Dharamsala travel guide

10 tripwolf members like Dharamsala
by iStock

copyright: ©


A little slice of Tibet in India

When the Dalai Lama fleed Tibet during the Chinese occupation of Tibet, he walked through the Himalayas and ended up here, and this is where he has been living in exile ever since. Many of his followers eventually settled here as well; as such, you're more likely to snack on momos than on parathas. Dharamsala is a Hindi word that means 'spiritual dwelling,' and appropriately there are many opportunities to learn, or simply experience, reiki and various types of massage. Though the town is one of the most tranquil you'll ever see in India, the political atmosphere is sometimes charged. Tibetans are divided on how to negotiate with China, and Dharamsala is one of the hotbeds of political furor. Depending on the situation in Tibet, you may encounter protests and hunger strikes.

As if the Dalai Lama and Tibetan community weren't a big enough draw, the scenery is utterly spectacular. Take a walk through the mountains and breathe in some cool, crisp air - you'll miss it once you get back to the dusty lowlands of India.

Popular Tripguru Guide for India

0 votes

For A World-Class Sleep

created by fodors-partner a couple of years ago

If you’re looking for more than just a place to lay your head for a few hours in between dining and sightseeing trips, if your taste in h...

YouTube Dharamsala videos

  • This Is India [03:56]

  • Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Dalai Lama [03:04]

  • Agra, Amritsar and Dhramsala [03:47]

Top 10 Things to do in Dharamsala

voted by the tripwolf community
  • Tsuglagkhang Complex

    2 votes


    Home and temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is the most tranquil spot in perhaps the most...

see all Top 10 in Dharamsala

Latest Dharamsala reviews (3)

  • You are currently not logged in. or register to write a review.

  • There are so many places to visit in Dharamshala. I would suggest you to not miss few places which are untouched and amazing. You can visit at and read about detailed travel article on Dharamshala.Please leave your comments there if you find the article is helpful.
    a couple of years ago report abuse
  • Dharamshala è un'incantevole località dove Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi , la fondatrice di Sahaja Yoga , ha creato in un'area poco lontana dal centro abitato , circondata dalla catena del Himalaya l' International Sahaja Yoga School con adiacente una zona per ricevere la realizzazione del sè attraverso una esperienza spontanea di meditazione . Aperta a tutti i ricercatori della verità .
    a couple of years ago report abuse
  • Dharamsala eine tolle Stadt.Mein Frau und Ich haben dort seine HH gesehen.Wir haben unsere Reise nach West Tibet hier begonnen,und 18 Tage die wichtigsten Städte und Gompas besucht.Wir kommen wieder!!! Es leben sehr viele Österreicher und-innen da.Meld´ mich wieder.
    about a decade ago report abuse



locations added to

how to plan your trip