approximately 15 minutes to reach there from Mcleod Ganj. The main purpose of TIPA is to preserve the Lhamo- which is a cultural tradition of Tibet. It includes music, dance and folk theater. Here you can check out live performances of Tibetan Operas. If there are no performances lined up, you can check out the students rehearsing in the court yard.
If you have time, you can take some lessons like mask making, workshops on culture or even learn playing the local musical instruments.