Your next big holiday is something that will keep you engaged happily for the days to come. Put the planning, the packages and the endless re-planning in the past as you head to book your tickets. The serene and mystical Dharamshala is calling. A restful vacation for the mind, body and soul waits for you.
Nestled amidst the cedar forests of the mighty Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala is a nature lover’s paradise. The unwinding hills range anywhere from 1300 to 1700 metres. It is the world’s spiritual focal point as His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama resides here. Dharamshala Tourism offers you sightseeing gems on a platter. From the pre-historic monuments to the latest technology and evolving beliefs, experience the plentiful Dharamshala as a whole.
Dharamshala is an idyllic hill-station situated in Himachal Pradesh’s lush green Kangra Valley. It stands at an elevation of 1457 metres in Western Himalayas surrounded by the magnificent Dhauladar range of mountains. Cedar, Himalayan Oak and Pine forests give Dharamshala a unique defining feature. Its undulating terrain is divided into two areas – The buzzing bazaar known as ‘Lower Dharamshala’ and the higher principal suburb of McLeod Ganj.
Dharamshala witnesses dramatic changes of season. Summer starts with the onset of spring in March. The humid sub tropical climate results in melting of the snow at this time. The daytime temperature ranges from a refreshing 20 degrees Celsius in March to an agreeable 35 degrees Celsius in June. The mountain breeze keeps the weather delightful despite the temperature increase.
Monsoon begins in July and stays on till mid-September. Dharamshala gets around 3000 mm of rainfall. From December the temperature starts dropping and the topography transforms into a snowfield. The temperature ranges from freezing -1 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius with intermittent rains in January. Winter lasts up to the end of February.
As the name suggests, Dharmshala has been the home of spirituality since its origins. It was the seat of Rajputana Katoch dynasty for almost two thousand years. Then arrived the British and it was merged with the Punjab Province. It remained an important part of their cantonment area till the devastating earthquake of 1905. McLeod Ganj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, Lieutenant Governor of Punjab Province (1865-1870).
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, had to leave Tibet in 1959. He set up the headquarters of Tibetan Government-in-Exile and the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamshala in 1960. It has been is private residence ever since. Spiritual followers and Tibetan settles arrived here in great numbers after that. Many prominent monasteries, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Tibetan Medical and Astro Science Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang), Norbulingka Art Institute and other prestigious Tibetan establishments have been founded here since then. Dharamshala is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’.
Dharamshala is steeped in a cultural confluence of Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism. Millennia old Rajput roots, nomadic Gaddis, the British Raj and thousands of Tibetan settlers give Dharamshala tourism an exclusive identity and orientation. The vibrant interlinked influence is palpable in the festivals, cuisines, crafts, music, dance and every walk of daily life.
Dharamshala tourism seamlessly integrates its tourist attractions as signature experiences. Whether it is natural beauty you seek or the adrenalin rush of adventure sports, nothing is too far from you.
Explore heritage monuments and complexes such as Masrur rock-cut Temples, Chamunda Devi temple, Nurpur Fort, Kangra Fort, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Norbulingka Institute, Gyuto Monastery, Tibetan Library and the War memorial on your Dharamshala tour.
Give in to wanderlust as you follow varied trek trails to ForsythGanj, Dharamkot, Indrahar Pass, Bhagsu waterfalls and Triund. Spend an enchanting afternoon at the tea garden as you cycle/ hike to McLeod Ganj.
If you are here for paragliding then head straight to Bir Billing, one of the top paragliding sites of the world.
The length and breadth of Dharamshala is a thriving multicultural food court in itself. Tibetan, Bhutanese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, North Indian, Italian and Spanish delicacies are available in restaurants and boutique bakeries. The eateries cater to low-calorie, vegan, spicy, gluten free and other special asks.
Dharamshala Tourism gives you many reasons to celebrate.
· Haldi Festival is a harvest ceremony in the month of January. Singing Himachali songs and dancing are prominent features at the bonfire festivities.
· Tibetan New Year in February-March is a time to rejoice. It is celebrated with regal fanfare in in Dharamshala as Losar Festival.
· International Himalayan Festival honours the anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 1989. It is observed with utmost dignity as a cultural show.
· Dharamshala Film festival in November. TIPA Fair and Workshops organised by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Pack in a lot more punch to your Dharamshala tour fun with some pro tips. They will help you steer clear of unwarranted inconveniences.
· Have your paperwork and itinerary in place. Save yourself the hassle of last-minute rush and re-routing.
· Check for weather and carry enough warm clothes. Camping gear and equipment is available on hire in Dharamshala. Book them in advance if you want to travel light.
· Observe silence and sanctity at religious places.
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