Dharamshala Travel Guide
Dharamshala is a picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh known for its serenity and magnificent mountain views. Nestled in the lap of mighty Himalayas it is a destination that offers tranquility for nature lovers and perfect adrenaline rush for adventure seekers. The home town of H.H Dalai Lama, McLeodganj is located near Dharamshala.
It is a great idea to club these two destinations and enjoy an extended holiday. Meandering river, stunning monasteries, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls add to the beauty of this town. The people are friendly, the views are beyond beautiful, what else do you need for a perfect vacation??
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
(April to June)
(July to Sep)
10°C to 15°C
(Oct to Feb)
The Mesmerizing Crown of Kangra Valley
Literally meaning "a spiritual dwelling", Dharamshala perched at an altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level, on the upper reaches of Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a must visit place. The thick blanket of Deodar cedar trees the place holds the revered seat of the 14th Dalai Lama. Picturesque surroundings, chilling weather, strings of Buddhist flags all over, chants & prayer wheels and the presence of the Dalai Lama has made Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj a popular destination amongst the foreign tourists.
More known for Monasteries, tourists here enjoy the serene & peaceful environment. Some prime paces for sightseeing here are Tsuglagkhang Complex - the official home of the 14th Dalai Lama; the Namgyal Monastery, the learning center that houses around 200 Tibetan monks; Masrur rock-cut temples that date back to the 8th century AD; McLeod Ganj Viewpoints that have average elevation of 2,082 meters above sea level;
Kareri Lake for adventure lovers and hikers; Gyuto Monastery – was established by the disciple of the first Dalai Lama in 1474 and now houses more than 500 monks; The Kangra Museum, here has manuscripts, pottery and other artefacts that date back to the 5th century; The Kangra Fort belonging to the oldest existing dynasties in the World; The Dal Lake of Dharamshala, a popular picnic spot; The Kali temple located near the banks of Dal lake; Naddi Village – Trekker’s paradise is this quaint and serene village Naddi Village, which requires an uphill trek of 8 hours for trekkers. Other attractions in and around Dharamshala include Bhagsunag Temple, Norbulingka Institute and Tea gardens, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple to name a few more.
Charming in its own way, Dharamshala might be a little monotonous, for travelers looking for action packed holiday but nature’s serenity, calmness and tranquility is best experienced here, at this Himalayan hilltop hamlet.