Dharamsala offers a delicious taste of Tibet! In fact, the town has been given the illustrious title of the Little Lhasa in India. Housing several generations of exiled Tibetans and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, there is a peaceful energy to the small but flourishing and determined Buddhist community. Set within the foothills of the Himalayas in the Dhauladhar Range, the location is an ideal backdrop for this spiritual haven, with its magnificent snowy peaks, deodar and pine forests, and rolling tea gardens. Dharamsala is an ideal retreat if you wish to soothe your soul in the grandeur of natural beauty.


  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Dalai Lama’s Residence
  • Tibetan Culture
  • Shiva Cave Temple

 Things to do

Enjoy a traditional Tibetian lunch at McLeod Ganj

City Highlights of Dharamsala

Amidst superb vistas of Dhualdhar hills, high above rugged terrains of upper Kangra Valley, Dharamsala (meaning shelter/rest house for pilgrims) is synonymous with beauty and spirituality. The holy abode of the charismatic Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala ideally blends rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and architecture, evident in several Buddhist Viharas/Gompas, while retaining its erstwhile English lifestyles. Explore Norbulingka Institute for Tibetan literary and artistic culture; Losel Doll Museum; The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) and Shiva Cave Temple, the natural cave temple of Trilokpur. Delve further into Tibetan culture with visits to the Namgyal Monastery, a sacred building enclosing the Dalai Lama’s residence; Tsuglagkhang Complex, the Holy abode of the Dalai Lama; Tibet Museum-Mcleodganj, the first modern Museum; Tibetan Children’s Village School for Tibetan Refugee/Destitute Children; and Men-Tsee-Khang – the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute.

3h-Visit Gyuto Monastery and Temple of Karmapa

Visit the lovely Gyuto Monastery and Temple of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (head of the Karma Kagyu, a major school of Tibetan Buddhism)…Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s abode, located about 6kms from Dharamsala at Sidhbari. Founded in 1474 in eastern Tibet by Jetsun Kunga Dhondup..the main disciple of the first Dalai Lama, it is home to over 500 monks and popular with pilgrims. Also called ‘TCV School’, it houses a majestic image of ‘Sakyamuni Buddha’ enshrined in a small chamber. It is one of Tibet’s most famous monasteries specializing in the study of Tantric meditation, Tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Karmapa means ‘the one who carries out buddha-activity’ or ‘the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas’.

3-4h-Kangra Fort and Temple Visit

Kangra Fort, 20kms from Dharamsala, takes first mention in Alexander the Great’s war records. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas..perhaps India’s oldest dated fort with historical significance and structural beauty. Entry is via a small courtyard between 2 gates known as ‘Pataks’ dating from the Sikh period..a narrow passage leads to the top via the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza. The climb up leads through 7 gates..en route view some idols embossed into the walls. See 3 richly carved shrines – Lakshmi Narayana, Sitala, and Ambika Devi – the former 2 were turned into a mass of ruins by the 1905 earthquake. Near the Fort in Kangra’s old town, visit the beautiful Adi Narayan Jain temple (built 30yrs ago) incorporating skillful stone carvings in traditional Jain styles..notice an exquisite rosette at the centre of the ceiling.

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