Dharamshala is a small hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is not just another beautiful hill station in India as it is also the place that houses the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. He is running the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamshala. If you are in India and do not know how to reach Dharamshala from Delhi, this article will make it easier for you by pointing out different options available to you.
Going to Dharamshala from Delhi is an adventure in itself. It is a long journey, but you do not feel tired because of the lush green fields and hills that you get to see during the journey. This small hill station does not have a railway station and thus there is no direct train from Delhi to Dharamshala. Dharamshala does not have an airport either. However, Kangra airport lies just 13km away from this picturesque place situated in Dhauladhar Ranges.
How to reach Dharamshala from Delhi – By air
If you are in a hurry, the fastest mode to get to Dharamshala from Delhi is of course by air. You can take a Jagson Airlines flight from Delhi at 10:40 AM that will take you to Kangra Airport at 12:05 PM. This means you can cover the distance between Delhi and Dharamshala in just 1 hour and 30 minutes.
How to reach Dharamshala from Delhi – By train
The nearest railway station from Dharamshala is Pathankot. There are several trains plying between Delhi and Pathankot that are listed below.
• Train number 4033 Jammu Mail departs Delhi at 9:20Pm and arrives at Pathankot at 7:15AM in the morning taking around 10 hours
• Train number 4035 Dauladhar Express departing from Delhi at 10:10PM and arriving at Pathankot at 7:50 AM in the morning taking around 10 hours.
• Train number 8108 Malwa Express departing from Delhi at 5:00 AM and arriving Chakki Bank at 1:45 PM.
From Pathankot, it is a 3.5 hour bus journey to Dharamshala.
How to reach Dharamshala from Delhi – By bus
There are several buses from Delhi to Dharamshala that run on a daily basis. There is a Tibetan locality called Majnu ka Tila in Delhi from where you can catch a bus at night. This bus will reach Dharamshala in the morning. The time taken by bus to cover the distance between Delhi and Dharamshala is 12 hours. The fare on these buses is around Rupees 550.
How to reach Dharamshala from Delhi – By taxi
You can book a taxi at Delhi that will take you to Dharamshala in 10-12 hours. If it is a large vehicle that is air conditioned, you may have to pay around Rupees 7000 as the fare.
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