Many travelers make the journey from Delhi to Amritsar and the Golden Temple, then from Amritsar to Dharamsala. Although there are no flights between Amritsar and Dharamsala, it's easy to continue on by train, bus, or taxi.
By Train from Amritsar to Pathankot and Dharamsala
You can travel by train from Amritsar to Pathankot, then on to Dharamsala by toy train, bus, or taxi.
First buy your Amritsar to Pathankot train ticket online, at the station, or at a computerized train reservation office in the Golden Temple complex. It's a good idea to book your train ticket in advance as trains are often heavily booked.
Trains with travel time over 3 hours, or more than 1 train with the same departure and arrival times are not included in the list below.
By Train, Bus, or Taxi from Pathankot
Once you reach Pathankot, there are again several options for getting to Dharamsala:
If you decide to continue your journey by toy train, there are trains leaving every few hours. Listed below is a departure time that is convenient to the morning trains arriving in Pathankot from Delhi.
Some may decide to continue on from Kangra to the scenic tea gardens of Palumpur. The bus from either Kangra or Palumpur to Mcleodganj and Naddi, Dharamsala will take about 2 hours, and a taxi will take about one hour.
Tickets for the Kangra Toy Train can be purchased at Pathankot, or any station serving the Kangra Valley Railway.
For further information on getting to Mcleod Ganj and Dharamsala by train, check Train Running Information at Indian Railways.
By Bus from Amritsar to Dharamsala
The bus station is just across the street from the railway station.There is a direct bus from Amritsar to lower Dharamsala which takes about 6 to 7 hours. Once you reach lower Dharamsala, you can catch a bus or taxi to Naddi and Mcleod Ganj in upper Dharamsala. However, if you arrive late at night, there won't be any bus or taxi service available.
By Taxi from Amritsar to Dharamsala
A taxi from Amritsar to Dharamsala takes about 5 hours, and costs 4700 INR ~ $103 for a large size that will hold up to 9 people.
Snow Crest Inn Dharamsala
After getting to Dharamsala and Mcleodganj, head for the Snow Crest Inn in the peaceful village of Naddi, your perfect choice for a truly memorable holiday experience.
The Snow Crest Inn's tranquil atmosphere, beautiful decor, spacious accommodations, and knowledgeable and attentive staff, ensure that each guest's stay is pleasant and comfortable.
Getting from Delhi to Dharamsala