Every year during winter and spring, people from around the world converge at the foothills of the Dhauladhar range to experience the mesmerising Himalayas, refreshing breeze, breathtaking serenity, and everything else a crowded city cannot afford.
Best Places to Visit Near The Dhauladhar Range
Dhauladhar Range: Geography
The Dhauladhar range starts from the bank of Beas in Kullu and goes through Barabhanagl until it curves into Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. It joins the Pir Panjal range near Manali and goes into the Chamba. The range covers the entire state of Himachal Pradesh.
The height of the Dhauladhar range varies from 6000m to 3500m. At an elevation of 5860 metres, Hanuman Ka Tibba is the highest peak. The range is popular for its distinctive topography. Though it’s mostly formed of granite, there is frequent availability of sandstone, limestone and slate formations.
With its rich flora and fauna, the range has always drawn attention among mountaineers and trekkers. Serving as a backdrop to major tourist attractions, the entire Dhauladhar Range is crowded with tourists, hippies, revellers, adrenaline junkies and peace seekers.
We won’t be surprised if you too are planning to venture into the Dhauladhar range for some sightseeing or adventure. In either case, knowing the things to do and places to visit in the Dhauladhar mountains is important for a seamless trip. Breathe easy, we are here to help with some recommendations.
1. Trekking Adventure in Triund
Triund, known for its camping facilities, is one of the sought-after tourist hotspots across the Dhauladhar range. At 2,828 metres above sea level, it is a coveted destination for some mesmerising views of the Kangra valley and frosty Dhauladhar peaks. If you want to start your trekking journey to Triund, do it from Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.
- The best time to visit Triund is during winter if you are keen to witness snowfall.
- The best thing to do in Triund is trekking and camping under the starry skies during summers.
- If you are visiting Triund from Dharamshala, it will take around 3 hours to walk the entire 6 km. You can stay here for a night and two days.
2. The Historical Kangra Fort
Kangra Fort is one of the most beautiful and historical places in Himachal Pradesh. The fort provides you with pleasant royal gateways, temples, palaces, mosques, and more. The historical place was established in 470 AD, when the place was attacked by the King of Kashmir. Kangra Fort has also been mentioned in Mahabharata.
Jahangir and Maharaja Ranjit Singh used to rule the place before it fell into the hands of the British after the Sikh War in 1846. In 1905, the fort was damaged due to an earthquake. The devastation caused by the calamity is still visible in the ruins of the fort.
- Kangra Fort is about 21 km or 50 minutes away from Dharamshala.
3. The Natural Beauty of Palampur
Palampur is one of the coveted places to visit in the Dhauladhar mountains. It treats you to some pleasant tea gardens, pine groves, water streams, and dreamy clouds. The weather of Palampur is also quite relaxing throughout the year. However, during the winter, it gets too cold, which makes it a romantic destination for the newlyweds.
- The main attraction of Palampur is the Neug al Khad temple, the tea garden, and various treks to the mountain peak.
- It takes 1 hour from Dharamshala to visit this place and you can take buses or any other local transportation.
- 1 night and 2 days are sufficient to explore Palampur.
4. Visit the Dalai Lama Temple
Dalai Lama Temple is situated in Mc Leod Gunj, Dharamshala. The temple is considered the equivalent of the Jokhang Temple situated in Lhasa. The interior of Dalai Lama temple features lavish murals and huge idols and photographs. Also, expect to see a beautiful sand mandala in the temple’s premises. The complex provides shelter to the Namgyal monastery monks.
- Enter the temple from 9 in the morning to 5:30 pm and you can spend at least 2-3 hours here.
- Arrive at the temple on foot if you walk for 10 mins from the McLeod Ganj taxi stand.
5. Go for Paragliding at Bir
Paragliding in the Bir Billing is one of the main attractions across the entire Dhauladhar range. Bir is 14km away from Billing and comes across as a sleepy and quaint hill station.
- Apart from Paragliding, you can visit the tea garden, go fishing, simply bask in the splendid ambience, or reach out to monasteries.
- It takes 2 hours from Dharamshala to reach there and the travel costs around 200 – 1500 INR.
6. Visit Switzerland of India- Khajjiar
You cannot afford to miss Khajjiar Dalhousie on your trip to Dhauladhar. They call it the Switzerland of India, thanks to its panoramic views and fine weather.
- Like Bir, you can paraglide in Khajjiar and also indulge in zorbing, horse riding, jungle safari, trekking, and other such activities.
- But if you lack the energy and inclination for anything adventurous, you can simply enjoy the romantic view of Khajjiar by sitting near a lake or amidst green trees.
- Feel free to shop for handicrafts from the HP State Handicraft Centre and visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
- It would take 4 hours from Dharamshala to reach Khajjiar, which is about 118 km away.
Dalhousie is a combination of nature and culture. The hill station has a diversity of natural attractions, lush greenery, soothing breeze, and a calmness hard to find elsewhere.
- The best things you can do here is boating at Chamera lake, Paragliding at Khajjiar, visiting the Chamunda Devi Temple, and more.
- Don’t forget to visit the Kalatop Forest, Bakrota Hills, and Dainkund Peak when in Dalhousie.
- Like Khajjiar, it is a place to shop for handicrafts.
8. Dharamkot- A Splendid Mountain Village
Nestled in the lap of the magnificent Dhauladhar range, Dharamkot is the ultimate destination for trekkers, hippies, nature lovers, and even family vacationers. The place offers lush-green forests and romantic cafes in the middle of the green meadows.
- Dharamkot consists of monasteries, Tushita, and Vipassana meditation centre, rocky hills, the adorable Kangra valley, nice Dal lake, and green forests that you will find in the road between Naddi from Mcleodganj.
- It is peaceful and lovely, best suited to solo travellers.
9. Visit the Masroor Temple
Masroor Temple is primarily for artistic people who love arts, history and culture. The artefacts in the Masroor Temple were created in the 8th Century.
- This temple is mainly a rock-cut temple where you will find 15 mini temples inside the big complex.
- These mini temples are depicted in sculptures, such as Ramayana. The carvings on the walls showcase every detail of people’s imagination and belief.
10. Hiking on the Indrahar Pass
Indrahar Pass is surely one of the most popular places for trekking in the Dhauladhar range. It’s located 4,342 m or 14,245 ft above sea level. Indrahar Pass is a romantic place to be and offers a spectacular view for everyone who can reach the summit. However, it does not matter if you want to make it to the top or not. The entire place is a wonderland.
- It is situated at the intersection of the two districts, Kangra and Chamba.
- It takes 3-6 hours to visit this place from Lahesh caves, which is also a trekking site.
11. Don’t Miss the Bhagsunag Waterfall
If you want to make the most of your trip to Dhauladhar hills, then don’t miss out on the Bhagsunag Waterfall near Mc Leod Gunj. The Bhagsunag Waterfall is best known for its sparkling water that flows from 20 metres high McLeod Ganj hill.
- You can also take a trek down the river to enjoy its overall view.
12. Ice-Skating in Shimla
Shimla is a paradise on Earth, situated at an elevation of 2,200 m from sea level. It was the Summer Capital during British India and has retained its spectacular colonial architecture. There’s a lot to explore in Shimla but ice-skating is a different experience altogether. In fact, Shimla has the only natural open air ice skating rink in South Asia.
- You can actually put those skating shoes on and try your moves at the rink for a nominal fee.
- The rink opens in the Winter season around the month of December.
- Christmas and New Year are celebrated with zeal here. From waltzes and tangos on ice to fancy dress competitions, ice-hockey matches and races, you have a lot to partake in.
Apart from these beautiful places to visit in the Dhauladhar range, you can find the beautiful Manali town situated on the bank of the Beas river, around 2,050 m above the sea. However, it might not be possible for everyone to visit all the nice places in Dharamshala if you are visiting there for the short notice. That’s why we recommend you to visit the top places first so that you don’t miss out on the great fun. You could even extend your visit if you find the city alluring enough to stay one more night. But in the end, you would crave more adventures and natural beauty that India has to offer.
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