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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Shikha Dixit

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  • Lives in Noida
  • 103 photos
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"Vivid hill station" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Undoubtedly a romantic place, with its cricket stadium a special attraction for cricket lovers ;)

Although one should not go in summers, you will find it hot. Main place to visit is Mcleodganj with monastery and Dalai Lama's temple main places. You can go for trekking in Triund and other places like war memorials and museum are also good.
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Manthan Vakil

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  • Manthan Vakil
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Get your best time here" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ah! Again one of the best places in India. Spent time with family, friends. Can do trekking. Hotels are good. Mcleodganj is an awesome place. Temple of Dalai Lama is too good, you can get peace here! At the time of snowfall temple looks even more beautiful! And yeah how can we forget the stadium! Best stadium in India! Should try the momos.
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Adhi  Arya

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  • Adhi Arya
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Weekend break from Chandigarh for IPL lovers" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Dharamshala is a good option if you have 3 days and you want to drive on your own. All cricket lovers should visit this place during ipl season and witness a cricket match amidst beautiful mountains.

It was an all in one kind of a trip from trekking, adventure sports to religious.

En route to dharamshala our first stop was nangal for visiting bhakhra nangal dam.

This dam is a must watch, u can cover it in 2-3 hours, next stop was kangra where we catched up with some friends at medical college and stayed there, I must say students here have the luxury of such a beautiful campus.

Next day we went to dharamshala, mcleodganj.

Must visit places are bhagsunag temple, take a dip in spine chilling natural water swimming pool have a filter coffee from nearby shop and then trek towards the waterfall.

This place has an adjoining market where u can buy good leather products which you can get at reasonable price if you bargain.

Next we headed for mcleodganj where enroute visited St john's church and norbulinka institute and finally the dalai lama temple complex.

We missed the triund trek due to weather problems.

Advice for travellers - enroute you will see many rivers, please don't jump and play inside the river as it is highly unsafe.
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  • Pradeep
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"Beautiful location"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Water fall and Bhagsunath temple is very beautiful. Good veg and non-veg food options. Snow covered mountains creates beautiful atmosphere. Monastery is worth to visit. Cricket lovers may visite beautiful cricket stadium. Pleasant atmosphere, and good marketplace for purchasing is additional advantage.
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Virat Rana

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  • Virat Rana
  • Lives in Dharamsala
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"Land of God, Peace & Himalayas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you want to go then visit these places
1. ) Triund at the top of Himalayas, trek of 10-12 km from Dharamshala
2. ) Bhagsunag known for waterfall.
3. ) India's most beautiful cricket stadium
4. ) Monastery of Dalai Lama in Mcleodganj and Yol Cantt
Climate is awesome in Dharamshala and the view of Himalayas looks so beautiful.
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Sachin dessai

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  • Sachin dessai
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"Average place"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The best thing about the place is Triund trek and it's really amazing. Other than that I didn't find anything great there. The mall road is pathetic and other spots are ordinary. Check the climate condition there before you visit because Triund trek is available when climate is good.
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Kartik Dhiman

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  • Kartik Dhiman
  • Lives in Kangra
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The speciality of Dharamshala is the beautiful hills. They are a must watch. You should visit McLeodganj and cricket stadium. Very nice traditional Indian food were made in Dharamshala that you must try. My advice to travel who love to travel please just come here for once.
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Shubham Agrawal

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  • Shubham Agrawal
  • Lives in Jabalpur
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"Beautiful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Really nice to visit. Make a complete package of Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Dalhousie and other places will take 4 days to finish. The natural beauty of forest, wildlife, nice weather, waterfall, curvy roads, Buddhist monastery, church, etc are must visit place here.
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Aman Dogra

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  • Aman Dogra
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Nice and peaceful place to visit!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
There are lots of places to visit in Dharamshala. It is very peaceful place. We enjoyed a lot. We went to Buddha temple, Dal lake, McLeod Ganj, Bhagsunath Temple, Cricket stadium and so on. View was mind blowing as well as atmosphere was so awesome. I love to visit there again.
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Rohit Suklabaidya

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  • Rohit Suklabaidya
  • Lives in Silchar
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"Overall it was good trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I was my best experience in my life to went to Dharamshala. Its really a good place you should visit there so I request the people who want to go for vacation they should visit with there family and can enjoy there. Should visit Dharamshala especially during the time of IPL, it will be great experience to watch IPL match in Dharamshala.
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