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Norbulingka Institute

Norbulingka Institute  Video Review

Norbulingka Institute

Rishi Kochhar
4th Dec 16

St John Church

St John Church  Video Review

St. John Church

Narinder Pal
2nd Nov 17

Tibetan god Dalai Lama Temple

Tibetan god Dalai Lama Temple  Video Review

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

21st Apr 17

Very peaceful atmosphere in Dalai Lama Temple

Very peaceful atmosphere in Dalai Lama Temple  Video Review

Dalai Lama Temple Complex

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Good temple with peaceful atmosphere

Good temple with peaceful atmosphere  Video Review

Bhagsu Nag Temple

21st Apr 17

Good ancient church of Dharamshala

Good ancient church of Dharamshala  Video Review

St. John Church

21st Apr 17

Good place to visit in Dharmashala

Good place to visit in Dharmashala  Video Review

St. John Church

21st Apr 17

Very holy and peaceful place

Very holy and peaceful place  Video Review

St. John Church

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Average place, nothing new

Average place, nothing new  Video Review

Kangra Art Museum And Kotwali Bazaar

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

Kangra Art Museum And Kotwali Bazaar

21st Apr 17

Reasons to go to Dharamshala

1Places Where You Can Balance Your Yin and Yang
Places Where You Can Balance Your Yin and Yang

Vinita Sharma shares : 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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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

45 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.

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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

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Towards Bhagsunath Waterfall, dharamsala
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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Amit Purohit

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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Nirav Desai

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

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Kulveen Narula

road side view on way to kangra

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