State: Himachal Pradesh
Distance: 496 Km NW of Delhi
By Road: 11 hrs
By Rail: 9hrs 30min + 2hrs 30min by road
By Air: 1hrs 30min + 35min by road
Location: Surrounded by a stretch of the Dhauladhar mountains, overlooking the Kangra Valley at a height of 4,550 ft. Dhramsala is 21km from Kangra town in west Himachal
Route: NH1 Ambala; NH22 to Zirakpur; NH21 to Kiratpur via Chandigar; SH to Amb via Una; NH70 to Kaloha; SH to Ranital; NH88 to Kangra; NH20 to Gaggal; SH to Dharamsala

Fast Fact

  • Best time to visit Dharamsala:

    The wheather is excellent in spring and autumn it's best however in summer
  • STD Code of Dharamsala:

  • Tourist Offices

    36, Chandralok Building, Janpath, New Delhi

    Tel. 011-23325320, 23324764

Dharamsala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes the surroundings very attractive. A busy bazaar town, Dharamsala has established itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains. The Kotwali Bazaar provides the entire colour and characteristic of a small town, which is mixed with the simple life style.

The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan community dominates the town, still it has retained the colonial lifestyle and British fervour.

McLeod Ganj, a village within Dharamshala municipality, is the home of the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government. The village of McLeod Ganj lying in the upper reaches is known worldwide for the presence of the Dalai Lama. On 29 April 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama established the Tibetan exile administration in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was moved to Dharamsala. Since then, the Dalai Lama along with his people have been residing in Dharamshala.

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