A small beautiful and scenic town with a refreshing air of Tibetan culture, Dharamshala is only one of its kind!

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, Dharamshala is a picturesque town with myriad streams and rivulets flowing down the slopes.

Being abode of Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government, Dharamshala is an Indo-Tibetan establishment dotted with numerous Gompas and colourful temples.

Dharamshala is set in two distinct parts, the two separated by a distance of 10 Km. Lower Dharamshala or Dharamshala consists of Kotwali Bazaar, civil offices, business establishments and court etc. and upper Dharamshala includes McLeodganj and Forsytheganj.


What to Buy and Where in Dharamshala

Kotwali bazaar, though primarily meant for meeting the daily needs of the locals, has a no. of shops from where you can pick souvenirs, books, woollens, Kullu and Kinnauri shawls and scarves.

Around Dharamshala


One of the main attractions of Dharamshala, Bhagsu has an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a fresh water spring closeby. Approachable by road, at a further distance of 1.5 km are the Bhagsunath falls.


At a distance of 16 km from Dharamshala, Norbulingka is worth a day’s trip!

Named after ‘Norbulingka’, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa, Tibet, Norbulingka Institute is set in Japanese style garden and has the ‘Seat of Happiness’ temple, souvenir shop, Thanka painting centre, Losel Doll museum and Norling café.

At a short distance from Norbulingka, is the Gyato Monastery, the temporary residence of the 17th Karmapa.


Kareri Lake (22 km)

A small glacial lake surrounded by rich green high altitude meadows in summers and snowy Dhauladhars in winters.



18 Km by road and 8 Km by trek, Triund is a popular picnic and trekking spot.



Dharamshala Fast Facts

Best Time to Visit Dharamshala: Mar to Sep

Dharamshala Altitude: 4550 Ft above sea level

Distance to Dharamshala from Delhi: 511 Km

Nearest Airport: Gaggal (11 Km)

Nearest Railway Station: Chakki Bank, Pathankot, 75 Km




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