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Dharamshala Tourism

Tourism in Dharamshala

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Oct - Jun
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2-4 Days
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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 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 hilltop 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 includes 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 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 clothing 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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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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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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    Srinivas Kadiyala

    Bengaluru

    Srinivas's 8 days trip to Dharamshala

    The travel was good. Driver was good, with all curve roads we travelled with. Hotel at Shimla was good. Food was good at hotel. Rooms were clean. Hote at Manali was good, we were not getting the cold water. Hotel people has fixed it. Rooms were clean. Dharamshala hotel was also clean. Place is coo
    l. Dalhousie Hotel room was not neat, the lift was not operational. Bed cloth was not clean. We did not face any problem while in travel.
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    Nilamanidas's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

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    Krishnatiwari

    Gujarat

    Krishnatiwari's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

    It was good experience but snow point mentioned in package was not included. Manali is famous for snow point but it was not covered in the trip . So, I have to make my own arrangements for the expense at my own. Rohtang Pass at my own cost and paragliding in Kullu.
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    Kishorkumarnaik

    Goa

    Kishorkumarnaik's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    We came across this website on the day before we left to chandigarh. Even at the last moment they helped us plan our trip very well.Driver Raju came at the right time to pick us from chandigarh. Day 1 we went to shimla stayed there for two days.Hotel given by these people here was much better.Then
    on the 3rd day we were taken to manali.Hotel in manali was much much better compared to shimla.We had a really good time in manali.Driver was calm and too friendly.Talking about kgf and ipl cricket is what I remember having conversation with driver.He was also very informative about the place. Our Hotels: Shimla: The Royal Vista, 3/5 Rating. Hotel is okay type. Manali: The Mountain Villa, 5/5 Rating. Hotel is very posh. We Spent 3 Nights. Staff is very good. Food is amazing. Our Agent: The Ideal Tours. Abhishek, he helped us a lot in the begining. When tour starts, he did not contact us. Which is the sad part.. But still it is okay. Your entire tour guide is your CAB DRIVER. You should have a good one. We had a nice person, We fully enjoyed, we will revist Manali once again in next year, hope we will find the same driver :D Thank you very much for the trip
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    Ambesh Sharma

    Ajmer

    Ambesh's 3 days trip to Dharamshala

    very good photography time and food of hotel but still waiting for photographs
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    Ankur Bhatnagar

    New delhi

    Ankur's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    Hotels are Ok Ok with average services, Almost Food is repeated all 3 days in both breakfast and dinner and Driver is good in nature but has driven car too slow and even slower than Volvo buses. Time taken from Delhi to Tirthan 550 KM is 17 hours in Innova which is really tiring, tirthan to Manali i
    s 90 km took us 4.5 hours to reach .. and driver didn't knew much about any of the site scene. Ok ok experience not too satisfactory as per the amount paid.
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    Cp Vinay

    Hyderabad

    Cp's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

    Thanks Travel triangle for your services! We had a Good time at shimla and manali. All things were set perfect before we asked for. Food can be more better in both locations and amenities can be enhanced if possible. Thanks Travel triangle for your services! We had a Good time at shimla and manali.
    All things were set perfect before we asked for. Food can be more better in both locations and amenities can be enhanced if possible.
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    Padmaja Krovvidi

    Pune

    Padmaja's 8 days trip to Dharamshala

    Hotel rooms are not up to the mark, they are very small and located very far to the city specially in manali n shimla. We see some glitches in hotel bookings Cab driver is good Dalhousie sight location is good
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    Amala George

    Chennai

    Amala's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

    Had some issue with cab driver being unwell ..so got an alternative cab from the travel agent..but landed up in some trouble on the way again..and had to take another cab. The agency made arrangements for alternative cab and refunded the money spent by us..so finally it was ok.
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    Krishna Prasad

    Hyderabad

    Krishna's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

    1) 3.5 stars for Manali Retreat. We liked the rooms in Hotel Manali Retreat. The staff was friendly and courteous. WIFI is provided. 2) There is no lift. It could be a problem for senior citizen travellers. 3) The food was just okay. There are limited options in Breakfast and Dinner. We had to lea
    ve early at 7 AM on one of the days of our stay, and when we requested for early Breakfast, our request was declined. They could have atleast arranged us a cup of coffee or tea and some cornflakes for kids. We were not happy with this. We had to dine out in spite of opting for a meal plan. **** 4) 3 stars for Hotel King Palace. We were really happy with the staff courtesy and friendliness. They were very generous and pleasing. But the hotel is located in a very busy area and has narrow space. The ambience is not good and the room where we stayed was suffocating with no ventilation. The windows had to be closed due to Monkeys menace and there is no fan. No WIFI. 5) There is no lift. It could be a problem for Senior Citizen travellers. 6) The food was good. Limited options in Breakfast and Dinner. But the food is served hot and tasty. We really enjoyed our stay in Manali and we could have skipped Shimla. Rohtang Pass was a hit in Manali and Khufri was a flop in Shimla.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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