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Dalai Lama Temple Complex
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Dharamshala Tibetan Heritage and Nature Day Tour
Ranked #3 of 57 things to do in Dharamsala
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

The temple is a timeless monument to faith, as are most temples around the world. His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's residence is adjacent (but inaccessible if you're interested) which makes it all the more special for those of us who respect this man.

Previously, you could take cameras and other electronic equipment into the temple whenever HHDL wasn't there, however, after this year's bombing at Bodh Gaya and the alleged threats against HHDL, this is no longer possible. For your convenience, there is a small booth just past the entrance gates where you can deposit these items for free.

Since the ban on electronic items, this place has become more of what it should be, a reverential place of worship. There are plenty of places where you can sit and meditate or contemplate quietly.

The upstairs area which houses the two main temples (or shrines) must be circumambulated (walked around) in a clockwise direction. Also the prayer wheels which are at the back of the main room, should be turned in the same direction. (FYI: Buddhist practice clockwise, Bon po's practice anti-clockwise.)

The paint may be pealing but this is still a majestic site.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I know it's not popular to say, but I just didn't experience the magic of this place. To me, it felt very new and alot like a community center. I think the mission to restore Tibetans to their rightful homeland is worth support, but I felt like that detracted from this is as a spiritual site. The Buddhists here also seemed a little more stern and less joyful than in other shrines I've seen. Considering the atrocities committed against them, it's understandable, but as a tourist with little time to spend in India, I gravitate more towards those sights that evoke a warmer experience and awe.

Thank Madhu R
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

spent some of my best time of life at this complex... what a place to meditate,, i love to visit here again and again . even i almost visited every quarterly.. i love the tibtian people , how calm they are their religious views,, specially their hand made ornbaments nd accesories

Thank Demal G
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

A most peaceful place. There is faith and devotion in this dispersed race. One can see the hope of a people to return to their homes.

Thank Mario D
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We visited in the evening before the temple was closed around 6.30p.m. In the winters they stop the entry after 6.30p.m.
There is an ancient shloka written on various bells and it is believed that if you rotate all the bells in line then it is as if you have read all the shlokas and gotten the benefit.
The monks were very friendly and always smiling.
The statues are beautiful and mesmerizing.
There are taxis who ferry you from the bottom to the temple entrance and back.
Mobiles and cameras are not allowed in the temple.

1  Thank AnandDNanavati
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