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Essential Information About Dharamshala, Himachal

Dharamshala Tourism

Rated 3.9/5 (based on 2016 reviews)

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Best time to visit:

Nov - Aug

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2-4 Days

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0177 2625864

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Essential Information About Dharamshala

Essential Information on Dharamshala:- With this information of Dharamshala, you can travel to the place more conveniently. Dharamshala might be the perfect place for you to go on your next trip! So make a note of the following information that will provide you with some essential facts about Dharamshala before travelling to the town to explore the important bits you would have rather missed:-Weather of Dharamshala:- Weather in Dharamshala generally remains pleasant and apt for travelling most time of the year. Days are a bit warm during summers with a temperature as hot as 35 degree Celsius, and nights are cold in winters as low as 2 degree Celsius. There are less chances of witnessing snowfall during winters. There are heavy rainfalls during monsoons. However, it is preferable to check the weather for the time of your journey.Dharamshala food:- Food in Dharamshala is influenced by the nature of its inhabitants and cultures practiced in the region. Being in the Himachal state, the Himachali culture and traditions dominantly influence the food. Moreover, the very popular hill city has numerous cafes catering Tibetan cuisine to its tourists with delicacies like ‘momo’ and ‘thukpa’.Since Dharamshala is known to be a backpacker’s paradise, the place serves a number of cuisines from different countries. Some best places to eat at in Dharamshala include Carpe Diem, Choco Log, Common Ground Cafe, Cafe Illiterati, Namgyal Cafe, Lung Ta Japanese Restaurant and Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen.   Festivals of Dharamshala:- Having its own festivals and cultures, Dharamshala is a popular festive location. People of Dharamshala celebrates all festivals of the city with zest and devotion.The Losar Festival or the Tibetan New Year is celebrated in the month of February. Saka Dawa Festival is celebrated to honour Lord Buddha with a 10-day opera organised by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in the month of April. Prashar Fair is held on the banks of Prashar Lake to welcome the season of summer. Dal Fair is a festival in Dharamshala celebrated on the banks of Dal Lake in August. The International Himalayan Festival is celebrated in December, in the honour of Dalai Lama. Visiting Dharamshala in its festive mood will be a great experience!Travelling within Dharamshala:- Tourist map of Dharamshala is available at a number of shops. Rent a bike in Dharamshala. It offers a cheap and flexible mode of moving around the town by referring the Dharamshala tourist map. Both cruiser bikes like Bullet and sport bikes from Honda, Bajaj, Yamaha etc are easily available. Exploring Dharamshala on a motor bike with the pleasant climate of Dharamshala is probably the best option if you are an adventure lover. Most of the places in Dharamshala are easily accessible by the motorbike.Shopping in Dharamshala:- The main market in Dharamshala is the Mcleodganj Main Square where you can find everything. Many shops sell traditional Tibetan and Himachali outfits, whereas, some shops will offer trending t-shirts and jeans. You’ll also find a number of shops selling souvenirs and exotic handicrafts in this market.

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Where should I eat in Dharamshala?

The market in McLeod Ganj will offer you a vareity of cuisines. Tibetan, English and Indian food is easily available. There is a cafe named 'Shiva Cafe' in Bhagsunag, which is a must try in Dharamshala, serving great continental food. Accessible by only foot, it takes about an hour hike to reach the cafe.

What adventure activity should I go for?

Trekking to the famous Triund hill top and paragliding at Bir (World's second best paragliding platform) are the activities one should definitely try while in Dharamshala.

What are the best stay options for a solo traveller?

Backpackers Hostel, McLeod Ganj and Zostel, Bir are the top options for a person travelling alone. These are the hostels introduced with the concept of getting travellers from different countries and places together at a very nominal rent that is ideal for a solo traveller.

What things can I buy in Dharamshala?

Dharamshala has plenty of shops selling Himachali clothes and various kinds of handicrafts mostly associated with Buddhism and Tibet.

What places can I visit in Dharamshala?

Dal lake, Namgyal monastery, Bhagsunag temple and waterfall, Kangra Art Museum, HPCA stadium and Tibet museum are some of the places one can visit in Dharamshala.

Is Dharamshala safe to travel to?

Yes, it is completely safe in Dharamshala. One will find hundreds of tourists anytime they visit the place. Moreover, the locals are quite friendly and helpful.

Is Triund Trek suitable for all?

The Triund trek is suitable for most people. It is an easy trek of 11km with an uphill trek of 4-5 hours.

Is paragliding at Bir safe?

Paragliding at Bir is quite safe. Just follow the instructions properly. Do ask your para-pilot for his license to make sure he is an expert. However, no adventure activity is 100% safe.