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Tour the Masroor Rock Temples

The temples are a real engineering feat, carved with floral, geometric and animal patterns…

By Passang Sherpa
Tour guide for Himalayan Saga, Alfred&'s partner in India

Visit the Masroor Rock Temples, one of northern India’s architectural treasures. Carved from sandstone around the 6th-7th centuries, they’re often called the Ellora of the Himalayas after the giant Hindu cave temples near Mumbai, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, Masroor is the only set of monolith rock temples in the whole region – they’re usually found in the south. What’s interesting is that, although the temples were built for Lord Shiva, villagers started bringing idols of Lord Rama here too. The temples are a real engineering feat, carved with floral, geometric and animal patterns.

The journey to the Masroor Rock Temples takes around two hours from either Dharamshala or Palampur and along the way, you’ll pass through valleys surrounded by sub-Himalayan scenery. As we tour the 15 different temples, I’ll point out the detailed carvings of Lord Shiva’s life, for example, the door that shows scenes from his wedding dance. Guests love the view from the Masroor Rock Temples as you’re in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountain range, where the local Gaddi shepherds graze their cattle. It’s particularly amazing at sunset when the sandstone temples change colour in the golden light.

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Alfred & Passang Sherpa

Passang Sherpa was born and brought up in India, although his parents hail from neighbouring Nepal. A trained mountaineering instructor, Passang has built a career working in the mountains and joined Himalayan Saga in 2005 as a tour guide. Passang loves sharing Dharamshala’s unique landscapes, culture and communities with his guests.
Passang Sherpa, Dharamshala tour guide

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