Dharamsala attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Tsuglagkhang Complex

McLeod's main focus for visiting pilgrims, monks and most tourists is the Tsuglagkhang complex, a custard-coloured concrete monastic village that's home to the Dalai Lama (behind a guarded gateway) along with two co…
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Norbulingka Institute

Soothingly set amid bamboo, trees and flowing water, the delightful Norbulingka Institute, 6km southeast of Dharamsala, was established in 1988 to teach and preserve traditional Tibetan art forms. It's a beautiful a…
Top Choice Museum in Mcleod Ganj

Tibet Museum

This must-see, two-storey museum sets out to remind visitors of Tibet's history as an independent nation, mourning the Chinese occupation (since 1949) and reporting attempts at Tibetan resistance. This is strikingly…
Buddhist Site in Mcleod Ganj


Men-Tsee-Khang is an organisation established to preserve the traditional arts of Tibetan medicine and astrology. The Gangchen Kyishong branch includes college, clinic, research centre and astrological institute plu…
Museum in Mcleod Ganj

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Inside the government-in-exile compound, nearly 2km downhill from the Tsuglagkhang Complex, the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives began life as a repository for sacred manuscripts saved from the Cultural Revol…
Buddhist Monastery in Sidhbari

Gyuto Tantric Gompa

Standing in for the 1474 Tibet original, this large monastic complex forms an attractive scene backed by mountainscape at Sidhbari village (7km from Dharamsala towards Palampur). It is the adopted home of Ogyen Trin…
Museum in Mcleod Ganj

Men-Tsee-Khang Museum

Three floors of displays explain the sophisticated sciences of Tibetan astrology and medicine.
Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Kalachakra Temple

Visiting the Tsuglagkhang clockwise, as is required by Buddhist convention, you pass a prostrating area then a door leads into the westernmost building, which contains the Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) Temple. Mesmeris…
Museum in Mcleod Ganj

Cultural Museum

Upstairs in the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives is a small but interesting cultural museum with statues, old Tibetan artefacts and books, and a couple of complex three-dimensional mandalas in wood and sand.
Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Tsuglagkhang Main Temple Room

Spiritually (if certainly not architecturally) the Tsuglagkhang's 1969 central temple room is the exiles’ concrete equivalent of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. Behind the Dalai Lama's teaching throne is a softly gilde…