Dharamshala Tourism
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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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Aditya Tamboli

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  • Lives in Alibag
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"Quite in the vicinity of nature!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Dharamshala also known as Dhasa. Place is good to visit during winter. Famous cricket stadium and army museum are places to visit. The very best place to visit is Norbulingka institute. It is very beautiful and the best part is they have preserved Tibetan culture. McLeod Ganj is also a nice place to visit.
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Rajat Gupta

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Overall a nice experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Its was really a nice experience visiting Dharamshala. I enjoyed there a lot. The weather was quite awesome out there in the month of December. We had a walk of 15 kms in early morning time from Dharamshala to McLeod Ganj capturing awesome moments. McLeod Ganj was an interesting place the Tibetan temple out there, the Tibetan market where one could easily find tasty food was just amazing.
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Sudha Kapoor

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  • Sudha Kapoor
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Nice place to go, Dharamshala" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Dharmashala beautiful town of Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by beautiful snow capped peaks of Himalayas. Has many tourist places where one can enjoy the natural beauty. It's has cricket stadium where many international and national matches. Background of stadium has very beautiful view of Himalayas. Very nice place to spend quality time with loved ones.
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Shilpi Jain

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Beautiful place with a Trek for nature lovers" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It took us around 11 hours to reach this place. And you instantly feel the difference in the air as soon as you enter the hilly region. Winding roads, clean air, small country houses dotting the hills. You can see most the houses have a small vegetable patch doubling up as kitchen garden. Dharamshala also has a cricket stadium. The place has both budget hotels and resorts fitting every pocket.

There is a famous Triund trek which is a must if you are the trek kind/nature lover, however do check your fitness level if you plan to cover the whole distance by food. You can however cover a large part by the paid taxis which covers the route. Tip carry a water bottle and stay hydrated, relax and enjoy the journey while on you covering the food lots of places to take selfies and photos. Though you see find lots of small shacks shops at distances, selling water bottles, but I feel it beats the feel of the trek.

I can write pages and pages about the place and still not complete this review to my hearts fill. So my advice, go pack your bags and visit the place for its sheer beauty and climate.
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Ni khil Sh arma

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"Awesome place to enjoy the beauty" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dharamahala is a place where tourist inflow is always on hike. Mcleodganj and Buddhist monastery, his holiness dalai lama resides here. Tibetian market and Mcleo restaurant is amazing. View is scenic and you will enjoy glimpse of dhauladhar from every angle. Airport connectivity is there at gaggal. You can visit plenty of shaktipeeths there largest district. Of state has heritage village too in Pragpur, muat visit judges court near Dhaliara. Nice place to visit with family and friends.
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Vivek Singh

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"Beauty in the mountains" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dharmshala is a beautiful place we visited there in march 2015. It was like a heaven the area is surrounded by the snow covered middle Himalayas in the front. And a clean place full of greenary. It was a assumed experience there the way there was also beautiful the road passed through many mountains and a river and the scenic view was excellent, while exploring the place we came across many forest of pines and oak Himanchal has many temples. During the trip we visited many temples out of which the Jwala devi is very famous. We also visited some tea gardens there and of course we explored Kangra.
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Vritant  Gupta

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"An awesome chilling place to be at"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The experience was good. It is located in Himachal Pradesh. The main location to visit there is McLeod Ganj. The weather is almost good. There are good markets to visit. Travellers are advised to carry warm clothes and umbrella always. The food is overall good. There is nothing much to shop out but there are little things that may attract an individual.
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Sunny Syal

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"An amazing place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a famous tourist attraction and also an important place for Hindu pilgrims. When in Dharamshala, one must visit the Tsuglag Khang Complex and Namgyal Monastery, which is the home of the Dalai Lama, and also the largest Tibetan temple, one can visit HPCA cricket stadium, tea gardens, Karngra fort, Dal lake, Bhagsunag falls. Religious and mountain lovers can go to this place. One can visit by road and air easily, the nearest airport is Gaggal about 13 km away from Dharamshala. I prefer to go by road.
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Hridey Sharma

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  • Lives in Shimla
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"Peaceful & a calm place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place is very good if you are in search of peace surely visit this place. In morning there are many natural sightseeing. I have visited this place with my friends and it was experience to be remembered. There peace can be found & you should surely go for mind relaxation.
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Gagan Garg

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"In search of peace, Dharamshala"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have been there for fun with friends. It is a very beautiful place and is best for the one who want to escape from the chaos of cities. There is a lot of greenery and one can laid back and relax and spend some quality time with friends and family. I being a delhite, I was disappointed with the food available but it was OK and satisfactory. There are a lot of nearby destination where one can visit. My two favourite destination are Jwali ji mata ka mandir and Dharamshala cricket ground ( I, being a big cricket fan), although the guard present at the ground doesn't allow us to enter the ground. But somehow we manage to enter the ground. Overall my experience was really good. One must visit this place at-least once.
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