Dharamshala Tourism

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Pushparaj Shetty2.1/5

10 reviews


Roads are very narrow. Unplanned development. No proper roads. Lot of traffic during holidays & weekends. Takes hours to cross 3 to 4 kilometres during holidays. Nothing much to see. Winter is the ideal time to visit. There is a airport at Dharamshala. Dalai lama monastery is famous. Cricket stadium is there. We stayed in pavilion by Hpca. Nice property.

Rishi Kochhar

91 reviews

Solace and Solitude with BUDDHA

This small town of McLeodganj or Upper Dharamshala is the seat of His Holliness The 14th Dalai Lama and thats why this place has a special aura to welcome visitors from across the Globe. It has Solitude despite being crowded with Tibetans who throng the town to offer prayers to HH Dalai Lama and also with Indians and Westerners coming to McLeodganj to experience Tibetan Culture and Life.
It has lots of sightseeing attractions namely the Main Dala Lama Temple, St. John's Church, Shiva Temple at Bhagsu Nag, Waterfall at BhagsuNag along with numerous Monastaries and Nunneries situated around Dharamshala.
For trekkers, it has options for a day trek to multiple days options with excellent facilities of hiking companies in Dharamshala main market. Also, close to Dharamshala is situated World's best paragliding spot called "Bir Biling", and must visit if you are adventure lover.
To soak in Tibetan culture further, do visit Norbulingka Institute. Norbulingka. Org/) situated roughly 15 km from Dharamshala in Sidhpur. It is more like a complete Tibetan Settlement with a guest house maintained by Norbulingka Institute as well. They run classes for Tibetan Thangka Paintings, Pottery and Wood Work etc. It has a Doll Museum, Temple, A boutique Shop and a Garden Cafe as well.

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Dharamshala Overview

History of Dharamshala

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. The rich cultural, artistic and historical past of Kangra valley is evident from the galleries of Kangra Art Museum where various artefacts are displayed, which can be dated back to the 5th century. Miniature paintings, sculptures, pottery, coins, jewellery, 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'.

People and Culture of Dharamshala

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 modelled 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. 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 0 degree 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.

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

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