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9 Best Places To Visit In Dharamshala

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The one who is looking for such a place where one can trek, witness the beauty of nature, enjoy snowfall, spend some peaceful time then here is another place of Himachal Pradesh named Dharamshala. In this post, we tell you the 9 best places to visit in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.



Dharamshala (city of Himachal Pradesh, India) is a hill station that offers a scenic view of panoramic hills surrounded by thick cedar forests.

Dharamshala has become an important highlight in most Himachal tour packages. The city is divided into two parts. One is known as Upper Dharamshala which is home to Mcleodganj as well as other structures that remind you of its colonial part.

The other part is Lower Dharamshala which is a commercial center including markets, courts, and famous Kotwali Bazaar. Here you can purchase items of daily use.

Places to visit in Dharamshala.

Dharamshala attracts many people from all corners of the earth who come to study, meditate and for touring purposes. Dharamshala is also home to several temples with two most famous among them are Chamunda Devi and Kunal Pathri temple. So this picturesque destination is not only popular among tourists but also among spiritual seekers and religious travelers. Dharamshala is such a hill station that symbolizes peace and integrity. 

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Best time to visit Dharamshala

February to June i.e. spring and summer can be considered as the ideal time to visit Dharamshala. During this period the maximum temperature remains 25 degrees celsius. You can enjoy pleasant weather as well as scenic views of hills at its best. October to February i.e. winter is also the best time to enjoy the beauty and snowfall in Dharamshala. During this time temperature ranges from 4 to 7 degrees celsius. Snowfall begins by the end of December and continues till February. Monsoon (July-September) can be avoided due to rain.

To make your visit to Dharamshala more fascinating and memorable, here is the list of places to visit in Dharamshala. 

1. Tsuglagkhang Complex

Tsuglagkhang Complex Dharamshala.

This religious center is located on Temple Road. Tsuglagkhang Complex is the private abode of the present Dalai Lama. It is at an altitude of 1475m from sea level. It was built when Dalai Lama visited India for the first time in 1959. This place is very special for every Tibetan as this place narrates the life and culture of Tibetans and sacrifices made by them. Tibetan dance and music performances can also be seen here. Pilgrims came to do a circuit around the complex, spinning the prayer wheels as they walk. Photography is not allowed inside the temple. Cameras and phones are permitted in the rest of the complex only when teachings are not in progress. Do not miss the Tibetan Museum and library here. 

Famous for: Tibetan culture, Lord Buddha

Visiting hours: 5 Am to 8 Pm

Entry fee: No entry charges 

2. Kareri Dal Lake

Kareri Dal Lake is one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

Kareri Dal Lake is a fresh-water lake and one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala. This lake is so clear that even the bed of the lake can be seen from the water surface. It is located at an altitude of 2934m. It is situated at a distance of 9km from Dharamshala which is an exotic trekking path. The source of this lake is the melting snow of the Dhauladhar mountain. This gorgeous surrounding makes the visit to this lake a special part of Dharamshala trip. It is also a site of base camp for trekkers. The Kali Shiva temple is located on the bank is often visited. People also enjoy boating, picnic, and sightseeing here. 

Famous for: photography, trekking, nature, sightseeing 

Visiting hours: sunrise to sunset

Entry fee: No entry charges 

3. Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery Dhararmshala.

Gyuto Monastery is the residence of Kasmapa – the head of the Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at an altitude of 1457m from sea level. This famous monastery was built in the memory of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Tibetan freedom war. This place is known all over the world for the history associated with it. This monastery is always depicted in how the practice of black magic can be used for the well-being of the people. Due to its beautiful decor-style and architecture it attracts photography lovers the most. There are Dhauladhar ranges in the background also. People also go for a trek around the monastery and observe peace in the lap of nature. 

Famous for: photography, history, nature

Visiting hours: 7 Am to 7 Pm

Entry fee: No entry charges 

4. Masroor Rock Cut Temple

Masoor Rock Cut Temple

As the name suggests, this temple has been constructed by carving out monolithic rock in an intricate manner. It is located at an altitude of 2934m. This complex is associated with The Mahabharata period and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Devi. This is a collection of 15 monolithic temples depicting Indo-Aryan style architecture. The architecture is superbly detailed. It has a sacred pool of water. It is believed that taking a dip in the pool can cleanse your soul from sins. All these things make this temple a point of interest for history lovers, art enthusiasts, painters and also solo travelers. This is one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

Famous for: religion, history, photography, architecture 

Visiting hours: 9 Am to 7 Pm

Entry fee: No entry charges 

5. Naddi Village

Naddi Village near Dharamshala is one of the best places to visit near Dharamshala.

Naddi Village is a serene and charming spot of Dharamshala. It is at an altitude of 2000m from sea level. This village is a well-known place for trekking and visited by thousands of travelers every year. The people of Naddi Village are mainly people from Punjab who speak a dialect of the language. There are also small temples of Lord Keyling. All the houses in the village have a large compound where hay is dried and stored for multiple usages. This village is also very friendly in an accommodation point of view. In the village, there are many lodges and homestays that are very affordable. The panoramic views of surrounding makes is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate for families and friends. 

 Famous for: trekking, sightseeing, nature beauty

Visiting hours: Any time of the day

Entry fee: No entry charges 

6. Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium.

This cricket stadium is situated at an altitude of 1457m in the mountains. It is also one of the highest cricket stadiums in the world. It has a crowd capacity of 23000 seats. Watching a cricket match with the backdrop of misty and snowy mountains all around seems like a dream. The magnificent natural backdrop and cool winds continually drifting across the ground makes a trip to the stadium worth it. Snacks are also available here. 

 Famous for: cricket lovers

Visiting hours: 9 Am to 6, Pm

Entry fee: fee applicable only during matches. 

7. Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort, Dharamshala

Kangra fort is 20km away from Dharamshala. It is one of the oldest forts in India and one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala. It was built 4th century BC by the Royalty of Katoch Empire. Besides its historical importance, the fort is very famous for its unique architecture also. The fort is situated on a steep rock and surrounded by high walls. The entrance is through a small courtyard. This passage leads up to the top of the fort. This fort houses three temples of Lakshmi Narayan, Ambika Devi, and Shitlamata. The fort stands at the corner of the confluence of the Majhi and Banganga river. There are many restaurants where you can have a satisfying meal at very cheaper rates. 

 Famous for: history, architecture, photography 

Visiting hours: 9 AM to 6 PM

 Entry fee: 150 Rs for Indians and 300 Rs for foreigners including audio guide(prices may vary) 

 8. War Memorial

War Memorial is located at the entrance of the Dharamshala town. This memorial was set up in the remembrance of the soldiers who fought for the honor of their motherland and sacrificed their lives. The curved walls of the memorial signify that these soldiers will remain immortal in the minds of Indians forever. To reach here, one has to walk through the pine forests which is a pleasant experience for everyone. Near the memorial, a cafe’ serves snacks and refreshments to the visitors. Do not forget to visit GPC College Dharamshala, which is also a beautiful structure. 

 Famous for: memorials, beautiful structures 

Visiting hours: 9 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee: 10 Rs per head

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9. Indrahar Pass

Indrahar Pass is a beautiful trek in Dharamshala.

Indrahar Pass is a trek route from Dharamshala to Chamba at an average altitude of 3150m from sea level. This trek passes over the impressive snowbound Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. It will take you through the dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests. The peak of sacred Mani-Mahesh Kailash mountain can also be seen from here. The trek route also consists of some temples and unexplored areas of Himalaya. People from all around the world come and opt for trekking at Indrahar Pass. Indrahar Pass is one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

 Famous for: trekking, sightseeing, nature

Visiting hours: 24 hours

Entry fee: No entry charges

How to reach

By Air

The Gaggal Airport is the nearest to Dharamshala at a distance of 15 km. There are regular flights from Delhi, Kullu and Chandigarh to Dharamshala. 

By Rail

The Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest one to the Dharamshala. This railway station is 85km from Dharamshala. A bus or taxi can be hired from there to reach Dharamshala. 

By Road

Regular state buses from destinations like Pathankot(88 km), Jalandhar(193 km), Amritsar(200 km), Shimla(241 km) and Delhi(490 km) are easily accessible for Dharamshala. 

One can also visit Bhagsunag temple, Jwala Devi temple, Chintpurni Devi temple, and Triund in the vicinity of Dharamshala. These places are full of serenity and spiritual ambiance make Dharamshala a place like no other. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the best time to visit Dharamshala? 

A: In terms of weather, Spring and summer i.e. February to June are the best time to visit Dharamshala. In the months of December and January, Dharamshala receives snowfall. So this is the best time for snow lovers. 

Q: What are the best shops for a great shopping experience in Dharamshala? 

A: The spots like Kotwali Bazaar, Tibetan Handicraft Culture, Green Shop, Village Boutique, Jogibara Road and Palace Handmade Crafts are most popular for shopping in Dharamshala. All these spots provide the specialties of Dharamshala in markets. 

Q: What to pack for Dharamshala? 

A: Packing of clothes depends upon your time while you are visiting in Dharamshala. But you must carry comfortable walking shoes, gloves and an umbrella with yourself. 

Q: What are the things to do and best places to visit in Dharamshala?

A: The best places to visit in Dharamshala are Tsuglagkhang Complex, kareri Dal Lake, Masoor Rock Cut Temple, Naddi Village, etc. You can do shopping, see scenic views, nature walk , and many more things.

We cannot express the real beauty of Dharamshala in words. The best experience can only felt by visiting it. But we tried a lot to give you ideas about those serene places and the best places to visit in Dharamshala. So guys do comment and share to support us. We promise to provide this type of information in the future.

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