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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Dharamshala, A Perfect Place for a Weekend Getaway

Dharamshala, A Perfect Place for a Weekend Getaway
India has some beautiful hill stations that are surrounded by mountains and valleys. You want to experience, one of the best hill stations in India you need to put Dharamshala in your travel bucket list. Dharamshala is one stop before McLeodganj which boasts of a plethora of activities and places of tourist attraction. Dharamshala is located in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama a Tibetan spiritual leader, has made the town a popular tourist destination both for the Indians and the foreign tourist.

Dharamshala is a destination that offers natural beauty with several adventure opportunities. Dharamshala is divided into two parts, one is the upper Dharamshala and the other is lower Dharamshala. Both are known for the scenic landscape and monasteries.

You will be able to experience the peace at Dharamshala. There are ample of things to do in Dharamshala that engage travelers regardless of their age. Youngsters love to go on a camp in the open air and stargaze whereas elderly people find peace and spirituality visiting colorful monasteries and temples. Paragliding, trekking and a lot more will keep you in high spirits.

To create a memorable stay in Dharamshala here are ten great places and experiences to try.

Sightseeing in Dharamshala: 

Sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Dharamshala because of its natural architectural and spiritual landmarks. As the fragment tea garden soothes your soul, the same way the colorful monasteries like Namgyal will soothe the mind.

McLeodganj is also referred to as Upper Dharamshala. To learn more about Buddhism and experience a peaceful atmosphere one must visit McLeodganj. This town is called “Little Lhasa” because of the large population of Tibetans. McLeodganj is an enchanting hill station sitting in the lap of the Dhauladhar range. The picturesque landscape, spirituality, and serenity of McLeodganj form a beautiful collage that attracts tourists from across the world.

Dal Lake and Nadi are located in the Kangra district. Adventure seekers should not let this visit go in vain. It is a popular picnic spot as it is surrounded by thick deodar and juniper forests. Dal Lake offers a trekking expedition. Overall Dal Lake is a relaxing eco solace where you can enjoy nature, feed the fishes in the pond and explore a different view of the hills. There is also Shiv Mandir making it a sacred spot. Boating is a popular activity here and one of the best things to do in Dharamshala.

War Memorial is situated in the pine forest near Dharamshala town. It is worth seeing it. This is the memorial which is situated at the entrance point of Dharamshala in the memory of the soldiers who fought for saving our motherland.

Dharamshala Cricket Stadium is one of the best in the country. It is situated at a great height and is beckoned by the snow-clad mountain ranges surrounding Dharamshala. Due to its natural backdrop, the cricket stadium is one of the most attractive in the world, even if there is no cricket match scheduled in Dharamshala during your visit, you can visit the breathtaking landscape. The stadium is open to tourists even if there are no matches scheduled.

Outdoor activities in Dharamshala: 


The forested hill soaring up above the clouds and the breezy environment will urge you to ditch cemented walls and pitch your tent for the night. It awakens one’s soul and refreshes the body. It is a real paradise staying in a tent. The best place for camping is Triund, Kareri Lake and Indrahar Pass. Thus, a trip to Dharamshala shall never be complete without the taste of primitive living.

Trek to Triund Hill: 

Go trekking or hiking to Triund Hill to feel the crisp mountain air. The trail is around seven kilometers in both ways. It is situated at a great height and provides mesmerizing views of the Moon-Peak-Indera Pass. There are many small villages and cozy cafes. The view from the top will leave you awestruck. You can spend a night in Triund and trek further to the snowline and caves the next day. This is an ideal spot for picnics.

 Rock Climbing in Dharamshala:

Rock climbing is an adventure sport which is an exhilarating and thrilling activity and then to return without falling. Rock Climbing requires a lot of physical strength, stamina, and will power. One can witness the beauty of nature, and the surrounding view.

ParaGliding in Dharamshala

Paragliding is one of the best activities in Dharamshala. Paragliding is fun yet thrilling adventure sport in Dharamshala which attracts tons of travelers and adrenaline junkies. There are many service providers in the city well-trained. Bir Billing is known across the globe for hosting the world’s first paragliding world cup, and therefore tourist’s also from all over the world come here to experience one of the Indian’s finest paragliding sessions. Once in the mid-air, the view of the surrounding valley looks stunning for all adrenaline junkies.

Adventure: you can choose from rock climbing, zip-lining, hiking, fishing, and cycling

Cycling around the town is the best thing to do to explore at your own pace. It is more fun when you’re cycling amidst the Himalayas. To find the best routes around the town, you can rely on GPS.
The best place to stay: the club Mahindra Dharamshala Resort is a heaven on Earth. The resort features a state- of- the- art bar, spa, restaurants with multiple cuisines and a separate gaming zone to keep children occupied.

The best time to visit: summer is the best month to visit as the weather is pleasant. If intending to visit during the festival then you should be here in February to March to celebrate the Tibetan Losar Festival or the New Year.


Cuisine: you will find various food options like Italian, Belgian, Chinese, Korean, and Himachal and of course Tibetan Cuisines like noodles, vegetable soup, steamed or fried momos, veg beans, and rice dishes. Bakery products are quite famous among the hilly region. There are plenty of bakeries that will make your travel memories about Dharamshala even sweeter. Another specialty of this place is honey ginger lemon tea which is a refreshing drink.

Travelers and backpackers from all around the country come here to experience the serenity and to be in nature’s lap. Make the most of this destination by visiting the top places. It is the perfect destination for your much-awaited family holiday.

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