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Dharamsala is a small city in the northern Indian province of Himachal Pradesh. With a population of around 20,000 inhabitants, it is best known as being the home of the Dalai Lama. It is located in the upper reaches of the Kanga Valley.
The town is divided into three parts
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Dharamsala is located between 1400 and 1750 metres above sea level and therefore has a climate that can best be described by being in between a typical Alpine climate and the climate found more to the areas to the south, which are hot and humid in summer. Dharamsala has summers from April to October when average daytime temperatures are between 25 and 31 °C and nights between 13 and 20 °C. Winters are much colder compared to areas to the south with days between 12 and 15 °C from December and February. Nights are just above zero during this time. October to December, as is April, are the driest months. From May onwards, precipitation increases dramatacially, peaking in July and August, which have a massive 800mm and 900mm respectively.
|Avg Max||15 °C||16.8 °C||21.1 °C||26.2 °C||30.3 °C||31.3 °C||27.3 °C||26.4 °C||26.4 °C||24.9 °C||21 °C||17 °C|
|Avg Min||5.9 °C||7.7 °C||11.4 °C||16 °C||19.8 °C||21.6 °C||20.5 °C||20.1 °C||18.5 °C||15 °C||10.6 °C||7.4 °C|
|Rainfall||113.9 mm||111.2 mm||232.6 mm||56.8 mm||67.1 mm||232.3 mm||879.6 mm||852.9 mm||374.1 mm||56.2 mm||19.5 mm||52.9 mm|
Gaggal Airport, also known as Kangra Airport or Dharamsala-Kangra Airport (DHM) receives few flights. Jagson Airlines has flights to Delhi, Chandigarh and Kulu, while Kingfisher Airlines only serves Delhi.
The nearest train station is Kangra Mandir, on the slow narrow-gauge line from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. Taxis to Panthankot take about 3 hours. There are comfortable night trains to/from Delhi, a much better alternative to the bus (see below).
The main bus terminal is in Lower Dharamsala, but some public HRTC buses to Delhi and Pathankot go all the way to the main square of McLeod Ganj. Buses to Delhi take up to 13 hours and usually travel overnight.
Public buses to between McLeod and Dharamsala leave roughly hourly, autorickshaws ply the same route but are much more expensive.
McLeod Ganj is small enough to be navigated on foot.
|Hotel Mount View (Dharamsala)||Jogiwara road near post office Mcleodganj Dhramshala||Guesthouse||80|
|Hotel Valley View Crest||Vill.Dhyal P.O.Totarani Via Dal Lake||Hostel||-|
|Jagatram Niwas Guest House||c/o Bavinder Singh, V&PO Bhagsunag, Tehsil Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Silver Moon House||House # 318/02 Bhagsu Nag Upper Dharamsala||Guesthouse||-|
|Snow Crest Inn||Naddi village||Hotel||-|
|Surya Resorts Private Limited||Surya Resorts McleodGanj||Hostel||69|
|Hotel Anand Palace||Bhagsunag, Mcleodganj||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Asian Plaza||Main Chowk Mcleodganj Mc Leodganj||Hotel||70|
|Pink House||Opposite Yongling School, Jogiwara Road, Mcleodganj||-|
|Hotel Pong View||Cantt Road Dharamshala Dist Kangra Himachal Prades||HOTEL||-|
|Staywell Hotel||Mcleodganj Khara Danda Road Dharams Near PWD Rest House||HOTEL||-|
|Misty Woods||44/3,Jogibara Road Mcleodganj||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Asian Plaza- Dharamshala||Main Square- Kotwali Bazaar, Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh||HOTEL||-|
|McLeodGanj Homestay at The Flourishing Flora||The Flourishing Flora, opposite TIPA, Dharamkot ro Dharamshala, Distt-Kangra, Himachal Pradesh||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Exotica||Khaynyara Indru Nag Road||Guesthouse||-|
See also: International Telephone Calls
India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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