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Dharamshala has almost become synonymous with Buddhist culture and religion. With snow capped mountains and dense pine trees and deodar forests it is just heaven on earth. Here are some facts on Dharamshala.

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Journey to Dharamshala

Sadhu in  Kathmandu
Dharamshala is located 185 km from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. The place has almost become synonymous with Budhist religion and culture. The spirituality and compassion deeply associated with Buddhism has seeped into the lifestyle of the people of this land. The atmosphere reflects peacefulness and serenity. The Buddhist Gompas and temples reflect the culture of Tibet. The best time to visit Dharamshala is between mid-May and mid-October. Earlier Dharamshala was mainly used as a base camp for mountaineers and trekers who come to explore the nearby mountains. If you visit the Kotwali Bazar you will get the flavor of the place, which showcases the simple lifestyle and the different cultures of the people.

Some of the major attractions of Dharamshala are:

Kangra Art Museum
St. John's Church
War Memorial
Bhagsunag Falls

How to Reach

You can reach Dharamshala by air. Airlines flies to Gaggal airport at Dharamshala thrice a week from Delhi and Kulu. Palampur is a further 38 km from Dharamshala. You can also reach Dharamshala by bus from Delhi. It takes around twelve to fourteen hours. Otherwise you can go by train to Pathankot from Delhi. It also takes around twelve hours and from Pathankot you can hire a taxi to Dharamshala, which will take two hours or you can go by bus to Dharamshala in three hours.

If you are an adventure sports lover you can indulge in some exciting adventure sports like

Trekking and Rock Climbing in the Kangra valley
Small trekking around Mcleodganj and Dharamsala
Angling & Fishing: there are various places in and around Dharamshala, which provides ample for angle fishing.
Then there is Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Para Sailing

Hotels in Dharamshala: Hotel Anand Palace - Hari Kothi - White Haven Estate

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