The Best Temples of Himachal Pradesh

Spiritual Sojourn

Kangra Fort Himachal Pradesh


Dharamshala has spirituality written all over it; the little hill town’s namesake is quite aptly “spiritual residence”. So you would be right in thinking that there is a multitude of religious places of worship within Dharamshala, of all faiths and backgrounds. In this post, we’d like to talk about some of these places. Some are ancient, some are relatively modern, but each location is conveniently located from Rakkh, one of the best resorts in Dharamshala, and all the chosen places of worship make for a perfect holistic addition to your Dharamshala sightseeing experience

  1. Namgyal Monastery: It’s no surprise that Namgyal makes this list. One of the most popular destinations in Dharamshala, Namgyal is the spiritual capital of the region. This is where the revered Dalai Lama has his headquarters, and it is considered the centre of Buddhism in India. The movement needed a place to move to after the unrest in Tibet during 1959, and the splendid hills of Dharamshala proved to be the perfect location to set up a base for Tibetan learning and headquarters for the Dalai’s movement. Today, the monastery is an instant draw for any traveller. With its massive monastery grounds, multitudes of prayer flags and wheels, friendly local monks who are extremely adept at teaching the ways of the Buddha, Namgyal should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Dharamshala. The Namgyal Monastery is open 7 days a week from 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM.
  2. Baijnath Temple: This stone-built temple is one of the oldest temples in the region, dating back to the 13th century. It was constructed by merchants of the region to commemorate Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s most revered gods. The temple complex features a multitude of inscriptions on the walls, all in Sanskrit. In accordance with custom, there is also inscribed a list of donors who gave generously to fund the temple’s construction: A practice that takes place even in today’s temples around the country. The temple complex itself is built in the Nagara style, an architectural format that is commonly present throughout North India. For a slice of ancient history that still remains quaint and charming, add this to your list of places to see in Dharamshala. The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day.
  3. St John In The Wilderness Church: Yet another relatively old place of worship, this church is a symbol of Dharamshala’s colonial heritage. St John In The Wilderness Church was constructed in 1852 to honour John The Baptist and is one of Dharamshala’s most peaceful and iconic places of worship. The church itself is a testament to British engineering, having survived numerous earthquakes and natural calamities. The church is located among the pine and deodar forests that dominate these hills, and contains many pretty examples of art; the stained glass windows, for example, are all hand-painted and as old as the church itself. This church is open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM all days of the week. 

The Melting Pot of Faiths!

Truly, Dharamshala is the perfect amalgamation of faiths and spiritualities. If you want to experience these places for yourself, plan your trip with Rakkh resort in Palampur as your base. Conveniently located from all these places of worship Rakkh Resort offers you unbridled doorway to discover the spiritual in Dharamshala! 

Himachali Dham

Ghamrota Village Post Office Ballah ,Tehsil Palampur, District Kangra, Jiun, Himachal Pradesh 176061