17 Spectacular Places to visit in Dharamshala

Formerly known as Bhagsu, Dharamshala is home to Dalai Lama and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration. In 2017, Dharamshala was declared as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh after Shimla. This small city located in the upper Kangra valley and is surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountain range. It is covered with coniferous forests, snow-capped hills and stunning monasteries.

Why go there: Natural Beauty | Climate | Culture
Ideal for:  Relaxation Trips | Nature Walks | Solo Trips | Trekking | Camping
Trivia: The name Dharamshala in English means a “spiritual dwelling”
Things to bring back: Loom woven shawls and scarfs, handicrafts, artifacts, Tibetan prayer flags, jewelry and more


Places to Visit in Dharamshala

17 . Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

Situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above sea level, this cricket stadium is one of the highest in the world. Beautiful snow-capped peaks in the background merge with the colors of the stadium. The picturesque location of this stadium makes it a must visit places in every visitor’s itinerary.

Distance: 34 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: Less than an hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Cricket Fans
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


16. St. John Wilderness Church

This Neo-Gothic Church was built in 1852. The grey stones of the church with Belgian stained-glass windows are surrounded by beautiful Deodar trees. This church survived a major earthquake in 1905 which shook the entire city.

Distance: 5.2 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


15. War Memorial

This war memorial was made in remembrance of soldiers who fought in the Indo-China War – ’62, Indo-Pak Wars – ’47, ’65 and ’71 and United Nations’ peace operations. Names of soldiers are etched in black marble panels and the area is covered with thick pine trees.

Distance: 2.6 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


14. Naam Art Gallery

This small gallery features watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings by two famous European artists – Elsbeth Buschmann and Alfred W. Hallett. If you love art, admire some by visiting this charming gallery.

Distance: 6.6 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Art admirers
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


13. Gyuto Monastery

The original Gyuto Monastery was founded in Tibet in 1474 in Tibet. Great saint and scholar, Tsongkhapa, from the last Buddhist lineage – the Gelung lineage, developed tantric teaching in various monasteries. This monastery in Dharamshala focuses on tantric meditation, ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy as started by the scholar.

Distance: 7.8 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | History buffs | Cultural insights
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


12. Bhagsunath Temple & Bhagsu falls

Bhagsunath temple is a small ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in McLeodganj.  A leisure walk from the main market can take you to this temple. The temple is surrounded by a small market, hotels and lodges and a public swimming pool.

A further ten-minute walk will lead you to the Bhagsu waterfall. You can climb on top of the hill and stop at famous cafés on your way.

Distance: 6.3 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


11. Tea Gardens

Lush green tea gardens in Dharamshala are one of the best tourist attractions. You can stop and pose for pictures, relax for some time and also buy some tea to carry back home.

Distance: 2.1 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Tea aficionados
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


10. Naddi View Point

Naddi is a small and beautiful village just 3 km away from McLeodganj. From the view point you can see the beauty of the place through a telescope. At a meagre fee, the guide will direct the scope to various far off camp points, peaks and other locations. You would certainly want to extend your trip further after taking a glimpse. Walk a few minutes further to see a small Yoga center.

Distance: 8.6 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


9. Jwalamukhi Devi Temple

Raja Bhumi Chand Katoch of Kangra dreamt of this sacred place and built a temple here. This temple is dedicated to the goddess with a flaming face – Jwalamukhi and a flame instead of an idol is worshipped here. The temple is surrounded by serene hills and is a Shakti-peeth as the tongue of goddess Sati is believed to have fallen here.

Distance: 38 km from city center
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


8. Namgyal Monastery

The Namgyal Monastery was founded around 1565 by the second Dalai Lama, Gendun Gyatso in Lhasa. After the Tibet uprising in 1959, it shifted to Dharamshala and has been here since. The monastery houses more than 200 monks which represent all four Tibetan monastic lineages.

Distance: 4.5 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees | Cultural insights | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


7. Dalai Lama Temple (Tsuglagkhang) Complex & Tibet Museum

An equivalent of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, the Tsuglagkhang temple has a central golden statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava to his sides. Inside the complex you can visit the library and museum. The atmosphere is calming and the surroundings are serene.

Distance: 4.5 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 – 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees | Cultural insights | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


6. Kangra Fort

This fort was built by the royal Rajput family of the Katoch dynasty. It is one of the oldest forts in India and the largest in the Himalayas. Other smaller attractions around the fort are the Ahani and Amiri Darwazas, the Darsani Darwaza, Lakshmi-Narayan and Ambika Devi temples.

Distance: 24.6 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees | Cultural insights | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


5. Kangra Art Museum

The Kangra Art Museum has an amazing display of Buddhist and Tibetan artwork. There are precious collectibles, jewelry, coins, paintings, sculptures etc. which will take you back in time.

Distance: 0 km from city center, near Kotwali Bazaar
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees | Cultural insights | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


4. Aghanjar Mahadev Temple

Located near the Khaniyara village, this temple is surrounded by forests and mountains. It has a small stream flowing next to it. Legend goes that when Arjuna was on his way to the Kailash mountains, Lord Shiva appeared here before him and blessed him with victory over the Kauravas.

Distance: 7. 5 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


3. Masroor Rock Cut Temple

These 8th century rock cut temples are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Devi and Saura traditions of Hinduism. The construction showcases Nagara style architecture and an intelligent design of the complex which includes a sacred pool.

Distance: 45 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


2. Norbulingka Institute

This institute was founded in 1988 to preserve literary and artistic Tibetan culture. The name comes form the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa. The institute also provides training, education and employment to Tibetans. One can take a guided tour to learn more about the art and craft forms of Tibet.

Distance: 7.6 km from Kotwali Bazaar
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees | History buffs
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


1. Triund

Triund is a small hill and a popular trekking spot. Set at a height of 2,828 m, the peak gives you a mesmerizing view of snow-capped mountains. The byway is covered with a forest and the lush green meadow at the destination itself experiences a good amount of snow during winters.

Distance: 6.4 km from Dharamshala bus stand
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Nature lovers | Devotees
Best time to visit: All year round
Location: Navigate


Other Nearby Places To Visit:

  • Manali 97 km
  • Kullu 93 km
  • Mandi 89 km

Other places to explore:


How To Reach Dharamshala

Nearest Airport

Kangra Airport, Gaggal

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Nearest Railway Station

Pathankot

Nearest Bus Stop:

Pathankot | Inter-State Bus Terminal, Dharamshala

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Go On A Road Trip!

We recommend that you should drive to Dharamshala. It truly is a once in a life time experience. If you do not wish to take your, you can rent one. Use these promo codes to save money when renting a car: Avis Promo Code | Zoomcar Promo Code 


Where To Stay in Dharamshala

Udechee Huts | The Sojourn | Villa Paradiso Pink House | The Quartz

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