Dhauladhar mountain range cradling Dharamshala

Location & Description

Dharamshala is under Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas. It is about 18 kms from Kangra and is its district headquarters. Its name originated from a pilgrim’s resting place situated on the way to Dhauldhar.

Over the years it has grown to a city that is spread out in the upper reaches of long and beautiful Kangra valley. Though it has an operational airport with daily flights from Delhi, an International Cricket Stadium and modern market place in lower Dharamshala, it still is surrounded by relatively dense forests of tall Himalayan Deodar and Oak in its outskirts.

The range of Dhauladhar surrounds the valley adding grandeur to it. The nearness of Dhauladhar lends Dharamsala with the special distinction of being one of the few hill-stations in India from which you can access the snowline in about a day’s trek.

Famous McLeodGanj, home of Dalai Lama in exile, is a suburb of Dharamshala only a few km away from its own center of activities.

You may refer to our Dharamshala Travel Guide for more detailed information on Dharamshala and other popular attractions and destinations around it.


Dharamshala HP
32° 13' 8.5512" N, 76° 19' 24.2544" E
Himachal Pradesh IN