Area: 13 sq. km
Altitude: 1250 meters to 1600 meters
Climate: (deg C):Summer Max. 33 Deg C Min. 22 Deg C
:Winter Max. 15 Deg C Min. 0 Deg C
Clothing: Summer - Light woollens
Winter - Heavy woollens
Best Season: April to June and September to November
Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi, English and Pahari are understood &
spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade
Shopping Centres: Kotwali Bazar, a general shopping area, and McLeod
Ganj for Tibetan handicrafts
Dharamshala is the district HQ of Kangra district. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18 kms north east of Kangra town. Hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow-capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to trek to snow point after an early morning's start.
In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort. It is divided into two distinct parts. Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts. Kotwali Bazar and Upper Dharamshala compose of places with names, which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Since 1960, when it became a temporary hqr of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala has risen to international fame as "The Little Lhasa in India".
Air : Nearest airport is Amritsar at 200 km.
Rail : Pathankot - 90 km is connected to major cities in India.
Road : Chandigarh- 239 km, Delhi- 514 km, Dalhousie-55 km, Jammu-197 km,Kangra-
18 km, Kullu- 214 km, Manali -253 km, Palampur- 35 km, Shimla- 322 km.
Place to visit Dharamshala
Bhagsunag Falls : Bhagsunag can be approached by road. Here an old temple, a fresh water spring and restaurant are located. Further about 2 kms is beautiful Bhagsunag water falls which sooths one's eyes.
Dal Lake : The lake lies amidst hills and stately fir trees a little above around 10 KM from Lower Dharamshala connected by motorable road. It is the starting point of excursions and trekking and is located next to the Tibetan Children's village.
Dehra Gopipur : It is situated on the bank of the Beas. It is possible to use Dehra as a base for different fishing areas like Pong Dam, Pattan, kurn and Nadaun. There are PWD & Forest rest houses for a night stay. One can also visit the famous temple of Chintpurni from here.
Dharamkot : Situated on the crest of hill this picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the Kangra valley, Pong Dam Lake and Dhauladhar ranges.
Jwalamukhi Temple : The famous temple of Jwalamukhi is 30 kms from Kangra and 56 kms from Dharamshala. Dedicated to the "GODDESS OF LIGHT", the temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in northern India. There is no idol of any kind the flame is considered as a manifestation of the goddess. An eternally burning and shining blue flame emanates from the rock sanctum and is fed by the priests with the offerings of devotees. The golden tower (dome) of the temple was a gift from the Emperor Akbar. Two important fairs are held here during the Navratras in earlier April and mid October. Hotel accommodation, Dharamshala, rest houses and HPTDC hotels with modern facilities are available for visitors to the shrine.
Kareri : 22 kms from Kotwali Bazar it has a rest house for night halt. On way visit Kareri Lake situated at the distance of 13kms from rest house. Durbasa and Kali temples are located here.
Kunal Pathri : A level 3 kms walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess.
Masroor : Known for its monolithic rock temples, Masroor is 15kms south of Kangra. There are 15 rock cut temples in Indo-Aryan style and richly carved. The temples partly ruined now are profusely decorated with sculptural ornamentations, conceived in the same manner as the great temple of Kailash at Elora in Maharashtra with which they bear a striking resemblance. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
McLeod Ganj : A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have lent importance to McLeod Ganj. The Budha temple is situated opposite to the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and is worth a visit.
Nurpur : 66 kms from Dharamshala, Nurpur is famous for an old fort and a temple of Brij Raj. Nurpur acquired its name in 1672, when Jahangir, the Mughal Emperor named it after his wife Nurjahan. Nurpuri shawls are good. There is a PWD rest house for the convenient stay of tourists.
St.John's Church : The church of St. John's in the wilderness lies on a motorable road between McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj 8 kms from Lower Dharamshala. It has a monument of Lord Elgin, one of the Viceroys of India, who died in Dharamshala and was buried here in 1863.
The Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts (Tipa) is 1km. walk from McLeod Ganj and preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet. It holds an annual 10-day folk opera commencing on the second Saturday of April. There is also a Tibetan handicraft centre situated at McLeod Ganj and a Sunday market is organized at about 10 minutes walk from here.
Trilokpur : It is situated 41 kms from Dharamshala and can be approached by road the natural cave temple of Trilokpur contains a stalactite and stalagamite is dedicated to Shiva. High on the ridge of the cave are ruins of a palace and baradari (audience hall) of Lehna Singh Majitha, Governor of Kangra hills during the Sikh rule.
Triund (2975 m) : 20 kms from Dharamshala, Triund lies at the feet of the perpetually snow clad Dhauladhar at the height of 2975 m. The snow line starts at ilaqa, 5 kms from Triund. It is a popular picnic and trekking spot. Accommodation is available in the rest house of Forest Department, but water has to be fetched from a distance of about 2 kms Ropeway is being installed from Dharamshala to this place.
War Memorial : Set amidst beautiful surroundings, this memorial is built near the entry point to Dharamshala to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the defence of the motherland.