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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Gopesh Jha

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"An awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
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I visited Mcleodganj in the month of June this year and it was a lovely experience. You can visit many places there like Bhagsunath fall, temple, Art library. Mcleodganj main market is just amazing, you can taste delicious baked pastries. You could also sit and relax at Meclo bar & resto in the evening. Towards Dharamshala there is one church, dal lake and a sunset point where you could enjoy your time with your family.

If you're a trekking lover you must enjoy trekking in the Himalaya range, the place is called Triund. You have to google it if you wana know more about it. It would be a lifetime experience that I can bet. People over there are helpful and crowd is decent. You can have varieties of food of different cultures, price is reasonable. Getting hotel is not an issue over there, it totally depends upon your pocket. I had a good time and I hope you guys will also enjoy your vacation at Mcleodganj.
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Harshal Maniyar

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"Serenity defined" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Dharamshala as a place is just magnificent. You have all you need there, from the complete silence in McLeodGanj to lush green meadows in nearby villages. It also has beautiful mountains and a good shopping area. Plus the best part is high speed internet to let you live the way you desire.
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Rijul Ranbir

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"Best hill station to enjoy food" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
If you are a Punjabi and looking for a hill station trip, and getting confused among Dalhousie, Shimla, and Mcleodganj. Then opt for Mcleodganj, if you are a food lover, especially continental. Because you really get amazing oppurtunities like jimmy's italian restaurant, mclo bar, exide bar to relish chinese, continental, and punjabi food. However, bhagsunag fall is the only sightseeing, thus a 2 days trip is sufficient.
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Madhur Singal

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"City of traffic jams" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited this town on 11th June. Mcleodganj is part if this town. In Mcleodganj there was traffic jam all around and it took 2-3 hours to cover the distance of 3-5 kilometres.

My suggestion to all the tourists is to make stay arrangements in Dharamshala and visit Mcleodganj by local Taxi. Do not take your own car at all.
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"Dharamshala introduces you to the Tibetan Culture and Buddhism" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We went from Manali to Dharamshala. The view is amazing. So is everything about Dharamshala. Norbulingka Institute, HPCA Stadium and Gyuto Monastery are some of the great places to visit there. Norbulingka Institute is all about the Tibetan Culture and is very beautiful, very natural and very soothing. Gyuto Monastery is a very large monastery with a lot of monks. Both these places will give you a unique experience. HPCA Stadium is another place worth visiting. The stadium is established right between snow covered mountains and is very beautiful. Dharamshala overall is worth going to for a day.
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"Monsoon Trail on Hills" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Come in monsoon and you will find humid all around in plains if marginal rain is there. Like to go to hills. " Dharamsala HP" may be a better spot less crowded and fairly economical. One can start from Delhi/ Chandigarh by road. From Chandigarh it takes 7 to 8 hours direct. On the way one can see the religious spots like "Mata Chintpurni" (1st stop) about 4 hour run from Chandigarh. If you started early you can be free after Darshan time of about 2 hours.

Next one can move to "Mata Jawalamukhi" (2nd stop) about one hour run from 1st stop. It may take about another 2 hours for Darshan. The next stop (3rd) be "Mata Kangra wali" about an hour run and Darshan time of an hour. Then to 4th spot " Mata Chamunda Devi". Take Darshan and stay there.

A lot of hotels and rest house at through away cost is available. Start early next day after Darshan again, for Dharamsala/ McLeod Ganj. See the "International Cricket Stadium" at Dharamsala and move for "McLeodGanj/ Bhagsu nag. Take a dip in herbal water at Bhagsu nag. Take Darshan at Temple and move for waterfall.

After this come to McLeod Ganj & see the Buddhist Monastery. The spot is famous for His Holiness Dalai Lama. Good eat outs on the way. Come and stay at "Dharamsala". Good options to stay at reasonable prices from HTDC hotels to range of Pvt Hotels. See the sunrise on high hills. The golden treasure the Silver oak at hill tops will nourish everyone with fresh energy and revitalise.

Other options are one can move to Dalhousie/ Chamba also.
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"Foods of Dharamshala!!!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This review is not about the place details but about an integral part of it. Yes it's about its food. We were there in last Oct and stayed in Bhagsu. There are 2 special multi cuisine restaurants in Bhagsu serve foods of almost every country. I have never seen such a wide ranges of food items under a single roof such as foods of Israel, Mexican and chinese. As it is said Good things come to them who only wait. Yes after ordering any food you have to wait for undefined time. Both the restaurant have good ambience ;)
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Rakesh Puri

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"For peaceful & relaxing holiday"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dharamshala is a great holiday destination if one is looking for a quiet & relaxing break. But then one must stay away from the hub hub. Naddi area is best, it has a number of hotels/resorts & is at a height so cooler than Dharamshala town. Mcleodsganj is just 2 kms away. The Dalai lama monastery are a must visit. It is at the end of the Tibetan market.

Norlingka monastery which is in fatehpur area about 5 kms from Dharamshala is also very scenic with greenery and a water channel running along the walkway to the main monastery. It has a nice furniture & dolls sale outlet.
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"Heavenly place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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"Great views of sunrise and sunset"

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  • Posted 3 months 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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