Dharamshala and Surrounding Areas

Dharamshala is in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled amidst all the mountains, Dharamshala and McLeodganj are flourishing hubs that attract an enormous number of tourists and visitors. Beautiful temples and stupas welcome you. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. This article describes Dharamshala and the surrounding areas.

Dharamshala and Surrounding Areas
Dharamshala and Surrounding Areas

On 29 April 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) set up the Tibetan exile administration in Mussouri. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was transferred to Dharamshala. This made Dharamshala the main center of the Tibetan world in India. The 1959 Tibetan uprising had caused Tibetan refugees to follow the Dalai Lama into India. The Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet have made Dharamshala a lovely place to visit for Indian and foreign visitors and tourists.

There is a special aura and a wonderful energy in this area. It makes traveling here such a memorable experience. The bustling tourists and visitors, the restaurants, and all the local shops make it lively and charming. There is a particularly vibrant feel to the area that stays with you long after you leave.


The best time to visit Dharamshala is from February to June. The weather in these months ranges from cool and pleasant to comfortably warm. November to January is winter in Dharamshala. Snow capped mountains are visible at this time. The temperature ranges from -1 to 7 degrees celsius. If you want to see the snow, this is a great time to visit Dharamshala.

The monsoon comes to Dharamsala from July to September. It does not bring that much rainfall here. There are many off-season discounts during this time. It can be a good time to visit Dharamshala.

Food and Shopping

There is tremendous variety in food here. Numerous cuisines are served from Indian-Chinese to Italian. The preparation of the dishes is exceptional. The clothing and jewelry stores are also particularly popular.

Dalai Lama Temple Complex, McLeodganj

This is the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It serves as a temple and also a residential complex for His Holiness and his followers. The complex also houses the Tibet museum. The temple explains the reasons that the Tibetan community has been ousted from its home with historical photographs. There is also a meditation hall with thangkas and statues and a kalachakra temple. The complex is also a garden, cafeteria, book shop and a library.

15 Places Near Dharamshala

Manali: Enjoy nature and the beautiful scenery
Triund: Great for trekking.
Kangra Fort: Learn about history and enjoy the breathtaking views
Palampur: An interesting town with tremendous natural beauty
Bir: Top paragliding spot
Khajjiar: Beautiful hill station in Chamba
Dalhousie: The best of culture and nature
Chamba: Hill station along the Ravi river
Barot: Peaceful village in Mandi
Mandi: Cultural capital of Himachal Pradesh
McLeodganj: Home of the Dalai Lama
Baijnath: Known for its Jyotirlingas
Joginder Nagar: An interesting valley
Naggar: A village with rich history and traditions
Kareri: Great for treks

Overall Dharamshala offers an experience that is breathtaking, spiritually uplifting and also exposes you to so many different people from all over the world. It offers great food, wonderful and quaint places to stay, a vibrant local culture and temples to focus your mind. Once one visits here it becomes clear why the area attracts so many people.

There is a certain atmosphere in Dharamshala and McLeodganj which is warm, vibrant and uplifting. The charm of the area cannot escape you. This same vibrant energy continues in the food, in the clothing, in the jewelry and into the temple. It refreshes your mind and creates an unforgettable memory.

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Which district is Dharamshala in?

Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh 

Where is the home of the Dalai Lama?


Where is the central Tibetan Administration (CTA)


Where can one find the Tibet Museum?

It is situated in the Dalai Lama temple complex, McLeodganj.

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