Dharamshala Travel Guide

Originally a little hill resort built by the British, Dharamshala is now the main hill station in the Kangra Valley and is also the headquarter of district Kangra. Dharamshala lies between the Shivalik Hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars.  Blessed with marvelous landscapes, Dharamshala is a travellers paradise—lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, manicured tea gardens, wooded hills, gushing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower-adorned meadows, beautiful temples and striking monasteries,

Dharamshala is divided into roughly two parts.

Lower Dharamshala (1,250 m)

This is the busy commercial area with government buildings, the shopping centre and the bus stand

Upper Dharamshala (1,982 m)

This part has suburbs like Forsythganj and Macleodganj where the celebrated Dalai Lama has settled in exile. It has a lots of Tibetan population and monasteries and looks like a Tibetan township.

Dharamshala Climate

Summers in Dharamshala

The summer season in Dharamshala lasts from March to July. the days are warm with temperatures between 22 °C to 38 °C. The summer months are a pleasurable time to be at Dharamshala. The pleasant summers of Dharamshala in fact are a reason, why many of the people from plains flock to the hill station. The nights become slightly cold.

Monsoons are from July to September with heavy rainfall.

Winters in Dharamshala

The winter season which lasts from October to February witnesses freezing temperature and sometimes extremely cold climate. Dharamshala witnesses snowfall from the month of December to February. The area is also fog free during these months where as the low lying areas are engulfed by fog. Seeing this from the hills of Dharamshala is a totally different experience and it looks if someone is watching an endless ocean below. This is the time however to be completely covered with woolens owing to the chilly winds and freezing temperature.

How to reach Dharamshala

By Air

The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 13 km, this is the nearest airport. There are daily flights from Delhi to this place.

By Bus/ Taxi: Distance from Dharamshala

Delhi 515 Kms Approximate travel time

  • from Delhi to Dharamshala is 13 hours
  • from Chandigarh to Dharamshala is 8 hours
  • from Shimla to Dharamshala is 10 hours
  • from Pathankot to Dharamshala is 3 hours
  • from Dalhousie to Dharamshala (via Pathankot) 6 Hours
  • from Manali to Dharamshala 7 hours

Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

Chandigarh 250 Kms
Pathankot  90 Kms
Shimla 235 Kms
Dalhousie  170 Kms
Manali 225 Kms

By Rail

The nearest railhead is Pathankot, 90 km away. Pathankot is on Delhi Jammu Railway line and there are plenty of trains to choose from at different timings. It takes three hours from this place to reach Dharamshala

Places of interest in Dharamshala

War Memorial

It is a very beautiful place to visit. This memorial is built near the entry point to Dharamshala. It was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought in defense of the motherland.

Dal Lake

The lake lies amidst hills and stately fir trees. Dal Lake is bout three kilometers from McLeod Gunj and eleven kilometers from Dharamshala, next to the Tibetan Children’s Village. This small lake is brownish in color and not nearly as impressive as other lakes in Himachal Pradesh.

Kunal Pathri

This is around 3 km. A level walk from Kotwali Bazar leads up to the rock temple of the local goddess.

Dharamkot

11 km. Situated on a hill, this picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the Kangra district and Dhauladhar.

Bhagsunath

11 km. It has an old temple, a spring, slate quarries and a small yet beautiful waterfall. A popular picnic spot.

Kareri

1,983 metres, Kareri is 22 km from Kotwali Bazar. 13 km from the Kareri Rest House is Kareri lake, surrounded by green meadows, oak and pine trees.

Lord Elgin’s Memorial

8 km. The Church of St. John in the wilderness has a monument to Lord Elgin, Viceroy of India, who died at Dharamshala and was buried here in 1863.

Naddi

At 2,000 meters above the sea level and about two kilometers from Mcleod Ganj, a modern picnic spot is developing fast at Naddi. It is connected with a metalled motor able road. It is the only place in Dharamshala from where an open view of mountains and wide valleys on Dhauladhars southern side can be seen. It is also a starting point for a trek to Kareri lake, Guna Temple and Triund.

Triund (2,827 meters above seal level)

Triund is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17 km from Dharamshala and a 9 km trek from McLeodganj passing through Dharamkot and Rakkar at a height of 2,827 mtrs. The breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys make Triund an ideal spot. A ropeway is available from Dharamshala to Triund and accommodation is available at the forest rest house at Triund.

Mcleod Ganj

Tibet has lent importance to Mcleod Ganj. The Buddha temple is situated opposite the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This place is well worth a visit and around it is situated Tibetan monasteries and nunnery. A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops are present.

Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama’s Temple)

Tsuglagkhang is the most important Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. It enshrines three magnificient images, including an enormous gilt statue of Shakyamuni, statues of Valokitesvara and Padamasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, the Indian scholar who introduced Buddhism and Tantric teachings to Tibet in the 8th century.

Church Of St. John

In The Wilderness Fifteen minutes’ walk from McLeod Gunj, the Anglican church lies in the forest near Forsyth Gunj. This neo-Gothic stone church was built in 1852 and has some fine Belgian stained-glass windows.

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