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The Travel Guide to Dharamshala: McLeod Ganj and Dharamkot, as well as Bhagsu

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Indians are familiar with Dharamshala as a place that has a warm climate and majestic mountains. Dharamshala can be found in the Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. It is India’s most popular tourist destination and the administrative centre of Kangra.

McLeodganj is a suburb of Dharamshala. Because of its large Tibetan population, it is sometimes called Little Lhasa. This is due to the exiled Tibetan government.

Dharamkot, a hill station in the Kangra district close to Dharamshala is called. It is home to a Jewish community centre and is known for being the second home of the Indian Israelis. Many locals are fluent in Israeli and frequent the restaurants.Bhagsu, a small village near McLeodganj, Dharamshala is known for its Bhagsunath waterfalls and the pristine Bhagsunath Temple.These are all popular tourist destinations that are visited by many people from India and around the globe.


Dharamshala’s high elevation makes it pleasant all year. Summer temperatures (April-June), remain around 25 degrees. This season is the peak of tourism in this region.


The region is very wet during the summer months of July-Sept. This is a great time to visit Dharamshala, as the beauty of the area is at its peak and accommodation is easy to find. Monsoon season in Dharamshala has the unfortunate side effect of closing down trek routes due to slippery trekking terrain making it very dangerous.

The region experiences heavy snowfall in winter (Oct to March). The average temperature is between 4 and 7 degrees, with occasional drops to zero. If you want to enjoy the snow-covered landscape, winters are still extreme.

Dharamshala: Places to Visit

Dharamshala is home to many tourist attractions. You should plan to spend at least 3-4 days to see Dharamshala.

Below are some examples of the most important attractions and activities.

Places to visit in McLeodganj


Dharamshala is the home of Tibetan monks, including leader Dalai Lama. It also has a rich Buddhist lifestyle and Tibetan culture. There are many monasteries, including Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery, and Norbulingka Institute, as well as the Dalai Lama Temple (Tsuglagkhang Monastery). These monasteries have a serene, spiritual atmosphere that penetrates every heart.

Tibetan Museum

The Tibetan museum in Dharamshala offers a fascinating and easy way to learn about Tibetan history. It focuses on Tibet’s history, tensions with China, and the escape attempt of the Dalai Lama. It tells the story through photographs, text, and documentaries. The museum offers free entry and two screenings of documentaries per day.

Masroor rock cut temple

Masroor rockcut temple is a monolithic, rock temple located 45 km from McLeodganj. It is associated with the exile of Pandavas and is shrouded in mythical stories of origin. Its architecture is similar to that of Mahabalipuram or Elephanta caves.

Kangra Fort

It is located 20 km from Dharamshala and is the oldest fort in the Himalayan area. After the Mahabharata war, the katoch King Susharma Chandra built it. Pictures of the fort’s history before the 1905 earthquake are displayed at the entrance. It is significant for both architectural aesthetics and history.

Bhangsu waterfall

The Bhagsu waterfalls can be found near Bhagsu village, just behind Bhagsu’s temple. From the temple, it takes approximately 300 steps to reach the waterfalls. This is a great spot to have a quick picnic. The shiva Cafe, which serves hot momos or maggie, is another attraction close to the falls.

Triund hill trek

Triund Hill is located 9 km from Mcleodganj, at 2,842m high. It’s nestled in the Dhauladhar ranges. This trek is considered easy and can be done by everyone, from beginners to experts. The trail is suitable for all ages. There are 22 ring curves at the end of the climb that lead to the summit. Paragliding provides a stunning view of the dhauladhar ranges.

Bir Billing

Although it is not in Mcleodganj, it is an ideal spot for paragliding. It is located 70 km from Dharamshala and offers the best topography, wind speed, direction, and terrain for paragliding. The valley below is a surreal sight. From Dharamshala, it takes one day to reach Birbiling.


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