Dharamshala is a hill station in one of the picturesque valleys of Himachal Pradesh surrounded on three sides with snow capped mountains. Enchanting forests of oak and conifer trees are found here that complete the scenic beauty.
Lower Dharamshala has civil offices and business establishments with courts as it is the district headquarters of Kangra district and the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. Kotwali bazaar and Upper Dharamshala comprise of places with names which bear witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. Mcleod Ganj rose to international fame after it became the temporary headquarters of His Holiness Dalai Lama.
In and around Dharamshala, one can visit the Kangra Art museum at Kotwali bazar, War memorial, Kunal Pathri temple and tea gardens on way to Kunal Pathri. A days trek to the nearest snowline is also possible. There is also a beautiful Cricket stadium in the city facing the mighty Dhauladhar ranges.
Dharamshala is easily accessible by road with the nearest airport at Gaggal and broad gauge railway station at Pathankot.
Best time to visit: January to June, September to December
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari, English
Climate: Pleasant summers and very cold winters
Places to see: McLeodganj, Kangra Art Museum, War Memorial, Kunal Pathri Temple