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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Rohini Kejriwal
  • Rohini Kejriwal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6 Reviews

"Heavenly place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This was the most life-changing experience I've had till date. Be it a plate of hot momos with the right kind of sauce or the amazing strangers I met or the lovely cafes I checked out while there, everything was an adventure in this beautiful hill station. While people may enjoy the commercial aspects, I fell in love with the Tibetan people, the culture they have created in a home away from home and volunteered with LHA to teach English whenever I could. Go with no agenda and you'll have a better time than the group with the planned itinerary.
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Dhruv Madaan
  • Dhruv Madaan
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Great views of sunrise and sunset" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good place to be in. Awesome experience and a must visit place. Had a lot of fun. Places of sightseeing are good and sunrise and sunset views are great. It's a bit chilly but you will enjoy the weather.
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Sahil Burman
  • Sahil Burman
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"The heaven on earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's one of the most beautiful hill station in north India I have ever visited, Unlike other destination it's not overcrowded and gives you a relaxed and peaceful experience. The place is not for those shopaholics who loves to spend their free time on mall roads. The place is just pure heaven as it takes you away from busy world and makes you experience a different side of nature.
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As Seth
  • As Seth
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 21 Reviews

"A beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a beautiful place, surrounded by lofty mountains with peaks covered with snow. The roads are steep and narrow. The traffic is light in the market, but despite that due to width of the road it is difficult to negotiate - especially when you are walking. The market is good and provides for a range of goods and services.
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Rohan Da punk
  • Rohan Da punk
  • 13 Reviews

"Fantabulous place!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This place is certainly like heaven on earth!! Its like a small town situated on a single road. Has a nice little market with lots of collectibles. One of the main points to look out for is the Dharamshala bus stand, the view from there is simply breathtaking and is also the connection to Mcleodganj which is at a higher altitude. The people here are very hospitable and kind. One of the good restaurants this place is known for is, Midtown. Calm restaurant with some nice food. If you're on a Himachal trip, you cannot miss this!

P.S. Avoid this place in months of June, July as there is heavy downpour in those months.
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Anuneet Srivastava
  • Anuneet Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 6 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
After reaching Dharamshala covering a tired journey of 24 hours from train and bus we rested on the first day. The next day we went for trekking to Dharamkot which was 10 km from our hotel. We first book a cab for first 6 km and then we covered the rest of the distance on foot. It is a must place for visit. The best time for finding ice there would be January.
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Komal Kiran
  • Komal Kiran
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 8 Reviews

"Perfect for a short trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited this place with a group of friends in March. It's a place of natural beauty. If you are trek lover person then you should visit the waterfalls around the place. Monastery is another place to visit to refresh your mind. The best way to explore this place is via car.
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Prajakta Baikar
  • Prajakta Baikar
  • Lives in Thane
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  • 6 Reviews

"Good destination"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dharamshala is a good place to visit if you are nature lover and want to spend a peaceful and relaxing holiday. There are few good sight seeing at this place. Make sure your driver is well acquainted with local places otherwise you would waste time in just roaming around. Since its not a remote hill station in himachal, you will not find any problem in shopping and food is easily available. Overall nice place.
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Ashish Vaish
  • Ashish Vaish
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  • Lives in Pathankot
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  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect for weekend getaway but narrow roads"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's a very good place to hang out. Here you can find Bhagsunag Water Fall after some trekking on to the mountain. You can visit Bhagsunag Mandir, which is a very old mandir in upper Dharmsala which is known as McLeodganj. You can visit Dalai Lama temple, Tibetian Monasteries and lot more. There are lot many things to do. I usually go once in a month in McLeodganj. Here is a swimming pool in front of the Bhagsunag temple where the water is too chill to swim. But you can enjoy here as much as you want to.
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Jayaraman
  • Jayaraman
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Refreshing and Unforgettable experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2015
Had a very refreshing and wonderful time with the family. The stay and natural view was mind refreshing and acted as a good rejuvenation for the body and mind. You can also go around Palampur which has a good number of tea gardens and has some good view of Dhauladhar range. However people visiting Dharamsala need to be conscious of the traffic of Mcleod ganj as the roads are narrow and traffic jam are imminent during weekends and holidays.
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