The meaning of "Dharamsala" is "spiritual house" also is "spiritual rest-house" is "spiritual shelter" is "spiritual home" for travelers & pilgrims. When there are no hotels pilgrims use to stay in Dharamshala or basic category of room provided by the temple trust for fresh up or a short stay which are generally very close to the temple premises or some times within the periphery of it.
This place was a cantonment area of Britishers and At one point, it was temporary summer capital of British India. On 4th April 1905 it was destroyed by an earthquake of in the 7.8 magnitude killing more than 10,000 people in thinly populated area of Dharamshala.
Dharamsala has 2 divisions upper and lower at a distance of 9kms form each other which is easily accessible through road.
Government offices, Schools, the local Hospital, and commercial areas are in Lower Dharamsala,.
Tibetan community lives in along with tourists activities in Upper Dharamshala this is also called formally as McLeod Ganj.
Bhagsu is a small urban area full of shops and restaurants filled with tourists with locals.
It has painting, wood craving, cooking, singing, massage and more to offer.
Climate at Dharanshala
The best time to visit Dharamshala is from February to Jun as the temperature is 25C
There will be heavy rainfall in monsoon. To experience snowfall December is ideal and advisable.
How to reach Dharamshala: By plane
Gaggal Airport (IATA: DHM) near Kangra, which is 15 km from McLeodganj. There are Daily flights e from New Delhi by Spice Jet & Air India.
How to reach Dharamshala: By Road
Dharamsala is 90kms from Pathankot (Punjab) around 90 Kms away.
How to reach Dharamshala: By train
Pathankot is the nearest railway station or overnight journey from Delhi,
Places to See in Dharamsala
- Giant prayer wheel and thangka of Arya Sitatapatra, Naam Art Gallery, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibet Museum, Tibetan Library, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Bhagsunag Fall is about 12 km from the Dharamshala.
- Bhagsunag fall near Bhagsunag temple, the waterfall is at a trekking area of 1 km. The view from the waterfall is magnificent.
- Kunal Pathari,
- Peak Art Gallery,
- Ghoomakad, V.P.O, Rakkar
Meeting the Dalai Lama or at least to see Him.
The Dalai Lama is the dream of a lifetime for many Buddhist people. One has to be lucky enough to meet him.
The Dalai Lama delivers public lectures between February-March for 10 -12 days every year. Registration at the Tibetan Branch Security Office is mandatory, preferably a week before the scheduled arrival.
Donations are welcome.
Its in the circuit of Shimla, Bilaspur, Jawalamukhi, Kangra, Dharamshala is a perfect itinerary for Dharamshala.