When you visit India, a desert-like terrain is often expected. Turn your attention to Dharamshala, and you'll discover a conifer forest of cedar trees. This distinct city in northern India is humble, but yet known for its famous inhabitant. The Dalai Lama lives nearby, which is why many travelers yearn to visit this city.

As you enter the region, the trees catch your eye along with the gorgeous buildings that dot the streets' edges. The British have many influences in this region, which is why a mixture of European and Indian cultures are born in Dharamshala.

One of the most popular commodities to influence Dharamshala's popularity is tea. Originally, green tea was grown and sold here. Today's tea variations include oolong, black and other favorites. Be sure to try the regional tea because it can't get any fresher than in Dharamshala. As you sip your tea, walk around the city to find the religious sites that define the people. Temples and monasteries are commonplace in Dharamshala.

Local vendors also line the streets as you casually stroll around. Support this community by purchasing hand-crafted items, foods and other goods. You'll discover so much in Dharamshala as you find peace with its religious influences.

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FAQs on Dharamshala

The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, and the nearest major railway station is Pathankot. You can also reach Dharamshala by road, and buses or taxis are available from nearby cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.

  • March to July is considered one of the best times to visit Dharamshala. The weather is mild, and the surroundings are lush and green. The temperature is comfortable for outdoor activities, treks, and sightseeing.
  • December to February can be quite cold, with temperatures ranging from -1°C to 9°C (30°F to 48°F). It's a great time for those who wants to enjoy snowfall.

Dharamshala refers to the broader region, while McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala. McLeod Ganj is often referred to as "Little Lhasa" due to its Tibetan influence and being the residence of the Dalai Lama.

Yes, there are several trekking options in and around Dharamshala. Triund trek is a popular one, offering panoramic views of the Dhauladhar Range. Other treks include Kareri Lake trek, Indrahar Pass trek, and the trek to Bhagsu Nag.