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Arriving at Dharamsala

It's best to plan your cheap flights to Dharamsala (sometimes spelled Dharamshala) by simply searching out cheap airfares to Delhi or Chandigarh. Deluxe air-conditioned buses travel from these major cities to Dharamsala. There is an airport, Gaggal Airport, located about 14.5 kilometres from Dharamsala, but transportation in and out of this high-elevation region by air is chancy. The financial stability of the local airlines which use Gaggal airport is also uneven, so it's wisest not to count on direct Dharamsala flights.

Getting Around Dharamsala

Dharamsala is divided into two sections: Lower and Upper Dharamsala. Lower Dharamsala is home to government buildings and a few tea-gardens, and generally holds little interest for most tourists. Upper Dharamsala, about 8 kilometres away, is also known as McLeodGanj. This part of town, which is the destination of virtually all visitors, is small enough to be easily navigated on foot. Buses and jeeps regularly make the trip between the two sections of town. The public buses make the trip approximately every hour, making this a reliable way to move between the two sections.    

Main Attractions in Dharamsala

One of the main reasons that travellers seek cheap flights to Dharamsala is because the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile has been located here since 1960. Many Tibetans have taken up residence in this city, and there are a number of monasteries and temples which are associated with this population. Some visitors take Dharamsala flights hoping to arrange a private audience with the Dalai Lama, but this tends to be difficult unless you have a highly unusual situation. 

Located in a valley with an average elevation of 1457 metres, Dharamsala is the starting point for many trekking trails that lead over ridges, past waterfalls and glaciers, and through breathtaking alpine forests. The Kangra Art museum offers a dense collection of historic art from the valley, some items dating back to 500 AD. Dal Lake, near the town, is surrounded by rhododendrons and junipers, and is the site of an annual Kali Festival. A cricket stadium and a newly instituted annual film festival add to the cultural possibilities in this mountain town; in general, though, visitors buy cheap tickets to Dharamsala because of an interest in Buddhism, yoga, meditation and healing.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in Dharamsala

As one of the world's major spiritual centres, Dharamsala is not a place which offers much in the way of standard nightlife. Shopping at the Kotwali Bazaar and other markets lets you choose among an array of Tibetan and Buddhist religious products, including many types of beads, holy statues, and handcrafted Tibetan stone jewellery. Common Ground Cafe is an eating spot which was created to promote harmony and dialogue between Chinese and Tibetan people, and it's an interesting place to get a light meal and hang out. Green Restaurant is popular and trendy, offering organic dishes of both Western and Tibetan origin while you enjoy cushy sofas and internet access. There is one single nightclub in the region, popular with both locals and westerners. It's called Xcite, and it's located in the main square of Upper Dharamsala.

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Flight stats for Dharamsala - did you know?
  • Dharamsala is 8 km from Gaggal Airport (Dharamsala, India).
  • Gaggal Airport (Dharamsala, India)
    • Right now, 3 airlines operate out of Gaggal Airport.
    • Every week, at least 21 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Gaggal Airport.

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