Dharamshala is a city surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas. This city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. It is located in Kangra district at a distance of 18km. Dharamshala has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship.

On 19 January 2017 CM Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamshala as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is one of the most frequent spots. It is famous for Tibetan culture, handicrafts and temples.

Places to visit in Dharamshala

 

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Exploratory Village walk with a local writer

We'll walk from Gyuto Karma Monastery (Sidhbari, 9km downhill from Dharamshala town to village Banordu from there along fields and
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•Dharamshala Cricket Stadium : It is a picturesque cricket stadium located in the Dharamshala. The city served as a home ground for the HP cricket team Ranji Trophy and other domestic matches. This stadium also hosted some IPL matches. It is situated at an altitude of 1457m above the sea level and snow covered mountains in the background.

•St.John Wilderness Church: It was built in 1852. It was located on the way to McLeod Ganj and was built in the dedication to John the Baptist. This is situated at a height of 5,742feet above the sea level. It is easily accessible from McLeod Ganj. There are pine and deodar trees around church courtyard. The unique feature of the church is architecture of the polished wood.

•War memorial : This place is known for sitting ideally in the forest in the hill town. It was built in the memory of those who died during the Indochina war of 1947-48 , 1962 ,1965 and 1971. There are three huge panels of black stones so that we can preserve their memories.

•Dul Lake Dharamshala : It is situated near the village of Tota Rani in kangra district. It was surrounded by deodar trees. It is also considered as sacred spot as their was a small shiv mandir on its bank.

•Tea Garden Dharamshala : Dharamshala has beautifully lined and organized tea gardens. Chilgari is known for its tea gardens and tourist’s are allowed to visit tea gardens. The road’s have tea gardens on each side with lush green pine trees.

•BhagsuNag Waterfall : It is situated in the Bhagsu village behind BhasuNag temple near McLeod Ganj. It is 3km away from McLeod Ganj and 7km from Dharamshala. It is a popular picnic spot and well known for trekking.

 

More Places to Visit around Dharamshala

•Namgyal Monastery : It located in McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala. It is a personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. It’s role is to assist with rituals involving the Dalai lama of Tibet. It is a famous tourist spot.

•BhagsuNag Temple : It is situated in bhagsu village near McLeod Ganj in Dharamshala. This temple is dedicated to God Shiva. This temple was constructed by King Bhagsu after seeking forgiveness from snake god.It is worshipped by many visitors.

•Triund: It is a small hill station located at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges at the height of 2,828m.It is a part of Dharamkot in Kangra district.It is a crown jewel of Dharamshala. It is a very popular trekking spot. Tourists enjoy the evening sky from Triund.

•Kalachakra Temple: It is famous for Tsuglagkhang Temple which represents the murals and architecture of the Tibet’s rich and spiritual artistic ethnicity of the temple.It is a famous Buddhist temple that is dedicated to Kalachakra and used by Dalai Lama as a centre for public teaching.

Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful and quiet state with very friendly local residents. People are welcoming and seldom create any trouble to the tourists. You should be mindful about the following things when you come to Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Avoid indulging with commission agents and explore the local attractions in the state.
  2. Be kind to local community, connect with as many locals as possible and ask them for recommendations about local experiences in Himachal.
  3. Find reviews of local businesses on internet before making bookings.
  4. Use information provided by Tourism Information Centres setup by Tourism Department.
  5. Find Local Experiences rather than touristy destinations and experiences.
  6. Keep enough cash handy because you will not find al lot of local businesses accepting digital payments.
  7. Try to visit Himachal during fruit crop seasons mostly ranging from April to October other than the snowy winters.

For more information check out local experiences hosted by locals on the LocalGuy | Local Experiences by Local Hosts

Picnic and SightSeeing at Bhanuti Near Shimla

Simple, a short walk through the forest to enjoy the beauty of nature, best for photography and camping.
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Plant a tree in Shimla | Leave Trees not Trash behind

Take this activity and we'll take you to the nearest green zone where you can plant a a sapling, which
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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
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Kasol, Tosh & Kheerganga with Local People

Breathing, Eating and Walking on the Nature's lap. Mesmerizing Kasol, Tosh and Kheerganga Trekking and camping is one way to leave
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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With the onset of winters, there is no end to best things to do in Shimla or activities organized by locals in Shimla. Once you are here, Shimla treats you with Mall road and branching out paved paths filled with British Architectural marvels, Local food joints endorsing Himachali cuisine, local Shimla mountaineers ready to take you to adventure camps and riversides and certified Guides to explain you what makes this town so happening!! We have compiled a list of local experiences for you.

 

Best Things to do in Shimla Activities organized by Locals in Shimla

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Barbecue, BnB and Eco Friendly Stay at The Press House

The Press House Bnb is an escapade of transforming recycled wood into something ecstatic. The Press House Bnb completely built
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Survival Night Weekend Wilderness Fun

LocalGuy: Pranav Rawat Speaks English, Hindi   An avid mountaineer and an apple farmer. My recent endeavor was India’s epic frozen waterfall
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The Heritage Miles Walk Shimla

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Christ Church, Ridge / Vice Regal Lodge, Boileauganj DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the schedule.

Rent a Royal Enfield Bullet Motor Bike in Shimla

Rent a Royal Enfield Bullet Motor Bike in Shimla and use it upon your arrival. Rent Well maintained bullet bikes
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Traditional Himachali Food spread Dham

Here in the Himachali Rasoi we are primarily offering a traditional festive spread called a Dham. Dham is served on
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Romantic Date at Café Under Tree (Highest Café in Shimla)

Special Romantic Date at Café  Under Tree (Highest Café  in Shimla). A fairy tale treatment to the couple to never forget
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