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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Ankit Laddha
  • Ankit Laddha
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 Review

"One of the best places to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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
  • 4 Reviews

"Best place to enjoy" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Sarath Kurup
  • Sarath Kurup
  • Lives in Chengannur
  • 1 Review

"Nice place to visit the culture"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One of the best places I have visited in recent times. Every other place nowadays seems to be so commercialized that you can't explore the place or just spend some quality time. Being a history buff, it was a great experience to learn about the Tibetan culture, the cuisine and the history. We had visited in October last year, and the climate was really good at the time, though it was raining sporadically. It's been almost a year, so maybe another visit is warranted.
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Anurag Bhardwaj
  • Anurag Bhardwaj
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 3 Reviews

"It is the coolest place with excellent greenery"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We, a group of 5 friends, planned the tour. It is the coolest place with excellent greenery and is amazing for holidays. The area that really attracted me is Kangra, it's near to Dalhousie. I would advise better to take a bike in place of travelling by bus, it gives a different feeling. A great place for some good photography.
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Shrey Saroch
  • Shrey Saroch
  • 7 Reviews

"A very crowded place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The weather here is good at all times but the place has little space and has heavy rush during all times of the day. So, I better recommend everyone not to stay here. Try Mcleodganj, A place which is about 8 kms from here. There are many places nearby and you'll surely enjoy.
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Girish Sharma
  • Girish Sharma
  • 1 Review

"Top Destination for Holidays"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Indian hill stations are all time favourite to me. However, the best place I ever visited is Dharamshala. It is the coolest, greenery and amazing for holidays. The area that really attracted me is Bhagsunag Fall. The falls of Bhagsunag are just 11 km away from main city. The beautifully structured international cricket stadium is another impressive spot of the town. There are lots of other places to visit in the town. You must plan your trip for nearly 1 week at least to enjoy the destination properly. Food could be a little problem for you as the big hotels and restaurants are limited in Dharamshala. I was not in my hotel for whole day as the greenery, valleys kept me busy all time. Personally i believe people should go to Dharamshala in summer season. The finest part at such period is the town is beautiful with weather and rest India is full of heat. It is the top destination as per my opinion.
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Santosh Singh
  • Santosh Singh
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome experience at Dharamsala"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The way people from Dharamsala treated me was awesome. Main the sight seen was so refreshing. Whether of the Dharamsala is so good. Literally I can say the day we spend Dharamsala which going to increase our life. There are so many good hotels. The are good in budget and very good in customer services.
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