Dharamshala Travel Guide

Dharamshala Travel Guide

A visit to Himachal’s beauty – Dharamshala

Himachal, located in the lap of Dhauladhar’s wing, is the most beautiful and sacred place. There are 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh. Each district defines their story in their own beauty. Small and beautiful cities located in Himachal make it HEAVEN ON EARTH. Dharamshala is also one of the beautiful cities located in North India. It is also the capital of Himachal Pradesh for a period of 6 months in winter. Dharamshala is the art of God.

How do you reach Dharamshala?

By Air: – Gaggla Nearest Airport (13 km from Dharamsala). Daily flights from Delhi – Air Deccan Airlines and Jagson Airlines

By train: – Nearest Railway Station Pathankot. An overnight train trip from Delhi-Pathankot. 3 hours by bus / taxi to Dharamsala.

By Bus: -HTC bus that connects Delhi-Dharamsala. This is a 13 hour trip. Buses are also available from Manali, Dehradun and other parts of North India.


Dharamshala is a combination of two Dharam + Shala words meaning spiritual dwellings. According to Indian culture, Dharamshala means a vacation home for spiritual piligrims. Dharamshala is divided into two parts

• Upper Himachal (Tibetan exile area)

• Lower Himachal (Himachali area and commercial center)


In ancient times Dharamshala was ruled by the Katoch Dynasty royal family of Kangra. The Dharamshalas are basically called the Gaddi but they lost their presence when the British and Gorkha arive were in Dharamshala in 1950. The presence of the Dalai Lama and Tibet has made the Dharamshala a place where nature is not only all that is visible to the eye but also includes an inner image of the soul .

Dharamshala tradition and culture

Dharamshala is basically enriched with two cultures. One side where the culture of Himachali spread the Himachal faction among the region at the same time the rich culture of Tibetan exile made dharamshala different from all other areas in Himachal.

The Best Attractions in Dharamshala

  • Indrunag (Best Display of the Dhauladhar Range)
  • Adi Shakti Temple, Naddi
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Chamunda Mandir
  • Chinmaya Tapovan
  • Lake Dal
  • Kunal Pathri
  • Lake Lam Dal
  • Library of Works and Archives of Tibet
  • Narghota
  • Norbulingka Institute
  • Church of St. John in the Wilderness
  • Tibet Institute of Performing Arts
  • Naam Art Gallery
  • Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
  • War Memorial
  • Mcleodganj
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Eagle Nest Hotel Mcleodganj
  • Spring Valley Hotels Mcleodganj
  • Meghavan Holiday Resort Mcleodganj
  • Hotel White Heaven, Naddi
  • Asia Health Resort, Naddi
  • Hotel Himgiri, Naddi
  • Hotel Snow Crest Inn, Naddi
  • Hotel Valley View Crest, Naddi
  • Shopping and market area
  • Kotwali Bazaar
  • Mcleodganj
  • Dharamshala College Road
  • Chamunda Temple Market

The time to visit Dharamshala is a place where winter is the best time to visit. One can see mountains covered in glowing white snow and add to the beauty of the place. The rainy season is not the right time to visit Dharamshala because heavy rains cause landslides and other inconveniences. You can visit the place in summer too.