Rakh, nestled in Dharamshala, the heart of the Kangra Valley, is an ideal destination that brings you closer to what matters most in life – “yourself”. Bestowed with Deodar forests and surrounded by quaint villages where life remains untouched by commercialism, it’s an ideal retreat for city dwellers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a perfect place to recharge yourself and reconnect with nature. Rakh is one of the best laid-back places to visit near Dharamshala and offers various attractions, from stupendous trails, hilltop temples, to Tibetan monasteries. To help you put together your travel itinerary, here are five of the best attractions in Rakh. As far as finding a luxurious hotel in Dharamshala is concerned, Rakkh Resort has got you covered.
1. Dhauladhar Mountains
The Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, with its peaks such as the 5,639 meter-tall Hanuman ji Ka Tiba, or ‘White Mountain’, offers a number of exciting options for travelers to trek in the lap of nature. The topography is quite peculiar, mostly consisting of granite, sandstone, and limestone, making trekking a challenge. There are many other places in Dharamshala that offer a number of treks for newbies. Rakkh Resort can make all the necessary arrangements for you before your visit.
2. Andretta Pottery
Andretta Pottery is the Mecca of everything pottery. Located in the small village of Andretta in Kangra district, Andretta Pottery is not just a place to learn the art of pottery-making, but also gives you a glimpse of the cultural history of Kangra District. Mansimran “Mini” Singh, son of noted potter Gurcharan Singh, opened the place in 1983, and Andretta Pottery has evolved into one of the best places to visit in Dharmshala.
3. Baijnath Temple
The Baijnath temple is a must visit for its fascinating architecture, if not for anything else. Resembling the Jagannath temple in Puri, it has an intriguing history. Legend has it that the famous Ravana worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple for him to become immortal. The 13th-century temple lies about 12 kms from the city center of Palampur.
4. Norbulingka Institute
Learn about the heritage of Rakh and Kangra at the Norbulingka Institute. It is also a great place to dine, shop for souvenirs, and, of course, absorb the views of the snow capped himalayan ranges. There is a doll museum in addition to the mesmerizing Buddha temple, making it a must visit for travellers to Rakh. Norbulingka’s art studios include Tibetan statue making, thangka painting, screen-printing, applique and tailoring, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal craft.
5. Gyuto Monastery
If you’ve missed out on an opportunity to visit the Dharamshala monasteries, you can go to the Gyuto Monastery approximately 15kms from Rakkh resort. Gyuto Monastery is known for its study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Listening to the chants of the monks in the beautiful place gives your senses a soothing experience. The Gyuto Monastery has a restaurant inside its campus, where you can enjoy both veg and non veg food.
Rakh is one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala for those looking to get away from the chaos of city life. To book a comfortable, strategically located hotel that gives you access to competitive rates and world class service in Dharamshala contact Rakkh Resort before you set out on your trip. Our boutique property consists of fifteen cottages and two interconnecting rooms, which incorporate a perfect blend of authentic design and a range of modern comforts. Most attractions listed above are easily accessible from our resort, making it easier for you to get the most of your visit to Rakh. To book your accommodation and discuss arrangements for other activities, fill out our contact form. You can also call us at at 0124-4908-616, + 91 8800409567 or +91 9816999300.