Which is better Dharamshala or Manali?

There is no direct answer, here is some info to help you decide for yourself

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Dharamshala vs Manali

Max Elevation

1,319m / 4,326ft
1,892m / 6,205ft

Popular for

Mountains, Nature And Trekking
Mountains, Trekking And Nature

How to reach

Dharamshala can be reached via flight, train or bus. It's also connected with road so you can hire a taxi, or self-drive to reach here if you like.
Manali doesn't have flight or train connectivity. But it can be reached via bus. It's also connected with road so you can hire a taxi, or self-drive to reach here if you like.

Popularity

Crazy popular. You'll find the whole world there!
Crazy popular. You'll find the whole world there!

Places

Dharamshala map

Places to visit in Dharamshala:

Dharamkot, Dalai Lama Temple, McLeod Ganj, Naddi, Bhagsunag Waterfall
Manali map

Places to visit in Dharamshala:

Old Manali, Manali Mall Road, Model Town, Simsa Village