Places to travel in Dharamshala during ICC World Cup 2023

People from all over the nation are swarming to the well-known hill resort of Dharamshala as we approach the final leg of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. With the cricket fervour in the air, travellers sharing a deep fondness for the sport are travelling miles to enjoy the historic matches in person at the host cities. The suburban township is home to Himalayan landscapes, trekking routes, and a strong Buddhist culture that is brimming with a new demographic of travellers who are coming for the match but staying way beyond the last match to experience the destination.

Here are the places to visit in Dharamshala:

1. Lahalpur’s Masroor Temple

Known as the Himalayan Pyramid, Masroor Temple was constructed in the eighth or ninth century. Remarkable in its architecture, the temple is located 40km west of Kangra and consists of a group of 15 rocks carved from one. Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita’s idols are kept in the temple. The deity figure and intricate sculpting imply an initial dedication to Lord Shiva. The temple bears similarities to Mahabalipuram, Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Work is in progress to preserve it for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

2. Triund

Triund, which is in the Kangra district, offers a captivating trek with views of the Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley. The trail goes by the Gallu Devi temple, the Laka glacier, and the Bhagsu Waterfall. Start with the 7km path from McLeodganj to Bhagsu village, then take the more difficult route from Bhagsu village to Triund. Carry some warm layers in your backpack and tackle the 12-hour round-trip hike from Dharamshala if you want to hike all weekend. The trek to Indrahar Pass and Laka Glacier is part of the trail. Except for January and February when there is snow, triund is accessible all year round.

3. Palampur

Palampur, the tea capital of northern India, has a history that dates back to the British introduction of tea in 1849. The 500-acre Wah Tea Estate offers daily tours (except on Mondays) that include tea tasting and processing demonstrations. A pottery studio is available for creative exploration in the artist’s village of Andretta. A short drive away is the Chamunda Devi Temple as well. A prime example of Nagara-style architecture, the 12th-century Baijnath Temple combines spirituality and history with elaborate stone carvings and enduring legends.

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