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In both business and personal life, I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do

- Ivanka Trump

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

- Susan Sontag

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

- St Augustine

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

- Ibn Battuta

Life is a trip. Plan your next vacation.

- Matthew Fryer

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

- Benjamin Disraeli

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before

- Dalai Lama

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

- Charles Dudley Warner

He who would travel happily must travel light.

- Antoine de St. Exupery

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

- Mary Anne Radmacher

I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel - packing my bags and choosing my outfits - but my favourite part is getting there

- Dominic Monaghan

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

- Anais Nin

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

- Lawrence Block

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.

- Samuel Johnson

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

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One way to get the most out of life, is to look at it as an adventure

- William Feather

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

- Edith

To travel is to a journey into yourself

- Danny Kaye

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in this world

- Gustave Flaubert

It's been a huge blessing, being able to travel and have a great life

- Seann William Scott

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.

- Matthew Karsten

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

- Anonymous

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

- Herman Melville

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.

- Robert Frost

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

- Freya Stark

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

- Confucius

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

- Caskie Stinnett

My Favourite thing is to go where I have never been

- Diane Arbus


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.


  • 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


  • 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

#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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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


  • Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing


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