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Travelogged#27 You Need To Take The Serene Vacation In The Picturesque Dharamshala

By Arushi Bhalla

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 5 min read

Dharamshala is a hill station where you can witness serene views and it symbolizes peace and integrity. If you are tired of the monotony of life then Dharamshala is where you should head as this will give you a retreat for your mind and soul. Don't miss out on the place which will take you on a peaceful journey.   


Places to visit in Dharamshala

Tsuglagkhang Complex

The complex house of the Tsuglagkhang consists of Photang which means Dalai Lama’s residence, Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang Temple, and Namgyal Gompa. You have to walk up the hill and you can see the sign that says – “Entrance to Temple”. Coming back around past the monastery kitchens, the last stop is the main temple room featuring fine statuary and the throne on which the Dalai Lama sits when delivering teachings.


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Kareri Dal Lake

Kareri Dal Lake is situated at a distance of 9km from Dharamshala. The water of this lake is so clear that you can even the bed of the lake can be seen in many parts from the surface. The beautiful surroundings and mesmerizing views make this lake a must visit for all the travelers. This is the place where you can just sit and observe the beauty of nature which is all around you. 


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Bhagsunag Temple

This temple is situated around 2 km from McLeodganj Main Square and was constructed in the 18th Century. This is quite famous among the tourists, it not only soothes your soul because of the spiritual vibes this place bestows but it is also a treat for the eyes as this place has the most unique style of architecture, one can notice plenty of engraving on the walls and pillars of the temple. This is not all as the presence of a pool inside this temple in which they take a dip and relax is also one of the major attractions of this place.


Photo Courtesy: Shemesh Dharamsala Adventure



Bhagsunag Waterfalls

How can we miss out on the famous waterfall of Dharamshala? This enchanting waterfall is located about 11 km from Dharamshala and is easily approachable by road. There is a small yet exciting trek to reach this waterfall. The height of this waterfall is approximately 20 meters and it is an absolute marvel to look at, especially during the monsoon. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever witness! 


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Gyuto Monastery

The Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries and specializes in the study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts, and Buddhist philosophy. It was founded in Tibet in 1474 by Dalai Lama, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup. One of the best thing about this Monastery is that it is covered with pristine white and verdant mountains, the flow of the rivers, the soft touch of the chilly and cloudy air and the warmth of the ever glowing sun.


Photo Courtesy: Norbulingka


Kangra Fort

One of the most visited tourist destinations of Kangra district is the Kangra Fort which is located at the outskirts of Kangra town and around 22 km from Dharamshala. There are plenty of doors in this fort which are made by the rulers of several dynasties. The view from the top is definitely worth the climb. You will not just be fascinated by the architecture of the fort but you can also learn a lot about history with this fort.


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Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

It might sound strange that why is a cricket stadium mentioned in the places to visit in Dharamshala but wait till you visit this vast and amazing stadium in Dharamshala. It is located in the lap of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. Another impressive feature is its openness and small-sized stands, which allow for winds to sweep across, giving fast bowlers assistance in the air. 


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Things To Do In Dharamshala

Hog On To Scrumptious Food At Famous Cafes

The beauty of Dharamshala has obviously worth visiting but wait till you try the food at these alluring cafes which serve the most delectable food. Every dish served in these cafes is unique and finger licking. You won't be able to resist yourself from hogging on way too much of these delicacies. So, head to a cafe and hog on to the delicious food while enjoying the serene views.


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Shop For Lovely Stone Jewelry And Cute Handicrafts

If you think the alluring natural beauty and mouth-watering food is all Dharamshala has to offer, then wait till you start to shop for the beautiful stone jewelry and handicrafts. This place is a shopping paradise for every shopaholic! You name it and they have it when it comes to stone jewelry as they have endless variety and they do not compromise on the quality. So, go ahead and shop till you drop! 


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Go sightseeing to explore the historical and cultural heritage

The historical and cultural monuments of Dharamshala is a treat for the eyes. The carving on the walls of the monuments is something that needs to be witnessed once in your lifetime. The rich heritage of this place is worth exploring and if you are intrigued by the Buddhist culture then Dharamshala is where you should head. 


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How to reach Dharamshala

By Airport

The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13 kilometers away from Dharamshala. Gaggal airport connects Dharamshala to Delhi via Air India.

By Bus

Dharamshala is well-connected to Delhi and other parts of North India. Most buses stop at the main bus terminal in Lower Dharamshala, but there are also some public Haryana Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses that go all the way to the main square of McLeod Ganj. 

By Train

The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot, 85 kilometers away. There are numerous trains that go to Jammu and Kashmir that stop by in Pathankot. You can take a taxi or bus from Pathankot to reach Dharamshala. 

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Q. What is the best time to visit Dharamshala?

A. The best time to visit in Summer (April to June), Monsoon (July to September) and Winters (October to March)


Q. What are the best cafes in Dharamshala?

A. These are a few best cafes in Dharamshala: Illiterati, Shiva Cafe, Tibetan Mandala Cafe 



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