General Info of dharamshala

This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 Km north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamsala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to make a day's trek to a snow-point after an early morning's start. Dharamsala is also the headquarters of the Kangra district.

In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamsala when an earthquake leveled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamsala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamsala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamsala comprise of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary headquarter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India". McLeodganj is 9 Km from Dharamsala.

In and around Dharamsala, one can visit the Kangra Art museum at Kotwali bazar, War memorial, Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing mighty Dhauladhar.

Things to do

  • Enjoy trekking at Kareri.
  • Watch beautiful paintings of Ancient Indian mythology Characters at Nurpur.
  • Explore a glorious past at Kotla Fort.
  • Go sight-seeing at Kunal Pathri.
  • Discover your spiritual side at St. John's Church.
  • Be a part of prayer and religious festivals Baijnath Shiv Temple.
  • Go on a shopping spree at the Kotwali Bazar for general shopping and McLeod Ganj for Tibetan handicrafts.

Shopping in Dharamshala

A popular base for Tibetan Buddhist activities, Dharamshala is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Himachal Pradesh that give you enough reasons to explore the splendor of the destination. The city has a lot of shopping area that offers great Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, and mats at a very reasonable price. If you know how to bargain then shopping can be more fun here. Some of the popular markets that draw tourists in huge numbers are listed below:

Kotwali Bazar: This is the perfect place to buy Tibetan accessories like trinkets, traditional jewelry, mandala paintings, thangkas, Tibetan dresses, woolen shawls, prayer wheels, trousers, slippers, prayer flags, and gift items. One can also get other basic accessories from this market for trekking at higher altitudes in the Dharamshala region.

Mcleodganj: If you are looking forward to buy Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, and other local goods, then Mcleodganj is the right place for you. Here, one can visit Divine Buddha Handicrafts, which offers souvenirs and handicrafts. There is a special sale that goes on every Sunday for those who love Tibetan garments and other local goods.

The Green Shop: The green shop is run by the Tibetan Welfare Office and it offers recycled goods. So, if you are a nature lover, then visit this shop to get the best Eco-friendly products.

Best Time to Visit Dharamshala

The day temperature is very pleasant in Dharamshala and nights are cool, and so the tourist rush is always high in this gorgeous hill station. However, the months between March and June are the best time to visit Dharamshala as it doesn't get too cold or hot during this season. For someone who loves rainy season, do visit this hill station during the months of July and August as Dharamshala presents some very scenic views of the freshly washed forests. But, make sure that your journey is safe and comfortable as cases of landslide are quite common during monsoon.

Winter too is the best time to visit Dharamshala, especially for someone who wants to experience snowfall. The temperature even drops to 0 C in winter, and so the months between December and February are the best to catch a glimpse of chilly Dharamshala.

Climate in Dharamshala

The beautiful hill station of Dharamshala lies on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms northeast of Kangra town. This majestic hilltop is surrounded by oak and conifer trees and offers beautiful views of the snow capped mountains. The cool and pleasant weather of Dharamshala is one reason why many travelers visit this place to beat the heat in summer and to experience snowfall during winters.

Summer: The maximum and minimum temperature observed in this season are 31°C and 16°C.

Winter: The maximum and minimum temperature in this season are 25°C and 6°C.

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