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Dharamshala one of the most popular tourist destinations of the state of Himachal Pradesh is the headquarters of the Kangra district. Since it is the place where Dalai Lama had his residence, it was formerly known as Bhagsu. It is also the headquarters for Central Tibetan Administration as a huge Tibetan population reside here. It is declared as the second capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh after Shimla in the year 2017. It is also going to get developed as a smart city as declared in the Smart City Mission. The city is in the upper part of the Kangra valley and is beautifully surrounded by dense forests mainly consisting of Deodar cedar trees. The municipal corporation city has many suburbs which are also emerging tourist destinations such as McLeod Ganj, Bhagsunath, Dharamkoth and more. The city has also the newly built very popular international cricket stadium which has become a crowd puller in the city. Dharamshala is also known for its tea gardens producing all types of teas known as Kangra tea. These teas are popular all around the country.

Places to visit in Dharamshala

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

Visiting Dharamshala is one of a kind experience which you can have in your life. And if you travel to Dharamshala you should travel to the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives. What is really great about this place is the fact that here you will be finding around 80,000 manuscripts along with 600 Buddhist artefacts. For the intellectually inclined this place is literally an amazing option to consider.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

This cricket stadium is situated in the very lap of the majestic Himalayas. And what is really great to know about this place is the fact that it is situated at a height of 1,457 m above sea level which makes this to be a great contributing reason for exploring this place at least once.

War Memorial

Located near the Pine forest, this war memorial is one of the best tourist spots to visit in Dharamshala. Here, you will be finding the beautiful GPG College from the British era offering a nostalgic vibe. Read more...

Things to do in Dharamshala

Tea Garden Dharamshala

What you will find an exciting thing to know about this place is the fact that this garden is one of the smallest tea regions in all of India. Here, you get to explore and discover some of the most scenic gardens which you can find anywhere in the world.

Also Read: Eco Cave Garden, Naini Lake and the famous Uttarayani fair are the major highlights of this place

Jwala Devi Temple

If the legends are to be believed then it was the time when the evil spirits had landed on the mountains to trouble the Gods. And so the battle waged on and the gods decided to vanish them. This whole scheme was directed by Lord Shiva from the end of the gods. What they did was they focused a huge flame which rose from the very base of the Earth and destroyed the evil spirits. Read more...

Bhagsunath Temple

The Bhagsunath Temple is really a great option to explore specifically for those who have an inclination towards spirituality. What is really noticeable about this temple is the fact that it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful pools attracting a lot of devotees as well as tourists throughout the year.

Events and festivals in & around Dharamshala

Losar Festival

Fundamentally it is the Tibetan New Year which is celebrated in the months of February and March. It is a great thing to experience in itself and you would be able to tell others about it with great pride. Read more...

International Himalayan Festival

This festival is celebrated in the month of December for three consequential days. During this festival, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and various other groups and artists come together to express the joy and giving some really heartfelt performances. This marks the day when Dalai Lama had received Nobel Prize for peace in the year of 1985.

Haldi Festival

The Haldi Festival is a great festival which is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm amid the local people. This festival is also known as Maghi which kicks off around mid-January and is also characterized by the traditional folk dancing and song as well. In this festival, people also gather around the cedar twig bonfires which can be a cherishing experience.

Best time to visit Dharamshala

The spring season, as well as the early summer season, would be the right time to visit Dharamshala owing to the pleasant temperature and climatic conditions.

How to reach Dharamshala?

By Air - The nearest airport is in Gaggal which is around 13 kilometres away and further connects with the other major cities.

By Road - The overall connectivity via road is quite good. So, if you are planning to visit this place via road then you won’t be facing any issue.

By Train - The nearest railway station is located at Pathankot. And from there it would take you around 3 hours to reach Dharamshala.

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