Dharamkot 1/56 by Tripoto
September to March
Go gaga at the street stalls here


Serenity personified is how one would describe Dharamakot. This small town happens to be close to the Bhagsu waterfalls and thus is a place that invariably attracts many western tourists round the year. If rustic charm is what you want then that is what you get here at Dharamkot. There are simple guesthouses where one can stay and they offer just the basic amenities. Home to the famous Tushita Research Centre, this place lies 1457 metres above the sea level. Get there and experience life minus the luxuries and you will see how well you enjoy it.
From McLeod Ganj I walked up to Dharamkot. A village with locals and mostly Israeli inhabitants. Unlike McLeod Ganj, which is crowded and commercialized, Dharamkot is quiet and more suited for people who prefers peace. Rooms are cheaper to rent and hygiene and hospitality comes as a general trait. Of all the places I checked room's are generally 500-600/night. I got a room at a small guest house, which is near Om Cafe, a known hang out place in that area.
Aarush Tandon
We still had one big problem to be solved sleeping bags(needed to get them from Mcleodganj as they have limited stock which are not provided at the top without tents; also they are expensive), it was not all unplanned obviously we had got some contacts for the sleeping bags but they were all going to dirt. One and a half hours on we were nowhere near getting going. And then all of sudden the sleeping bags got arranged, we got the taxi to Dharamkot at a cheaper rates than the usual ₹400( a hundred less) and best of all we didn't have to carry the sleeping bags we were going to get them at snowline.11 am, the time we took to the rocky trail for Triund hills. This was the origin of where it had all begun, where my latent lust for trekking had come out. I had taken five more in the next six months.More on my first expedition to Triund.Vishal just took off, hit a different gear after we were together for about 5 minutes. He had been here before and it seemed like, it felt home to him.
Neha Ahuja
As a luxury loving traveler, I was always a bit apprehensive towards trips that require one to brave the wilderness as 'come as they are'. A reason why I wasn't really convinced that I could withstand a 15 km trek was a lot of self doubt, however, a close friend dragged me along after a mindful convincing session and so we decided to trek up to the Triund, atop the Dhauladar range in H.P.The journey began with us missing the scheduled bus to McleodGanj and instead hopping on to a detoured route for Pathankot. Nonetheless, we were spirited and gung-ho about the days ahead so we managed to reach the Dharamkot area after a 16 hour long, Volvo, HRTC bus and a breathtaking cab ride. Greeted by heavy rains at our arrival, we decided to take rest, freshen up and grab a bite before commencing the trek. As luck would have it, our host at Morgans's Cafe was well versed with the area and and upon a quick discussed warned us of the dire consequences, the rain can have on the trek route. Fellow travelers who were also waiting for the rain to stop, advised us against trekking as it was 4 pm and hills begin to get dark by the time its 5 pm or so.Abiding the advise, we decided to take it easy and take a stroll to Mcleod area which was a 3 km downhill walk from the magical Dharamkot area. The 20 minute walk left us wanting for good food and we decided to explore a tiny alley around the main market and settled for a steaming hot thupka. After an hour of wandering around, chatting with the locals and some junk shopping we decided to go back to Morgan's guest house and took an auto to reach there. An early dinner of cheesy lasgane was filling enough for us and we hit the bed earlier than we thought.
Debarpita Sen
A km steep ride from Main Square took us to Shiv Shakti in Dharamkot. It was 1700 IST when we reached the gueshouse. We were dead tired after the ride, so hot shower was a must! After the shower, we were guided towards the dining area where we were served tea and snacks. Rains were in no mood to stop, it was pouring still. All we could do was pray for a sunny morning next day!
Sahil Singh
After a 3 km trek passing through lush green pine and deodar trees we reached Dharamkot, a small village away from the hustle & bustle of main town. We bought few water bottles and energy drinks from a nearby shop. From Dharamkot we reached Gallu Devi Temple, which marks as the main starting point for Triund trekking. Here you will get the first glimpse of mighty Dhauladhar mountains.
Gunjan Upreti
Dharamkot is one of the newly-emerging hill stations near Delhi that can still be visited if you wish to experience untouched beauty delicately wrapped in a sense of calm. A short walk away from Mcleodganj, this village is a perfect destination for travellers who wish to unwind in solitude.Book your ride to Dharamkot now.
Priya Parashar
After having early lunch, we started for Dharamkot which is roughly 11 kms. The drive was fun, beautiful and serene. The place is surrounded by deodar trees and landscapes. The hills were covered in snow. There was a single road which goes on and on until the very end. One can further witness beautiful viewpoints, waterfalls, rocks and an excellent café.
Tushar kudal
Vipassana is one of the most ancient meditation technique which was rediscovered by Gautam Buddha about 2500 years ago. Vipassana was wiped out after some years from the country and it was practiced by an unbroken chain of teachers and student in Burma(Myanmar) which was handed to Mr. S.N. Goenka who brought it back to India.I learned Vipassana from Dharamshala center http://www.sikhara.dhamma.org/. This is a beautiful center located in Dharamkot village(it's nothing like a village) about 2 kms from Mcleodganj near Tushita Meditation Center. The campus is enveloped by deodar trees and monkeys remain the only source of entertainment for the 10 days. Vipassana has many centers around the world.I chose Dharamshala center for its location in the Himalayas and because of rich Buddhism culture in Mcleodganj.
Devraj Jee
Our determination to visit Illiterati undefeated, we walked all the way back there on our second day post-breakfast. This time luck was in our favor as the place was open and after 30 minutes of waiting, we were able to find a table that overlooked the whole valley, all the way into Dharamshala. A beautiful afternoon was spent with great food, chess and scrabbles after which we took a cab to Dharamkot. The walk back from Dharamkot to Bhagsunag was amazing with empty winding roads lined on both sides by tall pine trees. Exhausted with our exertions, we sat down for maggi and coffee in one of those tiny sheds placed precariously on the hillside overlooking the Triund trail. 
Malvika Duhoon
Its a small place with Tushita and Vipashna Meditation center at the entry halt along with a school, 2 shops, a tea stall, one school and a village water tank joined by a way to Triund, back to Macleodganj and a narrow way down to the parking, cafes and residential. Tourism is limited and commercial but travel is insightful and beyond the mundane. Its like an open space where you find what you be, so I managed to get a room for 250, deciding to think about everything else after a bath and some rest.
When we reached Dharamkot, it was noon. there are many restaurant which serve good food. try one. We take rest for a while, a little chit chat and then leave for the final move. we took Volve bus to New delhi at Mcleodganj bus stand.
Shreya Rathi
As avid travelers, all of us have heard of Dharamshala and McLeodganj! But on the crest of a hill above McLeodganj lies another Himalayan marvel named Dharamkot. Less crowded and commercialized unlike McLeod, the cute little hippie village is ideal to take time off the bustling streets. Perfect base for multiple hikes such as Triund, Indrahar Pass and Illaqua, this place will certainly live up to your expectations. I was stunned at the sight of cafes in this area, serving lip-smacking lasagnas, pastas, herbal tea and more! Travel Time – Approx. 10 to 11 hours via NH442. Bharatpur
That Funny Guy
On our second day in Himachal Pradesh, it was time to get down to the real hiking. The baby trail from Dharamkot to Mcleodganj was just a warm-up for our first major trek to Naddi River. It was decided that we would wake up with the sun, fill our bellies and head out for the hour long walk.Unfortunately the ‘city’ in us didn’t get the memo and we ended up sleeping in. When we did wake up, trekking was the last thing on our minds. All we could talk about was the eating part of the plan . Already behind schedule, we stuffed our faces with eggs, beans, toast and sausages and washed it all down with ginger-lemon-honey in order to compensate for all the cholesterol we had consumed. Feeling healthy for the moment, we parted ways with Dharamkot and set off for Naddi. Being an athlete, I though I was well equipped to handle a little endurance workout. Let’s just say I felt pain in muscles that I didn’t even know I had. But the view along the paths did a pretty good job of distracting me for the most part.
That Funny Guy
Day one was pretty basic. The idea was to learn how to navigate between Dharamkot and Mcleodganj without the organisers help, while doing some sightseeing there as well.
That Funny Guy
When we finally reached Dharamkot 12 hours later, it was no surprise that Melvin was my roommate at the home-stay. We crashed almost instantly after unpacking. It was around three in the morning and I was feeling restless. I turned over to see what Melvin was up to, and I kid you not, he was staring right at me. There wasn’t even a phone in his hand that he could have looked up from. I played it cool, turned back over, said a silent prayer and forced myself to go back to sleep. I woke up fine.Needless to say that Melvin did some other, lets say odd things throughout the trip that messed with a little more than a few minds.
Rhea Chawla
Dharamkot was a 1 km trek, very steep, upwards from McLeodganj. I walked up with my Trekking bag in tow after checking out from the lodge by 10. Before the trek, I ate delicious Tibetan food at the Tibet Kitchen, at the main square of McLeodganj itself. The trek should have taken not more than 45 minutes but I was sadly carrying too many clothes (inexperienced traveler) and I took a little over an hour to reach. As soon as I entered the little village, the vibe changed. It was even more calm and quiet than McLeodganj. There was a small tea shop at the entrance that also served eggs. I asked the boy there if I could find a room and the closest spot to go and see snow. One of the guys with him said he had an empty room from which the Galoo Temple was a 30 minute trek and showed me the way. It was a cozy room, right in the middle of houses of other locals and everybody smiled and made small talk as I was shown the door to it. I changed, freshened up and asked the guy, Sunil, to show me the path to the temple. He took me to a spot where there were rocks all the way up, till the eyes could see. I couldn't find a trail at all but didn't want to look scared or defeated as he confidently told me to keep walking up the hill till I come across a dirt lane that would take me straight to the temple. I took a few deep breaths once he left, asked myself if taking a cab from the main road would not be a better option, and then started climbing. The climb was exhilarating and beautiful. And tiring. But beautiful. The view, the trees I was amidst, the rocks and the fact that I was alone with barely one or two people walking back down every 20-25 minutes made the experience even more surreal. On reaching the temple, all that snow took my breath away. I couldn't move for a few minutes and stood fixated at a spot, taking it all in. I made friends with a dog, with another fellow traveler with whom I talked about life as if I were in a movie, theorizing and philosophizing and a local who offered to drive me down to the main road. I didn't take him up on it as I wanted to walk back down though I was exhausted with the two difficult walks. When I reached Dharamkot again, I was famished and asked for a place to eat. The only open cafe was Morgan's Place and boy! How adorable it was. Floor seating, a cute heater and an adorable dog that kept coming back even though it was shoed away every time. The food was also nice and I met another solo traveler at the cafe who was on a 8 month travel, 6 in India and 2 in South Africa. We talked over food about books, movies, law, Cambridge University (he graduated from there as an aerospace engineer) and everything else under the sun. I got late and it was horribly dark by the time I left for my room. The street lights were lit only every few feet and there were long stretches of road in the dark and the temperature had dipped badly to top it all. By the time I reached the room, I was shivering with cold. I snuggled into the blankets with all my clothes on, took a swig of the rum I was carrying thankfully and fell asleep.
Neehar Mishra
As we refuelled for the day ahead, we made bookings at one Kalsang Guest House, located a short walk away from the junction and uncountable, shortness-of-breath-inducing steps up the Dharamkot road. The rooms were kinda spartan, but clean and dirt cheap (like unimaginably cheap), so we were happy. The best part, however, was the balcony in front of our room that offered a great view of the entire town. At around 3 pm, checked-in and freshened up, we set out to explore the town.
Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh: This quaint little area ahead of McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala is filled with cafes that offer free wi-fi connection. Enjoy the wholesome sandwiches and coffees with the views of the mountains to provide you that eureka moment. Be sure to carry an umbrella as it rains pretty frequently there, without any warnings!
Devesh Agnihotri
Roopi Gupta
At Chillax-Cafe - Thanks To my Local Friends for adding an Experience Like Ice on the Cake. #HimanchalDiaries #dharamshaladiaries #dharamkotdiaries
Abhishek Garg
Dharamkot village is a beautiful and very peaceful village, natural beauty not told in words only see and feel. It is located a few kms above Mcloedganj. People who live there are also very soft heart, cooperative and helpful. We friends spent some days there trekking and enjoyed nature's gift. There are many good cafes to explore there.
Rohan Kapoor
Richa Sharma
Find nice and cheap place for stay.
Aniesh Chawla
Its full of restaurants, unlike McLeodgunj it has more foreigners and more foreigners owned restaurants.
Neehar Mishra
As we refuelled for the day ahead, we made bookings at one Kalsang Guest House, located a short walk away from the junction and uncountable, shortness-of-breath-inducing steps up the Dharamkot road. The rooms were kinda spartan, but clean and dirt cheap (like unimaginably cheap), so we were happy. The best part, however, was the balcony in front of our room that offered a great view of the entire town.