Dharamshala Tourism
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Dharamshala Tourism

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1310 Ratings & 756 Reviews

Dharasmala a place with variety of cultures which itself means a 'sanctuary' is a filled with incredible experiences.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Himachali traditional caps,wollen shawls,Tibetan art and crafts,Thangka paintings and variety of continental foods.

Activities & things to do: Trekking ,paragliding,Yoga ,meditation,Horse riding,dalai lama teachings,Volunteers around Dharasmala,Mounatin,Cleaning programmes.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reaching Dharamsala
1 By air: Fly to gaggal airport and than take a half an huyr drive in Cab to Mcleodganj
2.By train:To Chakki bank railways station,and than two and a half hour drive.

Travel warning:
No use of plastics allowed.
No smoking zone.
PreWeather conditions should be taken.
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Nikhil Dhawan
  • Nikhil Dhawan
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  • 1 Review

"Awesome place; must visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
In Dharamshala, you will find yourself surrounded by clouds that gives you great feeling. Main thing of attraction here is HPCA stadium which is worth seeing and must be visited. Unique thing about it is that it is made by cutting mountains. For travellers there is a advice that you must carry umbrella with you as the rain is unpredictable.
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Abhishek Singh
  • Abhishek Singh
  • Lives in Indore
  • 5 Reviews

"A place with peace and relief" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If it comes to overall experience then one thing comes to our mind that it was an awesome place. The city has peace. The nature gives relief. Mcleodganj is a must visit place and the weather is always great. It was a great place.
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Pankaj
  • Pankaj
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful temples and good food" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was in a good condition. We enjoyed a lot. We visited temples only. The food was good and tasty. My sweet baby was busy watching monkeys on the road. It was a religious tour. We had a great time.
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Piyush H
  • Piyush H
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Dharamshala - Wonderful Place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A trip to the Norbulingka Temple and Campus is a must to all visitors to Dharamshala and McLeodganj. Peace envelopes you soon as you step into the premises. The exquisite gardens...the Tibetan architecture is nice, you get to see their lifestyle and the best possible way to know the most about them in a short span and under one roof. Its located in Sidpur and is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. It is place where it often rains. I have visited this place 5-6 times and in different seasons.
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Lokesh
  • Lokesh
  • 4 Reviews

"Had an awesome time" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Weather is always pleasant..we were tired travelling and visiting 7 devi's in 4 days so needed a break so thought to relax at Dharamshala/McLeodganj. Had a great time indeed.
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Deepika
  • Deepika
  • Lives in Indore
  • 4 Reviews

"Very good awesome tour"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
In dharamsala they have divided into 2 parts: upper and lower Dharamsala. Upper Dharamsala is located on the top of mountain. Upper Dharsamala full of natural beauty and Buddhist temples.
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Davidson Jebaseelan
  • Davidson Jebaseelan
  • 15 Reviews

"Buddhist Culture"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We travelled from Dalhousie to Dharamshala. The road between these places is very bad. One should be ready for a long bumpy ride. It takes around 6-7 hours by car. The Dalai Lama monastery, the church of St.John, and the stadium, are must see. We were taken aback by the number of bars that could be seen around Dalai Lama monastery! Also campaign against AIDS and crime could be seen outside the temple. We could understand that the current gen of Tibeteans born in India are outside the ambit of their faith philosophy.

Good restaurants around. We tried food at the German Bakery, its food is cheap and one can taste various country cuisines.
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Deepak Mittal
  • Deepak Mittal
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 5 Reviews

"One of the memorable trips!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
We had a great time here. And this was our second honeymoon destination; the first one was at Kullu/Manali. But we though this place, Dharamshala, is far better than Manali. I think Dharamshala is heaven on earth in true sense of the term. One should definitely go there and experience the beauty in person. First we went to Dalhousie then to Kangra, and finally to Dharamshala.
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Himanshu Rajput
  • Himanshu Rajput
  • 3 Reviews

"Best place to visit with family"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2014
Dharamshala is the best place to visit or plan for. Visit on personal family adventure or as religious point of view. Mount Shivalik snow covered views around, awesome feeling of walking around, paragliding, mountaineering, peace in Lord Dalai Lama Temple. So many things temples and many more places to look forward to.
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Allan Gomes
  • Allan Gomes
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"An amazing place to visit"

  • 3/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2014
The one of the great Holy place in India comprising the balance between Hinduism and Budhhism. Dharamshala known for its scenic beauty and its really amazing place to visit. You will see many foreign tourist in Dharamshala. One must visit Dharamsala in ones life time as it provides all beautiful places of natural beauties with green forests and worth seen fountains.
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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

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