The high snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamshala. This is the principal township of Kangra and overlooks the wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamshala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful. And not surprisingly, the headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is here. Covering a wide area in the form of a twin settlement, Lower Dharamshala (1380 m) is a busy commercial center, while Upper Dharamshala (1830 m) with the suburbs of McLeodganj and Forsythganj, retains a British flavour and colonial lifestyle.
The charming church of St. John in the wilderness is situated here and this is final resting place of Lord Elgin, a British Viceroy of lndia during the l9th century. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jawalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamshala.
Altitude: Varies between 1,250 meters to 1,650 meters.
Temperature: Summer - Max.38°C, Min.8°C & Winter - Max.10°C, Min.-10°C.
Clothings: Summer - Light woollens, Winter - Heavy woollens.
Best Season: January to June and September to December.
Languages Spoken: Himachali, Hindi..
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Air :Nearest airport is Gaggal airport located 15 km. from Dharamshala. Other airports having regular service are : Jammu 200 km., Amritsar 210 km. and Chandigarh 260 km.
Rail:Nearest broad gauge railhead is Pathankot 95 km. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar passes through Kangra, 17 km. from Dharamshala.
Road:Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.
Offers great opportunities to tourists from across the globe to explore a wide range and variety of handicraft items. The Kotwali Bazaar is the prime shopping area in the Dharamshala town. It reflects the simple lifestyle of the town. Macleodganj is another important market area of the town. Generally, exotic Tibetan items are available in these markets of Dharamshala.
Embroidery items of Dharamshala are also famous among the women visitors. The designs of these embroidery items are generally based on the Chamba and Kangra School of paintings. TCV Handicrafts, Norsang Handicrafts, Mcleodeganj, Tibet Quality Shop and Jogibara Road are the most favoured destinations for the handicraft shopping in Dharamshala. The exquisite works of the Chamba and Kangra School of miniature paintings are well known for their depiction of court and romantic scenes.
Metal wares, jewellery, hand-knitted cardigans, gloves, shawls, pullovers and caps are the other items of shopping in Dharamshala. Local pickles, squashes and jams are also very popular among the tourists of Dharamshala. Jogibara Road is the main place for shopping at the street side stalls.
FOOD & RESTURANTS
You can get to entertain your taste buds in the restaurants in Dharamshala. A wide range of mouth-watering Tibetan delicacies like momos, thenthus, Yak butter tea and thukpa are served in the restaurants of Dharamshala.
- Khana Niravana
- Chocolate Log
- McLio Restaurant
- Malabar Restaurant
- Carpe Diem
- Lung-Ta restaurant
- Taste of India
- Green Hotel
- Hotel Bhagsu's restaurant
- Jimmy's Italian Restaurant
- Himalaya restaurant
- then JJI's café