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

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Dharamshala Traveller Reviews

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Komal Kiran
  • Komal Kiran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Perfect for a short trip" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • 13 photos
  • 6 Reviews

"Good destination"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 2 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
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Refreshing and Unforgettable experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Dhruv Jani
  • Dhruv Jani
  • Lives in Mount Abu
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on earth"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2014
One of the best place where you feel like you are in heaven. Awesome place to relax and get out from the noise of city. There are many hotel and resorts which give you the best of the services and time to be with yourself. It is the home of Tibetan Dharma-guru his holiness Dalai Lama, which gives it a very unique buddhist acculturation. The people are very friendly and helpful. Also the stay is very pleasant because the place in less frequently over-crowded.
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Ankit Laddha
  • Ankit Laddha
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 Review

"One of the best places to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2014
Dharamshala is a beautiful and peaceful city amidst the mountains of Himachal. It is the home of Tibetan Dharam-guru his holiness Dalai Lama, which gives it a very unique buddhist acculturation. The people are very friendly and helpful. Also the stay is very pleasant because the place in less frequently over-crowded.
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Prashant Kewle
  • Prashant Kewle
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"Best place to enjoy"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2014
One should visit this spot as it is a natural spot. Nice weather!! The kids enjoyed a lot. The mountain climbing was very challenging and should be done, PLENTY Of trees and natural sources of mountain water was there. You can directly drink without any doubt in mind.
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Kirti Anand
  • Kirti Anand
  • Lives in Panchkula
  • 1 Review

"Pleasant trip overall"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
Dharamshala is a nice place to relax and get out from the noise of the city. There are many hotel and resorts which will give you the best of the services and time to be with yourself. Places near Dharamshala are also worth seeing. One can easily spend couple of days exploring numerous places nearby. Bir Biling is also one of the destination just 70 kms from Dharamshala, which give you place to be adventurous and try trekking and paragliding.
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Aakash Dhoundiyal
  • Aakash Dhoundiyal
  • 1 Review

"I will love to go back"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 2, 2014
This was the trip that we planned a day before and that was long due. We planned a 5 day trip and spend 10 days instead. The Place was very good and so was the nature. The trip was awesome and we also did paragliding. Bhagsunag dam was nice. An Unforgettable experience and i'll love to go back. :)
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Vinita Sharma
  • Vinita Sharma
  • 1 Review

"Dharamsala, the paradise on earth"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
Dharamsala lovely place in the lap of Himalayas. The beauty of Dahuladhar is incredible. Best place where you can enjoy large verity of original Chinese cuisine at a very less price. There are various routes for trekking local guides for trekking is available. Yoga classes are also organized at McLeod Ganj. Sehaj Yog is meditation classes are most popular.
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