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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.
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Kangra Fort

It is a famous fort located in the outskirts of the famous place Kangra near Dharamshala. This fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of the state of Kangra in the 15th Century. However, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the year 1905. Still, it has a good structure which attracts a lot of tourists.

Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.

Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.



Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.
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St. Patrick's Church

Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. 

This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of worship

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Tirthan Valley

Drive away for some 60 kilometres from Kasol to hit this secluded heaven amidst the wild, called Tirthan valley. The magnificent view of the valley, non-concretised paths, the wilderness feel, all just amaze the tourists that visit this place. 

It is easily a complete day engagement place to visit in Kasol. One can relax besides the river and trek through the jungle to discover a waterfall in the valley. Tirthan valley is surely one of the best one-day getaway from Kasol and is a must visit to everybody that hit the land of Himachal.

Kasol is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, famous for its scenic beauty and little tourist destinations. Some of the Kasol places to visit have it all sorted for the tourists with decent number of tourist places and fun activities. 

Here, it is not just about the place or activity, it is also about knowing the hidden culture and traditions of this tiny hamlet. Being called the Israel of India, Kasol is filled with a mixture of India and Israeli culture that is worth a watch.  

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Chhalal Village

One among the Israeli abodes in Kasol, Chhalal Village is one other place to visit in Kasol for tourists that look out for small attractions in the city. Redefining the beauty of nature and blending in Israeli culture, Chhalal is a quite wonderful place to spend a day. One can trek to this village witnessing the mystic atmosphere of the place. 

The best thing to do in this small town is to explore cafes and try out some of the best Israeli cuisine. Kasol, also known as the ‘Mini Israel’ of India, accommodates many other small hamlets like Chhalal that add to the overall experience of the tourists that visit Kasol.  

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Pulga Village

At a distance of approximately 16 kilometres, nested is this famous place to visit in Kasol called Pulga. Not so far from the city, this village welcomes all the tourists of Kasol. Pulga is best known for the temple or gurudwara in Parvati valley. The peaceful habitat has surprisingly large number of foreigners visiting the place throughout the year. Pulga village is one of the must visit for all the bag packers as it will enhance their love for bag packing as well as offbeat destinations. 

The village is also known for being the tea treasure of the Himalayan side. All in all Pulga village is a small but an exciting tourist destination that adds to the glory of this small town, Kasol. 

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Khajjar

Located approximately 2000 M above the sea level, Khajjar is popularly known as the mini Switzerland. So, if you are looking forward to spending some quality time with your better half, then Khajjar is a perfect destination to add flavour to your romance. 

Being blessed with dense Deodar forests, snow clad mountains and the captivating Khajjar Lake; this is an ideal picnic spot to be visited with friends and family. For all the nature lovers, Khajjar is a heaven on earth. The antiquated Khajjinag Temple, which was built in the 12th century, is also a well-known attraction here.

Activities and attractions:- Picnic spot, Sightseeing, Photography

 

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Chamba Town

The Chamba town is situated on the banks of the River Ravi. It is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Dalhousie. Being an age old princely state, this place is blessed with marvellous architecture. The Chamba Town also proffers innumerable excursions for all you tourists. 

The temperature here is extreme; hence it is advisable that you explore this town during the chilly winters. Find faith in immaculate temples of Laxmi Narayan, Hari Rai and others. Admire the magnificent Akhand Chandi Palace and Rajmahal. Also, do not forget to visit the Bhuri Singh Museum, which exhibits the rich culture of Chamba. 

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Historical Monuments, Museums, Places of Worship, etc.

 

 

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Traveller Tales from Dharamshala

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Shambhavi Deshpande

10 July 2016

It was a really nice experience. :)

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Shambhavi Deshpande

10 July 2016

It was a really nice experience. :)

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Vaibhav Vyas

07 May 2015

What a beautiful place…I’ve never earlier had experienced such a beauty other than in Bollywood movies…its that beautiful

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Drishti Singh

07 May 2015

Wow, such beautiful place, the best thing that I felt was that everybody all the locals had put forth their efforts to keep the place clean and away from all the buzz that we tourists make.

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Lipika Ray

04 May 2015

Lovely trek on a whole. But I guess, we should have taken it during December or somewhere during the winter.

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Trishita Chatterjee

04 May 2015

Guys, this can be called as one of the best treks in the entire country. The beauty and the feel that it offers are simply above all. If you happen to miss it, you will miss it forever. Pack your bags,...

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Neha Pandey

17 April 2015

This experience was truly amazing and I got to explore a whole different side of adventure travel. Everything was amazing! Will return soon for more! Loved the glaciers and pristine skies and rivers!

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Jai Ladahani

16 April 2015

We had one of the best lifetime experiences in Himachal Pradesh this January. There was snow everywhere and the Kumarwah lake was frozen, allowing us to have our very own adventures. Tuly loved it!

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Rishab Jain

14 April 2015

We did the Kareri Lake trek during the summers. Even during that time, it was so beautiful and made our trek ever-memorable. The trekking guides carried out the entire trek so decently. Planning to vi

What You Should Know More About Dharamshala

  • Q. About the destination

    Located in the Kangra valley with lush greenery, the pristine town of Dharamshala is something beyond the words can explain. It is a beautiful hill station in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh in India.

    Dharamshala is located on the valley of a Himalayan mountain range called Dhauladhar. The highest peak of this mountain range is known as White Mountain, which is 5639 m high. You can get a mesmerizing view of the Dhauladhar range from McLeod Ganj, one of the prime suburbs in Dharamshala. There are some great waterfalls too in Dharamshala. The other tourists’ spots include Kalachakra Temple, Triund hill, Dalai Lama Temple, and many more. We shall be discussing them in details below.

    If you are a shopaholic, Dharamshala is probably your best destination. The Kotwali Bazaar is a busy market place where you can spend a great time. A shopping mall, named Maximus, is there to satisfy your shopping craves. Don’t forget to buy your Tibetan Singing Bowl to calm down your ailing busy mind. To eat well, you have Baskin Robbins, KFC, and other local restaurants. If you are a party animal and you like having a blast at night, there are some discos in the town. X-Cite Discotheque and Rhythm are two great places where you can get a happening nightlife.

    Dharamshala has a lot of hotels, guesthouses and resorts for your comfortable stay. Some suggestions are Victoria House, Friend’s House, Welcome House, Hotel Akash, Pink House, etc.

    Other nearby destinations that you can visit from Dharamshala is Palampur, Dalhousie and Manali.

  • Q. Travel advice

    • You can explore the town by simply walking but if you are hiring a taxi, make sure to agree upon the fare beforehand.

    • Avoid over-friendly strangers. You might make a mistake in recognising him/her.

    • Dharamshala is mostly safe but keep an eye on your belongings to avoid unnecessary harassment.

    • Carry a torch with you while going out after evening. Power cuts are common in Dharamshala.

    • Avoid lifts from strangers.

    • Plan your trip beforehand to avoid wastage of time.

    • Keep sight-seeing outings during the day time only. The hilly areas get deserted soon.

    • You will find a lot of monkeys outside some temples and along the road. Do not feed them.

    • Ask for local help when required.

    • Don’t leave the children alone in the hilly regions.

    • To meet Dalai Lama you need to fill up and submit a form in their office with a copy of your passport. Make those preparations before time.  

  • Q. Drinking laws

    The minimum age for liquor consumption in Dharamshala is 18 years. You should not attempt to buy and drink alcohol if you are younger. Also, if you are eligible to drink, drink responsibly. Do not go for sight-seeing in drunken state.

  • Q. Our recommendations- things you can’t afford to miss?

    • Triund Hill

    If you are an adventure-seeker, Dharamshala is your paradise. The beautiful and serene Triund Hill offers the trekkers their best lifetime experiences. It is 3240 m high with Kunal Pathri Temple as its first camp site at 2788 m. The second camp site is Snow Line Café at 3250 m. The entire hill is marked which makes it easy for the trekkers with fewer chances of getting lost.


    • Cricket stadium

    There is a beautiful international cricket stadium in Dharamshala, the name of which is Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The natural beauty of this stadium is enhanced by the pine trees and thick greenery all around it. The place actually resembles the beauty of Switzerland.


    • Bhagsu Waterfall

    With a height of 2165 m, this waterfall is in Bhagsunaag village and behind the Bhagsu temple. The entire location is enchanting and picturesque. You can take a refreshing bath in the water pool created by the fall naturally.


    • Church of St. John

    This place is sure to give you goose bumps. An old beautiful church amidst deodar forests in a chilling cold lonely environment, doesn’t that sounds creepy? Visit the place to experience this. Located in Forsyth Ganj, this church was built in 1852. The bell tower of the church was destroyed in 1905 earthquake and was reconstructed afterwards.


    • Kangra valley

    The calm and quiet valley of Kangra will surely soothe you with its cool breezes and narrow perennial streams. The place is alluring and will gift you the best views to the Western Himalayas.


    • Naddi View Point

    Visit this place on a clear day to get a picturesque view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The view of sunrise and sunset from the Naddi View point is breath-taking.


    • Kangra Art Museum

    The Kangra Art Museum was created in 1990 to showcase the culture of the Kangra region. The museum exhibits great sculptures, paintings, coins and other historical things relating to this place. You must visit the museum to know more about the place you are visiting.


    • Dal lake

    No, this is not the famous Dal Lake of Kashmir. This Dal Lake is in a small Himachali village named Naddi. The surroundings of the lake are covered with lush greenery and the entire location is extremely calm. You can sit on the benches beside the lake early in the morning and appreciate beauty on nature.


    • Naam Art Gallery

    If you love and appreciate painting, Dharamshala has an option for you as well. The Naam Art Gallery is a place where beautiful paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann and Alfred W. Hellett are exhibited. You can see water colours, acrylic and oil paintings there.


    • Kotla Fort

    For the historic place lovers, the Kotla Fort in the town of Kotla is a must watch. Try knowing the stories behind the fort from the locals to appreciate it more. There are some temples inside the fort and it offers great views to the nearby places.


    Tibetan Places to see

    • Dalai Lama Temple

    Apart from the breath-taking natural beauty, Dharamshala is also known for Dalai Lama. It is the home of Dalai Lama and a lot of Tibetans. Dalai Lama gives his classes in this temple every year which is open for the visitors. Confirm the days and come down to Dharamshala to know more about Buddhism. Beside the temple there is the house of Dalai Lama.


    • Tibetan Museum

    Situated near the Dalai Lama temple, this is a museum showcasing things relating to Tibet and Buddhism. There are approximately 30,000 photographs showing the Tibetan culture.


    • Tsechokling Gompa

    This is a beautiful gompa in Dharamshala. Inside the gompa, there is a beautiful statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The gompa is decorated during the Tibetan New Year called Losar. You will find beautiful sculptures inside the gompa which are made during the Losar every year and destroyed before the Losar next year.


    • Kalachakra temple

    It is a beautiful and famous Tibetan temple depicting Tibet’s ethnicity. There are 722 deities in this temple.


    • Norbulingka Institute

    It is an institute run by Tibetan artists creating art which has a touch of Tibet. You can buy some really interesting and colourful items for your home décor like paintings, statues, clothing and other accessories. Appreciate the works of talented artists there.


    Monasteries

    • Gyuto Monastery

    It is one of the famous monasteries in Dharamshala. The surrounding views are breath-taking.


    • Nechung Monastery

    This is a peaceful heaven where you can see Buddhist debating. Even if you don’t have any inclination towards Buddhism, this monastery will surely arouse interests in you.


    • Namgyal Monastery

    It is the largest Tibetan monastery in Dharamshala. The entire ambience is calm and serene which is a real treat for your ears.


    • Sherbling Monastery

    This monastery is situated in Palampur. You will see a large golden statue of Buddha inside. Try to attend the Darshan from 2 pm to 4 pm every day.


    Temples

    • Bhagsunath Temple

    This temple is mainly famous for the two pools inside it which is believed to have healing properties. Every year in September, a fair is organised in the vicinity of this temple. The Bhagsu waterfall is near this temple.


    • Chamunda Nandikeshwar Temple

    This beautiful temple is situated on the banks of Ban Ganga at an elevation of 1000 m. This temple is said to be almost 700 years old. The deity inside the temple is Hindu goddess Shakti or the goddess of power. There is a holy pool in the temple where devotees take holy dip.


    • Guna Devi  Temple

    It is considered to be one of the oldest temples in India. It is located at a height of 2320 m in Kangra Valley. The deity worshipped in this temple is Hindu Goddess Kali.


    • Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

    Located in Khaniyara village, this is a beautiful temple with a stream flowing beside it. The natural beauty there is divine.


    • Indru Nag Temple

    Dedicated to the god of snakes, this is a beautiful temple giving a view of the entire Dharamshala. You must watch the sunrise from this temple which is absolutely breath-taking. The sunrays falling on the Pong Lake there creates a magnificent view. The water looks like liquid gold.


    • Kunal Pathri Temple

    This is a small and beautiful temple in the Dhauladhar range. The surroundings are covered with lush green tea gardens. According to the locals, there is a stone inside the temple which never dries. Whenever it dries, rainfall starts and wets it up again. Visit the place to witness if it’s true.


  • Q. What you will like there?

    Tea gardens

    The tea gardens on the slopes of the hills are just splendid to watch. You can taste and buy the aromatic tea of Himachal and makes a great gifting option too.


    Nature

    Dharamshala is showered with blessings from Mother Nature. The snow- capped mountains, lush greenery of pine and cedar, the beautiful monasteries, the entire view of Dharamshala is enchanting.


    Food

    You must try Himachali cuisine and as well as Tibetan cuisine in Dharamshala. The delicious dumplings called momos are just mouth-watering. They are really cheap in the road-side food stalls. You will also get to eat delicious Punjabi cuisine in Dharamshala as the place has a lot of Punjabi natives.


    Adventure

    If you are looking for some really awesome adventure, visit Dharamshala. The trekkers can trek on the hills of western Himalayas covered with beautiful pine trees. The best part about trekking in Dharamshala is that the places are well posted. You will find sign boards which keeps you from getting lost.


    Spas and healing centres

    For relaxing your mind and getting a time of your own, you must visit the spas in Dharamshala. Few suggestions of spas are Body Temple, Holistic Massage Centre, etc.


    Yoga and meditation centres

    Himachal Pradesh is the origin of yoga and meditation. There are a lot of yoga centres for you to learn the art to heal yourself from inside. Some suggestions of yoga centres are Astho Institute, Amit Reiki and Yoga Centre, Guerrilla yoga, etc.


  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Government Tourism Website

    Book

    Freedom in Exile- an Autobiography by Dalai Lama.


  • Q. When is the best time to visit Dharamshala?

    The best time to visit Dharamshala is during the month of March to about mid-July. Summers are said to be very welcoming during this time.

     

    The temperatures range somewhere between 22°C and 35°C. It’s also the ideal time for trekking tours on scenic trails dotted with flowers in full bloom.

  • Q. How can I reach Dharamshala from Delhi?

  • By Road

If you are planning to travel to Dharamshala from Delhi by road then the drive from Delhi via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur should take around 12-13 hours. Dharamshala is also well-connected to Delhi and other parts of North India by bus. The journey is almost 520 kilometres from Delhi.

 

  • By Air:

If you are planning to travel by air then the nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Gaggal airport connects Dharamshala to Delhi via Air India and Spice Jet flights.

 

  • By Train:

If you are planning to travel by train then the nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometres away. There are numerous trains that also go to Jammu and Kashmir that stop by in Pathankot. You can take a taxi or bus from Pathankot to reach Dharamshala.

  • Q. How far is McLeodGanj from Dharamshala?

    McLeod Ganj is located at distance of 5.4 kms from Dharamshala.  You can take a bus from Pathankot which will cost around Rs 120 and take 4 hours to reach Dharamsala.

     

    If your bus does not go all the way to McLeod Ganj, another bus can take you the rest of the way for Rs 14 and will take around 15-20minutes.

  • Q. Which are some famous winter treks in Dharamshala

    Dharamashala is another beautiful location in Himachal Pradesh.  Some of the treks which are very famous here are:

     

    Indrahar Pass Trek

    Another fascinating trek which you should definitely do during your visit to Dharamshala is the                          Indrahar Pass Trek.

     

     This trek offers you a chance to have a close view of the beautiful Dhauladhar and PirPanjal mountain ranges.  You will pass through green pastures, dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests during this trek.

     

    Best time:The best time to take this trek is between mid May to June and September to mid October.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult.

     

    McleodGanj

    This is another of the beautiful trek in Dharamshala which you should definitely go for.  It is located in upper Dharamshala. One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund Trek.

     

    Best time:The best time to take this trek is during the months from May to October.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level is moderate.

     

    Dharamkot

    Dharamkot is a famous tourist village with dense Pine and Deodar forests. This is another fascinating trek which you should definitely opt for. The village provides a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar range.

     

    Best Time: The best time to head out for this trek is during the month of September to June.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level is easy to moderate.

     

    Dal Lake Trek

    This is another of the most beautiful treks in Himachal Pradesh.  Dal Lake is among those sacred glacial lakes here. Positioned at an elevation of 3900 meters in Himachal Pradesh, Dal Lake is approachable from Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass and Gaj Pass.

     

    Best time: The best time to visit this lake is during the month of May to November when the climate is very pleasant.

    Difficulty level:The difficulty level of the trek is from moderate to difficult.

  • Q. Which are some popular summer treks in Dharamshala?

    While in this beautiful location if you are looking for some summer treks then this trek is a must visit for you.

     

    Triund:

    Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh which is known for its amazing beauty and surroundings. Triund offers you an escape into the amazing Himalayas.

     

    Best time:The months of May-June & September-October are the best time to visit this place.

    Difficulty level:The trek is a moderate level trek.

     

    Chamba Trek

    For those of you who are looking for some adventure amidst the mountains this is another trek which you should opt for this time. The trek offers you panoramic views which will definitely make your day.

     

    Best time: The best time to visit Chamba trek is from April to June when the temperature hovers around 14 °C (57 °F) and 35 °C (95 °F) and there are no risks of heavy snowfall and ice-cold nights.

    Difficulty level: This trek varies from  easy to a moderate trek.

     

    Kareri Lake Trek

    This is another beautiful trek which you should try. The Kareri Lake trek originates from Mcleodganj and leads to Kareri village at 1,800 meters passing through a thick pine forest and several small villages.

     

    Best time: The best time to take this trek is during the month of May- June and September–October.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level of the trek varies from easy to moderate.

  • Q. What are the best places to visit in Dharamshala for couples?

    Some of the best places for couples in Dharamshala are:

     

    Dal Lake:

    For all the romantic couples who are looking for some best places in Dharamshala then Dal Lake is definitely the place for you. This lovely lake is set in the midst of rich green Deodar woods at an elevation of 1,775 meters and oozes amazing quality in the serene environment.

     

    The lake is likewise known for a prevalent temple of Lord Shiva that is situated on its banks. Enjoy a romantic boat ride along with your beloved amidst lush Deodar Forest.

    Timings: Opens from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

     

    Kangra Fort

    Another place in Dharamshala which is a must visit for you is the Kangra Fort. Witness dazzling history and great legacy at Kangra Fort, which is one of the best tourist spots here. Spend some time with your beloved while exploring the royal specimen of architecture was once an abode of the Royal family of Kangra.

     

    Timings: Opens from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    Price: The approximate price is INR 150 per person for Indians and INR 300 per person for foreigners.

     

     

    Bhagsunag Waterfalls

    Get a chance to witness the milky cascading waterfall with your loved one while you visit this waterfall. Famously known as the Bhagsu Falls, this beautiful course is found couple of kilometers upslope from the Bhagsunag Temple.

     

    The waterfall is 20m in height and encompassed by unblemished natural beauty. Take a dip in the chilled water and refresh your mind and soul with your loved one here.

     

     

    Namgyal Monastery

    Namgyal Monastery is one of the most popular tourist places in Dharamshala. Housing 200 monks, the famous monastery is the largest Tibetan temple.

     

    Marvel at the sight of the prayer wheels, the décor and the Tibetan-style architecture as you explore the monastery.

    Timings:The monastery is open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

     

     

    Gyuto Monastery

    Get a glimpse of the tantric world while you visit this amazing monastery in Dharamshala. It is very famous for its research on Buddhist Philosophy, Tantric rituals, and Tantric meditation.

     

    This well known religious community was built in the memory of fighters who devoted their lives to the Tibetan Freedom War.

    Timings: Opens from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

  • Q. Which are the best places to visit in Dharamshala?

    Some of the best places to visit in Dharamshala are:

     

    Dal Lake

    This is another amazing place which is a must visit for you. Its enchanting magnificence and quiet setting make it a standout amongst the most famous spots to see in Dharamshala. The staggering lake is encompassed by extravagant green deodar plants and snow-capped mountains. The lake is situated at a height of 1775 m and its tranquility and appeal draw in a lot of tourist.

    Timings: Opens from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

     

    Kangra Fort

    The Kangra Fort, which follows its inceptions to antiquated Trigarta Kingdom is the biggest fortress in the Himalayas and likely the most seasoned fort in India.

     

    Witness dazzling history and great legacy at Kangra Fort, which is one of the best tourist spots here. Although the fort is mostly in ruins but its beauty attracts a lot of tourist around the world.

     

    Timings: Opens from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    Price: The approximate price is INR 150 per person for Indians and INR 300 per person for foreigners.

     

    Namgyal Monastery

    Another amazing place which is a must visit for you in Dharamshala is the Namgyal Monastery. The monastery is said to be the largest monastery housing 200 monks.

     

    Witness the prayer wheels, the décor and the Tibetan-style architecture as you explore the monastery.

    Timings: The monastery is open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

     

    Tsuglagkhang Complex

     

    Situated on the Temple Road, the Tsuglagkhang Complex is a religious centre and one of the main interests in Dharamshala. It was built when His Holiness Dalai Lama went to India for the first time in 1959.

     

    The complex is a standout amongst the most amazing spots to see in Dharamshala and includes Dalai Lama's abode and monastery.

     

    Timings: Opens from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

  • Q. What all things can be done in Dharamshala?

    Some of the things to do in Dharamshala are:

    Paragliding:

    In Dharamsala, a number of places provide you with this thrilling activity. It is an incredible movement to enjoy if you pine for the adrenaline rush that comes with any adventure sports.

     

     The natural landscape of this zone makes it a much more interesting place for the tourist. A place where you can go for this paragliding activity are Dharamshala Flying Club etc.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges between 2000 to 8000 Rupees per person.

                                                                                                                                  

    Camping

    The beautiful contours and the hilly terrain make for an incredible camping experience in and around Dharamsala. The clear skies and the fresh air enrich the camping experience and make it more enjoyable. The trail between Dharamsala and McLeodGanj makes for a great camping spot.

     

    Triund, Camp Chrysalid, Soaring Eagles Peaks, Youreka are few of the places where you can go out for camping.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges between INR 2000 to 5000 per person.

     

     

    Kareri Lake Trek

    Kareri Lake is located approximately 40 kilometers North of Dharamsala and in the Dhauladhar Range. The route is filled with beautiful green vegetation and flora, unique to the Himalayas. To get here, you need to start trekking from Ghera village.

     

    Best time: The best time to do this trek is during the month of April to June and October to January.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges between INR 2000 to 5000 per person.

     

     

    Visit the Kangra Fort

    The Kangra Fort, which follows its inceptions to antiquated Trigarta Kingdom is the biggest fortress in the Himalayas and likely the most seasoned fort in India. Witness dazzling history and great legacy at Kangra Fort, which is one of the best tourist spots here.

     

    Although the fort is mostly in ruins but its beauty attracts a lot of tourist around the world.

     

    Timings: Opens from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    Price: The approximate price is INR 150 per person for Indians and INR 300 per person for foreigners.

     

    Visit the Monasteries:

    There are lot monasteries in Dharamshala which you must explore during your vacation here. Some of them are:

    • Namgyal Monastery which is located at McleodGanj, Dharamshala
    • Gyuto Monastery which is located at a distance of 8 km from Dharamshala and 13 km from McLeod Ganj, Gyuto Monastery is located at Sidhbari on the main road to Palampur.
    • Tsuglagkhang Complex is located at McleodGanj, Dharamshala
    • Dip Tse Chok Ling is located at Camel Track Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.

  • Q. What all adventure sports can be done in Dharamshala?

    If you are looking for some thrilling activities here then you can try some of the activities like:

    Paragliding

    Feel the thrill as you head out for one of the most thrilling activities in Dharamshala. The natural landscape of this region makes it a much more interesting place for the tourists. A place where you can go for this paragliding activity is Dharamshala Flying Club.

    Approximate Cost: Ranges between INR 2000 to 8000 Rupees per person.

     

    Trekking

    Trekking is another favourite adventurous activity here. There are lots of treks which you can opt for in Dharamshala. Some of the best treks which you can head out here are:

     

    Kareri Lake Trek

    Kareri Lake is located approximately 40 kilometers North of Dharamsala and in the Dhauladhar Range. The route is filled with beautiful green vegetation and flora unique to the Himalayas.

     

     To get here, you need to start trekking from Ghera village. The best time to do this trek is during the month of April to June and October to January.

     

    Difficulty Level: The difficulty level is easy to moderate.

     

    Triund Trek

    Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh which is known for its amazing beauty and surroundings.

     

    Triund offers you an escape into the amazing Himalayas.  The months of May-June & September-October are the best time to visit this place.

    Difficulty level: The trek is a moderate level trek.

     

    McleodGanj Trek

    This is another of the beautiful treks in Dharamshala which you should definitely go for.  It is located in upper Dharamshala.

     

    One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund Trek. The best time to take this trek is during the month of May to October.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level is moderate.

     

    Indrahar Pass Trek

    Another fascinating trek which you should definitely do during your visit to Dharamshala is the Indrahar Pass Trek. This trek offers you a chance to have a close view of beautiful Dhauladhar and PirPanjal mountain ranges. 

     

    You will pass through green pastures, dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests during this trek The best time to take this trek is between mid May to June and September to mid October.

    Difficulty level: The difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult.

     

    Camping

    Camping is another great adventurous sport which you should try here. The clear skies and the fresh air enrich the camping experience and make it more enjoyable.

     

     A lot of shops provide camping equipment in Dharamshala or you can opt to carry your own.  The trail between Dharamsala and McLeodGanj make for a great camping spot and one often encounters scores of campers here.

  • Q. Which markets are famous for Shopping in Dharamshala?

    If you are looking for some shopping options in Dharamshala then there are a lot of places which you can head out to like:

     

    Kotwali Bazar

    Kotwali Bazar is the Shopping Hub of Dharamshala. The most noisiest part of Dharamshala, it appears the entire city spins around Kotwali Bazar. It is exceptionally well known for the things that are accessible at an ideal cost.

     

    Location: The Kotwali Bazar is located at MDR 45, Sudher, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

    Timings:  Open from 9:00 AM–10:00 PM

     

    Jogiwara Road

    Jogiwara is outstanding for being a being a shopper’s paradise. This place was not begun as a promoting center point, but rather with slows down and shops coming up on the road and then slowly into a shopping place. A few Tibetan relics are accessible in the shops here.

    Location: Potala Road, Sudher, Dharamshala

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

     

    McLeod Ganj Central Square

    This square is loaded with road shops that add an amaze to the place. It brags of the renowned Nowrojee and Sons that happens to be the most seasoned shop in the city. Handicrafts and wooden carvings are an unquestionable purchase from this incredible shop.

    Location:McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala

    Timings: 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM

     

    Divine Buddha Handicrafts

    Divine Buddha Handicrafts is the best place to be. Popular for bringing individuals from various corners of the world together trying to look for the Dalai Lama's favoring, this store goes about as the ideal place to offer religious items. You can look for Buddha miniatures, brass statue resin sculpture, antique figures, crystal jewelry, wooden and stone beads and many more.

    Location:Divine Buddha Handicrafts is located at Temple Road, Dharamshala.

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

     

    Semshook Tibetan Handicraft

    Semshook Tibetan Handicraft is a standout amongst the most well known shops in this bumpy city. This is a shop that deals in Italian and Tibetan designed clothes. You can order customized designs in this small little shop.

    Location:Semshook Tibetan Handicraft is located near Hotel Dream Land, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

  • Q. Which are some best restaurants in Dharamshala?

    While you are a new destination you would definitely want to taste some of the delicious cuisine there.  There are a lot of restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal in Dharamshala. Some of them are:

     

    Seed Café

    From delicious sandwiches, pancakes, pizzas, lasagnas, pastas, noodles, continental bakes to sinful desserts Seed café has it all. Encompassed by glass windows, it has floor seating in addition to tables by the side. You can sit here for hours, read a book, play a game of chess or simply gaze at the stunning Dhauladhar range outside.

    Location: Seed Café is located at Jogiwara Road, McLeodGanj.

    Price: Approximate price is INR 400 for 2 persons.

    Timings: Opens from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

     

    Hummingbird Café

    Located inside the Norbulingka Institute this beautiful bistro is set around an exquisite garden. The combination with a cappuccino and a slice of new custom made lemon cake is something which you cannot miss here. What's more, when hunger throbs are solid, go for the pizza, momos, or the thukpa.

    Location:Hummingbird Café is located around 11km from the main square McLeodGanj, Sidhpur, Dharamsala.

    Price: The approximate price starts from INR 150-200

    Timings: Opens from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

     

     

    Namgyal Café

    Set inside the Dalai Lama's temple, most of the waiters are volunteers from a school for Tibetan Refugee children. This place has a great atmosphere, alongside some aromas of the delicious meal. They offer everything from sandwiches to pastas and also are self loaded with fascinating books.

    Location: Namgyal Café is located at Forsyth Ganj-Mcleod Ganj Road,Dharamshala

    Timings: Opens from 10:00 AM–8:30 PM

    Price: Approximate price for 2 is INR 400.

     

    Tibet Kitchen

    Enjoy the scrumptious Tibetan goodies at this restaurant.  The restaurant serves Bhutanese dishes on the menu like thenthuks, thukpas, sausages, and succulent momos. The soulful ambience and the amazing sitting arrangement here will definitely bring a smile on your face.

    Location: Tibet Kitchen is located at Jogiwara Road, House #1, Mcleodganj Main Square, Dharamshala

    Timings: Opens from 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

    Price: The approximate price cost INR 150 – 400 for 2 people.

  • Q. What are the best resorts to stay in Dharamshala?

    Some of the best resorts which you can opt for in Dharamshala are:

     

    Indraprastha Spa Resort, Dharamshala

    If you are looking for that perfect resort where you can spend some amazing time the Indraprastha Spa Resort is the best for you. Everything from the rooms to food and service keeps the customer satisfied. There are also free Wi-Fi connections and an outdoor pool where you can relax for some time.

    Price: The approximate price cost around INR 6000- 10,000 per night

    Location: Indraprastha Spa Resort is located near Dal Lake, Dharamshala.

     

     

    Dharamshala -The Sanctuary

    Another best resort which you can head out to is ‘Dharamshala -The Sanctuary’. This resort provides you the best atmosphere and ambience to make your stay a comfortable one. One can also enjoy the view of Baner river and Dhauladhar mountains from its balcony.

    Price: The approximate price starts from INR 4000 - INR 5000 per night

    Location: Dharamshala- The Sanctuary is located at a distance of 8 KM from the city of Dharamshala.

     

    Royal Palace Resort

    For those of you who are looking for a resort which is near to all the amazing attractions in Dharamshala then the Royal Palace Resort is the perfect place for you. The hotel is set against a mountain backdrop which gives you a stunning view of the nature.

    Price: The approximate price starts from INR 3000 - INR 4000 per night

    Location: Royal Palace Resort is located at Bhagsunag, Mcleodganj, Upper Dharamshala

     

     

     

    Leisure Vacations Karnika Resort

    Offering some stunning views from the balcony, this is another great resort in Dharamshala which you should try. Leisure Vacations Karnika Resort has all the state of art facilities for a modern day to day use.

    Price: The approximate price starts from INR 3000 – INR 5000 per night.

    Location: The resort is located in the Darnoo region of Dharamshala.

     

    Snow Hermitage Resort

    Snow Hermitage Resort is the best place which you can opt for in Dharamshala. It has all the amenities of a modern hotel and has a good friendly staff that makes your stay even more pleasant. The resort is very famous for offering amazing scenic views.

    Price: The approximate price cost around INR 3000 per room.

    Location: Snow Hermitage Resort is located in the Kand village in Dharamshala.

  • Q. How difficult is Bara Bhangal trek? Is it worth doing it?

    Bara Bhangal trek is said to be a challenging trek with the toughest routes. Bara Bhangal is also known as Shepherd Trek. Although this is a challenging trek the panorama en route makes it worth doing it.

     

    The verdant landscape is something which you would not want to miss. This trek takes around 11/ 12 days. The best time to do this trek is during the month of Mid May to Mid October.

  • Q. What is the difficulty level of Kareri Lake trek?

    The Kareri lake trek is long (11.5 kilometres from Kareri village) and is known as a moderate trek. It starts off steep and then slowly becomes even.

     

    Situated high between the ranges of Dhauladhar Kareri Lake is another hidden glacial lake which you should definitely explore.

  • Q. What is special about Bhrigu Lake Trek? Is it worth doing it?

    If you are a beginner and looking for some amazing trekking experiences than Bhrigu Lake trek is a must do trek for you. Situated high up in the valleys of Kullu and lying east of the famous Rohtang pass, the Bhrigu Lake floats at an altitude of 14,000 ft.

     Yes, it is definitely worth doing it. The perplexing lake is considered to have divine streaks. The vistas on the way to the lake make the trek unique and unparalleled experience.

  • Q. Is it worth doing Indrahar Pass Trek? What is the level of difficulty?

    Perched at a towering height of 4,324ft, Indrahar Pass trek is another great trek that entices trekkers from across the globe. Discover the natural beauty and the fascinating charm of the high Indrahar Pass, the trekkers will also get to explore and enjoy camping around the Lahesh Caves on their way.

     

    The ascent to the Indrahar Pass involves a continual climb often over boulders. The difficulty of the trek is from moderate to challenging.

  • Q. What is the difficulty level of the Triund trek? How much will it cost me approximately?

    Triund trek is known as the most beautiful trek yet a short trek in Mcleodganj  Dharamshala. Triund trek is a moderate level trek. One can witness the panoramic views of the Bhagsu village and distant views of Shivalik hills and plains of Kangra valley.

     

    The trek starts from Mcleodganj and gradually you will climb uphill. The approximate cost will be around INR 1500.

  • Q. Which monasteries are a must visit in Dharamshala?

    While you are visiting this amazing destination you would definitely want to explore some of the stunning monasteries here. Some of the beautiful monasteries which you should visit are:

    • Namgyal Monastery
    • Gyuto Monastery
    • Tsuglagkhang Complex
    • Dip Tse Chok Ling
    • Tibetan Buddhism Monastery
    • Tse Chokling Gompa
    • Nyingmapa Monastery
    • Nechung Monastery