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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Shubham

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"Awesome destination for nature lovers" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Awesome destination for nature lovers!!! Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsu Falls, old church is a must visit there. Can skip Dal lake. I didn't like it that much due to muddy water, but the place was serene & scenic views were awesome. Try to complete Bhagsu falls in late morning-afternoon as the area is quite dangerous & may pour heavily due to rains. The time we visited, lush green forests were at their best & sometimes heavy fog settles on way. Don't forgot to carry umbrella & extra cloth of planning in August.

Regarding local eats, try to get a plate of Kangri, a special recipe that takes a full day for preparation. Just enquire hotel to make it available a day before, else, momos are good. Tibetan items (Bowls, incense sticks) are available their at good price.

Can purchase apple beer & apricot, orange & pineapple wines (alcoholic only available) there & can be really worth for purchase.
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"Panaromic view of The Himalayas" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Dharamshala is situated in the Himalayas. Here the mountain is green. The hotels and residential houses are located at the slopes of the mountain. The place is calm and quiet. The black and white clouds are floating within one's reach, the town is small. The metal roads surrounding the town are good. People are generally friendly. The atmosphere is cloudy. The sweet sound of rain is very romantic and an ideal place for honeymoon seeker.

Nearby places of interest are holy Jwalamukhi temple. This place is one of the best pilgrimage centres of India. It is said that the tongue of Sati fell here. The fire is coming out here from the underground without any inhibition. It is also strange and god's wonder that cold water is oozing from the underground and fire is also emerging from the ground at its side.

Next visiting site is Chamunda temple. Here goddess Kali is being worshipped. The place is clean and beautifully maintained by the Dogra regiment of Indian Army.

The next interesting site is Mcleodganj where the Tibetan religious leader most revered Dalai Lama lives with his followers. There is a nice Buddha temple and various handicraft centres of Tibetans.
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Pritesh Mehta

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"Dharamshala - An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is an amazing place of me. Very good atmosphere and the sightseeing location is very natural. The food is very good and all things are available. Any age person can visit here. The place is very romantic. Good activity for kids and we advice all person to visit during March and April. It is a good time to go there. There is also a big cricket ground.
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Bhavesh Swami

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"Dharamshala - Passion for compassion" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
McLeod truly reflects the spirit of the place Dharamshala. One just wonders how beautifully the transition from past to present has happened. Earlier it was a transit point for Yogi's going further in the himalayas or vice versa and today it houses a Small Tibet which is determined to go back as and when time permits. Till then we the Urban animals can flock around soaking in the flavor of the place and if lucky have a Kata Scarf from His Holiness The Dalai Lama. To have a worthwhile experience, one must look forward to have a stay at Chonor House that is situated just a walk away from the main temple. It houses themed rooms with each one based on a province of Tibet. The library is a good point to learn about the Cause of Tibets' struggle for freedom.

In addition there are other books as well providing perfect company on the beautiful terrace balcony. The Internet cafe never lets you miss your social buddies as well. The stealing point of the stay is its homey atmosphere and courteous staff. There is a good restaurant offering world cuisine and freshly baked breads and a great outdoor to be served at just in front of the Handicraft shop that houses artifacts made by Tibetan youth at Norbulingka Institute that is run by the same people.

The place is worthwhile to visit as one gets to know where your money is spent for and how the Chonor House is making its effort for a Sustainable future of the Tibetan people. Overall a nice place to stay and Mc leod never disappoints you.
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Gopesh Jha

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"An awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited Mcleodganj in the month of June this year and it was a lovely experience. You can visit many places there like Bhagsunath fall, temple, Art library. Mcleodganj main market is just amazing, you can taste delicious baked pastries. You could also sit and relax at Meclo bar & resto in the evening. Towards Dharamshala there is one church, dal lake and a sunset point where you could enjoy your time with your family.

If you're a trekking lover you must enjoy trekking in the Himalaya range, the place is called Triund. You have to google it if you wana know more about it. It would be a lifetime experience that I can bet. People over there are helpful and crowd is decent. You can have varieties of food of different cultures, price is reasonable. Getting hotel is not an issue over there, it totally depends upon your pocket. I had a good time and I hope you guys will also enjoy your vacation at Mcleodganj.
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"Serenity defined"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
Dharamshala as a place is just magnificent. You have all you need there, from the complete silence in McLeodGanj to lush green meadows in nearby villages. It also has beautiful mountains and a good shopping area. Plus the best part is high speed internet to let you live the way you desire.
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"Best hill station to enjoy food"

  • 7/7
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If you are a Punjabi and looking for a hill station trip, and getting confused among Dalhousie, Shimla, and Mcleodganj. Then opt for Mcleodganj, if you are a food lover, especially continental. Because you really get amazing oppurtunities like jimmy's italian restaurant, mclo bar, exide bar to relish chinese, continental, and punjabi food. However, bhagsunag fall is the only sightseeing, thus a 2 days trip is sufficient.
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"City of traffic jams"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited this town on 11th June. Mcleodganj is part if this town. In Mcleodganj there was traffic jam all around and it took 2-3 hours to cover the distance of 3-5 kilometres.

My suggestion to all the tourists is to make stay arrangements in Dharamshala and visit Mcleodganj by local Taxi. Do not take your own car at all.
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"Dharamshala introduces you to the Tibetan Culture and Buddhism"

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  • Posted 2 months ago
We went from Manali to Dharamshala. The view is amazing. So is everything about Dharamshala. Norbulingka Institute, HPCA Stadium and Gyuto Monastery are some of the great places to visit there. Norbulingka Institute is all about the Tibetan Culture and is very beautiful, very natural and very soothing. Gyuto Monastery is a very large monastery with a lot of monks. Both these places will give you a unique experience. HPCA Stadium is another place worth visiting. The stadium is established right between snow covered mountains and is very beautiful. Dharamshala overall is worth going to for a day.
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"Monsoon Trail on Hills"

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  • Posted 2 months ago
Come in monsoon and you will find humid all around in plains if marginal rain is there. Like to go to hills. " Dharamsala HP" may be a better spot less crowded and fairly economical. One can start from Delhi/ Chandigarh by road. From Chandigarh it takes 7 to 8 hours direct. On the way one can see the religious spots like "Mata Chintpurni" (1st stop) about 4 hour run from Chandigarh. If you started early you can be free after Darshan time of about 2 hours.

Next one can move to "Mata Jawalamukhi" (2nd stop) about one hour run from 1st stop. It may take about another 2 hours for Darshan. The next stop (3rd) be "Mata Kangra wali" about an hour run and Darshan time of an hour. Then to 4th spot " Mata Chamunda Devi". Take Darshan and stay there.

A lot of hotels and rest house at through away cost is available. Start early next day after Darshan again, for Dharamsala/ McLeod Ganj. See the "International Cricket Stadium" at Dharamsala and move for "McLeodGanj/ Bhagsu nag. Take a dip in herbal water at Bhagsu nag. Take Darshan at Temple and move for waterfall.

After this come to McLeod Ganj & see the Buddhist Monastery. The spot is famous for His Holiness Dalai Lama. Good eat outs on the way. Come and stay at "Dharamsala". Good options to stay at reasonable prices from HTDC hotels to range of Pvt Hotels. See the sunrise on high hills. The golden treasure the Silver oak at hill tops will nourish everyone with fresh energy and revitalise.

Other options are one can move to Dalhousie/ Chamba also.
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