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. A serene monastery of holiness, Gyuto Monastery in Dharamshala is known for its heart-touching history and its tantric studies all over the world. This monastery proves how ancient power of black ...

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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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    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
      SG

      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Pros:1. tempo traveller & driver services are very good.2.food & accommodation are very good in all hotels that we chose. Need to improve: services & cleanliness at Sky village camping in billing, Himachal Pradesh need to be improved.it is run on solar panels as there is no electricity. We are not aware of this as we traveled with kids & seniors. Triund trek at dharamshala, horse ride in kajjiar lake, Dian kund & kalatope Trek in Dalhousie;paragliding in billing are spectacular!!!
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      Samyukta Guntreddy

      Visakhapatnam andhra, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Package Cost me Rs 24,000/- Day 1:I was Travelling from Jammu ,The internet service was not available ,the remaining payment I had to be done by Cash mode after reaching the hotel ,It was very frustrating Night 1 :Horrible experience ,Hotel has been changed ,Skylark to some local Rosewood hotel (stay was OK but dinner we had outside) Day2: breakfast has less option ,opted for Paratha (very Bad but was hungry)but me and my wife vomited during Journey ,Places :More religious places chamunda devi,brijeshwari temple has been covered instead of Natural sight seeing,however places were nice,Kangra fort was awesome. Cab service was good. Night 2:Dinner was worst ,we are unable to eat it ,badly cooked and rotten smell is coming out.Beds were comfortable but room was dirty and not properly cleaned stained were there. Day 3:transfer to Dhramshala to Dalhousie ,in between we visited Monastery ,Dalai Lama was addressing there.It was heartfelt experience. reached to Banikhet near by Dalhousie in Hotel Grand Dalhousie.It is budget hotel Staying was good.The road trip from Dharamshala /mcleodganj to Banikhet was awesome but the nature is fragile there ,not recommend to visit during rainy season as frequent landslide occur. Night3: Dinner was good in first night as a group of student visited there to stay. Day4:Visited Dalhousie church,KhajjiarThe best place in my journey,very awesome weather,picturesque ,views and many more to be refreshed.Khajjiar is also a good picnic spot.Afterwards we went to Chamba laxmi narayan temple,which is inside city,Dalhousie to chamba to Banikhet road is dangerous.However cab driver Sameer was excellent in his work. Night 5:we were Happy to had good trip.But again Food/Dinner in grand Dalhousie was worst(I mean it). Day 6: Early Morning we left for Pathankot. The Bad Parts are : 1.unexpectedly telling me to pay the remaining bill either by Cash or Online.while I was coming from Jammu where there were not internet service. 2.Changing of Hotel Skylark to some not so good hotel Rosewood (staying was Okay but Food was literally worst).Beware if you had bad food it can ruin your trip. 3. Dharmshala/Mcleodganj (more of religious kind,temple visit) instead of more historical places ,museum,sight seeing 4.hotel was in Banikhet not in Dalhousie,the weather & views in Dalhousie is awesome and not same as Banikhet. 5.Food was worst. The Good Parts: 1.The cab/Private vehicle service was very good,comfortable.Driver was experienced,drives smoothly ,well mannered ,gentleman and assisted us where he can. 2.Dalhousie ,Khajjiar ,Monastery ,Kangra Fort visits are memorable part. 3.Temple visit were also fine but not so exciting. 4.Staying was normal,as these are budget hotels. 5.The hilly road drive was awesome. Note:However ,I felt that I would have chosen government approved & 3 star or above rated hotels ,not the travel triangle or other website rated 3 star hotels for comfortable STAYING/SLEEPS and for quality FOOD.
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      Devendra Deshmukh

      Katra, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      My trip to Shimla, Manali & Dharamshala was well coordinated by the executives of North India Tours and Travels with very good halting arrangements at these places. I would certainly recommend them and also travel triangle to all tour aspirants.
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      Revathiveekumar

      Bangalore, 20 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      The trip was perfect as per the iternary. Driver was very much supportive, flexible and friendly. Hotels in Amritsar and Himachal all were perfect but the best was in Dharamshala. I had a perfect holiday within these 6 days. Thank You Team for providing us with awesome experience.
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      Sagar Sukumarannair

      Mumbai, 21 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Thanks to Mr. Kush, from Holiday Triangle who provided the necessary guidance and facilities for booking my family trip of 4 to Dalhousie and Dharamshala. Mr. Kush was friendly and always prompt to reply to my queries and change requests. The cab driver Mr. Vicky Rana was an awesome gentleman who knew all the routes very well, even for once he did not need to ask for directions or google map. He drove at a steady speed and his Innova car was an absolute comfort. Both the hotels , HOTAL MONGAS (Dalhousie) and THE PINK HOUSE (McLeodGanj) were absolute best, staying there we never had any issues. Mr Ranjeet Singh from Mongas and Mahender Ji from Pink House provided all the necessary facilities to make our journey a memorable one. I would suggest people to plan their holidays with HOLIDAY TRIANGLE. Regards Anik Saha
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      Anik Saha

      Faridabad, 23 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      The overall trip could have been better had the agency taken care of some small things. 1. At two of the booked hotels, Wistling Pine in Shimla and Savers Park in Amritsar were had been stopped for about 30 minutes or so when checking out stating that the payments were not made and that we had to pay them. It was very inconvenient. 2. We didn't get to see a few places promised in the final voucher. First, we got to Kullu in the evening and the driver stopped at a shop and said that if we wanted to buy clothes we had about 30 minutes. He said we will not visit Kullu again. So we didn't see Kullu at all. Second, we didn't visit Kasole at all. The driver said he will see if the roads to Kasole were open, he will take us. But he didn't take us there. I know for sure that the roads were open. I strongly believe he wanted to get to Dharamshala earlier so he skipped that. Third, the driver skipped all the sightseeing in Dalhousie saying that they are 50 to 60 km away so we cannot visit them. 3. When we asked for some changes in the hotel reservations, although the request being 3 days in advance, it was denied stating that the changes could not be made. 4. When we would asked the driver to take us to a near by mall or shopping, he declined the request stating the car has a gps and that hey is not allowed to. 5. At most of the hotels, we missed the breakfast because the driver wanted to leave early for the next destination.
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      An Khaleeq

      Kabul, 25 days ago

    • Trip to Dharamshala

      Hotel in Dharamshala (Sai Taj Grand) was excellent with very polite staff. But the hotel in Dalhousie (Satyadev Grand) was horrible. The entrance and ambience was so poor that you wouldn't like to stay in the hotel. The staff was rude too and I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. The cabs AC wasn't working and hence it was too hot in Haryana and Punjab when we were traveling from Delhi towards Dharamshala. The agent (Guruji Travels) refused to accept its AC is ill functioning. The driver (Vikas Kumar) was a very polite guy. One of the best drivers that I have ever travelled with. He needs all the desired appraisals from his company. Guruji Travels needs to be o be more customer centric as they are in service industry. Should give a heed to customers complaints and should check the hotels that they are giving to their customers. Himanshu from Travel Triangle was very helpful in listening to our complaints.
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      Kenil Shah

      Ahmedabad, 3 months ago

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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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