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Dharamsala

(3600 Ft Above Sea Level)

Himachal Pradesh | India
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Dharamsala is categorised as Hill Station


Mountain Views around Dharamsala (Nivalink Trip Dated - 27 March 2006)
Norbulingka Institute (Photo Courtesy: Ekabhishek)

Reasons to Visit
  • Dharamsala is a renowned tourist destination and base point to visit Mcleodgunj
  • Dharamsala has a laidback character and is encircled with dense pine and deodar forests, tea gardens and hills.
  • Dharamsala enjoys Himalayan views of the Dhauladhar ranges.
  • Dharamsala offers a climate that is cool during winters and pleasant during summers.
  • Dharamsala is considered an excellent base point to start walking and trekking in Dhauladhars
  • Dharamsala is home to many holiday resorts offering excellent Himalayan views.
Recommendations
  • Popular Hill Stations of India"Dharamsala (4000 ft asl) in Himachal Pradesh offers Himalayan views and a range of options such as a visit to Dalai Lama Monastery, Kangra Valley Temples, Bhagshu Temple, short walks, tea plantation visit and many other options to explore"
  • Popular Destinations of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab"Dharamsala (4000 ft asl - 250 kms from Manali) alongwith Mcleodgunj (6000+ ft asl - 260 kms from Manali) offer guests a range of experiences that includes view points, walks, temples, monasteries etc. Typical Stay - 2 nights"
  • Himalayan Destinations in North India offering Tea Plantation Experience"Dharamsala is a popular hills station and Tibetan pilgrim centre. Dharamsala overlooks Dhauladhar mountain Ranges and has a plantation stay overlooking Dhauladhars that offers off beat heritage stay experience and therefore visited by heritage, Inbound and offbeat travellers."
  • Hillside Getaways in Kangra Valley"Dharamsala (3000+ ft asl) is renowned for its Himalayan views, Tea plantations and for being base point to visit Mcleodgunj, home in exile of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Dharamsala is a popular ex-Chandigarh getaway."
  • Airports and Popular Access points in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh"Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala is only 200 kms from Jammu and 250 kms from Katra and can be to access these destinations."
Access Information

Dharamsala has 29 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

CategoryCount
Standard7
Mid-segment8
Premium11
Experiential3
Type of HotelsCount
Resort9
Hotel16
Bungalow2
Homestay2

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5 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Dharamsala

CategoryCount
Short Break (4-6 nights)2
Holiday (7 or more)3

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List of Holidays for Dharamsala

Short Break

  • Dalhousie - Dharamsala break (5 Nights)
  • Dalhousie - Dharamsala with Golden Temple (6 Nights)

Holiday

  • Best of Heritage Himachal and Punjab (10 Nights)
  • Dalhousie - Dharamsala with Golden Temple and Vaishnodevi (8 Nights)
  • Full Himachal with Golden Temple (10 Nights)

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Dharamsala has 23 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to New Delhi AirportRs. 10000
Pickup/Drop between Amritsar Airport and DharamsalaRs. 5000

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Car hire - Manali to Dharamsala DropRs. 5000
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to HaridwarRs. 10556
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to JalandharRs. 4223
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to JammuRs. 5000
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to KasauliRs. 5556
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to KatraRs. 5556
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to KulluRs. 4667
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to LudhianaRs. 4667
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to MandiRs. 3556
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to ManikaranRs. 5000
Pickup from Dharamshala and drop to ChandigarhRs. 5000
Pickup from Dharamshala and drop to RishikeshRs. 10556
Pickup from Dharamshala and drop to ShimlaRs. 5000
Transfer Between Dharamsala and BharmourRs. 4445
Transfer Between Dharamsala and ChambaRs. 3334
Transfer Between Dharamsala and DalhousieRs. 3112
Transfer between Dharamsala and DehradunRs. 10000

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to Pathankot Railway StationRs. 2445
Pickup/Drop between Amritsar Railway Station and DharamsalaRs. 5000
Pickup/Drop between Pathankot Railway Station and Dharamsala-
Transfer Between Dharamsala and Ambala Railway StationRs. 6667

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Dharamsala has Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

2 Travel Ideas listed for Dharamsala. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Dharamsala / Mcleodgunj Experience

Stay Ideas

  • White Haven Plantation Estate Experience

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Kangra Valley Museum displays arts, crafts and rich past, artifacts that date back to the 5th century. It includes a gallery of Kangras famous miniature painting and a representative collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological items. Shamianas and dresses used by local royalty, old carved doors, jails, lintels and pandals are also on display Coins, jewelry and manuscripts are included. A section houses the work of contemporary artists, sculptures and photographers.
    Museum
    Heritage Museum
    1
    At there start of town, landscaped lawns and a web of narrow paths fill a pine grove where a monument has been raised to commemorate the post independence war heroes of Himachal Pradesh
    Historic Site
    Memorial
    1
    The Norbulingka Institute was founded in 1988 by the present 14th Dalai Lama at Sidhpur, near Dharamshala. The institute is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan language and cultural heritage. The institute is named after Norbulingka, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, Tibet. The main building is a replica of the Norbulingka palace in Lhasa. The Centre for Arts, offers training in Tibetan statue making, thangka painting, printing, applique and tailoring, wood carving, wood and metal craft. The Academy also offers long term courses in Tibetan Buddhism. The institute also has the two-storeyed Seat of Happiness Temple (Deden Tsuglakhang) built in 1985 and set amidst the Japanese inspired Norbulingka gardens. It is known for its 1,173 murals of Buddha, frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas and drawings chronicling the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. In the main hall stands the 4 mt high gilded copper Budddha, one of the largest outside Tibet. Around the temple are workshops of artisans and apprentices, which produce various handicrafts, also sold at the Norbulingka Gift Shop and Showroom, for the benefit of Tibetan refugees. A short distance from the institute lies the Dolma Ling Buddhist nunnery, and the Gyato Monastery, temporary residence of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Norbulingka institute is a must visit for any visitor to Dharamsala for a Tibetan cultural heritage experience.
    Arts Crafts Culture, Institute
    Art Gallery, Tibetan Buddhism
    4
    Naam Art Gallery exhibits paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann - watercolours and acrylics - and oil paintings by Alfred W. Hallett. Both artists have lived here and created some of their best works which are displayed in the gallery. The Gallery is popular with inbound travellers.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Art Gallery
    7
    Between Forsythganj and Mcleodganj is the charming church of St. John. The area is under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected over the body of the British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala in 1863.
    Church
    Roman Catholic Church
    8
    Nurpur is famous for old fort and a temple of Brijraj. Nurpur acquired its name in 1672, when Jahangir, the Mughal Emperor named it after his wife Nurjahan.
    Shopping
    High Street
    9
    Most prominent site in Mcleodgunj is Dalai Lama Temple or Dalai Lama Monastery. It has a large statue of Padmasambhavna
    Monastery
    Buddhist Monastery, Tibetan Buddhism
    10
    10 km from Dharamsala on the banks of the rivulet Bindusaras, is an ashram complex established by the late Swami Chinmayananda, a noted exponent of the Gita. Courses for learning Gita are conducted here. The complex includes a 9 meter high image of Lord Hanuman, a magnificent Rama Temple, a meditation hall, a school, and a health and recreation centre.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Hanuman
    10
    3 kms from Mcleodgunj town centre is lands end, where road ends. This is where Bhagshu temple is situated. The temple is popular with North Indians and there are a number of hotels situated here. Guests can walk upto a perennial waterfall adjoining to the temple at a short walk away.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
    11
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Kangra Fort was built by the Royal family of Kangra (The Katoch Dynasty). It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and one of the oldest dated fort in India. Also near to old Kangra is the famous Jayanti Mata temple on a hill top. A lso close to entrance is a small museum which exhibits the history of Kangra fort. Adjoining the Fort is the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum run by the Royal Family of Kangra. The Museum also provides audio guides for the fort and the museum and has a cafeteria.
    Heritage Site, Museum
    Heritage Museum, Royal Heritage, Fort
    20
    Heart of Old Kangra Town is Vrajeshwari Temple, one of the Shaktipeetha temples and visited alongwith Chintpurni and Jwalamukhi Temple as a part of Devi temples.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple, Shaktipeetha
    23
    Masroor Rock Cut Temple is known for its monolithic rock-cut temples. There are 15 rock-cut temples in Indo-Aryan style. It is a unique monolithic structure in the sub-Himalayan region and is a protected monument.
    Heritage Site
    Rock Temple
    61
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Just 24 km from Kangra and 15 km from Dharamshala is the famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham). The temple complex offers view of Dhauladhar, the Baner Khad and Dadh. A vast running water pool houses the statues of Lord Shiva and Saraswati. A trek of about 16 km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    15

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Average Day / Night Temperature of Dharamsala,Himachal Pradesh,India

January
20°C / 6°C
February
20°C / 8°C
March
27°C / 13°C
April
33°C / 18°C
May
40°C / 23°C
June
41°C / 27°C
July
39°C / 26°C
August
33°C / 23°C
September
34°C / 21°C
October
31°C / 16°C
November
26°C / 11°C
December
22°C / 9°C

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Dharamsala
Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
ChilgarhiA tea plantation area 10 kms from town centreGetaway/Experiential1
Khanniara Road3 kms from town centre offering excellent Himalayan views.Getaway3
Mcleodgunj RoadArea around Mid-way between Dharamsala Kotwali bazaar and the Tibetan market Mcleodgunj. Area offers excellent himalayan views.Holiday/Getaway1
Norbulingka Institute5 kms from town centre on Palampur road in close proximity to the Norbulingka Institute. The area offers excellent Himalayan views.Holiday4
Town CentreDistrict headquarters and a small town with a few bylanes overlooking Dhauladhar range.Transit/Business4
Civil LinesA quiet locality overlooking himalayan views at 2 kms from DharamsalaTransit/Business/Holiday/Getaway2
Airport in Dharamsala
  • Gaggal Airport ( DHM ) , Dharamsala
Nearest Railway Stations in Dharamsala
  • Pathankot ( PTK ), Pathankot-84 Kms
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