Simply leave behind the maddening crowd of the urban cities and visit the quaint hill town of Dharamshala surrounded by dense coniferous forest with majestic Deodars creating a splendid magnetic aura in the picturesque valley.
Dharamshala is located on foothills of the picturesque hills of Dhaula Dhār, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in the upper reaches of the north-east of Kangra Valley. This scenic destination offers a cool respite to the tourists coming from all parts of the country and abroad. The beautiful hill town is surrounded by dense coniferous forest consisting of, a thick cluster of cedar and deodar trees and exotic rhododendrons. Blessed with a pleasant climate and pictorial scenery, Dharamsala is also known as a spiritual center for Buddhists and Hindus alike with Tibetan museum and monasteries.
Many sightseeing spots and opportunity for thrilling adventure sports
A steep, circling and narrow road connects Dharamshala to McLeodGanj. You can visit Masrur which boasts of ancient rock temples with exquisite carvings of Hindu God and Goddess from Hindu scriptures.
The adventure enthusiasts can indulge in numerous thrilling activities including Camping at Chrysalid. Nestled in thick pine and oak trees this camping site is perched on a ridge and offers splendid views of the deep gorge formed by the meandering stream gurgling down from the Bhagsu Nag fall. You will get the opportunity to witness the magnificent views of the surrounding hills, splendid lush green environs and mesmerizing picturesque scenery as the sun sets with an orange glow and rises in the morning.
Enjoy the thrill of Zip lining, valley crossing, and rappelling. You can experiment with rock climbing; bouldering and even tree jumaring. Strolling along the crystal clear waters of the streams lift your spirits and fill you with renewed energy.
Trekking along the marvelous stretch from Mcleodganj to Dharamkot you can view the beautiful sights of the incredible landscape of Triund. Another trek is from Dharamshala to Kareri which is a shallow freshwater lake at an altitude of 2950 meters. Visit the beautiful Dal Lake set amidst lush green Deodar forests and serene surroundings. A thrilling excursion to the surrounding hills and walking through the cool environs of the Rhododendron and Deodar lined woods is a rejuvenating experience.
Paragliding in Dharamshala is enthralling as you enjoy the wonderful aerial views of this gorgeous valley.
Enjoy the unique cultural festivals of Dharamshala Shopping in the quaint streets of this hillside city for Tibetan artifacts are a lot of fun. Visit the temple of Indru Nag and Norbulingka institute. You can wear their traditional dress, and click vibrant photographs. For spiritual seekers, there are many yoga and meditation camps.
How to reach: The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport which is 15 KM from Dharamshala and the nearest railway station at Kangra is nearly 20 KM south from Dharamshala. The hill town has a good network of state operated buses.
Best time to visit: You can visit this scenic hill town throughout the year and find it inspiring and beautiful.