TARA Local Attractions
The area surrounding TARA is extremely rich in its diversity of cultures, ethnicities, religions and languages. In addition to the local tribal communities and variety of Hindu caste groups, there is a significant population of Tibetans. Other inhabitants include people from Nepal, a small Muslim community, and migrant labourers from other parts of India. There are also a number of foreigners from Europe, Australia, the United States and other parts of the world who have made this beautiful province their home.
The region is famous for its Hindu and Buddhist temples, monasteries and nunneries. The calendar year is dotted with numerous religious, cultural, and agricultural festivals and celebrations.
In this part of India, the Devi (Sanskrit for “goddess”) is of special importance. As such, there are seven major Devi Temples in the area that visitors can tour. One temple in Baijnath is nearly 800 years old. Other beautiful Devi temples can be found in Bhir and other parts of Kangra.
TARA is only 14 kilometers from McLeod Ganj, the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile. A perfect day trip includes visiting H.H. the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglagkhang Complex and the Tibetan Museum, in McLeod Ganj. (His Holiness' official speaking schedule can be found here.) If time permits, enjoy shopping in the town’s lively markets, and, if physical condition allows, have a rigorous walk to the nearbyBhagsu Waterfall.
Another inspiring day trip is to visit Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery which is a short drive away from TARA.
TARA is within walking distance of internationally acclaimed Aghanjar Mahadev Temple,Norbilingka Institute, Gyuto Ramoche Temple (seat of the 17th Karmapa), Dolma Ling Tibetan Nunnery, Lhundrab Chime Gatsal Ling monastery (home of the Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche), Naam Art Gallery, Nishtha Rural Health Centre, and numerous Hindu temples. And, the area is increasingly popular with adventure travelers, nature lovers, and alternative health practitioners.
Also in close proximity to TARA is the artisan village of Andretta, only 30 km away. Visitors can spend time in the village, observing craftsmen and craftswomen and view their work. Notably, there is a pottery shop and a training centre.
Excursions can be conveniently organized as part of your stay at TARA. For more information about arranging local trips during your stay at TARA, you may contact us directly ....click here