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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  • Sandeep
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  360 readers

"Best Place for Holiday in Himachal Pradesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We were on a trip to Shimla, Manali, Kasol and Dharmasala. We found Dharmasala to be the best one. The place is not commercialised unlike the other and it has better picturesque place, best paragliding option, many options to explore. We recommend minimum 3 days stay to explore the place, shop, eat, do some sport, trekking and relax
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Ramneek Pannu

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  • Ramneek Pannu
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome Himalayas. Been there to Dharamshala and McLeodganj many times and the experience is refreshing every time I visit. It's always a different and wonderful experience. A must visit if you like peace of mind.
Ps: Do visit the Norbulingka Institiute, it's worth a visit. Avoid visiting on Sundays.
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Avinash Shedge

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  • Avinash Shedge
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Dharamshala - heaven on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2016
Awesome place. Ethereal beauty and peace everywhere.. Must go place!!

Very very nice place.. Go directly and book hotels. Mostly all available between 800-1500.

Please do not book online.. They would cheat you invariably!!

McLeodganj 2 days and Dharamshala 2 days for satisfied journey and sightseeing!!
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Ashish singhal

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  • Ashish singhal
  • 2 Reviews
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"Full of Peace"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
I traveled with my family on Dussera leaves. It is an amazing place as the purpose of my trip was taking some time off from daily routine life. Place is full of peace. Locations were awesome. As it is known as Dev bhoomi, it's more sounds as religious trip. St. John church was a must watch along with Dalai Lama Temple & HPCA Stadium.
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
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"Mountains calling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2016
If mountains are your love, Dharamshala has to be your more intimate lover. Scenic views of Dhauladhar ranges, the lovely Dal lake, Kangda fort, snow capped hilltops and presence of Dalai Lama makes up for a perfect mix of frolic and spirituality. Don't forget to catch a game of cricket at the world's highest stadium while you're around.
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Ankit Singhai

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  • Ankit Singhai
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 2 Reviews
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"Over hyped place"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
Not a very exciting destination. Unlike classic hill stations like Shimla or Manali, this place has very limited places to see/visit. No famous mall road. Reaching from Delhi is also hectic (500+ km)
McLeodganj is a better option to stay and spend a day
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Shikha Sharma

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  • Shikha Sharma
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"Picturesque hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2016
It's full of beautiful landscapes. Lot of places to explore includes Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, monastery, Dalai Lama's temple, war memorial at lot more. Excursion including McLeodganj which is up on hills. Then if you love trekking Triund is there. It's actually a place for everyone.
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Sujata Ghosh

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  • Sujata Ghosh
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"Nadi - a beautiful place in Dharamshala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2016
We recently visited Amritsar, Dalhousie and Dharamshala. We stayed at Hotel Bhagsu in Dharamshala. The view of the Dhauladhar range from the hotel is obstructed by a huge pine. We got a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar from a place called Nadi. If you want a good view of the Dhauladhar then Nadi is the perfect destination.
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  • Albert koay chuan kim
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"Fantastic town within The Himalayas"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
Words can't describe the experience I attained from my recent visit to this quaint town in Michal Pradesh. Perched on the slopes of the Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayas, this town offers a spectacular view of the valley beneath. It also has a few nearby attractions that one must visit, I. E. McLeod Ganj, Kangra Fort, Palampur tea garden. I will definitely be back again. To read more of my experience, please check out => www. Daphnescapades. Com
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Ankur Aggarwal

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  • Ankur Aggarwal
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"MIND-BLOWING, FANTASTIC and can go any time"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
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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