Nestled in the snowy foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala is one the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. From picturesque hills, an ancient fort, serene monasteries to a bunch of adventure activities, Dharamshala has something exciting to offer every traveler.

With unparalleled natural beauty and a couple of the most religiously significant monasteries in India, Mcleodganj is the most frequented suburb near Dharamshala. If you stay in the nearby urban cities of this scenic hill station, a weekend trip to Dharamshala-Mcleodganj will be the best option to rejuvenate amidst nature.

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If planning a weekend trip to India's best summer holiday gateway- a trip to Dharamshala from Delhi or Haryana with your friends or family, this handy travel guide will surely help you to create the perfect itinerary.

Why is it a perfect weekend destination?

Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Dharamshala is a perfect weekend gateway for nature lovers, honeymooning couples, and adventure lovers. Irrespective of the season, this picturesque hill station always welcomes tourists with a lot of greenery, tranquility, and fresh breeze. Located near urban cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Dharamshala remains easily accessible throughout the year. An overnight journey from Delhi to Dharamshala by car takes about 11-12 hours.

Best time to visit:

Dharamshala can be visited all-round the year owing to its pleasant weather and accessible road conditions. However, with an average temperature ranging between 20 to 30 degrees, this tranquil hill station is the ideal summer escape from the scorching heat of Delhi NCR.

How to reach?

Located at the foothills of the Dhauladhar range, Dharamshala is one of the most visited and popular hill stations in India. Here’s how you can reach here:
If you are coming from Delhi, Chandigarh, or Haryana, this is the best way to reach Dharamshala. You can take a bus, hire a cab or drive yourself.

A wide number of Volvo and state-run buses are available from both Delhi and Chandigarh from Dharamshala.

By train: Located at a distance of 85 km, Pathankot is the nearest major railhead from Dharamshala. Buses, private cars are easily available outside the station.

By air: Located 15 km away from Dharamshala, Kangra airport is the nearest airport from this hill city. It is directly connected to Delhi. From the airport, you can board a bus or hire a cab to reach your destination.

Places to explore:

Plan your Dharamshala trip in such a way that you reach your destination in the early morning, so that you can save the entire day for sightseeing. Following are some of the must-visit attractions in Dharamshala-Mcleodganj.

-Bhagsunag Waterfall:

Gushing down from a height of 20 meters to the Bhagsunag Temple is a treat to your eyes. Surrounded by lush green vegetation and wonderful scenery, this tranquil place will captivate your mind for sure.

-Namgyal Monastery:

With a capacity of housing 2000 monks, this monastery is one of the most popular and religiously significant places in Mcleodganj. Blessed with a tranquil ambiance and serenity, Namgyal monastery is a perfect place to spend some quiet time in nature.

-St John Church:

Located about 8 km away from Dharamshala and set amidst dense deodar woods, this church is a perfect destination for adventure lovers. Built-in 1852, this hauntingly beautiful church is a neo-gothic style construction which is said to be the oldest building in Dharamshala.

-Tsuglagkhang complex:

Home to the 14th Dalai Lama, the Tsuglagkhang complex is an ideal place to take a glimpse at the rich Tibetan culture. Surrounded by mountains and lush forests this stunning monastery has amazing complexes, prayer halls, temples.

Some of the other popular attractions nearby Dharmshala are Kareri lake, Gyuto monastery, Kangara fort, Kangra museum, etc. To explore the rich biodiversity of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj you can also indulge in exciting adventurous activities like mountaineering, trekking, and camping. Depending on your interest and budget, you can plan your 2 days trip to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj from Delhi.

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