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Dharamshala
Spectacular beauty of nature

India Buddhism BookingIf you are in search of a peaceful religious place for this holiday, then Dharamshala is the place to go for…! Lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, flower bedecked meadows, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time, Dharamshala has it all. It has every thing for a perfect holiday and is full of life and peace. This town in Himachal Pradesh is popularly known as the Scotland of India. Its one of the major Buddhist centers in India lies and lies in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. The headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also here.

DharamshalaDharamshala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. The place is covered with long deodar forests and overlooked by the Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges. One of the most beautiful hill resorts of North India, Dharamsala is often described as queen of the hills. Situated at a distance of 9 km down of McLeodganj, the city of Dharamsala is divided into two distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and Lower Dharamsala, which differ almost a thousand meters in height. McLeod Ganj, or Upper Dharamsala, is the residence of Tenzin Gyatso- The current Dalai Lama. A substantial community of Tibetan exiles resides in town.

Today Dharamsala is considered as one of the famous tourists’ destinations in the world, famous for its beautiful mountain ranges, temples, lakes and monastery. Dharamsala attracts large number of tourists from entire world. Known for its pristine beauty, Dharamsala is a main hill station in the Kangra Valley - a fertile, undulating valley, lying between the gentle Shivalik hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhars, noted for the beauty of its scenery. Lush terraces, wooded hills, tea gardens and sparkling streams are in plenty in the range.

Other than monasteries, Dharamsala is also the centre for Tibetan culture which adds attraction to the town. The Kangra museum gives an overview of the rich past of the region and on the other hand there are institutes that have been established to preserve the Tibetan art, cultures and traditions.

India Buddhism BookingHow To Reach :

  • Air : Dharamsala can be approached by air from Delhi. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, just 13km away. A private taxi can be hired from the airport to reach Dharamsala.
  • Rail : The nearest railway station is Kangra Mandir, located at a distance of 22 km from Dharamsala. But the main broad-gauge railhead is at Pathankot (90 km). It is a twelve-hour trip from Delhi to Pathankot and then a four-hour bus or three-hour taxi ride to Dharamsala.
  • Road : National Highway no.1 connects Dharamsala to Pathankot and Jalandhar. From Pathankot the drive takes about three hours. Dharamsala is also well connected by road to other places in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from this there are three main routes to Dharamsala: Delhi - Chandigarh - Dharamsala (510 km), Shimla -Manali - Palampur - Dharamsala Route (130 km) and Pathankot - Gaggal - Palampur route (105 km). From Delhi and Shimla luxury buses ply to Dharamshala.
  • Internal Transport : To move in and around the city, one has to hire private taxi. Generally the rates are fixed by the local taxi union leaving no scope for further bargaining.