Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tabo

Tabo Gompa

The gompa was founded in AD 996, possibly by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, as Tibet's Guge kingdom expanded into these outlying territories, and is reckoned to be the oldest continuously functioning Buddhis…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Tsuglagkhang

The revered Tsuglagkhang is the exiles’ concrete equivalent of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa and was built in 1969. The central image is a gilded statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha. To its left are gilded statues of Avalo…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Dhankar

Dhankar Gompa

The spectacular 1200-year-old Dhankar Gompa perches precariously between eroded rocky pinnacles on the edge of a cliff. One glance at the crumbling cliffs and it's clear why it was listed in 2006 as one of the world…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Chamba

Lakshmi Narayan Temple Complex

Standing in a compound at the top of the Dogra Bazar, this superb line of six beautiful stone sikharas, covered in carvings, dates from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The largest (and oldest) is dedicated to Lakshm…
Top Choice Landmark in Manali to Keylong

Rohtang La

The Rohtang La (3978m) is a spectacular highlight of the journey from Manali to Lahaul and Ladakh. From Manali, the road strikes north along the Beas River and climbs slowly through pine forests and endless switchba…
Top Choice Lake in Gramphu to Kaza

Chandratal

This glacial lake of constantly changing shades of blue lies among snow peaks at 4270m, 13km off the road to Spiti from a turn-off 1km north of Batal. The first 12km is rough but driveable; the final 1km is on foot.…
Top Choice Landmark in Gramphu to Kaza

Kunzum La

At the Chandratal turn-off, 1km north of Batal, the main road leaves the Chandra River and switchbacks precipitously up to the 4551m Kunzum La, the watershed between Lahaul and Spiti. Vehicles perform a respectful c…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Norbulingka Institute

Norbulingka Institute

The Norbulingka Institute, 6km southeast of Dharamsala, was established in 1988 to teach and preserve traditional Tibetan art forms. It's a beautiful and fascinating place to visit, and you can watch artisans at wor…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mcleod Ganj

Tsuglagkhang Complex

The main focus of visiting pilgrims, monks and many tourists, the Tsuglagkhang complex includes the Tsuglagkhang itself (the main Tibetan temple), the Namgyal Gompa and the excellent Tibet Museum.
Top Choice Historic Building in Shimla

Viceregal Lodge

The official summer residence of the British viceroys was completed in 1888 and the entire Indian subcontinent was ruled from here for just over half of every year (usually early April to late October) from then til…