Dharamshala,  Himachal,  India,  Solo Travel

Places to visit in Dharamshala

Dharamshala is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, India. With its stunning mountain backdrops, humongous tea gardens, the world-famous HPCA Stadium and close proximity to the small town of McLeod Ganj. Read ahead to see all the best places you can visit in Dharamshala and when is the best time to visit these places.


How to reach Dharamshala:

By road:

You can hire a car or drive by yourself from Delhi or Chandigarh to Dharamshala. The distance between Delhi and Dharamshala is 475 km and will take you about 9 hours. The distance between Chandigarh and Dharamshala is 243 km and will take you about 5 hours and 30 minutes to get there.

Driving or hiring a car is highly recommended to go anywhere in Himachal as the views are absolutely stunning. However, avoid driving on your own if you’re visiting near the monsoons as there can be some landslides.


By train:

The nearest station is Pathankot which is 85 km away from Dharamshala. Taxis are available at the railway station for Dharamshala.


By air:

The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport which is only 13 km away. The city is well connected by air with Delhi and other North Indian states. Alternatively, you can also take a flight to Chandigarh and rent a cab or drive to Dharmashala.


Best Time To Visit:

April to June is the best time to visit Dharamshala. It almost always sunny and the nights are chilly. Make sure to apply lots of sunscreen as the mountain sun can really harm your skin. However November to February is not the best time to visit this place, if you’re a fan of snow, you should definitely give it a go.


Places To Visit:

1. HPCA Stadium:

Entry fee: None

Transport: Buses and cabs

Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm

The HPCA or Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala is considered one of the most beautiful cricket stadiums in the world. The stadium has some astonishing views of the snow-clad mountains. You will be awestruck to see the lush green pitch with these mountains in the backdrop. The best time to visit the stadium would be in summers to see the magnificent mountains in the backdrop with the pitch. Because it is extremely hot during the summers, make sure to carry lots of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. All this makes the stadium one of the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

2. War Memorial:

Entry fee: 10 rs per person

Transport: Buses and cabs

Opening Hours: 8 am to 8 pm

The War Memorial in Dharamshala is where you can pay respects to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. The memorial has a huge platform with a lush green garden all around it. The garden has some beautiful flowers and a forest area at the back. Do take out some time to take a walk in this forest as it really is magical. The best time to visit the memorial is during the afternoon so as to soak up the sun and enjoy a walk in the forest for as long as you want.

3. Tea Gardens:

Entry fee: None

Transport: Cabs

Opening Hours: 24 hours

In the middle of the city of Dharamshala is a huge stretch of Tea Gardens. The stretch has snow-clad mountains at the distance and a temple at its end. Go here for a walk and enjoy the surreal scenes of the valleys of Dharamshala from this beautiful road. The best time to visit the tea garden is probably in the morning so that you can avoid the crowded roads and enjoy as much time you want in the fields as you’d like.

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4. Dal Lake:

Entry fee: None

Transport: Cabs

Opening Hours: 24 hours

This is one of the places to visit I actually won’t recommend. This lake is basically a dried up and dirty pond of water. If you have a lot of time left, you can pay a visit here, else it can be skipped.


5. Naddi Point:

Entry fee: None

Transport: Cabs and Buses from Dharamshala

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Right after Dal Lake is situated the Naddi Point. This point has a long road beside a huge mountain where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. You can spend about two-three hours here. The best time to visit this place is during sunrise and sunset. It has some of the most astonishing views you’d ever see. This is a great place to visit to take a walk down the road and indulge in some hot tea and maggie near this place.

6. McLeod Ganj:

Entry fee: None

Transport: You can take a local bus or a tempo from Dharamshala and reach McLeod Ganj in just 10-20 Rs.

Opening Hours: 24 hours

This small town is situated just half an hour away from Dharamshala and can be easily reached by buses and cabs. The road transport is super cheap and frequent. You can spend one-two days in this place depending on your preferences. It has many places to visit like Bhagsunag Waterfalls, Dalai Lama Temple, Triund Trek, etc.

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