Visiting His Holiness in India
When his travel and personal schedule permits, His Holiness holds regular public audience. Before seeking to attend a public audience with His Holiness, please check his schedule, which is available here. If you would like to attend, we would recommend that you also please confirm the schedule with the Kagyu Office.
If you need travel assistance in getting to Dharamsala, please feel free to contact the travel agency using the information at the end of this page.
Gyuto Tantric University, outside Dharamsala, India, is nestled in the foothills leading to the Himalayan mountain range
Dharamsala stands on a spur of the Dhauladhar mountain range, amidst magnificent deodar and pine forests, tea gardens and beautiful hills, 514 kilometers away from New Delhi. It is the seat of Tibetan Government in Exile.
The altitude of the Dharamsala area rises from 1250 meters to 1982 meters. The temperature in summer varies between 22 and 32 (deg.C°.); in Winter, temperatures range from 0 to 15. The most temperate season to visit is from April to June and from September to November. The languages spoken in the area are Hindi, Pahari (the local Nepalese dialect), Tibetan and some English.
Getting to Dharamsala
Dharamsala is 15 kms away from the Kangra Airport at Gaggal. The nearest broad-gauge railhead is at Pathankot, 90 kms away. Regular and deluxe coach leave daily from various locations in New Delhi.
Air: The nearest airport is Kangra Airport at Gaggal (15 kilometers), connected to Delhi via Archana Airways. Amritsar (200 kilometers) in Punjab, is connected to New Delhi by Indian Airlines.
Rail: The nearest railway station is in Pathankot, 90 kilometers (kms) away, is connected to all major cities in India. There is a narrow guage train service from Pathankot to Kangra. (Kangra is 18 kms from Dharamsala).
Road: Dharamsala is just off National Highway 20 and is linked by road transport to all major centres in the region.
Direct & regular bus services link Dharamshala with Delhi (514 kms). Various bus operators are available, including regular private and state deluxe buses departing from the Interstate Bus terminal in Old Delhi, and a number of private operators.
Distances from other locations include: Chandigarh (239 kms), Delhi (514 kms), Dalhousie (143 kms), Hoshiarpur (128 kms), Jwalamukhi (55 kms), Jammu (197 kms), Kangra (18 kms), Kullu (214 km), Manali (253 km), Mandi (147 km), Nangal (145 kms), Palampur (35 kms) Chamba (192 kms) and Shimla (322 kms).
Local Transportation: Buses and taxis are available in Dharamsala.
HH Gyalwa Karmapa
Detailed biographical information about His Holiness the 17th Karmapa is available from the drop down menus above. The materials are divided into:
17th Karmapa (His Holiness's current activities and schedule)
Background (Kagyu history regarding predictions about the 17th Karmapa)
In Tibet (His Holiness's early years, enthronement in Tibet and activity at Tsurphu Monastery)
In India (The Karmapa's escape to India and activities in India)
Reference (Official releases from the Kagyu Office and historical background documents referenced in other sections)
When not traveling, His Holiness holds regular public audiences at his temporary camp at the Gyuto Ramoche Tantric University in Dharamsala, HP, India
Kagyu Office of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (about the Kagyu Office)
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