Himachal Pradesh is stunning, it's a tourist destination known for a strong bond with every kind of traveler. Whenever the thought of a vacation away from the hustle bustle comes to mind, the name of this state's attractions pops up. Talking of one such city spending its days in the companionship of the Dhauladhar ranges is, Dharamshala. The hill station is popularly known for offering the perfect setting to travelers and a number of things to do. Located in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, Dharamshala sits at an elevation of 1475 meters and is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism.
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Further, Dharamshala is a year-round destination. You don't have to think a lot before packing your bags and zooming right away to this city. However, the best time to visit Dharamshala is summers. The weather remains pleasant during this season with the temperature ranging between 20° C and 35° C. Travelers can easily go for trekking and sightseeing tours. Triund trek, Indrahar Pass trek, Laka Glacier trek and Indrahar Pass trek to Chamba are some of the top expeditions of Dharamshala. The winter season is a good time to visit Dharamshala for honeymooners.
Also known as Little Lhasa, the city is blessed with scintillating lakes, enlightening temples, shimmering waterfalls, and age-old forts, and museums. To begin with, the Tsuglagkhang Complex is one of the most popular attractions of Dharamshala. Situated on the Temple road, the complex was sculpted by the 14th Dalai Lama when he visited India for the first time in 1959. The place serves as the abode of the Dalai Lama and also houses the Namgyal Monastery.
Some other shrines that Dharamshala is home to are Gyuto Monastery, Bhagsunag Temple, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, and St. John in the Wilderness Church. After a spiritual tour, travelers can head to the amusing Kareri Dal Lake and Bhagsunag Waterfalls to feel refreshed. Along with that, history and architecture buffs can visit places namely Kangra Fort, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, and Kangra Art Museum.
Every direction that you head towards, a new cultural, spiritual and rejuvenating experience awaits your presence. That is what this wondrous city in Himachal Pradesh is all about. Don’t overthink, plan a visit or just take a pick from our meticulously crafted Dharamshala holiday packages. Our travel experts consider all your preferences, budget and make sure you get the best of the best.
Ques: Is Dharamshala open for Tourists now?
Ans: Yes, Dharamshala is now open for tourists. You can visit the popular attractions of Dharamshala. COVID-19 negative test report is mandatory.
Ques: Where is Dharamshala Located?
Ans: Dharamshala is located in Northern Part of India in Himachal Pradesh state of India. It is in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley, Dharamshala sits at an elevation of 1475 meters and is home to the 14thDalai Lama of the Tibetan sect of Buddhism.
Ques: Is Dharamshala and MacLeodganj different places or same place?
Ans: Dharamshala & MacLeodganj are two different places 10kms apart but both has very frequent service through shared taxis. Mcleodganj is a holy city in Dharamshala, which is famous for many attractions including the Dalai Lama temple.
Ques: Which are the places of visit in Dharamshala?
Ans: Also known as Little Lhasa, the city is blessed with scintillating lakes, enlightening temples, shimmering waterfalls, and age-old forts, and museums. Important attraction of Dharamshala are:
- Dharamshala Cricket Stadium: Located at a height of 1,457 mtrs amidst the Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra valley, it is one of the highest sports grounds in the world.
- Library of Tibetan Works and Archives: If you are interested in study of Buddhism, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is the place to be with artefacts and manuscripts that date back to the 12th century.
- St. John in Wilderness Church: a Neo gothic church dates back to 1852.
- War Memorial: For the brave soldiers who lost their lives in Indo – China wars of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, & 1971.
- Gyuto Monastery: works towards establishing, promoting and preservation of black magic, also known as Tantric teachings.
- Jwala Devi Temple: at a distance of 38kms from Dharamshala, this temple is dedicated to Jwala Ji – one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India.
- Tsuglagkhang Complex &Namgyal Monastery: popular as Dalai Lama Residence. the complex was sculpted by the 14th Dalai Lama when he visited India for the first time in 1959. The place serves as the abode of the Dalai Lama and also houses the Namgyal Monastery.
- Bhagsu falls: At a distance of approx. 05 kms from the city is a site not to be missed.
- Masroor Rock cut temples - Situated 32 kms from Kangra in Dharamshala, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is an archaeological site of 15 rock cut temples.
- Other sites of interest are Bhagsunath Temple, kangra Museum, Dal lake, Tea Garden etc.
Ques: How to reach Dharamshala?
Ans: You can reach Dharamshala by air, Rail and road, but main point of access is by road and Air.
- By Air- Dharamshala airport is called Gaggal airport, approx. 10 kms from the city. The airport has flights coming from Delhi international airport, you can find connecting flights from other airport. Please write to Indian Holiday to choose the flights for you.
- By Train- Nearest Railway station to Dharamshala is Pathankot railway station and Chakki bank railway station at approx. 90 kms from the city. You can find these stations on trains going towards Jammu. From The railway station one need to book taxi for transfer to Dharamshala.
- By Road- Dharamshala is accessible by road from the cities of important tourist destinations of Amritsar, Shimla and Manali.
Ques: How is the weather in Dharamshala and Best time to visit Dharamshala?
Ans: Dharamshala is a year-round destination. It is also a hill station being in the hilly terrain of Himachal Pradesh, the best time to visit Dharamshala is in summers. The weather remains pleasant during this season with the temperature ranging between 20° C and 35° C.
Dharamshala winters are chilly but there isn’t any snowfall in these areas, it happens one in a winters that to not very regular and is owing to changing weather conditions everywhere in the world.
Ques: Does it snow in Dharamshala?
Ans: It is not common to see snow in Dharamshala, however if you are keen to see snow, you can choose to trek to triund – a 04 hrs trek from Dharamshala and if you feel more adventurous you can further trek to Ilaka glacier – 02 hrs more. Best time for trek is in summers from April to September.
Ques: Where does Dalai Lama lives in Dharamshala?
Ans: The 14th Dalai Lama lives in MacLeodganj in Dharamshala. There is a Dalai Lama Temple - also called as Tsuglakhang Temple, Dalai Lama visits this temple twice or thrice every year to preach and bless. Thus, the temple gets its name as Dalai Lama Temple.
If you are lucky enough to visit the temple during his visit, you can listen to his preaching. Very close to the residence of Dalai Lama, this temple stands as an important pilgrimage spot. This temple is famous for providing religious teachings. The most important feature of this temple is the morning ritual.
Ques: Where can we find Tibetan Medical Institute in Dharamshala?
Ans: The Tibetan medical system is one of the world's oldest known medical traditions. It is an integral part of Tibetan culture and has been developed through many centuries. Men-Tsee-Khang is a full-fledged Tibetan Medical Institute with a work force of 114 doctors, 15 astro-science practitioners, 490 staff and 159 students. The Headquarter in Dharamshala works through several departments with their own activity of academic as well as administrative in nature. Men-Tsee-Khang is a Tibetan version of Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute. Since then the institute has been widely known by its Tibetan name Men-Tsee-Khang also of H.H. the Dalai Lama.