Dharamshala is easily accessible from all the major cities in India. Air India and SpiceJet operates many flights between Dharamshala and other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai etc. If you are travelling to this picturesque town from outside India, you should catch a flight to any one of these cities and board a connecting flight to Dharamshala. There are many flights connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata etc. to many international cities like Dubai, London, New York, Sydney, Riyadh, Paris, Brussels etc. The major airlines operating on these routes are Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, Air France, British Airways, Indigo, Indian Airlines etc.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport to Dharamshala is at Gaggal, 13Km away from the town. It is called Kangra Airport or Gaggal Airport.
Safety Suggestion: Winters in Dharamshala can be pretty cold with temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celsius, heavy fog and snowfall. Cancellation of flights to Dharamshala during winter is a common occurrence. Reduced visibility conditions can also lead to safety issues, so it is always better to seek alternate means of travel to Dharamshala during the winter months, from December to February.
A lot of buses operate from many cities in North India to Dharamshala. The town is easily accessible from Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla, Pathankot, Amritsar etc. by road. Himachal Road Transport Corporation has many buses connecting Dharamshala to many parts of North India. Bholenath Travels, Neeta Travels, Bedi Travels, Laxmi Holidays, City Land Travels, Ama Tours and Travels, Apsara Holiday Tours etc. are some of the major private bus operators on these routes. The Haryana Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) also operates buses between Delhi and Dharamshala. There are not many buses connecting the cities in South India to Dharamshala, due to the large distance.
Journey Suggestion: The roads are not in prime condition, especially near to the hills in Dharamshala. You will encounter many hair-pin curves along this route, which need to be cleared with caution. Also, during winter, the visibility will be low with heavy fog and snowfall. So necessary precautions should be taken while planning to reach Dharamshala, by bus.
There is a small railway station, Kangra Mandir, which is 22Km away from Dharamshala. But not many major trains halt here. Many trains halt at the railway station at Pathankot, which is 85Km away from Dharamshala. You can reach Pathankot by train from many cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore etc. From Pathankot, you can reach Dharamshala by train, taxi or bus.
Take a Look
Here is a close look at the folk art scene of Dharamshala where unique songs and dances make for a wonderful culture.
No matter what your purpose of visit is, Dharamshala has shops that cater to the needs, and wants of every kind of traveller.
Come and be a part of the summer festivals in Dharamshala
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