The places to visit in Dharamshala is actually broken into 3 little towns. Mcleod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamkot. We visited all three but based ourselves in Bhagsu for our stay. Wherever you stay they’re all within walking distance of each other. Here we’ve listed all the places to visit Dharamshala.
Places To Visit In Dharamshala
Although there are many places to visit in Dharamshala, it’s the perfect way to wind down for a few nights after the hustle and bustle of Delhi City. There’s not only laid back vibes but also breathtaking landscapes. Dharamshala sits on the edge of the Himalayas and without a doubt, you’ll see the most picturesque views of Indian mountains.
In Dharamshala, there are lanes full of guest houses, hippie clothing stalls, hair braiding shops, tattoo parlours and a gazillion and one cool quirky cafes. (If you’re missing your avocado and eggs here’s your chance to take a break and refuel!)
Mcleod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama temple where teachings and classes are available and if you’re interested in the religious side of India you should definitely head to Mcleod Ganj. We decided to take a day trip down rather than stay there but spent some time checking out the markets and chatting with the monks. They had their own unique type of Tibetan crafts and keepsakes (if only we had bigger backpacks).
So Bhagsu is the hippie central! It’s full of yoga classes, yoga teaching courses, yoga equipment basically just anything YOGA! Another cool thing that a lot of people also got involved in was learning to draw mandalas! And you can’t possibly leave without grabbing a Bhagsu cake. They are AMAZING!
Then there’s Dharamkot. Dharamkot is super cool and also the place to go for yoga in Dharamshala. It’s a lot smaller than Bhagsu and Mcleod Ganj but it’s definitely worth a walk over to see a different side of Dharamshala.
It has cute little jewellery shops where you can learn to make jewellery, dreamcatchers and braid hair. If you’re looking for yoga in Dharamshala, then Dharamkot is the place to do it.
There’s not really any sign of street food but this is your perfect opportunity to enjoy eating out whilst on a budget. There are some awesome little bakeries and coffee shops that cannot resist.
Last But Not Least – Bhagsunag Waterfall
Bhagsunag waterfall is classed as Mcleog Ganj, but is just over 1km walk away from the main market square. Whilst you’re visit all the places in Dharamshala, we definitely recommend adding this to your list. It’s a beautiful walk up to the top, with stunning views of the trees and mountains. Don’t forget to say hi to your little goat friends on the way up to Bhagsunag Waterfall.
Luxury – The Pavilion Dharamshala – For an unforgettable stay in the heart of Dharamshala with the most incredible views of the whole mountain scape, in one of the most luxurious hotels in Dharamshala.
Mid-Budget – The Eden – Beautiful views and location and amazing home cooked food!
Budget – HosteLaVie- McLeodGanj – For a cheap and cheerful stay in the heart the Mcleog Gaj markets and laid back hippie vibes.
For things to do in India or which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of India – A Route & Trip Guide
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