Dharamsala is a hill station, located at an average altitude of 1457m (4780ft) in the Kangra Valley. The town consists of Lower Dharamsala and Upper Dharamsala (also known as McLeod Ganj). Dharamshala is the centre of the Tibetan exile in India. The residence of Dalai Lama and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Aedministration are located in McLeodGanj. It is home to Tsuglagkhang Complex – the largest Tibet temple outside Tibet. Dharamsala is also the starting point to a number of trekking trails.
Major tourist sites in around Dharamsala: Naam Art Gallery, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibet Museum, Tibetan Library, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Bhagsunag Fall, Kunal Pathari, Dharamkot, Peak Art Gallery, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit April to June and October to November. June to September is monsoon season. December to February is winter season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Dharamsala is not directly connected by railway. Pathankot train station is about 85 km away.
Nearest airport: Kangra Airport in Gaggal is about 13 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Domestic flights connect Gaggal with Delhi.
Buses: Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses as well as private operators connect Dharamsala to the major cities in North India. Most buses stop at the main bus terminal in Lower Dharamshala, but there are also some HRTC buses that go to the main square of McLeod Ganj.
By road: The distance from Pathankot to Dharamsala is about 88 km via NH154. It takes around 2-3 hours.
The distance from Delhi to Dharamsala is about 471 km via NH 44 and NH503. It takes around 9-10 hours.
The distance from Chandigarh to Dharamsala is about 241 km via NH503. It takes around 5-6 hours.
The distance from Shimla to Dharamsala is about 239 km via NH205. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Dalhousie to Dharamshala is about 116.8 km via NH154. It takes around 3-4 hours.
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