Home to Dalai Lama and a backpacker's delight, Dharamshala has everything going in its favour as a hill station. Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala rose to fame with its cricket stadium and IPL matches and attracts thousands of adventure enthusiasts for treks in Dhauladhar range and Mcleodganj, a popular hippie hotspot in Dharamshala.
The Tibetan refugees, the holy Dalai Lama and the monasteries add a different dimension to the already existing culture and tradition here. For a food lover, Dharamshala offers innate variety with fresh and delectable take-offs from various international cuisines including Tibetan.
The popular attraction sites here include Guna Mata temple, Bhagsu Waterfall, Dal Lake, Mcleodganj, St. John's Church and various Tibetan temples and monasteries. You also find a lot of popular trek routes such as Triund Peak, Kareri and others through the famous Dhauladhar range in Himalayas. Because it is home to the holy Dalai Lama and several Tibetan refugees, the town attracts a lot of celebrities and tourists to meet him.
Best Time to Visit
March to October
Always carry a flashlight with you while strolling around the market in evening. It gets dark early here and the routes are zigzag and narrow for most of the part.
Best Things to Shop
When shopping in Dharamshala, things you should absolutely not miss are woven woolen scarves, wooden carvings, jewelry and Tibetan handicrafts. A must go for those desperate getaways from the hectic city lifestyle.
Best accommodation nearby
- Pink House
- Annex Hotel
- Hotel Bhagsu
- Sky Pie Hotel
How to Reach
Dharamshala is a place well connected to rest of the country via all preferred networks.
The nearest airport is in Kangra valley around 17 km away while Pathankot at a distance of 91 km would be your nearest station when travelling in train.