A dream come true for nature lovers and tea enthusiasts alike, Dharamsala is a picture-perfect town located at around 1500m above sea level, in the valleys of the Himalayas. The landscape here consists of lush rolling hills peppered with tea plantations, presided over by the snow-capped peaks of the mountains in the background. Most people know Dharamsala as the home of the exiled Tibetan government and their sacred leader, the Dalai Lama. While this is certainly one of the biggest draw factors of this region, there are plenty of other things to see and do here.Read More
As mentioned, the Dalai Lama draws in huge numbers of travellers from around the world. If you want to bear witness to one of his public teachings then you will need to make sure you find out when they will be well in advance and arrange your trip around it. Meeting the Dalai Lama is a difficult procedure but it is by no means impossible. If, however, that process seems too much hassle but you still want a spiritual experience, then why not take a yoga or Butoh dance class, both of which are in abundance here.
With so much stunning nature around, it goes without saying that a lot of the activities on offer in Dharamsala involve immersing yourself in its beauty. Treks through the Kangra Valley are a popular choice and the Indrahar Pass is one of the more commonly followed routes. Alternatively, explorers can challenge themselves to reach the top of the Bhagsu Waterfall. This rugged natural feature is both serene and beautiful and is well worth the sweat expended during the climb.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Dharamsala
If you are planning a Dharamsala holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Asian Plaza Dharamsala
Asian Plaza is a modern hotel with spacious rooms, all of which have balconies with views of Dhauladhar mountain range and are stylishly decorated. Accommodation ranges from luxurious suites to comfortable double rooms. At the roof top restaurant, guests can indulge in gourmet meals from across the continent. The hotel is in the centre of Mcleod Ganj, cose to restaurants and shops. The nearest railway station is 100 kilometres away.
Chonor House Dharamsala
Chonor House overlooks His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s temple and is a charming hotel. It was built by Norbulingka Institute as part of its endeavour to preserve and promote Tibetan Culture. The rooms are elegant and sophisticated and are very much in keeping with the immaculate style present throughout the accommodation. The restaurant serves up delicious local and international dishes and is equally stunning in terms of decor. Chonor House is centrally located in McLeod Ganj.
Dharamsala Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Dharamsala.