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Dev Cottages
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Location : Dev Cottages are in Dharamkot, upper Dharamsala, in the Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled in the famous Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, at a height of 2100 m, the resort overlooks the beautiful Kangra valley. The town of Mcleodganj is located only 1.5 km from the cottages.

Accommodation : Each cottage has two units (ground and first floor). Units have one large double-bedroom, with attached bathroom. Each room also has an attached balcony affording a breathtaking view of the valley, mountains and forests.

Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dev Cottages, has taken special care to provide you the comforts of home. Each unit is provided with : Cable TV, Room service, Local and international telephone facilities, Laundry service, Meals and snacks, Hot and cold beverages.

How to Reach :

Dev Cottages are accessible throughout the year by road. The cottages are about 500 km from Delhi, and about 250 km from Chandigarh.

By Road : Direct coaches (busses) to upper Dharamsala run daily from Delhi. Depending upon the type of service (e.g. regular, express), the time varies from 10 - 14 hours. Many people prefer reaching lower Dharamsala, and then taking a 30 minute bus / taxi (cab) from there to upper Dharamsala.

By Air : The nearest airport is Gaggal, which is about 12 km from Dharamsala.

By Rail : The town of Pathankot, at a distance of about 90 km from Dharamsala, is a major railway hub and has daily connections with Delhi and other major India cities. From Pathankot, one could either take a taxi / bus to upper Dharamsala, or continue by train to Kangra Railway station, which is only about 17 km from Dharamsala.

Things To Do : From yoga to glacier treks, nothing is far from Dev Cottages. Some of the local attractions are :

Treks and Sight Seeing :

  • Triund : Located at a height of 2975 m, a few hours from the snow-line, this spot offers spectacular views of the valley. Dharamkot is the starting point for a day-trek to Triund, as well as more challenging ones (upto 15 days).
  • Dal Lake : Surrounded by Fir trees, this picturesque lake can be reached by road or a nature trail that winds through thick forest and Tibetan hill-farms. Dal lake is also the venue for an annual fair, held around September.
  • Bhagsunath : Located on the floor of the valley, a one hour walk from Dev cottages, is the ancient temple of Bhagsunath.This temple is surrounded by numerous fresh water springs.
  • Khaniyara River : The river banks of the Khaniyara river provide great picnic spots.
  • Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) : Located about a 30 minute walk from the Dev Cottages, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts was the first institute created by the exiled Tibetan government. TIPA is both a cultural centre and a school, providing an insightful glimpse into the colorful Tibetan culture of music, dance and theatre.
  • Norbulinka Institute : Tree-shaded paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls, coupled with a Japanese influence make Norbulinka an idyllic spot. This place was established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. Close to it is a nunnery where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy.
  • St. John in the Wilderness : A few km from Dharamkot, is a stone church with stained glass windows. Also at St. John is a memorial dedicated to British Viceroy, Lord Elgin who died at Dharamsala.
  • Yoga and Meditation : For those interested in yoga and meditation, Tushita Meditation and yoga centre is next door.
  • Fishing : The 20 Km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and the Pong dam offers ample opportunities in angling.

Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Dev Cottages, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Excursions :

  • Tilokpur : Located at about 50 kms from Dharamkot are the cave temples of Tilokpur dedicated to Lord Shiva. These limestone caves offer fascinating formations of Stalactite and Stalagmites.
  • Jwalamukhi : The famous temple at Jwalamukhi, dedicated to the Goddess of light, makes this place one of the most sacred sites in the Kangra valley. The temple is topped by a Golden spire. It is 34 kms from Kangra.
  • Nurpur : Named after Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, Nurpur houses an ancient fort and the ruins of a Krishna temple. Traces of the Mughal era's craftsmanship can be seen in the beautiful carvings. For the interested there are forts at Kangra and Sujanpur as well.
  • Tea Gardens of Palampur : The lush green tea garden terraces, along with the Neogal khad, a 300 meters wide chasm through which gushes the Bundla stream, make Palampur a popular tourist destination.
  • Chamunda Devi Temple : Besides being a holy spot, the journey to Chamunda Devi offers some glorious views of the mountains.


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