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LanguageEnglish, Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi
Altitude1,250 metres (4,400 feet) and 2,000 metres (6,560 feet) above sea level
Time zoneIST (UTC+5.5 hours)
Levitate yourself to the panoramic crown of Kangra Valley; rise up to the holy abode of the Dalai Lama. Welcome to Dharamshala, the coniferous heaven…
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Dharamshala owes most of its air of tranquillity to the Buddhist culture that prevails here, and it’s hard to miss in the many monasteries that dot the town.
Dharamshala is an extremely calm and poised hill station, regardless of the influx of tourists.
Right from enchanting monasteries located in the heart of the town to lakes and waterfalls all around, Dharamshala has myriad sightseeing possibilities.
Unconventional Hill Station
Though charming in its own way, you may find Dharamshala a bit monotonous if you are looking for a more action-packed holiday destination. Dharamshala has no malls and buzzing touristy avenues; it is as calm and serene as a Himalayan hilltop hamlet can be.
Nestled in the mystic hills of the district of Kangra is Dharamshala, a hill station that captures your imagination with its picturesque natural beauty and unique mix of Tibetan, British and Himanchali cultures.
Quietude surrounds Dharamshala from all sides, and it also offers some of the most picturesque views of the adjoining Kangra valley and the snow-clad Himalayas beyond. This is as close as you can get to harmonious bliss in the hills. As hill stations become popular, their beauty tends to get hackneyed by excessive commercialisation and often irresponsible tourism, but Dharamshala has managed to keep off this trend; it is still as pristine as a concealed hilltop hamlet should be.
Dharamshala is broadly divided into two parts; Upper and Lower Dharamshala. Upper Dharamshala, also referred to as McLeodganj is the major tourist attraction, as it is more scenic and is home to the Dalai Lama and magnificent Buddhist hermitages. Lower Dharamshala, on the other hand, comprises the civic structures like educational institutions, offices, the bus station and hospitals.
This hilltop retreat, perched almost 1,500 metres above sea level is the abode of the holy Dalai Lama, and is a major pilgrimage for Buddhists (also referred to as the ‘Little Lhasa’), as it houses several monasteries, including the Tsuglagkhang Complex where Dalai Lama resides, and Namgyal monastery, which is one of the most important Buddhist temples in India.