Situated in the picturesque Kangra valley and set against the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. The pristine environment with dense green cover consisting of Deodar and Pine trees provides a visual treat. Dharamsala is also the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Dharamsala consists of two distinct areas which are separated by a 10 minute bus or jeep ride.
Lower Dharamsala is where most of the government offices, schools, the local hospital and commercial areas are located. It also has a few tea gardens. The upper Dharamsala, known more commonly as McLeod Ganj, is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. It is home to the Tibetan community and epicentre of religio-tourism centred around Tibetan Buddhism.
WHERE TO STAY
A room in a budget hotel could cost around Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 per day. The mid-range hotels generally charge between Rs 800 and Rs 1,600 while the luxury hotels charge more than Rs 1,800 per day. The mid-range hotels offer facilities like heated water, internet accessibility and good food. Most luxury hotels have in-house bar and some of them even offer Ayurvedic massages. The peak season is generally during summer, so it is recommended to book rooms in advance if planning to visit during that time. Most of the hotels can be found in the McLeod Ganj area and Yongling area on Jogiwara Road.
WHERE TO EAT
Restaurant in Dharamshala serving Indian, Italian, South Indian and Israeli cuisine are McLeodganj and McLlo. This both are the restaurants serving decent food. One can face a hard time finding deluxe hotels in Dharamsala.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Dharamsala is as given below. The best time to visit Dharamsala is also specified.