Dharamsala is a perfect place for exploring on foot or go fishing. Embark on small treks originating from every nook and corner of the town leading to various hill tops guarding the town like soldiers for thousands of years, or sip a steaming hot tea at a small roadside tea stall. Much of the inner town can be walked without any trouble; however, you need to have some strength in your lungs and legs in order to explore higher, uneven reaches and skinny sidewalks.
If that’s not enough, take a few-kilometer ride uphill to Mcleod Ganj – also known as Little Lhasa – to marvel at wonderful architectural gems built by British or seek blessings of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama at Namgyal Monastery.
How to Travel
Bus: Operated by Himachal Road Transport Corporation, HRTC buses run from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla. You can board any bus that takes you on a joyride through tarred, curvy road to the heart of the town through picturesque Kangra valley full of natural scenery all around.
Taxi: Taxis are available for hire at Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi. You can book a private cab at Delhi for as low as Rs. 6500/- and reach Dharamsala in 7-8 hours’ time.
Air: The only airport that connects Dharamsala town with the outer world through air route is Gaggal Airport – also known as Kangra Airport. Dharamsala is about 12 km from the airport. Taxis are available for hire at the airport.
Railway: The nearest railway stations on the narrow-gauge Kangra Valley Railway line are at Kangra and Nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamsala). The nearest railhead (broad gauge) is at Pathankot 85 km.
Few meters away you can explore history and legacy, drink wine and relax. You can wander the hills or be lulled by soothing sound of waterfalls flowing down the valley. If you have time, attractions can keep you mesmerized for days, weeks, or even months.
Being home to a number of beautiful sights, the first-time visitors should start with an organized tour. Some things can be covered in depth, other are just useful for getting your bearings.
Our guides get you familiarized with the local history and culture. We offer walking tours, including visits to monuments, temples, monasteries, and historic locations, as well as eating tours. Tour prices can be a little high, but, then good things always come for a price. Most of our travel companions consider them a trip highlight. In addition, there are many family related tours, sights and more appealing activates which you can’t afford to miss. Apart from short and long walks on skinny trails, and camping under starry sky are few notable activities worth consideration.