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, Himachal Pradesh

(Dharamsala is also spelled as Dharamshala / Dharmshala)
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State: Himachal Pradesh
District: Kangra
Famous for/as: Hill Station, Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Pahari
Best Season: Sep - June
Weather: Summer 8 to 34°C, Winter -1 to15°C
Altitude: 1457 m
Pincode: 1762xx
STD code: 01892
Dharamsala is famed as the holy abode of Tibetan Charismatic Leader Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan Government in exile. Dharamsala is a synonym for Buddhism in India. Situated on the upper hilly terrains of Kangra valley and set against the scenic backdrop of exquisite Dhauladhar Mountains. The gorgeous city is distinctively divided as upper and lower divisions with two altitude ranges.

Home to the Tibetan leader, this is the perfect place to learn about Buddhism and the Tibetan struggle for Freedom. The city is dominated by the Tibetan populace while still retaining the British fervor and English lifestyles. Numerous Buddhist Viharas or Gompas, presenting great cultural values and Tibetan architectures, are the main attractions of Dharamsala.

Dharamsala has a vibrant environment with dense green forests with Deodar trees and pine trees. Blessed with many clear and unpolluted streams it is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. This place has been renowned as one of the best picnic spots in India.

Kotwali Bazaar is a perfect shopping place where one can view the color and lifestyles of the entire Dharamsala community. The market is considered as the base camp for tourists’ travelling to upper Dharamsala. The tourists who love nature walks and trekking can stay in this base camp and explore the hilly forest regions.

One of the tourist attractions in Dharamsala is the Kangra Art Museum, displaying the rich past of Dharamsala and its cultural supremacy of the Tibetan people. There are some institutions as well which are established to preserve the grand old Tibetan traditions, cultures and arts. This little hill town is indeed a must visit to every traveler coming to this region or booking Manali tour package.
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Destinations in this region: Mcleodganj, Palampur, Bir, Kangra




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Travel within city

Dharamsala is a popular tourist destination in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and a city with a large number of Tibetans and Buddhists. The culture in Dharamsala is thus one of its kind and this interests a lot of tourists who flock to this place to marvel at the monasteries present. You can opt for many modes of travel within the city of Dharamsala, and some of these are buses, auto rickshaws and tongas.

Dharamsala is essentially a very small city, and you can walk to all the destinations present within the city. Walking through the streets of Dharamsala can itself be a magical experience, and you will not need to take up a bus or an auto rickshaw unless you have to head to McLeodganj or any other region that lies away from the center in Dharamsala.


Buses in the city of Dharamsala are few in number, though they cover all the often visited portions in the city. Traveling by buses in Dharamsala can be a good and cheap option, and ticket fares will normally range around Rs 5 to 10, in order to get to the end points in the city or McLeodganj.

Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws are a very comfortable mode of travel present too, but they will normally charge you more as auto rickshaws in Dharamsala do not run on meter. There are no night fares applicable and fares may range from Rs 30 to 40. Travelling through an auto rickshaw is also a safe mode of travel.


There are varieties of cuisines available in Dharamsala. For inexpensive South Indian snacks and hygienic Gujarati food, tourists can go to Monal Restaurant. For those wanting to savour Kebabs, rich curries, continental snacks and beers, the best place to go is Andey's Midotown Restaurant. For finger licking spinach chicken momos and other Tibetan food, tourists can go to Tibet Kitchen on Jogibara Road. For the Italian connoisseur, Nick's Italian Kitchen and The Pizzeria are the apt places. To enjoy cheap, pipping-hot and delicious momos, look out for the Tibetan vendors just outside the Norling Cafe on Town Square.


The quaint town of Dharamsala has numerous shopping bazaars and local markets selling varieties of souvenirs and artifacts. Wooden carvings, silk, woven woolen scarves and Tibetan handicrafts are the most important buys in Dharamsala. Kotwali Bazaar is the most popular shopping area and tourists can pick up carpets, traditional Tibetan handicrafts, shawls and varieties of local stuff. Jogibara is another popular shopping hub in Dharamsala selling woolens at reasonable price.


McLeodganj - One of the most spiritual and divine destinations in Himachal, the major attraction in McLeodganj is the Tsuglakhang Complex that houses the holy abode of the spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. The town is perched on the Dhauladhar mountains and offers panoramic views of the surrounding.

Palampur - One of the prettiest hill station in Northern India, Palampur is 35 km from Dharamsala and is extremely popular for its tea gardens. Often tagged as 'Tea Capital of North India', the town is a perfect place for honeymooners and serves as an excellent base for trekking as well.

Bir - 30 km from Palampur, the town of Bir and Billing are also known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’. Billing serves as the take-off site while Bir, 14 km from Billing, is the landing site. Best time to enjoy paragliding is from March to May and October to November.


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