Dharamshala Tourism: Best Time to Visit Dharamshala - Sterling Holidays

THE SILENCE OF THE MOUNTAINS

Overlooking the plains and surrounded by dense pine trees, deodar forests, numerous streams and a cool healthy atmosphere is Dharamshala, truly a piece of heaven on earth. The hill station is set against a backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar mountains and perched on high slopes in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley. Even though the Tibetan community dominates this beautiful town, one could still sense the touch of colonial lifestyle and British fervour that remains.


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  • 2014-10-16Area: 5739 sq. km
  • Altitude: Between 1250 m to 1550 m above sea level
  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Distance from nearby towns/ cities: Chandigarh (249 km), Delhi (526 km), Manali (242 km), Jalandhar (160 km)
  • Shopping area: Kotwali Bazaar, a general shopping area, and McLeod Ganj for Tibetan handicrafts are the main shopping areas in Dharamshala
  • Take away: Tibetan carpets and artefacts, wooden carvings, silk and woollen woven scarves are very popular

TRAVEL ANECDOTES

  • The mesmerising Norbulinka Institute
  • Explore the restored rock cut temple
  • The unbelievable natural beauty of the  Kangra valley
  • Visit the largest tibetan temple outside tibet
  • Gorge on piping hot Tibetan noodles
  • Nourish mind & soul with Good food & Books
  • Tour the gorgeous  tea Gardens
  • Take back a peice of tibetan heritage
  • upcyled Goods at the Green shop
  • Explore the not-so-Known primitivecave temple
  • LEARN THE BEST OF TIBETAN COOKING
  • PARAGLIDING IN A GORGEOUS NATURAL SETTING
  • TIBETAN FOLK MUSIC AT THE BLACK TENT CAFE
  • TRADITIONAL TREATS AT THE TIBET QUALITY BAKERY
  • BEAUTIFUL DOLLS  AT THE LOSEL MUSEUM

#1. The Norbulinka Institute is a wonderful place where you can spend hours exploring the museums, the monastery, and even a lovely doll house. The gardens surrounding it are beautifully done, and you can enjoy a view of the same from the café adjacent to it.

#2. This beautiful temple was carved out of rock, but the forces of nature wrecked havoc when an earthquake caused damage to it in 1905. The ASI has restored and maintained it since it's making it a place you have to visit when in Dharamshala.

#3. The Kangra Valley is lovely & picturesque, with its lush greenery, misty mountains and steep ravines - you could travel by road or if you're into trekking, this is one of the most scenic treks in Dharamshala and should not be missed.

#4. The Tsuglagkhang Temple Complex houses a Tibetan Museum, the Namgyal Gompa, the Kalachakra Temple and the residence of the Dalai Lama. Look forward to breathtakingly lovely paintings, traditional Tibetan carvings and architecture when in Dharamshala.

#5. Tibetan noodles or thukpa is a dish that is a must try while you're holidaying in Dharamshala. Available at most street corners in stalls or carts, this piping hot delicacy provides an instant enhancement of your experience in the cold weather.

#6. The Illiterati Books & Coffee is a lovely place run by a Belgian man settled in Dharamshala for the past 17 years. Don't miss out on trying their specialty: Belgian waffles with homemade coffee, saffron and almond ice cream.

#7. The Dharamshala Tea Company is set on acres of tea plantations. You can take a free tour across the plantations and observe tea plucking, drying, fermentation and packaging of various kinds of premium teas including hand-rolled Oolong tea.

#8. The Kotwali Bazaar in Dharamshala has some wonderful Tibetan rugs and carpets that would make for a colourful addition to your living room. Not only this, by making a purchase from here, you can also help in the promotion of traditional Tibetan arts.

#9. This is a shop run by the Tibetan Welfare Office, and stocks several wonderful handmade recycled products made from paper mache, bamboo, organic waste and other eco-friendly materials.

#10. The Trilokinath Cave temple is an ancient shrine in a natural cave formation with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. It can be located as you travel on the Mandi-Pathankot Road (NH 20). There are also some interesting carvings on the walls and a shivalinga. It's definitely worth a visit.

#11. At Sangye's Kitchen, you can learn how to prepare delicious momos, thukpas, khapsey, tingmo and even chocolate momos. Sangye walked for 28 days to get to India from Tibet and has been living in Dharamshala ever since. Starting from Rs. 250, these culinary classes are an experience worth trying.

#12. The lush green meadows of Dharamshala offer an opportunity to go paragliding. Glide through the beautiful landscape and explore the untouched beauty of the region. You might need a bit of initial practice in order to acquire a trainers' license if you're interested. Pick up a few souvenirs and take in the sights and sounds of this quaint Tibetan market.

#13. The Black Tent Café is a cosy little establishment that serves delicious snacks. Evenings are the best time to come here, as you could catch a live Tibetan folk music performance, with the traditional Tibetan instrument, the dramyin.

#14. There's a tiny little bakery about 5 minutes from the Tashi Choeling Monastery that serves some really interesting Tibetan treats. Try Yak cheese, Yak muffins, apple rolls, Lhasa cookies, beetroot nut slices and lots more.

#15. The Losel Museum has a collection of over 150 dolls dressed in various traditional Tibetan costumes. They are arranged to depict interesting scenes from the daily lives of the Tibetan people. Pick up a few replicas of the dolls on display to add cheer to your living room.


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WEATHER

Summer Winter

Summer
20°C – 38°C

Winter
0°C – 20°C

BEST TIME TO VISIT

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It is good to visit Dharamshala anytime in the year, though, the ideal season will be between late February and March when the Losar Festival takes place.

Losar festival is a Tibetan festival celebrated to mark the beginning of the Tibetan New Year. Monsoon is experienced here during the months of July, August and September.

In general, if you're looking for snow, winter months are the best. Summer months are better for sight-seeing, trekking, mountain climbing and other activities.

Activities at a glance

  • Trekking

    Trekking

  • Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing


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