Dharamshala Tourism & 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 also where the Dalai Lama lives. The two Dharamsalas have a strong Tibetan presence with monasteries, meditation centres and a big library of Tibetan history. This is owing to the Tibetan refugees who have made this place home after fleeing the oppression of China in their homeland. There is a lot to explore at these destinations, which are popular both with Indian and foreign tourists. For tourism in Dharamsala, there is the Norbulingka Institute, where you can see artisans making thangka paintings, embroidering and carving food. Further up in Mcleodganj, you can visit the Namgyal Monastery, say a prayer at the St John in the Wilderness, take a dip in the gushing Bhagsu Falls, trek up to Triund or just enjoy the surrounding pine forest from its many fabulous rooftop cafes and restaurants. Some resorts provide opportunities for paragliding, flying fox, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling and even night camping. Treks through the magical hills and forests are always invaluable, the most cherished one being, the trek to the snowy peaks of Triund. Dharamshala's vast Tibetan population gives way to charming little kitchen cafes serving the most lip smacking Tibetan dishes, that too at very affordable prices (below Rs 500 for two). Dishes such as thenthuk, thukpa, chocolate and meat medallions are a huge hit with most travellers that have visited and sought refuge in this city's mystical spread.
Best time to visit

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

 

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Budget

For Budget Travellers: INR 800-1300 a day

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

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

 

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Trips and Itineraries for Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a quiet place, close to nature, close to peace....

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Top Places To Visit in Dharamshala 23 Spots

Temple Road, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India
6. Serene, soothing face of Gautam Buddha at the Dalai Lama Temple. People practice yoga in the temple premises and meditate for hours.You just have to go straight on the street passing all the local market you will reach here. Caution if you have girls in your gang you might not reach your destination soon ;) The blissful showers made us all nostalgic of us as kids getting drenched in rains.We almost went mad, it's raining we got split into groups finding each other in different shops. one got stuck in one shop other got in some other. We were totally enervated! Rains were like cheery on the cake. The weather was awesome.
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Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
When you are hungry after a lot of trekking and exploring the beautiful Triund, this is a place to relax and satiate your hunger pangs. There is also the Shiva Falls nearby and thus the name of the café. The place is oerfect for all types such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The best part about this place is however the peaceful ambience and great views.
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Weekend Getaways from Dharamshala  

Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
#coffeewithtripotoShimla (or Simla, as it was called by the British during the days of the Raj), once affectionately known as Chhota Vilayat or Little England. Today, is popular with the tourists for its historical buildings and monuments.The history of shimla is it`s biggest asset, helping it fetch endless numbers of tourists from all over the country and worldwide. Shimla was officially founded in 1864 and was built on top of seven hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill.Shimla was a paradise where most of the British officers and guests spent their summers, away from scorching sun in plains.It didn’t take much time before Shimla or Simla was declared centre of British colonial rule.The British were so charmed that they planned and built Shimla meticulously and adored it with historic buildings made in British architecture, like Town Hall, Christ Church, Gorton Castel, Viceregal Lodge (now Indian Institute of Advance Studies), the Willow Bank and so on.In 1906, to make Shimla easily accessible, British built what is known as an engineering marvel in the world- Kalka-Shimla Railway track, which consist of 102 tunnels (originally 107) and 806 bridges. It was also called the “British Jewel of the Orient”. The track was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.Present day administration of Shimla is still scavenging on the infrastructure British had built. The government could not add much as marvellous as these structures.Now, Shimla is a congested and crowded place like other cities. Leaking sewerage and water supply pipes, garbage either spread all over Shimla city or being burnt in open, wrecked roads and blocked, stinking drains, deforestation for over-construction of luxury apartments, resorts or commercial buildings etc. have become trademarks of it.But, you can seek some relief by time travelling into imperial Shimla. And one such place to do so in the lovely Aira Holme Estate, situated in close proximity to the strawberry hill.The house is said to be build by the Britishers and their influence can be easily spotted the moment you step in.and a link to reach the place is as folllow:https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/19002767?checkin=&checkout=&guests=1&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&location=shimla&s=tSNl0-xRDisclaimer:I am in no way rewarded to promote this place, i just happened to stay there and had a wonderful experience hence wanted to share it here.I feel lucky to have come across this place. i was awestruck the moment i walked into this this beautiful house and fell in love with its authenticity.The house is decorated very tastefully while maintaining its original historical charm. Its has a vintage glamour to itself.There is a huge and bright and colourful living area when you first walk in ,which is full of light and a lovely place to just sit and look at the rain or sunset, or to just catch up on some reading while you sip on some coffee.The bedrooms are classy and in sync with the tone of the house. I fell in love with the age old working fire place in the rooms, would love to visit the place in winter time and spend a night sleeping on a mattress on the floor curled up in a blanket in the warmth of the burning wood.The whole vibe of the house makes you feel as if you have travelled back in the time to the colonial age of wooden houses with attics. In fact the house is claimed to have been build 150 years ago. I personally have a thing for beautiful creations of both man and mother nature,so this house gave me just about everything that i was looking for, from the vintage decors to the beautiful lush green surroundings, the sound of monkeys running on the rooftops, one of the best sunset views in the entire shimla and much more. All that while being in such a close proximity to the city and all the facilities and yet successfully delivering the feeling of seclusion and solitude that we all so often desire on our vacations.

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      


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