Dharamshala is perhaps best known as the home of the Dalai Lama and his large Tibetan community. As such, many of the famed tourist spots rotate around Tibetan Buddhism and its history in the hill station. There is plenty of scenery to see as well, with the stunning Dhauladhar ranges and all their valleys and gorges.
If you’re interested in Tibetan culture and want to see some of the most beautiful sites in the country, book your bus to Dharamshala. It will not disappoint!
But is there anything fun to do in Dharamshala? Important temples, the Dalai Lama complex, and the Tibetan Museum will all be at the top of your list, but they are all on the heavier, educational side of things.
The good news is that there are many fun activities to do in Dharamshala when you want something a little different from the cultural immersion.
Try out the following.
- Get lost in Mcleod Ganj
Mcleod Ganj is where the Dalai Lama actually lives, and it is just a few kilometres from Dharamshala. This town has so much to offer, and you can experience its thrills by wandering through its markets, tasting different cuisines at some incredible Tibetan vegan restaurants, and take in the fresh air as you let yourself get lost in the town’s embrace.
The restaurants really are something to write home about. Go to Moonpeak for the best coffee and some unique café-style meals. The Shiva Cafés are most famous, for the peace and serenity that accompanies your hot drink!
- Bring out your inner daredevil
Have you always wanted to try your hand at paragliding? No? Me neither. But convincing me to try it was the best thing my friend has ever done for me! I am not the thrill-seeking type, but with paragliding, the terror wears off quickly to be replaced by sheer euphoria.
If you’re understandably wary of paragliding, there are many other adventurous activities you can try in and around Dharamshala. Rock climbing is 100% safe and doesn’t require you to be all that fit (although it will give you a great workout). Abseiling and zip-lining are a little more nerve-racking, but not so much that you’ll be scared right off.
- Take a hike
Of course, the most natural choice for fun activities in Dharamshala is taking a hike. There are so many different routes through the mountainous region, with something for everyone, no matter what your level of fitness (or bravery). The steeper hikes are best for those with a bit of leg strength, but there are many alternatives which you can simply walk through.
Hiking through the village of Dharamshala itself is a great way to get to know the place. Effectively a walking tour, you feel the effects of being out in nature while strolling down the village’s streets. Even if you are not interested in hiking, this should be part of your itinerary. Immersion in the place is what you came for, and this is the best way to kick it off.