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McLeodgang Dal Lake Naddi Dharamsala Kangra Himachal Pradesh India, 176216 mcleodgang dharamsala kangra
 
and is the perfect "home base" for exploring this peaceful environment and the magnificent Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh, northern India.

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. Check availability of our Snow Crest Inn hotel rooms.

The area offers a rich variety of sights, sounds, tastes, and cultural activities-- for body, mind, and soul.

At the heart of Dharamsala, India, in McLeod Ganj is the Main Temple, Tsuglag Khang. This is the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is located just across from his residence and the Namgyal monastery.

Since 1960 Dharamsala has welcomed a steady stream of Tibetans, international travelers, scholars, students, celebrities, and volunteers who are drawn by the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


For those guests interested in participating in the local community, there are many things to do:

Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Teachings by His Holiness the Karmapa
Meditation centers
Yoga classes
Trekking in Dharamsala
Volunteer opportunities
After a day of experiencing all this beautiful area has to offer, Snow Crest Inn Dharamsala offers the ideal retreat. Retire to the comfort of your cozy room, relax on your private balcony and take in the panoramic view of the stunning Dhauladhar mountains.

Then enjoy the pleasure of dining in our rooftop restaurant and discover the authentic regional flavors of India, prepared with the freshest fruits and vegetables selected from local markets.

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.

Snow Crest Inn is the perfect hotel accommodation in Dharamsala for a truly memorable holiday experience. Experience all the attractions, events, and historical locations of this hill station resort and the beautiful Kangra Valley. Whether you're planning a weekend holiday or an extended stay, we look forward to welcoming you to our peaceful inn.






Getting to Dharamsala

Travel to Dharamsala by Air, Train, Bus, or Taxi


Getting to Dharamsala and Mcleodganj in northern India is an adventure. The journey is long, and not always easy, but you just may meet some very interesting people along the way.
You have several choices for travel to Dharamsala and Mcleodganj from Delhi:
And several choices for travel from Amritsar to Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj.


You can travel from Delhi to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj by air... By train to Pathankot from Delhi or Amritsar, then the toy train through the green Kangra Valley... Take the bus from Majnukatilla and other points in Delhi, or hire a taxi.




Fly from Delhi to Dharamsala

Kingfisher Red (formerly known as Air Deccan) offers flights 5 days a week from Delhi to Dharamsala arriving at Gaggal DHM, also known as Kangra Airport. Delhi to Dharamsala flights depart daily at 2:30 PM, arriving at DHM Dharamsala/Gaggal at 4:00 PM.

Return flights depart Dharamsala/Gaggal everyday at 4:30 PM, arriving at Delhi DEL at 6:00 PM. Flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes, with rates from about 2500 INR to 5000 INR ($245 USD). Flights operate 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Check currency conversion rates.

Kingfisher Red is currently the only airline offering service to and from Dharamsala/Gaggal DHM. Route Departure Arrival Flight Time Flight No.
Delhi to Dharamsala 2:30 pm 4:00 pm 1 hour 30 min 4351
Dharamsala to Delhi 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 1 hour 30 min 4352



Check FlyKingfisher.com for most recent updates on reaching Dharamsala.


From Dharamsala/Gaggal airport it is about 20 kilometers/12.4 miles to Mcleodganj and to the Snow Crest Inn in Naddi, upper Dharamsala.

After getting to Dharamsala & Mcleod Ganj, stay at Snow Crest Inn in the peaceful village of Naddi, Dharamsala.




By Train from Delhi


If you’re coming by train, a convenient place to buy your ticket is the International Tourist Bureau in New Delhi Railway Station. You can buy your ticket online if you have the option to print out the ticket.
You can also buy a ticket at the Railway Booking Counter at Delhi DEL Airport if you arrive during business hours.

Train Number Train Name Departs Time Destination Arrives Travel Time


4033 Jammu Mail Delhi DHI Day 1 - 9:20PM Pathankot PTK Day 2 - 7:15AM 9 hrs 55 min
4035 Dauladhar Express Delhi DHI Day 1 - 10:10PM Pathankot PTK Day 2 - 7:50AM 9 hrs 40 min
8108 Malwa Express New Delhi NDLS Day 5:00 AM Chakki Bank1:45 PM 7 hrs 45 min


By Train from Amritsar to Dharamsala
Getting to Dharamsala by bus: You can buy your train ticket from Amritsar online, at the station, or at a computerized train reservation office in the Golden Temple complex at Amritsar...







By Train, Bus, or Taxi from Pathankot

Once you reach Pathankot, there are again several options for getting to Dharamsala and Mcleodganj:


Taxi: Quickest and very scenic - 2 1/2 hours
Bus: Cheapest and usually crowded - 4 hours - If your bus stops in lower Dharamsala, you will need to take another bus or taxi up to Mcleod Ganj & Naddi. However, if you arrive in the middle of the night, there won't be any local buses or taxis available.
Train: Slowest and most spectacular scenery: narrow gauge railway (toy train) - 4 1/2 hours to Kangra, or about 6 hours to Palumpur.
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.


Train Name Departs Time Destination Arrive at Kangra Arrive at Palumpur
Kangra Toy Train Pathankot 9:05AM Kangra 1:41PM 3:12PM


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 Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj by train, check Train Running Information at Indian Railways. For those who love both railways and maps, check out this map of Himachal railways and tourist locations.








By Bus from Delhi to Mcleod Ganj and Dharamsala
There are a number of buses departing Delhi for Dharamsala each day. Most stop in lower Dharamsala and you will need to catch another bus or taxi up to Mcleodganj and Naddi.

Buses departing from the Tibetan area of Majnukatilla in the early evening, arrive in Mcleodganj early in the morning. Getting to Dharamsala by bus trip usually takes about 12 hours, including several stops during the night.

Tickets for Dehli to Dharamsala buses can be purchased through any travel agent.

For buses direct to Mcleodganj, tickets can be purchased from travel agents in Majnukatilla. Tickets cost 550 INR (about $14).

The buses can be quite cramped, with little leg room, and even painful when the person in front of you tips their seat back. If you're able to make your reservations in advance, request seats 1, 2, 3, or 4 for the most comfortable ride.

And although the buses may be cramped, the ride can be very peaceful, as Tibetan monks frequently take the bus from Majnukatilla to Dharamsala.

By Taxi: Getting to Dharamsala from Delhi

Getting to Dharamsala by taxi can take from 8 - 14 hours. A large air conditioned taxi with capacity up to nine people can be arranged for approximately 7000 INR (about $179).

If you need any help in making your travel arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to provide assistance.
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Directions from Lower Dharamsala to Snow Crest Inn Upper Dharamsala
From lower Dharamsala, the road divides:


One branch heads toward Mcleodganj. If you’re stopping in Mcleodganj first, follow the sign toward Mcleodganj, and from Mcleodganj Bus Stand, take the Mall Road toward Dal Lake, Tibetan Children’s Village, and Naddi.
One branch heads toward Naddi. If you are coming straight to Naddi, the distance will be slightly less if you take this road.
Both roads meet at the Tibetan Children’s Village Handicraft Center.
From Naddi Road, turn Left, from Mcleodganj Mall Road, continue right as you pass the Handicraft center.
The next fork in the road will be at Dal Lake. Turn left, the Tibetan Children’s Village is to the right. Continue on around Dal Lake toward the right about 1 KM to Snow Crest Inn.





Snow Crest Inn, Naddi, Dharamsala
After your long journey, Snow Crest Inn Dharamsala offers the ideal retreat. Retire to the comfort of your cozy room, relax on your private balcony and take in the panoramic view of the stunning Dhauladhar mountains.
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.



Dalai Lama Temple Complex

Things to Do and Things to See in Dharamsala & Mcleod Ganj



Dalai Lama Temple Complex
There are many Dharamsala attractions to choose from, but among the top things to do in Dharamshala is a visit to the residence, monastery, and temple of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama temple complex, on Temple Road, is just a short walk from the Mcleod Ganj bus stand in upper Dharamsala. The temple complex is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, and visitors are welcome to explore the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings.

In the early morning, you are welcome to participate as the monks chant and meditate. You can join local residents for a meditative walk around the temple/monastery complex. Along the way you will see many prayer flags and "mani" stones.


Residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The residence is directly opposite Tsuglagkhang, the main Tibetan temple.


Tsuglagkhang - Central Cathedral
Tsuglagkhang is the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Public services and prayers held at Tsulagkhang each day.

In the evening, butter lamps are lit to dispel the darkness.
A Tibetan monk creates a sand mandala.


You may even have the opportunity to see a sand mandala in progress.
A collection of sacred texts, the Khagyur, direct teachings of Buddha, and Tengyur, commentaries on the Khagyur by Indian & Tibetan scholars can be seen here.





Within the Dharamsala Tsuglagkhang temple are three principal images.

The central image, seen from the entrance,
is that of Shakamuni Buddha.

Nearby is Padmasambhava, the Indian yogi who introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century.



Also nearby is Avalokitesvara or Chenresig, of whom the Dalai Lama is considered to be the current emanation.


Both Padmasambhava and Avalokitesvara sit facing Tibet.

The image of Avalokitesvara, sculpted in silver with eleven faces, one thousand arms, and one thousand eyes, has an interesting story.






The original image at the Tsuglagkhang (Jokhang) in Lhasa, had been an object of devotion since the 7th century when it was commissioned by King Songtsen Gampo.

During the cultural revolution when statues and religious objects were tossed out and destroyed, Avalokitesvara, ended up in a heap of rubble with all the others.

Somehow, both a wrathful and peaceful aspect of the face were discovered and salvaged from the rubble.

The images were then carefully passed from hand to hand, and eventually found their way to India, then to Dharamsala, where they were encased as precious relics into the newly sculpted image of Avalokitesvara.


Kalachakra Temple
Next to the Tsulagkhang is a temple devoted to the Kalachakra. This temple is decorated with frescos depicting 722 deities of the mandala, Shakamuni Buddha, and the central Kalachakra image.

The frescos were completed by a team of painters over a period of three years under the direction of the Dalai Lama and three master painters.

Along the walls and columns of the temple are many traditional Tibetan Thangka paintings.




Namgyal Monastery

Across the Dalai Lama Temple courtyard is
Namgyal Monastery.

Every afternoon and evening, you can see
young monks debate in traditional Tibetan
style embellished with hand clapping and
emphatic gestures.

Tibetan Monks in Lively Debate




Namgyal Cafe


The Namgyal Cafe, located on the lower level of the temple complex, serves delicious cakes and vegetarian fare.


Snow Crest Inn, Naddi, Dharamsala
After a day of experiencing the peaceful ambiance of the Dalai Lama Temple complex, the Snow Crest Inn offers the ideal retreat.

Retire to the comfort of your cozy room, relax on your private balcony and take in the panoramic view of the stunning Dhauladhar mountains.

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.

The Snow Crest Inn is the perfect hotel for a truly memorable holiday experience. Experience all the Dharamshala attractions and things to do in and around this hill station resort and the beautiful Kangra Valley.

Whether you're planning a weekend holiday or an extended stay, we look forward to welcoming you to our peaceful inn.

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Accepted payment methods: American Express (Amex), Visa, Euro / Mastercard
Taxes Presented prices include taxes
Check-In 11:30 - 12:30
Check-Out 13:00

 

Hotel amenities:

Activities Massage
Children Children are allowed
General Safety deposit box, Tours / Travel desk, Air conditioning, Restaurant, Minibar, Lounge area, Private bathrooms, Multilanguage speaking staff, Newspapers, Luggage storage, Breakfast buffet
Guest Parking Parking available
Internet Free Wi-Fi, Free wired connection
Location Near city centre, Near mountains
Pets Pets are not allowed
Services Room service, Fax, Iron and ironing boards are available upon request, Meeting / Banquet facilities, Laundry service
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