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What’s the cheapest way to enjoy this city at night?

If you are truly looking to de-stress your body and relax your muscles, go for a Tibetan massage for a soothing experience. Just 800 INR.

What’s your favorite restaurant here? What’s so special about it?

Tibet Kitchen.
This is a great restaurant, especially popular with the Tibetans. In addition to Tibetan cuisine, Tibet Kitchen also serves Italian, Israeli, Chinese, Thai and Bhutanese food. The food quality is exceptionally good, the portions are generous and prices are very reasonable.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a warm Sunday morning in this city?

Paragliding. Why restrict yourself to the lush green grounds when sky is the limit?

What were some of the hidden gems in that city? Why?

1. Heritage Walk in Dharamshala.
Dharamshala is an enchanting place to learn about Tibetan art and culture, and offers great sightseeing attractions. From Norbulingka Institute to Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which has been founded by the 14th Dalai Lama, a heritage walk in this quaint town will be a profound experience.

2. Rock climbing
Challenge yourself to one of the most thrilling activities of the Himalayas – rock climbing. Head to one of the most unchartered territories of Dharamsala-Nayagroeon and experience the magic of this popular sport.

3. Hiking and Trekking
The rugged terrain of the jagged mountains of Kangra comes across as the perfect platform for trekkers, mountaineers and rock-climbers to venture out for some action. From easy walks to grueling mountaineering sessions, hiking is a popular activity in Dharamshala. Treks to Bhagsu Falls, Dal Lake, Indrahar Falls and Triund are not to be missed by the adventurous.

4. Fishing
With plenty of streams and rivers dotting the town of Dharamshala, fishing and angling have emerged as two of the most sought-after activities. Hunt for the Mahaseer fish variety in the 20 kilometre stretch of River Beas between Nadaun and the Pong Dam.

Anything else you want to add?

Best time to visit Dharamshala.
A hill station in Himachal, India, Dharamshala has pleasant weather conditions through the summer months, sees heavy rains during monsoon and snowfall in winters. Here’s a monthly break up of Dharamshala’s climatic conditions.

March to mid-July: If you are looking to beat the scorching summer heat, then March to about mid-July is just the time to go. Summer months are perfect for a trip to the hills when the temperatures range somewhere between 22°C and 35°C. It’s also the ideal time for trekking tours on scenic trails dotted with flowers in full bloom. Most tourists prefer going to Dharamshala at this time so it’s also the most crowded. It’s a good idea to plan your trip around the Buddhist Losar Festival that takes place in February or March.

Mid-July to mid-September: If you are keen to enjoy the romantic rainfall in the hills, then mid-July to September is the time for you when the mountains are at their greenest. But do remember that the terrain can get pretty tricky in the monsoon so you have to be prepared for road blocks due to continuous rainfall.

Mid-September to November: Rains stop around mid-September and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing as well as other adventure activities such as trekking. But keep in mind that the nights start getting chilly at this time so you must carry adequate layers to keep yourself warm.

December to February: Winters in Dharamshala are freezing, but if you enjoy the cold and snow-white mountains, then this is a beautiful time to visit. It snows here during this time and the temperature tends to dip below -1 °C. Remember to carry lots of woolens and protection against chilly winds.

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