Things to do in Dharamshala

The place where culture meets natural beauty

Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Dharamshala is a mystical and enchanting city that exudes a unique blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures. The city's vibrant markets, colorful festivals, and stunning landscapes have long captivated travelers from all over the world. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, spiritual enlightenment, or just some delicious food, Dharamshala is the perfect destination.

Here are a few things to do in Dharamshala.

Visit the Dalai Lama Temple Complex

One of the most revered places in Dharamshala. You can attend the daily prayers and soak in the peaceful atmosphere of the complex. You can also take a guided tour to learn about the history and significance of the complex.

Visit the Norbulingka Institute

A center for Tibetan arts and culture, Norbulingka Institute takes you on a tour where you learn about the traditional Tibetan art forms such as thangka painting, wood carving, and metalwork. Take a souvenir home from here.

If you're up for some adventure, then head to Triund

A popular trekking destination in Dharamshala. The trek takes you through a dense forest, rocky terrain, and breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy a cup of hot tea and take in the stunning panoramic view.

Visit the Norbulingka Institute

The Norbulingka Institute is a center for Tibetan arts and culture, and you can take a tour of the institute to learn about the traditional Tibetan art forms such as thangka painting, wood carving, and metalwork. You can even try your hand at some of these art forms and take home a souvenir.

Visit the Kangra Valley

The Kangra Valley is a scenic region located near Dharamshala and is known for its stunning natural beauty and historic sites. You can visit the Kangra Fort, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, and the Kangra Art Museum.

Trek to the Kareri Lake

If trekking is your thing, try the trek to Lake Kareri. The trail takes you through the lush green forests and scenic meadows of Dharamshala. Seere Lake and a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains is very much worth the trek.

Go on a food tour

You can sample the delicious Tibetan cuisine, such as momos, thukpa, and butter tea, as well as the local Himachali delicacies. There are number of cooking classes if you want to learn how to make Tibetan and Himachali delicacies.

Dharamshala is also a cricket lover's paradise

Attend a match at the HPCA Stadium. This happens to be one of the most picturesque cricket stadiums with the mountains in the backdrop that offers quite an experience.

Visit Mcleodganj

Home to a large Tibetan community, residential town of Dalai Lama, and famous for its colorful markets and genuine Tibetan cuisine, Mcleodganj offers not just a peaceful experience but picturesque mountainous landscape. So get your camera out and capture the life in this town.