Dharamshala Tourism

Dharamshala Tourism

Dharamshala Info

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1457 m
  • Pincode: 176201
  • District: Kangra
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01892
  • Weather: Summer 8 to 34°C, Winter -1 to 15°C
Dharamshala is a hill station located about 17 km north-east of Kangra town in Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala, the gateway to the Kangra valley, is also the headquarters of the Kangra district. Dharamshala is located at a distance of 239 km from Chandigarh, 252 km from Manali, 322 km from Shimla and 514 km from New Delhi.  

Located in the backdrop of the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, Dharamshala is the principal township of Kangra District. The city succumbed to a massive earthquake in the year 1905 and was reconstructed to become a health resort and a popular tourist destination. 

Dharamshala consists of two distinct parts – Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamshala. Lower Dharamsala is a bustling civil and commercial centre whereas Upper Dharamshala retains a colonial lifestyle with its British – modeled suburbs of McLeodganj and Forsythganj.  

The hill station of Dharamshala is covered by thick woods of oak and coniferous trees and it is enfolded on its three sides by the Dhauladhar ranges. The peculiar geographical location of Dharamshala offers views of the snow capped Dhauladhar range above and the Kangra valley below. 

The rich cultural, artistic and historical past of Kangra valley is evident from the galleries of Kangra Art Museum where various artifacts are displayed, which can be dated back to the 5th century. Miniature paintings, sculptures, pottery, coins, jewelry, royal attire, manuscripts, etc. are on display here. 

In the year 1960, Dharamshala became a temporary headquarters to the Noble Laureate His Holiness the 'Dalai Lama'. Now, Dharamshala is internationally acclaimed as ‘The Little Lhasa in India’. With a number of Tibetan settlements and the residence of the 'Dalai Lama', Dharamshala has truly become ‘the land of the lamas’. 

McLeodganj of Dharamshala has become the educational and religious centre of Tibetan Buddhism. McLeodganj consists of scores of Buddhist Gompas (monasteries, nunneries and learning centres) and ancient Hindu and Jain temples. Famous for the Tibetan culture and crafts, McLeodganj has become the hub of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, carpets, garments, etc. 

Things to do in Dharamshala

Dharamshala has a lot to offer ranging from ancient temples, churches and monasteries to museums and ancient towns. The ancient temples of Jawalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda, the Church of St. John in the Wilderness, War Memorial, Kangra Art Museum and the shopping centre of Kotwali Bazar are some of the prime tourist attractions. A trek through the landscaped township of Dharamshala with views of snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills has become a popular activity. 

The best time to visit Dharamshala is from September to October and again from March to June. The summer months are best suited for activities like sightseeing and trekking. Those who love snow can visit the region in December/January when there is heavy snowfall and the Himalayas are covered in snow. However, temperatures go well below 0⁰ Celsius, so adequate protection should be taken. Another good time to visit is during the festival of Drukpa Teshi, which is held in August/September. 

Travelling to Dharamshala

Dharamshala is connected by air, road and railways. The nearest airport is at Kangra valley, at a distance of 15 km and has connections to Delhi Airport which is well connected domestically and internationally. Taxis are available from the Kangra valley airport to reach Dharamshala. By bus, it is reachable from Delhi and other nearby cities. The nearest railhead is 22 km away at Kangra Mandir. However, the nearest major railhead with connections across the country is Pathankot, 85 km away.

Accommodation options in Dharamshala

Accommodation options in Dharamsala can be classified into budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. Tourits can avail hotels suiting their budget.

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Dharamshala Traveller Reviews

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Ankur Aggarwal

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  • Ankur Aggarwal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  378 readers

"MIND-BLOWING, FANTASTIC and can go any time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This place is awesome as I am GUJRATI. I have not seen such a big hills, heavy waterfall with such a cold water.
It was nice sun in morning at 8am when cloud were clear but suddenly at 8. 15am onwards all area was full of clouds and started raining.
This was the best experience as I have not seen such a dense fog in hilly areas when I could not able to see a man at 10m also.
Nice ALLOO PARONTHA's with CURD at Punjabi Restaurant and you must stay at HIGHLAND BHAGSU which is in centre of market and has everything to stay in such a budget.
NOTE- Do not waste time staying in Dharamshala or Mclodganj. Go directly to Bhagsu nag where climate is much colder than Dharmshala as their is difference of 12km only but it is way at top. Go to waterfall and can easily spend all day instead of time wasting in Mclodganj shopping or lower Dharamshala.
Loved. :-)
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Vi S s

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  • Vi S s
  • Lives in Pathankot
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Tourist and enjoyable place."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dharamshala is a city in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting mainly of stately Deodar cedar trees. The suburbs include McLeodganj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkot, Naddi, ForsythGanj, Kotwali Bazaar (the main market), Kaccheri Adda (government offices such as the court, police, post, etc. ), Dari, Ramnagar, Sidhpur, and Sidhbari (where the Karmapa is based).
The village of McLeodganj, lying in the upper reaches, is known worldwide for the presence of the Dalai Lama. On 29 April 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) established the Tibetan exile administration in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was moved to Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile world in India. Following the 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees who followed the 14th Dalai Lama. His presence and the Tibetan population has made Dharamshala a popular destination for Indian and foreign tourists, including students studying Tibet.
One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is one day trek at the upper reaches of McLeodganj, about 9 km from McLeodganj.
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Kislay Singh

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  • Kislay Singh
  • Lives in Raipur
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"Best place for weekend trips"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Dharamshala is situated in the Kangra valley of Himachal pradesh. It is best place for weekend trips. The most beautiful place I like was the cricket stadium of Dharamshala. In Dharamsala I love eating momos in the mall road.

The view of snow capped mountain was looking very beautiful. There are many tourist spots like monastery, Dal lake, church, McLeodganj, bhagsunath waterfall and many more.

There are lots of shops in the mall road. There are many varieties of food you can eat and enjoy. Dharamshala is a good place and people will love to spend more time there.
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Shikha Sharma

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  • Shikha Sharma
  • Lives in Noida
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"Vivid hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Undoubtedly a romantic place, with its cricket stadium a special attraction for cricket lovers ;)

Although one should not go in summers, you will find it hot. Main place to visit is Mcleodganj with monastery and Dalai Lama's temple main places. You can go for trekking in Triund and other places like war memorials and museum are also good.
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Manthan Vakil

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  • Manthan Vakil
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 18 Reviews
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"Get your best time here"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ah! Again one of the best places in India. Spent time with family, friends. Can do trekking. Hotels are good. Mcleodganj is an awesome place. Temple of Dalai Lama is too good, you can get peace here! At the time of snowfall temple looks even more beautiful! And yeah how can we forget the stadium! Best stadium in India! Should try the momos.
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Adhi  Arya

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  • Adhi Arya
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Weekend break from Chandigarh for IPL lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2016
Dharamshala is a good option if you have 3 days and you want to drive on your own. All cricket lovers should visit this place during ipl season and witness a cricket match amidst beautiful mountains.

It was an all in one kind of a trip from trekking, adventure sports to religious.

En route to dharamshala our first stop was nangal for visiting bhakhra nangal dam.

This dam is a must watch, u can cover it in 2-3 hours, next stop was kangra where we catched up with some friends at medical college and stayed there, I must say students here have the luxury of such a beautiful campus.

Next day we went to dharamshala, mcleodganj.

Must visit places are bhagsunag temple, take a dip in spine chilling natural water swimming pool have a filter coffee from nearby shop and then trek towards the waterfall.

This place has an adjoining market where u can buy good leather products which you can get at reasonable price if you bargain.

Next we headed for mcleodganj where enroute visited St john's church and norbulinka institute and finally the dalai lama temple complex.

We missed the triund trek due to weather problems.

Advice for travellers - enroute you will see many rivers, please don't jump and play inside the river as it is highly unsafe.
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  • Pradeep
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"Beautiful location"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2016
Water fall and Bhagsunath temple is very beautiful. Good veg and non-veg food options. Snow covered mountains creates beautiful atmosphere. Monastery is worth to visit. Cricket lovers may visite beautiful cricket stadium. Pleasant atmosphere, and good marketplace for purchasing is additional advantage.
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Virat Rana

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  • Virat Rana
  • Lives in Dharamsala
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"Land of God, Peace & Himalayas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
If you want to go then visit these places
1. ) Triund at the top of Himalayas, trek of 10-12 km from Dharamshala
2. ) Bhagsunag known for waterfall.
3. ) India's most beautiful cricket stadium
4. ) Monastery of Dalai Lama in Mcleodganj and Yol Cantt
Climate is awesome in Dharamshala and the view of Himalayas looks so beautiful.
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Sachin Desai

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  • Sachin Desai
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"Average place"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2016
The best thing about the place is Triund trek and it's really amazing. Other than that I didn't find anything great there. The mall road is pathetic and other spots are ordinary. Check the climate condition there before you visit because Triund trek is available when climate is good.
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Kartik Dhiman

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  • Kartik Dhiman
  • Lives in Kangra
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2016
The speciality of Dharamshala is the beautiful hills. They are a must watch. You should visit McLeodganj and cricket stadium. Very nice traditional Indian food were made in Dharamshala that you must try. My advice to travel who love to travel please just come here for once.
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