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Himachal is situated in the heart of western himalayas. The state is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir in the North, and Uttar Pradesh in the South-East. Haryana is in the South and Punjab is in the West. Himachal is located between 30"22' and 30"12' north latitude and between 75"47' and 79"4' east longitude. It is a mountainous state with altitudes ranging from 350 to 7000 meters (1050 ft. to 21000 ft.) above the sea level. Shimla, a beautiful city, is the state capital.
Nearby Attraction

Mcleodganj
A quite place, in the Dhauladhar region is a place with abundant natural beauty. It is the place where exiled Tibetan Government with their spiritual head, H H Dalai Lama stays. The place came to limelight after the 1959 invasion of Tibet by communist China. And Mcleodganj is very much famous for Buddhist monks and it’s Chinese goods and market is famous with ‘Chinese market’ name.
7 km upward from Dharamsala, between Forsyth Ganj and McLeod Ganj lies the charming St. John's Church built with dressed stone and having beautiful stained glass windows, popularly called, the church of St. John in Wilderness.
2 kilometers away from McLeod Ganj and connected to with a mettalled motor able road, is an ancient temple of Bhagsu Nag. About 500 mts there is a small but lovely waterfall close to the temple, which is enough to sooth one's eyes and mind. Above the waterfall, the mountain side has a lot of slate quarries. It is a perfect site for picnics and recreation.

Naam Art Gallery
Location: Sidhbari (Chamunda road) Dharamsala
The permanent exhibition in ‘NAAM ART GALLERY’ shows paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann - watercolours and acrylics - and oil paintings by Alfred W. Hallett.
Elsbeth Buschmann, is a professional painter from Germany, having studied painting in London and Paris .She lived in many countries where she held exhibitions, especially in the USA where she received various awards. Her paintings are in private collections in Germany, USA, Scotland, India and Switzerland. In India she held solo exhibitions at AIFAX, New Delhi and TAG, the Art Gallery of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. She also took part in ‘The Himalayan National Exhibition of Art’ and was awarded.
Alfred Hallett is a very well renowned painter from England. He studied art in London and participated in two exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Art, London which entitled him to become a Fellow of the Academy. He held various international exhibitions. He lived over 40 years at Dharamsala and became very popular in Himachal Pradesh. Many of his paintings are owned by the government of Himachal Pradesh. A. W. Hallett held a special interest in the culture and scenery of Himachal Pradesh which are the main elements of his work. He died in 1986 at Dharamsala. The display of his paintings in ‘NAAM ART GALLERY’ are a tribute to this great painter.     Gallery Timing: 10 am to 7 pm (Monday closed)
 

Norbulingka Monastry
The famous Norbulingka institute is the leading centre in providing Tibetan cultural and art education. The Institute aims at providing guidance to the Tibetan refugees in India about the culture, traditions, art and craft of Tibet. Built near Dharamsala, this is the replacement building of the original Norbulingka Institute in Tibet. It derives its name from the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's beautiful summer residence, the Norbulingka (Jewel Garden), set in parkland two kilometers from Lhasa. Fearing for the future of Tibet's cultural heritage, the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso, established institute of arts and science there in 1754. Today, the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala has taken the initiative to preserve the roots of Tibetan culture in exile. Only the students from Tibet are allowed to take admissions here.

Dal lake
The picturesque Dal Lake is about 11km from Dharamsala. It is surrounded by fir trees. There is an annual fair in Sept. and is largely attended by Gaddis and other hill men.

Tapovan/Chinmaya Ashram
10 km from Dharamsala on the banks of the rivulet Bindu Saras, is an ashram complex established by the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita. The complex includes a 9 m high image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Ragunath Temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation center.

War Memorial
War memorial is situated in Dharamsala town. It is near the entry point to Dharamsala commemorates the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honour and defence of the mother land. The place is ideally located in the pine forest and offers a very enjoyable walk through pine forest. Near War Memorial is the beautiful GPG College Dharamsala made during the British Era. There is also a cafe just close to War Memorial serving fast food and beverages.

Kangra Art Museum
Situated in Kotwali Bazaar of Dharamsala, Kangra Art Gallery was inaugurated in 1990. It houses an impressive collection of arts, crafts, artifacts, costumes and other treasures, which can be traced to as far back as 5th century. The variety of items on display includes woodcarvings and tribal jewellery, sculptures and pottery, anthropological items, collections of coins and manuscripts, royal tents, Shamianas and pandals, etc.

Excursion

Sobha Singh Art Gallery
Sobha Singh has not painted the martyrdom of Sikhs in their struggle against Mughal rulers. He believed Such paintings would never allow men to forget tyranny and hatred, and blood cannot be cleaned with blood. The paintings of wars and religious intolerance widen the gulf among men. But the paintings of the martyrs of peace cover up the cleavages among human beings. Such a painting is comparable to a lighted candle, which sends its glow to a limited area, but its reality becomes very significant

Kangra temple
Kangra is a historical town of Himachal Pradesh. The old town was destroyed by earthquake of 1905 and the present one is the new Kangra town. The wealthy and famous Brajeswari temple is located here and is one of the fifty-one sacred Hindu shaktipeeths. This temple was target of many invasions including one by Mahmud of Ghazni. This area is well connected by rail ( from Kangra station of Pathankot – Jogindar Nagar meter gauge train ) by road from nearby Kangra, Dharamsala and Palampur

Jwalaji Temple
Jwalaji in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is well-known for the famous Jwalaji Temple which is one of the fifty-one Shakti Peeths in the country. It is said that when, Sati, the consort of Lord Shiva, killed herself by jumping in the sacrificial fire when her father Daksha Prajapati insulted her husband, an enraged Shiva started roaming the entire universe with the body of Sati in his arms. His movement created havoc and imbalance in the Universe. To calm down the anger of Shiva, Lord Vishnu dismembered the dead body of Sati and various parts of the body fell at 51 different places in India which later on became sacred as Shakti Peeths. It is believed that Sati's tongue had fallen at the very place where Jwalaji Temple is now situated. The tongue of Sati is represented by Jwala (Holy Flame) that is perpetually burning. The flames come out from nine different rocks in the temple. It is said that the Pandavas have visited this sacred place. Even Emperor Akbar paid yearly visit to this Temple after he became impressed with the holy flames that kept burning even after he had put a massive chhatra (canopy) over it to extinguish the flame. The climat of this region is quite moderate with cool but pleasant winters and warm summers.

Chintpurnni temple
Chintpurni Temple is a revered shrine of the Hindus. Located in Chintpurni village of Una district, Chintpurni Devi Mandir is a famous temple of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is accessible from all the parts of Himachal. However, there are bus-services at regular intervals from Chandigarh, Kangra and Jwala Devi. Chintpurni Temple is dedicated to Shri Chhinnamastika Devi or Chintpurni Devi. Like other temples of the Hindus, this too has legends behind its establishment.
Chintpurni Devi is regarded as the Goddess who takes away all the worries of her devotees. The term 'Chhinnamastika' suggests 'without the head'. Here, the Goddess is depicted without her head in a pindi (phallic) form. Devotees come to this temple with a perpetual faith that the Goddess would bless them and fulfill all their wishes. It is said that nobody goes empty handed from the shrine of Goddess Chintpurni / Chhinnamastika.
The simple structure of the temple contains the main shrine, where the image of Mata Chintpurni is placed in the form a pindi (a round stone). During the time of Navratras, the temple observes grand fairs and festivity. People from far and near come to visit this holy shrine to seek the blessings from the Goddess. In the past years, the temple has been repaired and modified to hold the huge crowd during festivals.

Chamunda devi
Chamunda is a little station on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar narrow gauge railway track. There’s the Chamunda Devi Temple here, right on the banks of the Baner River. It is also a pretty picnic spot with a good view of the mountains, the Baner Khad (khad means hillside) and the Pathiar and Lahl forests.
The temple is dedicated to goddess Kali (a form of Shakti or power, also goddess of war) in her wrathful avatar (form) of Chamunda

Nature Park of Gopalpur
The nature park of Gopalpur is a rich treasure trove of a wide variety of flora and fauna. Bestowed with stunning beauty and conserved with care, the park endeavors to spread awareness about wildlife among the thousands of tourists hat flock here every year. The alpine landscape lends a unique charm to this nature park in Gopalpur. Musk deer, Monal and Himalayan Black bear gain the maximum focus and cheer in the Gopalpur Nature Park.

Palampur
Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Set on the rising slopes of Kangra Valley before they merge with the Dauladhar ranges. But tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special resort. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the local word "pulum', meaning lots of water. Palampur was a part of the local Sikh kingdom and later on came under the British rule.
The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains, whose peaks remain, covered for most part of the year. Situated in and about the middle of the Kangra Valley, it is convenient base to explore the surroundings. This hill station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but it also known for its colonial architecture and temples. Palampur and places around it are popular for adventure sports like hang-gliding and trekking.

Baijnath temple
Situated alongside Mandi - Palampur road, the Baijnath temple is 36 km east of Kangra. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is worshipped for the lingam of Shiva. Originally named as Kirangama, the name of the temple changed to Baijnath after dedicating it to Lord Shiva, who is also known as the 'Lord of Physicians'. Every year during the month of March 'Shivratri fair' is celebrated to mark the presence of Lord Shiva and witnessed by huge number of devotees who sing, dance and perform prayers to the main deity of the temple.

Billing
Place Billing, Bir Village, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh
Best time for gliding March to May before the monsoon & September to November
Best Suitable for TTB and 'cross country' flights
Facilities Tandem Flights (accompanied Flights) or Joy rides available

Sheltered by the mountains and surrounded by tea gardens, Bir a small village with a Tibetan Colony and monasteries in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh; serves as a landing ground and a base for Hang and Para gliders. Their launching (take-off) destination 'Billing', is a little meadow at 2,400m (8500 ft) on the Dhauladhar ranges, 14-km up from Bir. This meadow one of the wonders of nature, perfectly designed as a launch pad, has become a legend on the international paragliding circuits and a destination for World Champion Paraglider pilots. The meadow directly above the villages of Bir and Chaugan, is one of the best gliding sites in the world.

The massive Dhauladar mountain range and the Kangra valley below with its panoramic views offer opportunities for high altitude 'up and down' and 'cross-country' flying for more than 200-km. The Dhauladar range runs from Dalhousie in the North West of the state, in a curving arc south-east to Mandi. Billing lies roughly midway between Dharamsala and Mandi and to the south west of Manali and Kulu valley.

 
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