Dharamshala Tourism

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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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The nearest domestic airport to Dharamshala is the Gaggal Airport al

so 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.

Dharamshala does not have a railway station of its own.

400;">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.

Being one of the most visited places in India by foreign tourists, this city is accessible via excelle

nt 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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Drpraveendran's 6 days trip to Dharamshala

The hotel stay in Shimla was horrible. The room was very congested. The service and attitude of the staff was much below the expectations. The stay in Kasol was very good. The stay at Manali was reasonable. The quality of food was good at Kasol but very poor in Shimla and Manali. The vehicle was good, but the driver was very rash in driving. The driver was not familiar with the site seeing locations that caused lot of wastage of time. The agent did not make the hotel payment on time and this caused some confusion and delay in checking out from Hotels.

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Kanna's 9 days trip to Dharamshala

Hotel person at manali as well as hotel is not upto the mark. I would like to avoid such hotel and it's service.

Kanna Naresh Mumbai

Akanksha's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

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Deepakmbais's 7 days trip to Dharamshala

Upto Manali Trip was fine......In Shimla we had worst experience.....Hotel.was too far from Main City....Travel from Manali to Shimla too much heat & Cab didn't allow using AC .....Even with a 2 year Old Kid it was. Too hot in Shimla..... Traffic made a spoil sport.....It is not possible to Cover Shimla in a single day with this much traffic......Package went completely wrong......Should have been 3 days in Shimla.....On Last Day of our Tour...we couldn't even have breakfast......Overall Shimla Trip was a disaster.....It ruined our Holidays......Cab driver was only interested in driving and finishing things quickly......he was only focusing on avoiding traffic.....Never stopped at any small point.....On our Shimla exploring day.....We prepared early....But Cab Puncture repair Wasted our time.....And Cab driver new traffic is high so instead of taking us to Kufri.....We should have been taken to Jakoo Temple..... Return trip we came in New Delhi at 14hrs.....we thought our train will be missed .....Hence we kept one extra day for our return.......We had to pay extra in New Delhi Hotel for staying....... Overall out of 5 days we explored only 2 days trip......Most of our time was Wasted in travelling itself........ TRAFFIC info wasn't given by anyone..... Otherwise we wouldn't have paid for Shimla Trip ......In Future plz Don't Adjust Package...... Clearly it Should be mentioned that Shimla exploration isn't possible in a single Day Considering the Traffic......Manali Hotel was Good but we weren't given Balcony as mentioned in The Iternaries ...... Service was Good Wastage of Energy,Money and Enthusiasm

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Gpsingh's 3 days trip to Dharamshala

Meal quality and service average....not so good Wonderful

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Kalyani's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

Request for Balcony Room which was not provided other than all are fine. All the places were we visited

Kalyani Lakshmikanth New delhi

Amit's 5 days trip to Dharamshala

Thank you for organizing such a wonderful holiday for us. Your attention to detail and excellent planning made our trip seamless and unforgettable. We truly appreciated the personalized touches and outstanding service. Looking forward to planning our next adventure with you!

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Sanjay's 3 days trip to Dharamshala

We had a trip to Kullu Manali.It was a family tour and it was awesome. We had a trip to Kullu Manali.It was a family tour and it was awesome.

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Vivek's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

Hotels were in quite remote area. There was nothing nearby hotels that we can explore.

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Vishal's 4 days trip to Dharamshala

Good experience. Very helpful staff. Keep up the good work.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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