Dharamshala is best known as the seat of Tibet’s government in exile and the temporary home of his holiness. It’s a popular travel destination especially in March, when the Dali Lama gives public lectures. Dharamsala has breath taking scenic attraction. This place is located at an altitude of 1700 meters. The town is divided into upper Dharamshala (McLeod Ganj) and lower Dharamshala with a difference of 497meters height between them.

Dharamshala is located in Kangra valley overlooks the plain. It offers picturesque scenic beauty with the presence tea gardens, snow covered peaks and the dense forests of Pine and Deodar trees. Snowy weather during the summers makes this destination very romantic and pleasant. Dharamshala is one of the leading hill station in India, thousands of tourists come every year in this place to explore its virgin beauty and enjoy its nature.

Tourism and Tourist Places in Dharamshala

St. John's Church: Dharamshala was originally a British hill resort and one of the most poignant memorials of that era is the pretty Church of St. John in the wilderness. It is only a short distance below McLeod Ganj.

Kangra Art Museum : This museum is famous for miniature paintings from the famous Kangra School of art. It opens Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Chamunda Devi Temple: This famous temple is dedicated to goddess Chamunda Devi. It is 15kms far from Dharamshala in Dadh on Palampur road.

Kunal Pathri : These are the rock temples from which the place derives its name.

Pong Lake Sanctuary: Pong Dam is 110kms from Dhramsala on the Beas River. This is famous wildlife sanctuary. Various species of wild animals one can find there like Sambhar deer, Barking deer, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Leopard and many more.

Namgyal Monastery : The third Dalai Lama officially founded a monastery in 1575 named Sonam Gyatso, which was later named Namgyal Dratsang. The monastery has assisted the Dalai Lamas in their public religious activities for the welfare of Tibet.

Dharamsala General Information

Altitude: 1700 meters above sea level.

Main Language: Hindi/English/Himanchali

Best Time to Visit: Round of the year, Avoid during Monsoon Season (July to August)

How to Reach

By Air: Gaggal (Kangra), is the nearest airport.

By Train: The nearest railhead is Pathankot. Dharamsala is 85kms far from there.

By Road: Dharamsala is well connected by road from Pathankot, Manali, Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi.