Discover Dharamsala: Your Gateway to Tibetan Culture and Scenic Beauty
Dharamsala's Unique Appeal:
- Travel by Bus: Overnight buses from Delhi, particularly those departing from the Tibetan Colony, can take you directly to McLeod Ganj. Alternatively, government-owned buses often stop in Dharamsala, and you can take a short local bus ride to McLeod Ganj.
- Travel by Plane: Dharamsala has an airport located about 18 kilometers from Lower Dharamsala, offering connections to Delhi, Kullu, and Shimla via Indian Airlines.
- Travel by Train: From Delhi, a 12-hour train journey to Pathankot is an option. From there, you can take a 4-hour bus or a 2-hour taxi to Dharamsala, followed by a local bus to McLeod Ganj.
- ATM and Bank Cards: While there are a few ATMs in McLeod Ganj, some international cards may not work. Consider bringing alternative payment methods such as credit cards and traveler’s checks.
- Credit Cards: The Bank of Baroda in Dharamsala offers cash advances with a nominal 2% service charge, but advance authorization is required. Local cash advance places in McLeod Ganj may charge a 5% service fee.
- Traveler’s Cheques and Cash: These can be exchanged for Indian rupees at multiple locations in McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala.
Prepare for diverse weather conditions due to Dharamsala’s altitude. Bring wet-weather gear during the monsoon season (July to September) and warm clothing or thermals for winter (November to February). Ensure you have the right footwear to explore the Himalayan foothills’ natural beauty.