Dharamshala Tourism and Travel Guide

Located in Himachal Pradesh, what most people refer to as Dharamsala is actually Lower Dharamsala. This is where the bus drops you, and from here you can make your way to Mcleodganj, or Upper Dharamsala, which is definitely the more popular destination among tourists. However, Dharamshala itself offers a number of unique sights and experiences of a city life in the hills. The city is the second winter capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh and extremely important from a political standpoint. Although most of the Tibetan population is settled in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala also has a major Tibetan influences and his home to institutes and monasteries. There is the Norbulingka Institute, where you can see artisans making thangka paintings, embroidering and carving food. It now also has a bustling market, shopping malls and some amazing restaurants. The Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium is also a must-visit for sports enthusiasts.
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Best Time To Visit Dharamshala

Peak Season to visit Dharamsala is from February to June, when the weather ranges from pleasantly cool to bearably warm.

Shoulder Season: November to January is winter season in Dharamsala when you can see snow fall on the mountains. The temperature ranges from -1 to 7 degrees Celsius, making it a great time to visit Dharamsala.

Off-season: Dharamsala sees monsoon season from July to September. But the town doesn’t see too much rainfall, so if you don’t mind a little drizzle when you are out and about and like off-season discounts, head to Dharamsala at this time.   

Budget For Dharamshala

For Budget Travellers: INR 800-1300 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 600-800
  • Food: INR 200-500

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-2000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels: INR 1200-2000
  • Food: INR 600-900
  • Local transport in autos and taxis: INR 400-500

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1800 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 1000 and upwards