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Establishing war memorials are important to pay respectful homage to the martyrs who had fought to save the country. One of the commemorations is the War Memorial of Dharamshala. With all due love and respect, the warriors of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 have got a place in the magnificent pine forest of Dharamshala. The unique thing about the memorial is that the name of all the martyrs is displayed naturally surrounded by trees and gardens.

The War Memorial Dharamshala is open for tourists from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM every day.

The entry charges for the War Memorial are just INR 10 per person. For parking, you will need to shell out INR 20.

History of War Memorial Dharamshala

The primary motive of this war memorial is to commemorate the memory of the soldiers who fought for saving our motherland. During the Indo-China War and in UN Peace Operations. It is in their memory that three huge panels of black stone of 24 feet in height have been carved out.

Surrounded by the pine forests, the enchanting picturesque views of the region are simply mind-blowing. Apart from that, you can also take in some refreshments from the nearby cafes that serve delicious snacks.

Major Attractions in and Around War Memorial Dharamshala

1. Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

This cricket stadium is situated amid the Herculean Himalayan mountain ranges. This place is located at a height of about 1,457 meters above sea level. We agree that too many, the concept of a cricket stadium built at such a height may seem a little out of place, however, the fascinating beauty of nature makes all your doubts go away.

2. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

With lots of artifacts and possession of manuscripts, this library is no less than a heaven for those who want to enhance their intellect. According to data, it is believed that the library holds about 80,000 manuscripts along with 600 Buddhist artifacts. Some of them are as old as the 12th century.

3. St. John Church

It is believed that this church was built in 1852. And till today, it is considered to be one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. The church is located near Dharamshala and is majorly built in dedication to St. John the Baptist.

4. Namgyal Monastery - Situated within the Tsuglagkhang complex, the Namgyal Monastery overlooks the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. Among various other shrines, temples, bookstores, souvenir shops etc, this complex also is the proud home to the residence of Dalai Lama. 

5. Triund - Situated at a great height, Triund is a 9 kilometers trek away from Mcleodganj. The view from the Moon Peak-Indera Pass is mesmerizing. Clean, pristine and an ideal spot for picnics, a trip to Triund will rejuvenate your senses. 

6. St. John In The Wilderness Church - One of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh, this neo-gothic church was built in 1852. Built in dedication to John the Baptist, St. John In The Wilderness Church is located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj. 

7. Dharamshala Cricket Ground - Also known as the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, Dharamshala Cricket Ground is nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. One of the highest sports grounds in the world, it is located at a height of 1,457 meters above sea level. This cricket ground is being operated under the auspices of HPCA and sometimes is used as practice ground by the Indian Cricket Team, Kings XI Punjab, and state-level Himachal Pradesh cricket team. 

How to Reach War Memorial Dharamshala

War Memorial Dharamshala is situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, which is very well-connected with a wide network of roads. Here’s how you can reach the War Memorial Dharamshala. 

  • Nearest metropolitan city. Delhi
  • Nearest airbase. Kangra Airport
  • Nearest railhead. Pathankot Railway Station
  • Distance from Delhi. 467 Kms

By Air

The nearest airport is Kangra Airport in Gaggal, Himachal Pradesh. After deboarding at the airport, you will have to cover the remaining distance by a cab or some other means of transportation.

  • Distance from Kangra Airport. 11 Kms

By Rail

The nearest railway station to War Memorial Dharamshala. After reaching Pathankot, you can take the bus to reach Dharamshala.

  • Distance from Pathankot Railway Station. 85 Kms

By Road

Depending upon your location, you can also plan to visit Dharamshala via the road network. For this, you can take your own vehicle, bus, or cab.

  • Distance from Shimla. 232 Kms

Frequently Asked Questions About War Memorial Dharamshala

Q. When is Dharamshala War Memorial open?

Ans - Dharamshala War Memorial remains open from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM every day. 

Q. Do you need to book in advance to visit the Dharamsala War Memorial?

Ans - It is not necessary but it would be good if you book your visit to War Memorial Dharamshala in advance.

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