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Dharamshala

Dharamshala

Weather

Due to its location amid the mighty Dhauladhar Ranges, Dharamshala has moderate climate all through the year. The summers are pleasant and cool while the winter months can be too cold for comfort with snowfall in December and January. The summer season from April to June is moderately warm and pleasant with maximum temperatures ranging between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The monsoon rains from July to September bring abundant rainfall making the hill station of Dharamshala look price tine and beautiful. The winter months from October to February are cold and chilly with snowfall across the region in December blocking most trekking excursions. The best time to visit Dharamshala is between April to September when the temperatures are cool and pleasant ideal for tourist activity and trekking adventures.

How To Reach

By Road:

Reaching Dharamshala by road is by far the most convenient travelling option. Located on the Patahnkot Chamba national Highway, Dharamshala is easily accessible by road with a good connectivity to all surrounding towns and cities. Chandigrah is located at a distance of 275 Kms from Dharamshala while New Delhi is at a distance of 522 Kms from the magical city of Dharamshala.


By Air:

Dharamshala does not have a dedicated airport and the nearest airport is the one located in Gaggal at a distance of 15 Kms. Gaggal airport offers limited connectivity to most Indian cities although regulkar bus and taxi services are freely available at the Gaggal airport to reach Dharamshala.



By Rail:

Dharamshala due to its location does not have a dedicated railway station and the biggest railway junction is the one located in Pathankot. Pathankot is well connected to all major Indian cities and towns with regular train services from New Delhi, Mumbai and all parts of Punjab and Haryana. Pathankot railway station is located at a distance of 85 Kms from Dharamshala city center and regular bus and taxi services are available to reach Dharamshala and Mcleodgunj.


Overview

Located amid the Dhauladhar mountain ranges, the hill town of Dharamshala is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in India. At an altitude of 1380 meters above sea level, the town is a communion of twin settlements namely Upper Dharamshala and the satellite town of Mcleodgunj. Famous for its ancient temples, trekking excursions and handicrafts, Dharamshala is also the home to the Dalai Lama and the government of Tibet in exile.

 

With the backdrop of the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, Dharamshala is the principal township of Kangra District. The town is an epitome of rich cultural, artistic and historical past of Kangra valley. Dharamshala gets a steady flow of refugees who cross from Tibet through Nepal while attraction thousands of national and international tourists.

 

Dharamshala apart from its spiritual bliss and hub of Tibetan and Himachali handicrafts is also an important destination for the adventure junkies offering camping and trekking excursions galore. Dharamshala-Nayagroeon is one of the popular tracks for rock climbing while fishing and angling in the small streams and rivers around Dharamshala is an experience to savor.

 

Dharamshala is a multiple hub or cross section of Kangra, Himachali, Punjabi and Tibetan cultures and the same is reflected in various gourmet delights offered around the city. From Italian to South Indian to Israeli cuisine, Dharamshala has something for every traveler. Shoppers is Dharamshala are spoilt for choice as the city offer brilliant art works and handicrafts from Tibetan to Kangra folklores including rugs and carpets making it a hub of shopping activity. Kotwali Bazaar is the prime shopping destination in Dharamshala offering great craftsmanship and abundance of handicrafts and souvenirs.

 

Prashar Fair held on the banks of Prashar Lake to welcome the season of summer attracts a number of religious tourists while the Losar Festival or the Tibetan New Year is one of the main festivals Dharamshala. International Himalayan Festival is another prominent festival dedicated to the Dalai Lama and his spiritual doctrine of love and compassion.

 

From the adventure tourists to spiritual seekers, Dharamshala has something in it for everyone irrespective of caste, creed or culture. The city epitomes the wonderful fabric of shopping, travelling and adventure sports like no other and is one of the most well known tourist destinations of India.