A popular hill station, Dharamshala has something for every traveller. The city overlooks the Kangra valley, set against the Dhauladhar mountain range and is blessed with coniferous forests, mountain streams and breathtaking views. Apart from the allure of nature trails in the mountains, the place has strong historic and spiritual nuances that draw scores of travellers. Ever since the Dalai Lama took up residence and relocated the Namgyal Monastery to Dharamshala, this once sleepy town has become a much sought-after travel destination.
And for history buffs, there is the 4th century Kangra Fort, regarded as the largest fort in the Himalayas, built by the Katoch dynasty believed to have its origins in the Mahabharata. While those seeking the spiritual vibe can head to McLeod Ganj, the Dalai Lama's residence, or take courses in Buddhism and meditation, the outdoor types can go trekking or simply savour the Tibetan fare at the local restaurants.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Destination Type: Hill Station
Destinations Nearby: Jalandhar 159 km, Manali 235 km, Chandigarh 255 km, Delhi 475 km
Nearest Sterling Resort: Sterling Manali, Sterling Kufri
Languages: Hindi, English, Tibetan and Pahari
Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot
Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Gaggal
Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 16°C to 31°C.
Monsoon: July to September. Pleasant weather all around.
Winter: December to February. Temperature varies between 6°C and 25°C.
1. Mobiles/cameras/electronic gadgets are not allowed inside monasteries.
2. Remember to leave your footwear outside before entering any temple or holy area.
3. Visit Dharamshala during the Losar Festival (Tibetan New Year) to experience Buddhist traditions and festivites.
4. Acclimatize yourself before going on treks such as the Triund trek.
5. His Holiness The Dalai Lama holds public lectures every year in February-March for about ten days. Check the Namgyal Monastery website for details.
6. A quick getaway from Dharamshala is Manali. Don't miss the wonderful stay at Sterling Manali.
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