Dharamshala or Dharamsala is the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh. The city houses the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration and Dalai Lama’s residence. It is about 475 km from Delhi and it takes around 8-9 hours via NH 44 and NH 53 to reach Dharamshala by road from Delhi. There are no trains available for Dharamshala and you’ll have to take a cab, bus or a two wheeler on rent in Delhi to reach your destination. The fast frown bike rentals in Delhi provide a number of bikes on rent in Delhi for tourists and travellers who wish to have their own vehicle instead of relying on public transport. One can pick up a bike like Bullet on rent to suit the hilly terrain. Dharmshala has been selected as one of the hundred smart cities under the PM’s Smart City Mission.
The city is located in the upper region of the Kangra Valley in the shadow of the Dhauladhar mountains.and is surrounded by dense coniferous forest covered with Deodar cedar trees. McLeodGanj is one of the most well known and much-frequented villages of Dharamshala and is mainly known for the presence of Dalai Lama. In May 1960, the Central Tibetan Administration was shifted to Dharamshala from Mussoorie. It is the center of the Tibetan exile in the world and is visited by people studying the Tibetan culture. It has started being referred to as Little Lhasa for its Tibetan settlements. A number of monasteries, temples, and schools in McLeodGanj make it a hub of Tibetan learning. The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso also opened the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in 1970 which has about 80,000 manuscripts related to Tibetan history, politics and culture. It is now headed by Geshe Lahkdor, the old translator of The Dalai Lama.
Dharamshala has become a prominent tourist destination and attracts a number of trekkers every year. Trekking trails that lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district are a major attraction to the trekkers. These trails pass through the forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron. A number of streams, waterfalls and occasional glaciers also decorate the trekking trails. There are short treks and long treks that allow one to choose the one most suitable for them. The 2 km trek will take you to Bhagsu but if you choose to go 3 km further, you’ll be able to reach Dharamkot. An 8 km trek to Triund and another 5 km trek to the snow line of Ilaqa Got are two other options.
A few other more dangerous and longer treks like Bhimghasutri Pass, Dharamshala—Bleni Pass, can take about 4- 7 days. Another trek called the TTT (Triund-Thatri-Trek) allows the trekkers to camp for a night under the beautiful stars. It is a circular trek. On the first day, the trekkers walk up to Triund and stay there and then explore the Thatri valleys and forests of Himachal the next day and camp here. They can then walk up to Dharamshala from there on the third day.
Dharamshala is a beautiful town of Himachal but is only accessible by roadways. Trekkers who already have the zeal for adventure can spice up their journey by hiring bikes in Delhi from the now popular Delhi bike rentals. Bike to suit the terrain is also available so they can easily get a Royal Enfield on rent in Delhi to ride up to Dharamsala with friends.