Cricket Match is Happening in Dharamshala! Here is a Quick Way to Plan an Amazing Trip to the Hills

Dharamshala is a beautiful city in Himachal Pradesh with enchanting views of snow capped Himalayas with cedar forests at the bottom. Also known as second Tibet, it is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan monks in exile.

Next T20 match is scheduled on September 15th, 7 P.M. at Dharamshala's HPCA stadium, where India is playing South Africa. Cricket fans are rushing to watch their favorite team play at 1457 meter above sea level with incredible Dhauladhar mountains in the background. 

As the match is on Sunday evening, you can plan a quick trip to Dharamshala this weekend. Wondering what all you can do in just two days there? Don't you worry, we have created an itinerary to help you plan to make the most of it. 

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi/Chandigarh on Friday and leave for Dharamshala by night.

How to Reach Dharamshala 
Delhi: INR 650
ISBT kashmere Gate - Dharamshala by bus (13 hrs)

Chandigarh: INR 800
Chandigarh - Dharamshala by bus (8 hrs)

Check more options here.

Morning:

Start your morning exploring more about Tibetan culture  by visiting three famous architectural marvels of Tibetan Heritage in Mcleod Ganj.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Main Temple

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The Dalai Lama temple is also known as Tsuglakhang Temple, visited by many followers and tourists. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits this temple twice to thrice a year. The premises is very calm and peaceful you can even meditate here if you want. 
Address: Temple Rd, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 8 AM - 8 PM
Entry FeeFree

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

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This library houses around 80,00 manuscripts, over 60 thangas, 10,00 photographs, along with many important documents of the 1959 escape. It was opened in the year of 1970 by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. 
Address: Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala
Timings: 9 AM-1PM, 2 PM-5 PM
Entry Fee: Free

The Tibet Museum

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Located near the main temple of the 14th Dalai Lama, The Tibet Museum strives to spread awareness of occupation of tibet, its history and culture and current struggle with China. It consists of over 30,00 photographs, documents and various exhibits.
Address: Near Dalai Lama Temple, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 9 AM-5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 5

Have a sumptuous breakfast at Cafe Illiterati

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After checking out all the tibetian marvels, have your breakfast at Cafe Illiterati. A beautiful and cosy cafe serving mouthwatering dishes made with local organic ingredients. Perfect place to chill and enjoy the view. It's a heaven for people who are into reading.
Address: Anubhav Apartments, Jogibara Road, Jogibara Village, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 9.30 AM-9 PM
Cost for two: INR 800

Afternoon:

Spend an ideal afternoon at the BhagsuNag Waterfall and Temple

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BhagsuNag Waterfall is a beautiful 20 meter waterfall, located not more than 1 km away from the Bhagsunag temple. A tiny trail going to the waterfall offers the best of the spot. You should also visit BhagsuNag temple, the ancient temple of snake god.

Enjoy for yourself a local, tibetan lunch at The Tibet Kitchen or Woeser Bakery in Mcleod Ganj

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Famous for serving delicious tibetan delicacies like thupkas, steamed and fried momos, these two places serve freshly made, satisfying meals. You can also find delicious dessert menu and the best espresso, along with many vegan and gluten free options.
The Tibet Kitchen
Address: Mcleodganj Road, Dharamshala
Timings: 12 PM-9.30 PM
Cost for two: INR 600

Woeser Bakery
Address: Below Black Magic Restaurant on Jogiwara Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala
Timings: 9AM-7PM
Cost for two: INR 300

Evening:

Laze around Dal Lake at Dharamshala and watch the sunset. Indulge in safe boating on the lake

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Dal lake is one of the best places to spend your evening, watching colourful sunset in the mountains. If you are traveling with friends or family, boating is also available here.

End your day with some Italian twist at either of these places - Ogo’s Italian Cafe, Nick’s Italian Kitchen or One of the Blue Italian Pizzeria

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Indulge yourself in amazing Italian cuisines at any of these restaurants. Right from pizza, pasta, gnocchi, Ravioli, bruschetta to freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. You can end your day by enjoying your dinner at these highly rated Italian restaurants in Dharamshala.
Ogo’s Italian Cafe
Address: Mcleodganj Road, Dharamshala
Timings: 12 PM-9.30 PM

Nick’s Italian Kitchen
Address: Bhagsu Naag Road, McLeod Ganj, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Cost for two: INR 500

One of the Blue Italian Pizzeria
Address: Dharamkot Village, Opp to Vipassana Center, Dharamsala
Timings: 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Cost for two: INR 500

Day 2:

Morning: 

Wake up early to soak in the sunrise at Naddi View Point

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Naddi View Point is famous for its beautiful sunrises and something that you shouldn't miss. As the sunrise, you can see gigantic mountains covered in the snow at the top. Its a view you will never forget!
Address: Naddi, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 24X7 open

Have a delicious English breakfast at Crepe Pancake Hut

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On your day 2 in Dharamshala, we highly recommend you to try this excellent English breakfast at their beautifully designed wooden and bamboo structure.
Address: Jogiwara Rd, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 8:45 AM – 8:30 PM
Cost for two: INR 450

Afternoon:

Go on a Monastery Hopping trip, Visit Nae chung monastery and Namgyal monastery in McleodGanj and spend some time in peace and tranquillity

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The 14th Dalai Lama's personal monastery, Namgyal Monastery is located in Mcleod Ganj, the largest Tibetan Temple outside Tibet and Nae chung monastery is situated at Upmuhal. Both these monasteries overlook the majestic himalayas and people visiting here feel peaceful and calm 
Namgyal Monastery
Address: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 5:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

Nae chung monastery
Address: Upmuhal, Dharamshala
Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

Enjoy just about every other cuisine at McLlo Restaurant in McleodGanj

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McLlo Restaurant have almost every cuisine on their menu. Be it English, Russian, Israeli or Indian, you can order anything from their vast menu and you will love it!
Address: Jogiwara Rd, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
Timings: 11.30 AM – 11 PM
Cost for two: INR 1500

Evening:

Arrive at Dharamshala Stadium to enjoy yourself a T20 Cricket Match

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End your day by cheering your favorite team at the Stadium.

We hope this itinerary will help you plan your weekend in Dharamshala perfectly and cover most of Dharamshala in two days. Cheer for India from our side too and do tell us who won in the comments!

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