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Travel to Dharamshala

Dharamshala Tourism



Dharamsala lies on the snowy slopes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. Travel to Dharamsala to treat your eyes with the spectacular beauty of the snow-laden Himalayas in the Dhauladhar range. The lofty peaks appear white under the ice-cover round the year.

A distinct spiritual aura marks in the little town. You are sure not to miss the larger than life persona of Dalai Lama as you travel to Dharamsala. For this reason the city is considered by many as the spiritual paradise so much so that global celebrities like Richard Gere travel to Dharamsala frequently.

A travel to Dharamsala would take you to the quaint land of the monasteries and buddhist nuns and monks. Because of the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama the land is considered sacred to the Tibetans. So the culture in Dharamsala has an exotic flavor with a blend of Tibetan and Indian. This also is a big draw for the global tourists who travel to Dharamsala.

How to Reach Dharamshala

Dharamshala or Dharamsala is a city in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. As a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists, the lofty Himalayan ranges and valleys contains lots of age-old monasteries which makes it an excellent spiritual dwelling. McLeod Ganj, a town within Dharamshala is the home of the present Dalai Lama and Tenzin Gyatso. The town has an exotic culture that invites everyone to explore its wonders.

By Air

The nearest airport to Dharamshala is Gaggal airport in Kangra valley, Himachal Pradesh. The airport is around 17 km away from Dharamshala and connects domestic flights to Delhi. From Delhi travelers can connect to major cities in India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest major railhead is in Pathankot, Punjab at a distance of 91 km. Train enthusiasts can continue their journey further on the Kangra Valley Railway to Kangra Mandir railway station, a journey that takes 6 hours and leaves you 24 km from Dharamshala. A lot of travelers choose to travel by bus or taxi from Pathankot.

By Road

Dharamshala has a good network of well connected roads that link Dharamshala with many cities and towns through the Inter State Bus Services. One can also hire private bus and taxi services to reach Dharamshala.

Distance to Dharamshala

  • From Kangra- 35 km
  • From Pathankot- 91 km
  • From Hoshiarpur- 141 km
  • From Mandi- 158 km
  • From Jalandhar- 200 km
Shopping in Dharamshala

Who wants to return from a tour without buying souvenirs or gifts for friends and relatives ? If you are a discerning shopper, you can look forward to a great shopping in Dharamsala.

The popular items for shopping in Dharamsala are: wooden carvings, silk and woven woolen scarves and Tibetan handicrafts.

Like all Himalayan regions, Dharamsala also has dense forests abundant in wood. Exquisite handicrafts fashioned out of wood, bamboo and cane would definitely arrest your attention. Check out the diverse artifacts and utilities while shopping inn Dharamsala.

Woven woolen garments available here are warm and comfortable. Sweaters, cardigans available in trendy designs and reasonable prices, should feature in your shopping list in Dharamsala.

The Tibetan community has a tradition of handicrafts, which are available in profusion. Look for the trinkets and knick-knacks, which serve well for personal use, gifts and interior decoration.

Jogibara Road is the main place for shopping in Dharamsala. You may also hang out at the street side stalls erected by the locals.

Places to Visit in Dharamshala

  • Bhagsunag Falls
  • Dal Lake
  • McLeod Ganj
  • Jwalamukhi Temple
  • St. John's Church



Last Updated on : 10/09/2013