Considered to be the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh is Dharamshala where hundreds of tourists arrive throughout the year to enjoy the captivating serenity and the unbeatable climatic conditions prevailing. Bhagsu was the original name of Dharamshala. The fame of the city was enhanced due to the presence of the Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration.
Kangra is the nearest city to Dharamshala which lies at a distance of about 18 kilometers. McLeodGanj tourism has the base in Dharamshala as it is a major suburb of the city. It is divided into two different sections like Kotwali Bazaar and the other markets are called Lower Dharamshala. Its a very beautiful and picturesque destination to visit, and very popular destination to visit as this tourist place is within 500 kms from Delhi.
Though it is a winter destination, the city has grown up to encompass many international shops and brands on its roadsides and streets to attract tourists on a large scale. For adventure lovers, this place due to its is quite famous for adventure camping near Delhi, and many tourists come here on weekends from such crowded cities to detox themselves.
Dal Lake, Bhagsunag Falls, Kangra Fort, Tsuglad Khang Complex and Namgyal Monastery, Kangra Art Museum, Norbulingka Institute, The Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple, Masrur, McLeodganj, Kareri Lake, Gyuto Monastery and Naddi Village are the top most attractions situated in and around Dharamshala and of course the festivals during Buddha Purnima have quite a significant impact on the tourist field of Dharamshala.
Sightseeing, shopping, monastery visits, temple visits, heritage walk, trekking, camping, paragliding, mountain biking etc are the main activities that can be done in Dharamshala
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474.5 kilometers and one will take around 9 hours to reach Dharamshala from Delhi via NH 44.
Dharamshala has a pleasant climate during the summer months from April to June and then there will be heavy rains during monsoon. From December to February, you can expect heavy snowfall as well. You can plan a trip according to your convenience; if you like watching rain in the hill station, then monsoon can be surprising or if you would like to spend time amid snow, the winter is the best choice. But you would be able to enjoy sightseeing and visiting all the major sites during summer months.