Draped in colourful prayer flags, Dharamshala is famous as the home of the Dalai Lama. The bustling market town sits in the foothills of the Himalayas and is one of the world's most important spiritual centres, home to sacred temples, Tibetan astrology and invigorating mountain scenery.
Things to do in Dharamshala
The iconic Tsuglagkhang Complex is best known as the home of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Inside you can visit the revered Tsuglagkhang temple, which is flanked by gilded statues and wooden carvings. The complex also houses the Tibet Museum, which recalls the Chinese occupation, Tibetan resistance and legacy of the Dalai Lama.
Men-Tsee-Khang offers a glimpse at the fascinating Tibetan arts of medicine and astrology. It moonlights as a museum, college, medical clinic and research centre. You can sign up for astrological consultations and horoscope readings and learn about medicinal plants, tinctures and remedies.
Dharamshala sits in the foothills of the Himalayas and is surrounded by lush cedar forests. A well-worn trail leads from the Shiva temple to Bhagsu Waterfall, which cascades into an emerald pool. Adventure seekers will love the Kangra Valley, where you can paraglide over the soaring Dhauladhar mountains.
Craving some local delicacies? Shangrila Vegetarian Restaurant serves up traditional Tibetan fare. It's run by monks of the Gyudmed monastery and is famous for its momo" Tibetan dumplings stuffed with meat and vegetables.
Getting around Dharamshala
Dharamsala is small enough to get around on foot and is serviced by taxis and auto rickshaws. Dharamsala Airport is 15 kilometres away and offers regular flights to Delhi. Pathankot, 85 kilometres from Dharamsala, has the closest train station.