Dharamshala is a beautiful city and the winter capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful city is surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas and has served as a home to Dalai Lama and all the Tibetans in exile. It is one of the prominent Buddhist centres to learn Buddhist teaching, sutras and tantras along with the knowledge of Buddhist culture. There are some beautiful places to visit in Dharamshala.
St. John in the Wilderness
St. John in the Wilderness is located near Dharamsala and on the way to Mcleod Ganj as the name suggests this church was constructed amidst the lush green forests and is known as one of the oldest built structures in Dharamsala.
This one of the most important churches was built in 1852 in neo-gothic architectural style with the addition of Belgian stained-glass windows and was dedicated to John the Baptist.
The church looks beautiful and its location amidst deodar forests will enhance your visiting experience. Lord Ergin, governor-general and also the viceroy of British India once stayed here. This spot offers you a calm environment and beautiful forest view, this is the perfect place to visit in Dharamshala to spend some time with your loved ones.
Namgyal Monastery is known as the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet and has also been credited as an abode of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual Leader, and popularly called as "Dalai Lama's Temple" as it is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. It was built in the 16th century by the second Dalai Lama and came into existence for monks to help Dalai Lama in religious matters.
As of now, it is a house of more than 200 monks who meditate, skills and practice Buddhist learning. It is also known as Namgyal Tantric College preserves the learning of Buddhist philosophy, ritual chanting, and sand mandalas, all are included in the Buddhist tradition.
This location along with its traditional and intellectual expertise also offers you a peaceful environment positive aura and calm vibes. It beautifully reflects the Buddhist tradition and culture. This is a peaceful place to visit in Dharamshala.
Bhagsu Falls resides on the main road connecting Mcleod Ganj and Dharamsala and is one of the most popular tourist spots here. The height of the falls is 30 meters which starts at the base of the Dhauladhar Valley certain religious belief is related to this spot and further runs through the popular Bhagsunath Temple which is also the highlight here and worth visiting spot.
To reach Bhagsu Falls tourist has to make a trek through the dense greenery and the view of these falls is just breathtaking. It is a perfect location for nature lovers and calm seekers, here you can spend some quality time with your family and friends.
Several Cafes and Coffee House surrounds the area and travellers can enjoy the view of stunning falls while having some refreshments. This is a stunning place to visit in Dharamshala.
War Memorial was created to commemorate the memory of those who fought to save our country, during the War of 1947-48, 1962, 1965 and 1971 and UN Peace Operations, many brave soldiers of Kangra lost their lives as martyrs.
Memorial is surrounded by the poetic pine forests of Dharamshala, leading to lush gardens through a quaint walkaway. Three huge panels of black stone, every 24 feet in height, preserve their memory in stone.
The Summer Season in Dharamshala stays between March to June and Dharamshala's temperature fluctuates between 20 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala's weather in this season remains pleasant and the atmosphere is quite comfortable, the sun shines with contentment and the flowers bloom joyfully.
This is an ideal season to engage in some sightseeing, trekking and exploring this former British summer capital. Adventure and thrill enthusiasts can take an amazing experience of paragliding, zip-lining, rappelling, camping and cable car riding.
Places like Triund, War Memorial, Kalachakra Temple, Namgyal Monastery and St. John in the wilderness are some exciting places to visit in Dharamshala. It is the peak season of Dharamshala hence; travellers are suggested to make their booking on accommodation and travel in advance.
The Monsoon Season in Dharamshala is marked from July to September and Dharamshala’s temperature stays between 18 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala during monsoon is a rainy-romantic affair, the showers rejuvenate the surroundings, rending everything green and lush. It is a season to enjoy the plenty of services provided by your hotel and resorts and to try the cafes in the town to have an amazing foodie experience.
This is also a season of certain risks such as landslides, road blockages and loss of communication. Places such as Namgyal Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Dal Lake, Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsu Falls and Tibet Museum are some decent places to visit in Dharamshala this season.
This is not an ideal season to visit Dharamshala and due to being off-season, you will find some great deals on accommodation and travel hence; an ideal season for budget-friendly travellers.
The Winter Season in Dharamshala stays from December to February and Dharamshala's temperature ranges between 4 degrees Celsius to 7 degrees Celsius. Dharamshala's weather in this season is quite chilled and crispy, the atmosphere is coated in thick layers of frost and fog. The season of winter is ripe for exploration and wanderlust with the backdrop of the snowy mountains and crystalline waterfalls.
It is an ideal season to engage in the thrilling activity of skiing. Places such as Triund, Namgyal Monastery, War Memorial, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Tea Garden, Masroor Rock Cut Temple and Naam Art
Gallery are some preferred places to visit in Dharamshala this season. This season gives you a perfect cosy atmosphere and environment to spend some quality moments with your loved ones.
It is also a season when one of the leading independent film festivals of the country held every year in November, showcased the best of Indian and international cinema, this one’s a must for film lovers. Lakes, Valleys and trails create the most stunning setting for backpackers.
- Gaggal Airport is the main domestic airport serving Dharamshala at a distance of nearly 15 kilometres away from the city centre and is very well-connected to other major cities such as New Delhi, Shimla, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Guwahati, Amritsar, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Plenty of airline carriers such as Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, IndiGo, All India Regional, Go Air and Jagson Airlines. Once you reach the airport you can easily take a state bus or hire a taxi and cab for a further journey.
- Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Dharamshala at a distance of approximately 86 kilometres from the city and is finely connected to other prime cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Shimla and Amritsar.
Train options like Dauladhar Express, Tata Jat Express, Durg Jat Express, DLI PTK Express, Festival Special, Festival Superfast Special and Jat Festival Special are some decent train options that run trains to Pathankot Railway Station on regular basis.
The Kangra Valley Railway connects Pathankot to Kangra and Joginder Nagar, this is a regular service, an extremely slow but scenic experience. From outside the railway station, you can hire a cab or take a state bus to reach your destination.
- Dharamshala is widely connected to other neighbouring cities such as New Delhi at a distance of 490 kilometres, Pathankot which is 88 kilometres far, Shimla at a distance of 240 kilometres, Chandigarh which resides 250 kilometres away, Jalandhar at a distance of 190 kilometres and Amritsar which id nearly 200 kilometres far via smooth and well-maintained road connectivity.
Plenty of Volvo and sleeper bus options are available to travellers for Dharamshala. Travellers do travel to Dharamshala from their vehicles as well and if you are heading from New Delhi then NH-503 and NH-44 are the routes to follow, from Shimla NH-205 is the route good to go. There are some beautiful places to visit in Dharamshala to make your trip amazing.
Amoha Retreat is located at a distance of 13.8 kilometres from the city centre and it offers you the facilities such as Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Special Diet Meals, Dining Area, Kids' Meals, Kids Play Area, Paid Pickup and Drop, Golf, Lawn, Seating Area, Wake-up Call, Doctor on Call, Concierge Service and Bellboy Service along with other facilities.
JuSta Birding Dharamshala is residing near Dharamshala Bus Stand at a distance of 4.1 kilometres from the city centre and it provides you with the services of a Restaurant, Bakery, Coffee Shop, Barbeque, Kids’ Meals, Spa, Steam and Sauna, Jacuzzi, lounge, Lawn, Balcony/Terrace, Doctor on Call, Wake-up Call and Concierge Service with some other basic services.
Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort is residing at a distance of 7.5 kilometres and it gives you the amenities like Bar, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Dining Area, Kids’ Meals, Kids’ Club, Childcare Services, Paid Shuttle Service, Currency Exchange, Meditation Room, Yoga, Gym, Spa, Massage, Steam and Sauna, Night Club, Pub, Photo Session, Movie Room, Bonfire, Tours and Treks, Library, Book Shop, Lawn, Bellboy Service, Wake-up Call and Multilingual Staff.
Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala is situated at a distance of 3. Kilometres from the city centre and it gives you the facilities of a Café, Bar, Restaurant, 24-Hour Coffee Shop, Bakery, Special Diet Meals, Kids' Play Area, Paid Pickup and Drop, Currency Exchange, Gym, Reflexology, Massage, Spa, Steam and Sauna, Rental Vehicles, Cycling, Tours and Treks, Picnic Area, Lounge, Sun Deck, Balcony/Terrace, Butler Service and Concierge Service. All of these mentioned accommodation options are providing installed sanitisers, masks and gloves due to safety reasons.