I have recently been to Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh by road for my next song music video shoot and this has been one of my best experiences which I am sharing here with you.Please also note that McLeodGanj and Dharamshala are more or less at same place/ location with a distance of 5-6 kms away from each other or 20 minutes tentatively. So following article can also be construed identically for your journey from Delhi to McLeodGanj.
Although there are many ways to reach Dharamshala from Delhi be it
By Air (Flight)
We have Airport at Gaggal also known as Gaggal Airport which is about 13 kms away from Dharamshala. Tourists from other parts of India may also find it easier to take a flight till Chandigarh and book a taxi or bus for their onward journey to Dharamshala, which is about 275 kilometres away.
It will be an overnight journey .The nearest major railway station is at Pathankot which is about 85 kilometres away from Dharamshala. There are numerous trains that go to Jammu and Kashmir that halts at Pathankot. From there you can also take a taxi or bus to reach Dharamshala. There is also a smaller railway station called Kangra Mandir which is just 22 kilometres away from Dharamshala but none of the important trains halt here.
Apart from Himachal Tourism Development Corporation (HTDC), which is a state government managed entity giving following bus types / options as Himsuta (Volvo), Himgaurav (Tata-AC), Deluxe, Semi-Deluxe, Mini, Ordinary Buses apart from other private tours and travels, but personally if I have to go to by bus I would prefer going through govt. managed bus for right reasons. Most mainly departs from ISBT, Kashmiri gate while some routes are from Himachal Bhawan, Delhi. Still you can search google for more information.
By Car / Cab-Taxi / Private Vehicle
There are 4 most common opted routes if you are driving / going on your own:
Route 1 : Delhi – Bahadurgarh – Rohtak – Hansi – Sangrur – Ludhiana – Hoshiarpur – Kangra – Dharamshala
This route is best suited for people who stay in and around the areas of West Delhi as Kirti Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Janakpuri, Paschim Vihar, Punjabi Bagh etc. Though it passes through the small towns like Rohad, Sampla & Dobh but it saves a lot of time by not entering the other parts of Delhi.
Distance from Dharamshala : 557 km
Route 2 : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut – Budhana – Shamli – Karnal – Ludhiana – Hoshiarpur – Kangra – Dharamshala
This route is best suited for people who stay in and around the areas of Ghaziabad & Noida. People from Meerut can continue on this route as they can connect to this route directly to Karnal Via Budhana & Shamli.
Distance from Dharamshala : 580 km
Route 3 : Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Kurukshetra – Chandigarh – Nangal – Dharamshala
This route is best suited for people who stay in and around the areas of Rohini, Shalimar Bagh and Alipur. People who want to pass through Chandigarh can take this route.
Distance from Delhi to Dharamshala : 491 km
Best Road Route from Delhi to Dharamshala
Route 4 : Delhi – Sonipat – Panipat – Karnal – Kurukshetra – Ambala – Rupnagar – Anantpur Sahib – Nangal – Una – Kangra – Dharamshala
This route is best suited for people who stay in and around the areas of Pitampura, Rohini, Shalimar Bagh and Alipur. People who want to pass through Ludhiana & Jalandhar can take this route. This is undoubtedly the most used and the best route to reach Dharamshala from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi to Dharamshala : 475 km
I preferred Route 4, because it’s a least distant, least time taking and a clean route than other routes. Moreover, this route via NH1 won’t let you bore because you have lot of options to stop by, relax and explore. Who knows when we may or may not visit next?
- Options as Amrik Sukhdev Dhabha, it runs 24X7 and is India’s Largest Selling Restaurant. One should eat there as it will also add a taste to your journey.
- Second Option is AnantPur Sahib (The Holy City of Bliss” it is one of the most important sacred places for the Sikhs, closely linked with their religious traditions and history).
- Bhakra Nangal Dam (It is the third largest water reservoir in India) and much more.
Also sharing with you some of the pics I clicked during my Route 04 journey to give a better view.