Do you know an Unguided path makes one a storyteller? Yes, It does and Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh did.
An Unguided path for me best defined as – Entering a cinema hall during the start of a movie, that means you make your own way in the darkness with your destination in your mind.
Okay, Got it.
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Where is Dharamkot?
Dharamkot is present in Himachal in Kangra valley, Dharamshala being the Headquarter in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is just 5km and 2km away from Dharamshala Mcleodganj respectively.
It is located just above the McLeod Ganj and one can clearly see spectacular views of Dhauladhar ranges upon reaching Dharamkot.
Dharamkot is truly a place less explored by Indian tourists with a maximum of people making their presence till McLeod Ganj.
How to Reach from Delhi to Dharamkot?
One can reach Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh upon reaching McLeod Ganj easily from Delhi.
Dharamkot is at a 2-3 km distance from McLeod Ganj and can be covered on foot. If anyone willing to take Taxis or Autos that too are available till Dharamkot from McLeod Ganj taxi stand.
The most convenient way is by Bus apart from the fact that your departure is from the states other than Delhi, Punjab region.
Let’s take an example of people coming from Delhi to Dharamkot by Bus –
Starting Point – New Delhi
Destination – Dharamkot (486 km)
People taking the option of coming up with their personal vehicle is also a blissful decision because the drive to Dharamshala is scenic and one cannot miss those views.
Ahh, you hoped in your comfort buses and ready to leave.
McLeod Ganj to Dharamkot
There are many ways within the McLeod Ganj region to reach Dharamkot. These include –
Upon reaching McLeod Ganj bus stand and entering the Tibetan market on the left, one way goes to Dharamkot (1.8 km) another goes to Bhagsu nag Waterfall (1.5 km).
Upon reaching Upper Bhagsu, stairs go straight up to Dharamkot passing by a trail less traveled.
( I have explored Dharamkot’s journey like an unguided path ).
Dharamkot in Himachal
Me – Welcome to the foreign land!
You – Foreign land?
Me – Wondering why I have stated foreign land here? This is what the majority of the Indians are going to feel here because of the reason of more foreign tourists as compared to native tourists.
Yes, I know you guys.
On a funny note ?.
This place is mostly covered with foreign tourists especially from Israel, the U.S., and other respective countries, and some are settled in the Dharamkot.
It’s a peaceful area with a lot of conversation and less disturbance.
For me, Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh is not just a normal place in the mountains but it’s away from the summer crowd of Mcleodganj and the word “peace” defines here.
This might fascinate you because for the reason of no honking, no traffic jams, and other areas of disturbance but do you know why?
Because there are no proper roads inside Dharamkot.
i:e No cars = No traffic = Peaceful environment
All you have to do is a hike from up-to-down and vice – versa.
Wait, what’s up and down here?
There is an Upper Dharamkot and a Lower Dharamkot.
From a Traveler perspective, there is no such difference but from a hiker perspective, Upper Dharamkot will check your stamina not much but still.
I know you guys will rock.
Okay, what I noticed –
More Availability of Hostels and Home-stays as compared to the Lower one and that too at a slightly lower rate. Cafes with a full view of the Dhauladhar range is the USP. A quiet place if I have to say in one word.
What makes this area unique is its cafes and lively environment. People are interactive and friendly. This area is most preferred by people during daylight. A happening place if I have to say in one word.
Note – One Insider from a local
Locals of Lower Dharamkot don’t give much preference to the Indians/local tourists when it comes to offering Home-stays and Hotels because foreign people will stay longer as compared to the local tourists.
One of the important reasons is behavior too (This was a part of conversation b/w me and local).
i.e more no. of days stay and more – I hope you guys have got this.
Likewise, if anyone says no don’t be disappointed as you always have the option of staying at the Upper part.
What makes Dharamkot a major attraction among foreign tourists?
From my point of view, I think It’s the vibe and love for the culture which connects them and makes them settle forever.
I noticed people and found that they always try to make a healthy environment like a smile for a smile not with a perspective to make anything but it’s in people’s nature and it can be seen. Also, they love to speak Hindi, words like Namaste, Dhanyawad, and much more.
What to Pack for Dharamkot Himachal
Dharamkot weather remains pleasant when unbearable Delhi’s heat is scorching overhead. As such no hard-hitting packing is required, just like visiting any other mountain place it’s just like that.
Short and Simple.
Places to stay in Dharamkot
Don’t miss out on your stay in Dharamkot. Please have a look at the options –
Cafes in Dharamkot
It can’t be possible that a place like Dharamkot doesn’t have pretty cafes.
Let’s see cafes in Lower Dharamkot first –
If you’re planning a visit, keep an eye on these cafes –
1. Funkey Monkey Cafe and Restaurant
From a Healthy breakfast to Homemade Muesli, life happens in Dharamkot.
Contact – 9829873439
2. Chillax Cafe
Just on the other side of Funkey Monkey is Chillax Cafe.
3. Cafe Moon Light
Make sure to add a Cafe moonlight on top of your checklist.
The ambiance is vibrant with delicious food and a feeling of sitting in a lively environment. (Must Visit)
4. Bodhi Greens
This organic vegan cafe is a delight for vegan lovers.
5. Space Out
Upon entering Lower Dharamkot first cafe you will encounter is “Space Out”.
With sitting arrangements in open fresh air to inside decor. Everything looks perfect with an added flavor of food.
6. Open Heart Cafe
In this world of jealousy, keep your hearts remain open.
These are my list of must-visit cafes in Lower Dharamkot.
Cafes don’t need an intro and especially Dharamkot cafes what I feel. Therefore, listing down the name of cafes if anyone would like to check out during their visit and wondering about any places to eat and chill.
Let’s hike to Upper Dharamkot now –
Day and Night Cafe
These are some of the cafes in the Upper part, although they are not much talk of the town still you can give it a try.
What I found interesting in Dharamkot is people’s talent like everybody is showing his/her talent whether it’s singing, dancing, yoga. I personally now call this place a “Talent Hub”.
You can see on the faces that eagerness to learn and grow is what makes this place attractive.
An Astrology and Tarot reader (Luna from Argentina)
Jolly music House – Where people come and learn music styles.
Foreigners running yoga and meditation center (You will come across many here)
Tim from Finland running a small handmade candle stand shop ( In Upper Bhagsu).
Without a doubt, Dharamkot is a lovely place I have been to in the Himalayas and I think for you too after visiting.
Things to do in Dharamkot
There are interesting things to do in Dharamkot –
1. Triund Trek
Dharamkot to Triund Top distance is around 9-10 km and is a perfect beginners trek for indulging in Trekking and Camping activity. The Dharamkot route is an easier one because of proper walkable steps. One can visit the Gallu Devi temple which is also a starting point of Triund Trek.
Q. Can Triund Trek be done in one day? Ans. Yes, Early morning start and you can be back easily before the sunset after spending plenty of time on the foothills.
Like seriously, you guys are far better than me at shopping. But what you can shop here?
Local people make crystal, hand stones which you must definitely check out with local Himachali and western dresses which attract foreign tourists.
Shopping is an essential part of our journey to make the trip more memorable.
Relaxing in the Himalayas is what everyone dreams of in the Mountains with a backdrop and breezy wind but don’t forget a cup of tea in your hand.
Ahh, I know you have started to imagine.
4. Eat and Repeat
Dharamkot has some finest cafes and restaurants in the town. I have listed some above you must check out.
I mean who doesn’t want to interact with the people especially with the locals or foreign tourists to gather knowledge about the Himalayas and some funny stories to inspire from.
I really love conversations, to be honest. Especially from the strangers because it brings out the sincerity from the person.
Nearby places You can Visit from Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh
Apart from Dharamkot, you can visit –
1. McLeod Ganj
McLeod Ganj is just below the Dharamkot and daily up-down is easily possible. I did 3-4 times up-down a day.
It’s within a walkable distance and Dalai Lama Temple and Monasteries must be on your list.
Dharamshala is about 7-8 km from McLeod Ganj. Tibetan markets and Tibetan food attract tourists from all over the world. Yoga and Meditation are best practiced in these areas.
3. Bir (Trekking and Paragliding)
Bir is about 60-65 km from McLeod Ganj and can easily be reached by Bus which complies every day from the bus stand. Experience paragliding at Asia’s highest paragliding place.
This is Lively Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh from my side.
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