The lush and refreshing hills of Dharamshala

Dharamshala Tourism

Tourism in Dharamshala

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Oct - Jun

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2-4 Days

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Rs. 4,838

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0177 2625864

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Tourism & Civil Aviation Department Director, Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla-171009.
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Dharamshala Tourism Guide

Nestled amidst the beautiful hills of the Kangra Valley, Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This place is famed to be the holy residence of Dalai Lama and houses hundreds of Tibetan monks in exile. Dharamshala tourism will take you through the best time of your life. This town is surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of Himalayas making it a perfect tourist and backpacking destination in India. This Dharamshala travel guide will assist you to cover the most of the town and make your experience cherishable for the rest of your life!Dharamshala has a beautiful trek in the mighty Dhauladhars, Triund, which is an easy trek done by most of the tourists visiting this city. It is a 22-curve, about 2 to 4 hour 9 km long trek that will make you drop your jaw with the splendid views it gives. The Triund hill top is a paradise for all nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers. Spend a night at the top in a tent, you’ll definitely love this experience!Moreover, since Dharamshala is inhabited by a number of Tibetans, you can find many Buddhist monasteries in the city. With Namgyal Monastery being a popular one, there are many other monasteries people give a visit including HH Dalai Lama Temple or Tsuglagkhang Complex, Dip Tse Chok Ling, Gyuto Monastery and many more. Surely visit at least one of them if you are curious to explore the Tibetan culture at its best!Tourism in Dharamshala is not just limited to the stunning views of the mountains and the monasteries. This city has a huge number of tourist places. One of the best places to visit in Dharamshala include Bhagsunag Waterfalls, which is a perfect place to enjoy the music of nature while relaxing and rediscovering ourselves. A short hike from Bhagsunag Temple will lead you to these beautiful waterfalls. Also, Dal Lake is another very popular tourist attraction in Dharamshala. You can enjoy boating and sightseeing at this smaller version of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The road beyond leads to the Sunset Point which will give you spectacular views of sun and its red light. You will be pleased with the items you’ll get to buy in the local markets of Dharamshala. These markets are very famous for their Tibetan clothings and handicrafts. Other than these Tibetan items, you will also find Himachali offerings like Ponchos.For some really good places to eat at in Dharamshala, the places that you must need to try include Lung Ta Japanese Restaurant, Khana Nirvana, Hope Cafe, Shanti Cafe, Shiva Cafe, Cafe Illiterati, Morgan’s Place, Tibet Kitchen, Nick’s Italian Kitchen and Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen. Go on a food exploration on foot and try all specialities of these eateries.


If you are wishing for more in Dharamshala, then visit this hill city and explore the simple mountain life and go deep in the Tibetan culture. With this Dharamshala tour guide, we will provide you with everything you need to know for a better vacation in Dharamshala!

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Places To Visit In Dharamshala

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  • Triund Hill in Dharamshala

    Let the spellbounding beauty of the Triund trek route in the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar hills, near Dharamshala, Himachal enchant you. This serene and majestic trek offers panoramic views of the hills from the top at various times of the day – moonrise, dusk, and dawn. Trek through the lush green rhododendron and oak ...

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  • McLeodganj in Dharamshala

    Mcleodganj in Himachal offers everything a traveller can ask from the Himalayas: spirituality, serenity, and sublimity. A winding road through the Pine tree tunnels on the Dhauladhar mountains leads travellers to Mcleodganj, which is located 10 kilometers north of Dharamshala. Essentially a hilly suburb of Dharamshala, Mcle...

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  • Bhagsunag Temple in Dharamshala

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bhagsunag temple is located in the holy village of Bhagsunag in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh and is a very popular tourist attraction in Dharamshala. This temple is situated around 2 km from McLeodganj Main Square and was constructed in the 18th Century. Because of its unique style of archi...

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  • Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala

    Originally set up in Tibet, Gyuto Monastery is known for its study in tantric meditation, ritual arts and Buddhist philosophies. It was re-established in India after the Chinese invasion in 1959 in Tibet. The monastery was initially founded by the main disciple of first Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. Gyuto Monastery is, ...

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  • Cricket Stadium in Dharamshala

    The rolling meadows, snow-covered mountain peaks and the oak and coniferous vegetation just adds to the sublime natural beauty of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium or the HPCA cricket stadium in Dharamshala. Imagine watching a riveting cricket match with the backdrop of misty and snowy mountains all around wh...

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Things To Do In Dharamshala

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  • Trekking in Dharamshala

    Trekking in Dharamshala is a major attraction for those in love with the adrenaline rush that comes from scaling heights and watching the snow peaked mountains come closer to you as you walk towards them. The beautiful lush green trails keep you company, as well as the burbling brooks that fall down from a height of several...

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  • Camping in Dharamshala

    Pitch your tents amongst the hilly landscapes of Dharamshala when you go camping here. Triund is one of the most popular treks and spots for camping in Dharamshala. Nestled among the breathtaking Dhauladhar mountain ranges, this hill station is a beautiful sight to behold and lying under the starry skies of this area at nig...

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How To Reach Dharamshala

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By Air

The nearest domestic airport to Dharamshala is the Gaggal Airport also known as the Kangra Airport, which is located at a distance of 15 km from Dharamshala. Daily flights connect the airport to a number of cities in India including the capital. You can book a cab or a taxi to go to Dharamshala from the Gaggal airport which is a mere half an hour journey to reach Dharamshala.

For tourists coming from other countries, you can take a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. From there, you can either opt for a bus, cab (490 km with a 10-11 hours journey) or take another flight from IGI Airport to Gaggal Airport and reach Dharamshala similarly as above.

By Train

Dharamshala does not have a railway station of its own. To reach Dharamshala by railways you have to get down at the nearest railway station to Dharamshala which is Pathankot railway station in Punjab, about 86 km from the city of Dharamshala. You can take a cab from the station to reach Dharamshala or a bus from the Pathankot Bus Stand towards McLeodganj which should take about 3 to 4 hours to reach the city Dharamshala.

Chandigarh Railway station is also very common among tourists coming via train. You can take a train to Chandigarh at a distance of 253 km from Dharamshala, which connects major Indian metro cities. You have to take a bus towards Dharamshala or hire a cab to reach the city which should take about 5 to 6 hours.

By Road

Being one of the most visited places in India by foreign tourists, this city is accessible via excellent road facility. NH 154 and NH 503 lead to this beautiful city of Dharamshala. A road journey should simply just be as enjoyable and pleasant as Dharamshala itself.

You can opt to self drive or hire a cab. Delhi sets the base for people coming from long distances. There are many agencies that provide vehicle on rent and cab services to Dharamshala you can get in Delhi. Also, buses ply daily to Dharamshala from Kashmiri Gate ISBT in Delhi mostly being semi-sleeper Volvos for about 1000 to 1500 INR per seat. This journey takes about 10 to 11 hours. The buses usually run overnight.

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      Cab driver experience was awesome more than 5 star. He knows the places and traffic situation in peak time. And very very helping in nature. His name is Jitendra Thakur. Hotel experience was worst. We would need to tell staff atleast three times for any issue. Hotel rooms were on 1st floor by which we didn't get rever view at all. It should have been on upper floor. Earlier we were happy for rever view but later regrated. Food was not good. Repeated items in breakfast and dinner. Lots of food items made up from cheap maida. Hotel name is Snow Villa Only due to awesome driver it's 4* Paragliding and Rohtang Pass.
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      Pramod Kakarla

      Hyderabad, a day ago

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      The driver was driving rashly and even after asking to slow down didn't do. The driver wasn't cooperative when we used to ask to go to tourist spots he always used to say that or this place is jam packed or there is nothing to see here or there and he was very particular about his timing he only preferred to work till 6pm. Also for cases where we asked him to stop at restaurants or places to relax he used to stop only at stopovers at his choices. Not comfortable journey.
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      Sunakshi Maghu

      Delhi, 2 days ago

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      Kundan Singh

      Faridabad, 2 days ago

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      Chandigarh, 2 days ago

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    FAQ's of Dharamshala

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    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.

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

    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.

    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.

     

     

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

    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.

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