At a height of 6,920 feet above sea level (2109 m) in Khangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh lies the quite village of Dharamkot. To reach Dharamkot the best option is for one to board a bus from Delhi to McLeod Ganj and from there to either walk 2 kms along a winding road which takes not more than 35 minutes or to hire a rickshaw from the rickshaw stand near the bus depot. The village of Dharamkot is in the high hills above McLeod Ganj but the village is a complete contrast to the Tibetan world that one experiences in McLeod Ganj. Dharamkot is a village dominated by people from Punjabi and Haryanan decent and this is evident from their features, their way of dressing and most of all their language which is a dialect of Punjabi. Each family in the village owns a few cattle and their house are characterized by the huge veranda in the center where they mostly dry hay that is stocked for the animals to graze on. While walking through the village one will notice potato and spinach plantations on either side as they walk along the concrete path. The visitors coming to the village of Dharamkot are mostly foreign travelers and backpackers who prefer Dharamkot since the village is away from the noisy and busy town of McLeod Ganj and easily accessible. Most of these travelers make this village their home for many weeks if not months. Many travelers who work and help out in different NGOs in McLeod Ganj prefer staying in Dharamkot since its much lighter on the pocket. Since tourism is a relatively new to Dharamkot home stays are the main feature of this village and there are a few motels but nothing fancy. It is possible to rent a room or a house if they wish to stay in the village for a long period of time. Some of the rooms even have an attached kitchen. There are a few restaurants which serve up some really tasty food. These restaurants are make shit ones which are mostly set up in the veranda of the villagers’ houses. The food served in these places mostly caters to the foreign travelers. One can also trek to the villages of Naddi and Triundi which are 3km and 7km away from Dharamkot respectively. There is also a much faster way to reach the village of Dharamkot from a way leading to the regional mountaineering center. Walking is the only option along this path and it is a common sight to see people mediating or praying in the woods. During summer the days are warm and dry but the nights are pretty cold and chilly. The winters are pretty severe. The best time to visit Dharamkot is from the months of February to April and from the end of August to October. The village of Dharamkot is truly a must visit place for backpackers and travellers while they are in Dharamshala as it has all the ingredients of a traveler friendly place. near keylang temple Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 6 Responses 11 days Blueprint around the Backpackers trail in Himachal Pradesh - The Land Out There February 28, 2016 […] lunch walk to the village of Dharamkot […] Reply Blueprint around Rewalsar and Mcleodganj in 6 days | The Land Out There November 24, 2015 […] up to Dharamkot and chill by the bhagsunag […] Reply Backpacker’s blueprint around Kasol and McLeod-Ganj in seven days | The Land Out There August 19, 2015 […] up to Dharamkot and chill by the bhagsunag […] Reply Top 10 places to backpack across India | The Land Out There August 29, 2014 […] Church in the Wilderness, waterfall and temple at Bhagsunag and a night stay at Naddi and Dharamkot, along with a four hour hike to Turudi is a must do while in this […] Reply Backpacker’s road map to & around: McLeod-Ganj | The Land Out There June 23, 2013 […] from Thrundi and hike to Dharamkot which takes 5 hrs. Spend night in guest house […] Reply Tushar September 30, 2012 Nice post. Been to this place a few years ago and its truly a place worth visiting when i went to Dharamkot it barely had any accommodation for travelers its good that now they have accommodation there. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.