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A Rendezvous With Dharamshala
Ritco ToursSpreading the message of peace and harmony with fluttering prayer flags all around and prayer wheels off the sidewalks, Dharamshala is a picturesque hill station and Buddhist pilgrimage destination in the Himalayas. Located in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley in western Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is today better known as the home in exile of Dalai Lama, Buddhist spiritual leader and temporal head of the Tibetan people. The combination of spiritual aura and scenic beauty makes Dharamshala one of the most visited destinations of northern India. Dharamshala literally means the holy refuge.

Things You Can Do In Dharamshala
» Sightseeing : There are various monasteries and gompas of tourist's interest. They are the most ideal place here to hang around. The surrounding areas are best for walks.

» Shopping : The most popular items to shop in Dharamshala are Tibetan crafts and carpets.

» Trekking : Trekking would be wonderful for those who love such adventure. The natural surroundings will be a treat to your eyes.

Sightseeing in Dharamsala
» Mcleod Ganj : It is the place in Dharamsala where Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama lives. Thousands of people come to seek blessings of the living deity from all parts of the world. When in residence, Dalai Lama heads the prayer sessions. Special permission is required to meet the spiritual leader personally. The best time to meet Dalai Lama is after the Tibetan New Year which falls in March.

» Tushita Meditation Centre : For those who are in search of inner peace, Tushita Meditation Centre is the best place to be in. The dedicated monks take classes on Buddhist forms of meditation both for beginners and advanced practitioners. The centre also offers clean residential accommodation. Monks from western countries could be seen in large numbers here.

Ritco Tours» Namgyal Monastery : The monastery holds great significance for Buddhists. It is an important centre for Buddhist studies and research. 'Tsuglagkhang', opposite the Dalai Lama's residence contains large gilded bronzes of the Buddha, Avalokiteswara and Padmasambhava. Nechung monastery is also worth a visit.

» Norbulingka Institute : This is another major center of Buddhist learning. Tourists can see young lamas learning Thangka paintings here. Many beautiful paintings done by elder lamas are also displayed here.

» War Memorial : The War Memorial of Dharamshala situated at the entry point to Dharamshala commemorates our soldiers who laid down their lives for the honour of the nation. The memorial is ideally located amid lush green pine forests.

» Library of Tibetan Works and Archives : Located in the southern end of McLeod Ganj, the library has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of original Tibetan manuscripts. The ancient texts and books found here cover virtually every aspect of Tibetan life. The library has been richly decorated on the outside with colorful Tibetan motifs.

Excursions from Dharamsala
There are several places near Dharamsala that make excellent excursion options. Bhagsu on the outskirts has a beautiful temple and many sacred pools. Naddi is another place which offers a splendid view of the Dhauladhar ranges. The place is also popular for mountaineering and trekking. About 40 kms from Dharamsala is the little town of Palampur which is a favorite with trekkers and also surrounded by old British Raj-style tea plantations.

Most Ideal Time To Visit
Located in the Himalayas, Dharamshala is a cold place. During the winter months from November to February, the mercury might drop below 0 degrees and there might be snowfall also. On the other hand, summers are very pleasant with temperature in the range of 15-25 degrees during the period. Light woolens are generally required during summer season. The March-July period is the best time to visit Dharamshala.

Getting There
» By Air : The airport nearest to Dharamshala is Gaggal airport located 15 kms away. Being a small airport, the frequency of flights to the place is less. As such, it would be better on the part of tourists to check flight availability and timings from different destinations from the Indian Railways Website. Jagson Airlines operates flights to Gaggal Airport. However, these flights are subject to weather conditions. One can take a taxi from the airport to reach Dharmshala.

» By Trains : The nearest broad gauge railhead from Dharamsala is Pathankot at a distance of 95 kms, which is well connected to Delhi and other cities by express and superfast trains. On the narrow gauge, the station closest to Dharamsala is Kangra Mandir railway station (22 km).

» By Road : Both government and private bus services are available to Dharamshala from Shimla and other destinations of Himachal Pradesh. The choice of routes to reach Dharamsala, in fact all the various towns of the Kangra Valley, is from three different points - Delhi / Chandigarh, Shimla / Manali and Pathankot.

Anchoring In Dharamshala
Ritco ToursDharamshala is a calm and quiet place in the Kangra valleys. Most tourists come here for Buddhist pilgrimage and seek the blessings of Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Though religious Dharamshala is a good place for fun and frolic. There are also some nearby destinations where tourists can indulge in mountaineering and trekking.

The best option to move around in Dharamshala is by hiring taxis and autos. Rates are generally fixed for the various tourist destinations.

Tourists desirous of visiting Dharamshala can book with us. We have been conducting trips to Dharamshala for the past many years now. We have luxury tourist cabs for transportation and tie ups with leading hotels and guest houses of the place.

Dharamshala has sufficient accommodation in the form of budget, mid-range and top-end hotels. It would be advisable to avail advance booking facilities in mid-range and top-end categories during the peak season.

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