Dharamshala / McLeodganj
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How To Reach
Kangra Airport or Dharamsala-Kangra Airport is a domestic airport that is approximately 14 Kilometres South-West of Dharamshala. It is connected to New Delhi Airport. The Chandigarh Airport is one of the major closest domestic airports that is approximately 250 kms from Dharamshala. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest international airport that is approximately 480 kms away and connects Dharmashala globally indirectly. You can take flights from Delhito major domestic and international destinations.
Dharamshala is connected via road to all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh. One can reach this city by taking state owned buses or by following the national highway to reach Dharamshala. Buses from Chandigarh (275 km), Jalandhar (154 km) and Amritsar (187 km) are directly connected to this city. Volvo, luxury and sleeperbuses from Dharamshala to Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Chandigarh are available.
The major railhead is located in Pathankot which is nearly 80 km from here and you can hire a taxi or bus to reach this place.
Things to do
Owing to many natural, architectural, and spiritual landmarks, sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Dharamshala. While fragrant tea gardens will soothe your soul, colourful monasteries like Namgyal will soothe the mind.
Dharamshala has been a Tibetan settlement since 1959, and the influence on local food is a delight for foodies. From freshly steamed momos to delicious soupy Thukpas, you’d want to try the whole menu out in one go. Surely, going on a Tibetan food walk is one of the top things to do in Dharamshala.
From jewellery to woollens, shopping is one of the people’s favourite things to do in Dharamshala. Here you have the option of shopping both in the showrooms and on the streets. Walking around the markets in Dharamshala, you’ll come across accessories made of different stones, woollens that are knit right in front of you, colourful prayer flags, and handicrafts that speak volumes about the Tibetan and Indian cultures.
Teaching English or going on a cleaning spree amidst the Himalayas with other volunteers in Dharamshala is fun. There are many NGOs in Dharamshala that encourage volunteer work. You will see foreign tourists staying for a month or two to extend a helping hand and make their stay worthwhile. Join them and spread the joy.
You do not need an excuse to visit the mountains. The colossal beauty of the Himalayas should be reason enough to plan a trip, pronto. And, to ease the process and fuel your wanderlust, we bring you the destination of the week — Dharamsala (and onward).
- Dharamshala is an important base for ‘Tourism in India’.
- It is named after the Chandan Nath Temple, which is located in the town. The temple is said to be more than 1,000 years old and is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.
Dharamshala has been a popular place of refuge and respite since the 16th century. Its name can be traced back to the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.
Dharamshala’s connection to the British civil service is a mystery. Some say that it was used as a summer retreat for British officials. Others believe that it was a stop on the Grand Trunk Road, a major trade route between India and China.
Named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, Mcleodganj is situated in Upper Dharamshala. It was a favourite summer destination for officers serving in Kangra state during British rule. From magnificent monasteries, waterfalls, turquoise lakes and picturesque cafes against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar Mountains, Mcleodganj really does have something for everyone. It is home to Tibetan massage parlours, crafts, tattoo studios, paintings and much more. Local wines are worth trying, they come in a variety of flavours such as Plum wine, Cider, Kiwi Wine to a few. Moreover, McleodGanj has beautiful monasteries and a church that one should never miss out on. In fact, there are bountiful yoga and meditation centres devoted to spiritual journeys. Undoubtedly one of the happening places in Dharamshala we bet will not disappoint you.
Bangotu is a quiet and absolutely charming village located on a hill, away from the clamour of the city. Located at a distance of 7.6 Km from Kotwali Bazar (main market) you can reach here in 20-30 minutes by any vehicle. Being a remote village it offers fascinating views of the high mountains, the deep luxurious Kangra Valley and the lush Deodar Forests. On a clear day, you can also see the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Mountains, making it one of the most charismatic places in Dharamshala.
Khaniyara, a suburb of Dharamshala is located in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Mountains, in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Going back to history. Khaniyara got its name due to its slate deposit mines. The Khaniyara Panchayat once was the richest Panchayat in Asia. The place is surrounded by scenic villages inhabited by semi-nomadic Gaddi herders who graze their goats high in Dhauladhar Mountains and its foothills. Farming in the terraced fields is the main economic activity of the locals here. It will give you fascinating insights into the culture and tradition of localities. As of now, more and more families are eagerly opening their homes to tourists who want to experience the simple and natural life of the village.