Information about Dharamshala sightseeing, Dharamshala attractions, must places to see and the best things to do in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, with honest advice, recommendations and ratings about popular Dharamshala attractions shared by real travelers.
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Sightseeing and Things to do in Dharamshala

Last Updated: 10 Aug 2010 5 Contributors

Dharamsala is one of the most popular starting points for treks, walks and rock climbing over the ridges of the Dhauladhar range. Walks around lower Dharamsala and McLeodganj takes through many scenic and solitary spots.

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Deepika on 02 May 2009

My favourite in Dharamshala has always been that trek to triund.... such nice views from so--so nicely located tea-shops.... love the place.. Nice of you to have included a section on walks

Mukesh Miyan on 15 Apr 2008

The Dhauladhar, an HPTDC property is a good hotel to stay. The hotel is well located. It is easy to access and offers lovely views; especially its open terrace restaurant is simply amazing. Dhauladhar Hotel Dharamsala has 2 deluxe suite, deluxe room (15) and regular room (6). The hotel has a restaurant, bar, conference hall and ample parking space. In the complex is railway reservation office. The hotel can be booked online, just log on to hptdc.in. For more call 01892-224926-27. The rates range from Rs. 1200 for a regular room, 1500 for a deluxe room and 2000 for a luxury suite. Surbhi Guest House (near Sangam Park) on Session Road is another cheap and good option. You can stay in backside room for Rs. 300 while a front view room may cost you Rs. 400. For more call: 01892-224677 & 224798.

Mukesh Miyan on 15 Apr 2008

Kangra Valley Train is another good option to reach Dharamsala. The Kangra Valley Train runs from Pathankot Railway Station at 2:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20, 13:00 and 16:40. To reach Dharamsala, you have to get down at Kangra Mandir Railway Station (the train goes till Baijnath & Joginder Nagar)and then take a bus from Kangra Bus Stand to Dharamsala, which is 17 km away. The train roughly takes 4-5 hrs to reach Kangra.

Things to do: History and Culture

Gugga Temple

OK Rated #1 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

The temple is devoted to the serpent god Gugga, or another manifestation of lord Shiva. It is located about 3kms from Dharamkot village.

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Holocaust Museum

OK Rated #1 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

This photographic museum located in the path to Nmagyal monastery displays a history of Tibet and it people covering the periods before 1949, the Chinese invasion and the changes that have taken place... More

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Kangra Art Museum

OK Rated #7 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

It displays Arts and Crafts of the Kangra Valley some dating back to 5th century. It includes a gallery of Kangra’s famous miniature paintings and collection of sculptures, pottery and anthropological... More

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Things to do: Nature and Adventure

Kunal Pathri

OK Rated #1 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

A three-kilometer walk from Kotwali bazaar leads to the rock temple devoted to a local goddess. There is an annual fair in March /April.

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Mcleod Ganj To Triund Trek (9 Km, 18 Km Return)

OK Rated #1 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

The trek to Triund is one of the most popular and easy treks that one can undertake when in McLeod Ganj. A gradual climb of 1500 meters takes you from McLeodganj to Triund via the village of Dharamkot... More

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Mcleod Ganj To Naddi Trek

OK Rated #4 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

From McLeodganj take the Mall road to Dal Lake. About 2 km this road joins another road coming from Forsyth Ganj and heads to Dal Lake (1km). This small lake with a number of fish is brownish in color... More

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Things to do: Tours Nearby

Chinmaya Tapovan

OK Rated #1 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

Just 10-km from the town is the tranquil ashram complex set up by the great exponent of the Gita--Swami Chinmayananda. Situated on the banks of Bindu Saras, the ashram includes a 9m high image of Hanu... More

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Archeological Sites

OK Rated #4 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

Dr. O.C. Handa, in his Buddhist Art and Antiquities of Himachal Pradesh, points to two ancient and important sites very close to Dharamsala. In the fields between Khaniara road and the village of Dari... More

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St. John In The Wilderness

OK Rated #6 out of 15 attractions in Dharamshala

About 12 km from Dharamsala and 8 km from McLeod Ganj, the Anglican Church lies in the forest near Forsyth Ganj. This beautiful Neo – Gothic stone church was of 1852 has some stunning Belgian stained ... More

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