Top Tourist Places To Visit in Dharamshala

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Dharamshala

  • Dharamshala
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • India
  • Best Time To Visit

    Autumn and Spring Months; Winters for those wanting to see snow falls

  • Calling Code


  • Area

    29.51 km2

  • Main Languages
    Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari.
  • Population

    A total of 19,124 with 55% males and 45% females

  • Temperature
    Summer - Max : 33oC Min : 22oC.
    Winter - Max : 15oC Min : 0oC.

Dharamshala Overview

Also known as Bhagsu, or the Dalai Lama's residence, Dharamshala is a peaceful city located in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. A number of Tibetan exile communities have been established here since the arrival of His Holiness Dalai Lama around six decades back. The unmatched natural beauty of the city would not only be a treat to the eyes but also be a respite for the restless soul. Dense coniferous forests, consisting mainly of Deodar Cedar trees add to the rustic charm of this city.

Perched at an elevation of 1457 m above the sea level, this city is divided into two sections; the lower part is the common village of Dharamshala, the upper region is known a McLeodGanj. The city experiences mild snowfall during the winter and the summers are comparatively hot as the temperature reaches a high of 38o C. While visiting this alluring city, one will witness a number of passes lined with adventurous trekkers, shopping sites like Kotwali bazar, Naam Art Gallery and beauties of nature.

Climate & Geography

Dharamshala is situated in the Kangra Valley at an elevation of 1457m. It is surrounded by Dhauladhar Mountains. The hilly town has plenty of pine trees, Himalayan oak and rhododendron.

The climate here is humid subtropical. The summer months have very high temperatures and monsoon is also heavy. During winters slow falls are very common here. During autumn and spring the temperature is moderate.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : April to June and September to November.


This town can be reached by air through an airport located just 10km away in Kangra. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is a 3 hours’ drive away. Most tourists however, prefer to take inter-state buses or hire taxis for commuting.

The town is relatively small and can be travelled on foot. For visiting some nearby places, local buses or chartered autos can be availed.

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Latest Dharamshala Tour Reviews

  • 5/5
    18 Jan 2024
    I recently had the pleasure of using a Holidays with Madhav Vacation membership at Himachal Overall, my experience was positive, The staff at MVPL were friendly and attentive. I appreciated the team that made my visit enjoyable. ...more
  • 5/5
    15 Dec 2023
    The vehicles provided were clean, well-maintained, and spacious. This made our long drives through the scenic landscapes of Himachal a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Specially thank to Devender Sir provided us best tour guide. ...more
  • 5/5
    Hired Taxi from Mithu Tours and Travel for my 4 days trip to mata Chintpurani, maa Jawalajee temple darshan and Dharamshala mecleodganj .cab provided by Mr Munish Kalia was very excellent and driver behaviour was very nice .Extremely satisfied with services . I will highly recommend Mithu Tours and Travel for ultimate travel experience ...more
  • 5/5
    Hired Taxi from Mithu Tours and Travel for my 4 days trip to mata Chintpurani, maa Jawalajee temple darshan and Dharamshala mecleodganj .cab provided by Mr Munish Kalia was very excellent and driver behaviour was very nice .Extremely satisfied with services . I will highly recommend Mithu Tours and Travel for ultimate travel experience ...more
  • 3/5
    I booked package of Manali dharamshala it was great experience in budget price
  • 2/5
    Taxi service of Dalhousie Tour n Travel made our trip memorable. The owner of travel is very humble and polite. The condition of the car was also good. The driver Anup Kumar was polite and had very good knowledge about tourist places. The driver was very co-operative and driving within speed limits. Overall, travelling was better than expected. It is highly recommended for family trip in Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Dharamshala area. ...more

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Many Days Should I Plan for Dharamshala Trip?
    3-4 days.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Dharamshala?
    Gaggal Airport and Pathankot Railway Station.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Dharamshala?
    Flight, train, and bus.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Dharamshala?
    Losar Festival and International Himalayan Festival.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Dharamshala?
    Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunag Waterfall, and Triund Trek.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Dharamshala?
    Momos, Thukpa, and Tibetan cuisine in Norling Restaurant and Tibet Kitchen.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Dharamshala?
    Hotels, guesthouses, and homestays.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Dharamshala?
    Yes, local buses are available.
  • What are the transportation options available in Dharamshala?
    Taxis, buses, and rented bikes.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Dharamshala?
    Hindi and Tibetan.
  • What Is The Best Time To Visit Dharamshala?
    As you choose to visit this beautiful hill station, you need to know about the best session for traveling. The climate is cold throughout the year. You can visit this place at any time of the year but the most favorable time is the months of May and March. This is when the sun is strong in the day and the night is cold. Even from October to December you can visit Dharamshala if you like the chilly winter days. January is the time for snowfall, people visit during this time for precise reasons.
  • What Activities can be done in Dharamshala?
    Trekking, meditation, yoga, and exploring Tibetan culture and monasteries.
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