Travel information

When you arrive from Delhi airport, there are several options to come to Dharamsala, you can travel by Airplane, train or bus.

By Airplane from Delhi.

After arriving in Indira Gandi airport, you don’t go to the domestic airport, as the flights to Dharamsala will go from terminal nr. 3. When you walk out of the airport, you go directly to the right site. There are elevators going to the first floor, from there you enter the departure section. If you are to early there will be a waiting room . Indian Airlines and Spice Jet will fly daily on Dharamsala. The flights from Indian Airlines will go at 9.45 in the morning. Sometimes there are delays, especially in the monsoon time, as the weather should be clear in Kangra where you land on Gaggal airport. From there you can take a taxi to Thosamling for about 400 rs. You can also call us (9816141830) and ask us to pick you up from the airport. Prices of airtickets vary a lot depending on how early in advance you book, it can be from 4000 rs to 12.000 rs for the same flight. See website : www.airindia.in and www.spicejet.com

By Train from Delhi.

Trains go from Delhi to Pathankot, or Chakkibank. It will take 12 hours to arrive in these places and from there you can take a taxi to Dharamsala, it will take you about 2 hours. The price will be around 2.500 to 3000rs. Or you can take the local bus for much cheaper. By bus it will take you about 3 hours. From Dharamsala you can take a taxi to Thosamling for about 250 rs. Take the local bus, direction Palampur, Yol, Sidhpur. You have to go out at Sidhpur what is not SIDHBARI, as this is the residence place of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa. It is good to visit him one day, but not on that moment. Taxi drivers often make the mistake that westerners all go to see him and bring the person directly there. Best is to make clear that you have to go to Sidhpur, Blossom Resort which is a place very near to Thosamling. From there you have to walk for about 10 minutes on the little concrete path through the ricefields to reach Thosamling. We don’t have a proper road to our Nunnery. When you are at Blossom Resort you can call Shashi our Officeworker 9816141830 and she will arrange some staff to help you with the luggage.

By Bus/or Taxi from Delhi.

Daily busses leave from Manjuka Tila the Tibetan settlement in Delhi around 6.00pm to 6.30pm. The price for a bus is around 700 to 1200 rs. It will take you 12 hours but if you are a good sleeper in busses it is not that bad. The bus arrive first in Dharamsala where you have to go off the bus. Behind the bus are taxies waiting to bring you to your destination.

You have to go out at Sidhpur (what is not SIDHBARI, as this is the residence place of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa). Taxi drivers often make the mistake that westerners all go to see him and bring the person directly there. Best is to make clear that you have to go to Sidhpur, Blossom Resort which is a place very near to Thosamling. From there you have to walk for about 10 minutes on the path through the ricefields to reach Thosamling. We don’t have a proper road to our Nunnery, only a little tiny concrete walkingpath. When you are at Blossom Resort you can call us +91 9816141830 and we can send some staff to help you with the luggage.

Some contact numbers for hotels in Manjuka tila and travel agencies

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Thosamling Nunnery, Institute and Retreat Center.