Dharamshala FAQs

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Area geography

Dharamshala, well-known for being a spiritual destination, lies on the Dhauladhar Range of the Outer Himalayas of India.

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The currency of India is Indian Rupee (INR). You can withdraw money from the ATMs in the city. Credit cards are not widely accepted and most of the transactions are done in cash.

Cellular service for tourists

Foreign tourists can buy prepaid SIM cards or mobiles to avoid high roaming charges while travelling here. You can get prepaid SIM cards from one of the many mobile recharge shops in Dharamshala.

Wifi internet

You can avail Wi-Fi services at most of the hotels and some of the restaurants in Dharamshala. The Wi-Fi services might be payable or complimentary.

Drinking laws

Legal age for consumption of alcohol in Dharamshala is 21 years.


Tipping is an important part of etiquette to be observed while touring anywhere in India. It’s a common practice to tip the waiters at the restaurants and the cab drivers while sightseeing.


Dharamshala is a safe place; however, it is a good idea to be a little cautious and not venture out alone at night.

General information

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.5 hours)

Major religions

Buddhism, Hinduism

Electricity standards

In India, the standard voltage is 220 Volts. If you have equipment that runs on a different voltage, please procure a suitable voltage adaptor to run your equipment. The power plug-in is generally two pin plug and three pin plug.

Emergency numbers

Ambulance Service - 222189/224888

Fire Station - 224992/224101

Police Station - 224883/224100