Best Time To Visit DharamshalaGiven its altitude (1400 metres above mean sea level), Dharamshala boasts cool and pleasant weather all year round. If you are concerned about rainfall, the city experiences the Monsoons from July through September and during this season temperatures are likely to range between 18°C to 22°C. Do we recommend visiting Dharamshala during these months? No, and the reason being that the rains can be quite dangerous and is best avoided. If you wish to make the most of the cool weather at Dharamshala, plan your trip sometime between the months of April through July. With the temperatures hovering between 22°C to 38°C, you can enjoy treks to Triund and Indrahar Pass. However, when it comes to recommending the best time to visit Dharamshala, it has to be during the winter months of October through February. The temperatures during these cold months can drop to as low as -1°C while the maximum high would be somewhere around 7°C. With light snowfall, you are sure to have a great time in Dharamshala. In terms of finding accommodation, there are a number of good hotels in Dharamshala that offer cosy rooms replete with heaters and blankets. To add to this, you will get to be part of festivals such as Halda and Losar during the winter season.
A prominent hill destination for tourists, if you plan on visiting Dharamshala anytime soon, rest assured that there are a number of hotels that offer decent accommodation. From basic hotels for those on a budget to rather luxurious options, there's plenty of options to choose from. However, if finance is a constraint and you are looking for economical options, there are 2-star, 3-star and budget hotels in Dharamshala. One such option happens to be a Treebo property in Civil Lines. When looking to book hotels in Dharamshala, Treebo promises comfortable rooms and excellent service at rather competitive rates. Moreover, you get complimentary breakfast, free WiFi and branded toiletries if you stay at a Treebo hotel in Dharamshala.
Best Places To Stay In Dharamshala When looking out for hotels in Dharamshala, be sure to do your homework and research the road or locality in question. In terms of the best places to stay in Dharamshala, we suggest being close to restaurants, tourist attractions and bazaars. As for Dharamshala, some of the prominent localities include Sheela Chowk, Civil Lines Road in Jawahar Nagar, Yol Road, Kotwali Bazaar and Khanyara Road, and trust us there are some rather good hotels to consider here. Civil Lines Road is close to War Memorial, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Indoor Stadium.
Events in Dharamshala - The majority of residents at Dharamshala being Buddhists. Most of these people follow a rather rustic and humble lifestyle, and this is the major factor responsible for the place being untouched or concretized/commercialized. While some people travel for leisure or to simply get away from their routine life, others travel to explore new places, people, their culture, lifestyle and food. If you happen to fall into the second category of travellers, we suggest visiting Dharamshala during the festive season to make the most of the city. Lohar (Buddhist New Year) is usually celebrated sometime between February or March and it is during this festival that 'changkol' (a local equivalent to beer) is prepared. Locals also perform the 'Vajrakilaya' tradition during Lohar. The biggest of all festivals celebrated has to Buddha Purnima - a festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Buddha. Celebrated during March or April, it is during this festival that the city comes alive with a host cultural and religious programmes. Other festivals you ought to be part of here include the Himachal Winter Carnival, Halda, the International Himalayan Festival and Butoh Dance Festival.
Experiences in Dharamshala - Indeed, there is much to experience in Dharamshala (both Upper and Lower) and here are important tourist destinations that just have to make it to your travel itinerary - Nechung Monastery, Norbulingka Institute, Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling, Gangchen Kyishong, Gold Cinema, All India Radio Dharamshala, Hanuman Temple, Shiva Temple, State Museum, Shiv Ji, Shani Dev and Sai Baba Temple, Museum - Men-Tsee-Khang, Nae Chung Monastery, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Tashi Choeling Monastery, Buddha Stupa, Lhagyal Rei, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang - the residence of His Highness - the Dalai Lama, HH Dalai Lama Main Temple, Tibetan Museum, Tibetan National Martyrs Memorial, Triund, Bhagsunag Falls, Hanuman Ka Tibba, Bhagsu Nag Temple, Tibetan Flags Temple, Dal Lake, St. John's in the Wilderness, Master Mitrasen Art Museum, Naddi Hill Point, Sun View Point, Gallu Devi Mandir, Devi Mandir and much more. For a hearty meal, make your way to Melted Cheese Cafe, El-Classico Coffee Shop, Foodies Eating Point, Sagar Ratna Dharamshala, Zaika - The Taste of Dharamshala, Vivek Vaishno Dhaba, Shiva, Park, Aman Food Court, The Terrace, Monal, Shree Ram Sweets, Dominos, Delek Cafe, Fun Food, Sharam's Bakers and Bhagsu Fast Food (most of these are located in Dharamshala/Lower Dharamshala. There are a number of hotels in Dharamshala that have an in-house restaurant and are quite popular among the locals and tourists. As for shopping, skip the malls and shopping centres and go local. There are a number of street side stalls and shops that sell amazing local items such as Chubas, woollen items, hand-painted t-shirts, carpets, local handicrafts, Tibetan artifacts, and much more.
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