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Dharamshala Hill Station

Dharamshala as the word suggests ‘Holy Refuge’ is situated in the high zone of the Kangra Valley. It is located 16 km north-west of Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. The British founded the hill resort to taking refuge from the scorching summer. The snow-laden Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas flank Dharamshala warmly. It is divided into two parts- Lower Dharamshala and Upper Dharamshala. Both have their unique charm and use. The Lower Dharamshala serves as the commercial hub and the Upper Dharamshala still maintains the British architecture, with the suburbs Mcleodganj and Forsythganj.

Dharamshala is covered with dense oak forests and coniferous trees. The Dhauladhar ranges have encompassed this station from three sides. Dharamshala is blessed with warm views of pine and deodar woods, tea gardens, snow-laden peaks, and gorgeous mountains.  You can go for adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing rappelling, etc. Proper guidance and equipped gear are available for hire. Engaging in adventure sports can turn out to be a real stress-free exercise. 

Home of Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama has blessed this valley by residing here since the Chinese invasion of Lhasa in 1959. Hence Dharamshala has also gained the Tibetan hues and culture as time went along. A peaceful walk among the monasteries and chanting of hymns and the soothing sound of prayer wheels literally calms the mind, body, and soul from the inside.

Dalai Lama is believed as the reincarnation of Lord Buddha that is why you need to have special written permission to witness this great man in person. It is advised that you can have a chance to see him after the Tibetan New Year in March. People rush to participate in this festival and finding accommodation could be trouble around this time.

Places to Visit in Dharamshala

St. John’s Church

This Church is located in the midst of Forsythganj and Mcleodganj. It is a very ancient church constructed during the year of 1852. The distance from Dharamshala to this church is around 6 km. The church is also popularly knows as St. John Church in wilderness.

Chamunda Devi Temple

The Chamunda Devi temple is probably known by every Hindu people. The temple is located atop a very beautiful place, which offers panoramic views of the valley. Perched at a distance of 14 km from Dharamshala, the temple is used to offer prayers to the Goddess Chamunda Devi.

Dal Lake

It is a very enchanting spot surrounded by Deodar forests. The 10 km journey to this lake is enchanting and relaxing. The quiet place serves as the perfect picnic spot with families.

The Bhagsunath Shrine

This ancient temple is located at a majestic destination. Bhagsunath Shrine offers access to many freshwater springs nearby. The journey from Dharamshala to this spot covers around 7 km.


The distance from Dharamshala is around 4 km. It has a very unique and useful purpose. The Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture was formed to preserve and promote Tibetan art and culture in exile.

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Dharamshala is from the month of May to October. The climate remains pleasant at this time.

Other Visiting Places Nearby

FAQ - Common Questions

Activities to do in Dharamshala are :

  • Paragliding
  • Triund Trekking and Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Camping
  • famous visiting places nearby
  • Kangra Fort
  • HPCA Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
  • Dharamsala War Memorial
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Triund Hill
  • Sherbling Monastery
  • Gyuto Monastery
  • Tibetan Market in Mcleod Ganj
  • Kareri Lake Trek
  • Indrahar Pass Trek
  • Kangra Valley Trek

Summer season is the most pleasant to visit Dharamshala and to do activities there. March to July is the best time. October to December is the perfect timing for hill view, camping, and trekking. December to Jan last is the best time to enjoy snowfall in Dharamshala hill station.

By Air

The nearest airport in Dharamshala is in Gaggal, at a distance of 14 km from the tow. Regular flights connect Delhi to Dharamshala.

By Train

The nearest railway stations are Kangra Mandir, at a distance of 22 km and  Pathankot, at a distance of 85 km. Pathankot is connected to many major places in India.

By Road

Dharamshala is well connected by roads from nearby destinations like Chandigarh, Delhi, and Shimla. There are also facilities of luxury and state bus service.

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