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Top 10 Things to do in Dharamshala

Published on 04 May 2021

Top 10 Things to do in Dharamshala

A quaint city of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is home to the 14th Dalai Lama and is a city to experience the exotic cultural heritage of Tibet. Dharamshala is bifurcated into- the lower half exhibiting colorful markets, such as Kotwali Bazaar, and the upper half surrounded by magnificent mountains and luscious forests.  

Dharamshala offers the ultimate travel experience to its tourists, from trekking on the mighty hill ranges to sinking in nature's creation as intended to its vast cultural diversity. The uphill drive of 18kms from Kantur to Dharamshala traverses sights to behold! 

The Dharamshala tourist places are ideal for every mood, be it conquering the peaks or simply sitting on them. So, let’s look at some of the best places to visit in Dharamshala-

Trek to Triund

The mesmerizingly 9000 ft tall Triund altitude peeks out from behind the Dhaulander hill. The Triund trekking distance is 9 kms and a rocky one indeed. The exceptional view of the mountain top would make you forget all the blood, sweat, and tears. Located north of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, Triund Trek gives you the best of both the hills!

If you have been toying with the idea of a trekking expedition, then Triund Trek is the one to pick. The spellbinding aura and wooden houses to relax after your tiring trek tagged with glimmering stars would be the remedy for anything and everything routine! Also, you can gaze at the beautiful Kangra Valley and replenish your senses with Oak trees and boulevards of rhododendron. This makes it one of the top things to do in Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

The triund snowline would astonish your senses by all means!

Suggested Reading: Things to do in Mcleodganj

Experience the cultural vibrancy of Dharamshala

You must explore the local culture and warmth that Dharamshala offers to its tourists in the form of a scenic routine life. The cultural fusion witnessed there is unlike any other things to do in Dharamshala.  

Walk up and down the tea gardens or soak in the peaceful aura of Namgyal Monastery or feel the splashes of Bhagsunag Waterfalls!

Places to visit in Dharamshala sightseeing tour: Namgyal Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness, Bhagsunag Waterfall, and Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai Lama Temple

Paragliding in Bir Billing



Bir Billing comes under one of the best places to visit near Dharamshala, situated 65 kms away, and hosted the world's first paragliding world cup. Paragliding fanatics flock to Bir Billing every year to defy nature’s way of viewing the scintillating beauty of this town!

Paragliding definitely makes it to the list of best activities to do in Dharamshala. 

Location: Bir Billing (Two-hour drive from Dharamshala)

Price: INR 1,500 onwards (for a 20-minute session)

Meditation at Gyuto Monastery

If the mountains fail to fill you with serenity, then visiting Gyuto Monastery will make up for it! Located on the Palampur-Dharamshala road and a crucial heritage sight for Buddhists, the Gyuto Monastery will fill you in on the gripping concept of spiritual fulfillment. 

The relaxing aura coupled with the tranquil environment will help you meditate and introspect. This experience could also end up being your calling to spend time with yourself and kickstart a wellness journey!

Check out our yoga experiences to unfurl a fulfilling life!

Mountain Biking/Cycling on the hills

Ride around town on your beloved cycle or motorbike to experience one of the finest ways to explore the alluring charisma of Dharamshala. If you are someone who enjoys traveling at their own pace and soaking in the scenery at a fast pace, then vrooming on the trails might turn out as one of the best things to do in Dharamshala!

With stellar road construction and negligible network issues, and GPS, your ride around town would definitely help you make it to the best places to visit in Dharamshala. 

Suggested Reading: Tips for Bikers

Trekking and Camping on the hills

A trip to Dharamshala without traversing on its hills is an incomplete one! Here are some of the famous Dharamshala trek routes-

  • Mcleodganj- Triund- Illaqua Gote - Mcleodganj
  • Dharamshala – Indrahar Pass
  • Dharamshala – Kareri Lake
  • Dharamshala – Thamsar Pass
  • Dharamshala – Nag Dal

Set up your tent and prepare to be mesmerized by the starry beauty above you. After a tiring yet fulfilling trekking expedition in the valleys of Dharamshala, delight yourself with a beautiful natural phenomenon by camping atop them!

Trekking and camping are a must, under things to do in Dharamshala.

Stroll around the Tea Gardens

Do take some time out of your Dharamshala itinerary to breathe in the mystic scent of tea. Whether you are a tea lover or not, sauntering around these Tea plantations would be one of the most enriching things to do in Dharamshala, and you might pick up a thing or two about the Tea world! 

You can visit these lush tea gardens on Dharamshala-Mcleodganj road.

A historical rendezvous at Kangra Fort

Fill yourself with wisdom while learning about the roots of Dharamshala in Kangra Fort. It must make your list of places to see in Dharamshala as you do not want to miss this rustic beauty perched atop the hill and nestled between Patal Ganga and Banganga. While wandering around the Kangra Fort, you will feel bewitched by the royal chambers and settings!

Location: Old Kangra, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Peace at Dal Lake

Thick canopies of deodar trees, quaint Shiva Temple, and melody of serenity make up a trip to Dal Lake. Flowing seamlessly on Dal Lake-McLeodGanj Road, North of Dharamshala and McLeodGanj in Kangra district, a visit to Dal Lake is one of the most ethereal things to do in Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

The peace and quiet found in the splashes of the lake will make your list of things to do in Dharamshala complete!

Exploring Masrur

This rock-cut temple beauty deserves a spot in the list of best places to visit in Dharamshala. A reflection of Indo-Aryan architecture, the intricately built temple offers a glimpse of the art that demands appreciation!

So, cherish your visit to Masrur and jot it down in your list of things to do in Dharamshala!

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