Dharamshala Tourism

Dharamshala is famous for

Video Reviews

Watch videos of Dharamshala shot by our travellers

Norbulingka Institute

Norbulingka Institute  Video Review
01:32

Norbulingka Institute

Rishi Kochhar
4th Dec 16

St John Church

St John Church  Video Review
01:48

St. John Church

Narinder Pal
2nd Nov 17

Tibetan god Dalai Lama Temple

Tibetan god Dalai Lama Temple  Video Review
01:41

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Very peaceful atmosphere in Dalai Lama Temple

Very peaceful atmosphere in Dalai Lama Temple  Video Review
01:33

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Good temple with peaceful atmosphere

Good temple with peaceful atmosphere  Video Review
01:40

Bhagsu Nag Temple

Jayant
21st Apr 17

Good ancient church of Dharamshala

Good ancient church of Dharamshala  Video Review
01:41

St. John Church

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Good place to visit in Dharmashala

Good place to visit in Dharmashala  Video Review
01:46

St. John Church

Jayant
21st Apr 17

Very holy and peaceful place

Very holy and peaceful place  Video Review
01:24

St. John Church

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Average place, nothing new

Average place, nothing new  Video Review
01:42

Kangra Art Museum And Kotwali Bazaar

Jayant
21st Apr 17

Must visit place if you want to see ancient things

Must visit place if you want to see ancient things  Video Review
01:56

Kangra Art Museum And Kotwali Bazaar

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

I am heading to Dharamshala

Planning Dharamshala trip?

Know cost before you go!

Reasons to go to Dharamshala

1Safety And Privacy Are Ensured
Safety And Privacy Are Ensured

Homestays are largely run by families or a small staff personally appointed by them. It is their interest to ensure that theirs is a safe place for travellers to have a pleasant stay in. While living with a family gives you company and makes you feel safe, hosts also ensure that you have enough privacy by letting out rooms in a separate floor or an adjoining building sometimes. HolidayIQ Traveller Anez Azeem says, “Clouds End Villa, Dharamshala  is huge and there are trees all around and the rooms and cottages are spread out enough to give you privacy. The entire atmosphere in the hotel is serene and very homely. The staff goes out of the way to make you feel comfortable.”

Expand

Read more at 7 Reasons Why You Must Choose A Homestay Over A Hotel

2Cloud Spotting In Dharamshala
Cloud Spotting In Dharamshala

"A journey through clouds" is what aptly describes our trip to Dharamshala says HolidayIQ Traveller Indranil Ghosh from Durgapur. He further adds, “Dharamsala is famous for The Temple of The Dalai Lama.A place sacred for the Tibetan Buddhists.A place for nature lovers and lonely travelers.  Enjoy the beauty of nature,the snow clad ranges of Dhauladhar,the tranquility of the temple of Dalai lama. trekking,sightseeing a must to enjoy the place.”

Expand

Read more at 10 Places For The Dussehra Long Weekend Where Hotels Are Still Available!

3Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!
Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!

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 0? 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. HolidayIQ Traveller Shubham shares, "Awesome destination for nature lovers!!! Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsu Falls, old church is a must visit there. Can skip Dal lake. I didn't like it that much due to muddy water, but the place was serene & scenic views were awesome. Try to complete Bhagsu falls in late morning-afternoon as the area is quite dangerous & may pour heavily due to rains. The time we visited, lush green forests were at their best & sometimes heavy fog settles on way. Don't forgot to carry umbrella & extra cloth of planning in August. Regarding local eats, try to get a plate of Kangri, a special recipe that takes a full day for preparation. Just enquire hotel to make it available a day before, else, momos are good. Tibetan items (Bowls, incense sticks) are available their at good price. Can purchase apple beer & apricot, orange & pineapple wines (alcoholic only available) there & can be really worth for purchase."

Expand

Read more at 10 Photos Of The Himalayas That Will Make You Go Wotha!

4For its calmness and profound beauty
For its calmness and profound beauty

HolidayIQ Reviewer Manoo Joshi adds, “Built in a traditional old Tibetan architectural style, this place has so much to offer - peace, calmness, spirituality, love, beauty, knowledge & much more that words can't describe. However, one needs to be open to receive what this place offers. One has to have a love & appreciation for nature, arts & cultures, without that this place can't be loved, enjoyed, admired & understood.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sudha Kapoor says, “Very beautiful and peaceful place to spend the day when one is in Dharamshala. It's lush green, quiet place to relax and meditate. It's a beautiful place that makes us forget about time. The place is a couple of minutes away from Dharamshala.

Expand

Read more at Rekindle Your Spirituality At These 8 Hills With Your Better Half

5HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala

Imagine being surrounded by mountains while enjoying a cricket match. This stadium is definitely one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world and you can literally say that the bowler is coming from the Himalayan end!

Apart from being one of the most scenic places you could enjoy a cricket match at, Dharamshala is known for its Buddhist culture and monasteries.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sunil Kumar says, “HPCA Cricket stadium is one of the best cricket stadiums in the world with an amazing view of mountains from the stadium and the way how stadium's building is designed is really awesome.


Expand

Read more at 5 Iconic Indian Stadiums to Experience This IPL Season

Reviews (193)

Ravikrsingh

Ravikrsingh5.0/5

1 review

Tour

Himachal is a nice place . Or dharmsaala or. Mcloard Ganj to iski jaan h . Iske near h hotel sai taj. Iss hotel ka staff bahut hi acha h . Or yaha ki service bahut jada badhiya h . Rooms bi nice h sari feslity hai yaha . Mai inko rating 5/5 dunga.

P yesu Thasen

P yesu Thasen3.9/5

46 reviews

Perfect for a relaxed holiday

McLeodganj is the place to go to as it is higher up in the mountains and a bit cooler. We stayed in Dharamshala, which is about 12 km down hill, as our time share was located there. However, taxis are easily available for the trip up Dharamshala is relatively easy to get to. We took a flight to Delhi and from there to Kangra airport, which is just about 30 minutes from our resort. As it is the headquarters of the Dalai Lama, you notice a rather Tibetan ambience. There are quite a lot of monks around and while Tibetan food is available everywhere, there are many restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and Continental food at very reasonable prices. The Norbulingka Institute is a "must visit" in Dharamshala. The cricket ground is another place to see --- its far better than when you see it on TV. Up in McLeodganj there is the Tibetan museum, the Dalai Lama's residence and a monastery. You can spend some time wandering around the narrow streets of the market If its a relaxed holiday that you are looking for, this is a good place.

Read More

Recommended Duration in Dharamshala

Number of days to spend in Dharamshala as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

3.45%

2 days

51.72%

3 days

27.59%

4 days

10.34%

5+ days

6.9%

Dharamshala Overview

History of Dharamshala

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. The rich cultural, artistic and historical past of Kangra valley is evident from the galleries of Kangra Art Museum where various artefacts are displayed, which can be dated back to the 5th century. Miniature paintings, sculptures, pottery, coins, jewellery, 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'.

People and Culture of Dharamshala

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 modelled 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. 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 0 degree 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.

Accommodation in 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 Dharamsala can be classified into budget, mid-range and luxury hotels. Tourists can avail hotels suiting their budget.

Photos of Dharamshala

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Ten Zin

Towards Bhagsunath Waterfall, dharamsala
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Amit Purohit

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Nirav Desai

Hold your breath ... it is fabulous, Dharamshala
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Kulveen Narula

road side view on way to kangra

Dharamshala Gurus

The coveted 'Guru' status is reserved for travellers contributing maximum reviews and photos for Dharamshala on HolidayIQ. Add Dharamshala reviews and photos and you might see your name here!

There is so much to see in Dharamshala.

Plan your holiday now with our travel experts!

Are you a travel agent?

Become a part of our growing Travel Partner Platform. You can get high quality Dharamshala travel leads and help our travellers book Dharamshala holiday packages. Join now!