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McLeodganj Tourism

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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
McLeodganj (McLeod Ganj or McLeodGanj) is a town situated in the Upper Dharamshala region of Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges, McLeodganj lies at an average altitude of 1800 meters above sea level.

McLeodganj is famous for its Tibetan institutions and Buddhist monasteries. McLeodganj was the home of the Gaddi tribe in its initial days. It was an integral territory of Katoch Dynasty, which is considered among the world’s oldest royal families.

McLeodganj later came under the rule of the British and was named so, after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab of British India (1865 – 1870). McLeodganj, though a summer resort of the British during the 1840s became a garrison town in the 1850s. It was transformed to a prominent commercial and political centre, by the 1900s.  

Post Indian Independence, McLeodganj served as a flourishing health resort till the 1950s. In the early 1960s, it became the official residence of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. It also became the headquarters to 'Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama' (CTA), which is commonly referred to as the 'Tibetan Government in Exile'. Today, McLeodganj, has transpired to become ‘Little Lhasa’ or ‘Dhasa’, as it houses several Buddhist monasteries and a large population of Tibetan refugees.

The town of McLeodganj, surrounded by thick vegetation of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron, is located nearby the perennial snowline of the snowy Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Due to its elevation and thick forest cover, McLeodganj and its surrounding areas (Upper Dharamshala) are much cooler than its counterpart, Lower Dharamshala.

McLeodganj, which still retains the old colonial charm, is a popular destination in Himachal Pradesh as the town is famous for Tibetan Buddhism, culture, art and crafts. McLeodganj is also a major shopping centre famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments, wooden masks, metal votive objects, paper drawings, beads, baubles, etc.

The vicinity of places like New Delhi and Chandigarh attract hordes of nature lovers and trekkers to McLeodganj. McLeodganj of Upper Dharamshala can be accessed by road and by rail. The nearest airport to McLeodganj is at Gaggla, which is about 13 km away from the town.

McLeodganj offers sightseeing attractions like Dharamkot, Bhagsu, Triund, Dal Lake, Gaggal, Lower Dharamshala, etc. along with Buddhist monasteries like Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling, etc.

McLeodganj offers excursions to destinations like Kullu, Shimla, Manali, etc. McLeodganj also serves as a base camp for various trekking expeditions that cover Kangra and Chamba Valleys and the Dhauladhar ranges.

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Ratnesh Jain
  • Ratnesh Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Trek the mountains" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
Till the end of knowledge Mcleodganj is one of the finest place to visit. We got a great experience of life as we lost our way in mountains while trekking to Triund. We reached an unknown place called ghost village, no one was there apart from some wild cows and empty houses. We had no idea how to go back because weather was too bad, we were almost in between of clouds but overall had a great experience.
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Akriti Sharma
  • Akriti Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review

"Life on the streets of Mcleodganj" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
If you love to indulge in varied cuisines, culture and people, then Mcleodganj is your go-to destination. Take a stroll to the open markets of this place and you can see perfect confluence of people coming from different ethnicity making the environment so full of vibrancy and warmth. Mcleodganj is one lively place where you can enjoy many activities happening within a day. The crisp mountain air and serene spots nearby are added bonus. It is a perfect shopping destination to take back home souvenirs like Tibetan singing bowls, china ware, beautifully crafted crockery, homemade paper and jams, incense sticks, silk apparels and many more.

The Dalai Lama's Temple complex and Tibet Museum are must see places. If you like trekking, you can go for a one day short trek to Triund. Besides, you must visit the Norbulingka Institute at Dharamsala to get a good peek into the Tibetan culture and buy colorful artifacts.
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Kapil Mittal
  • Kapil Mittal
  • Lives in Karnal
  • 6 Reviews

"One way to hell" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went there in Feb 2015 and I think that is the best time to go there if you like adventure trip. This time you will certainly find snow and trekking with snow on that kind of track you know what I am talking about. But at this time you will not get a chance to go to triund because maximum roads are blocked with snow. So, it depends on what kind of fun you want like if you wan to see natural beauty then I think Nov is the best time.
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Piyush Malik
  • Piyush Malik
  • Lives in Noida
  • 7 Reviews

"Perferct for the trekking lovers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
What a place to visit in mid December full of snow and what a view was there on mountains still the best part was triune trekking well that's the main reason of a person to visit such a place. The hotel was also at a place which was on edge of hill what a view from the hotel. Overall the experience was awesome but still the best part was trekking.
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Vivek Soni
  • Vivek Soni
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 3 Reviews

"A mini Tibet"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
McLeod is a small town near Dharamshala. The streets are narrow and filled with shops selling woollen clothes and souvenirs. Restaurants are plenty and easy to spot too. There are spa shops and bars to rejuvenate and distress. Its always a good time to visit McLeod. You'll find monks everywhere. People are calm and friendly. Hotels are a plenty and range from dirt cheap to costly.
The place reeks of Tibet and has been dressed in that way too. Visit and experience India and Tibet in the same place :-).
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Amit Garg
  • Amit Garg
  • Lives in Patiala
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place to hang out"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mcleodganj is in the lap of himachal it is near dharamshala. That place is awesome there are a number of temples like dalai lama temple. There are a number of hotels but one should book in advance online that will save money and time too. There is famous waterfall. Weather is cool most of the time. There are a number of food options over there.
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John Mondol
  • John Mondol
  • 1 Review

"McLeodganj is like heaven"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A good place for college trips for those who like cool stuff and hanging around in parties. This is almost like Goa or maybe I should say better than Goa. Land Irish tourists who like to visit this place. You can also find parties hanging around with some cool stuff.
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Sachin S
  • Sachin S
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"A Tibetan experience in India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I heard a lot about this place before I finally visited this place last year. This is completely different place in this country. Tibetan refugees has settled here and made this place their own place bringing their culture and food to this country. Its a small place but you will enjoy staying here. Lot of scenic places in near vicinity. No Pollution, no traffic you will completely get relaxed. I loved this place and will visit again with my friends next year.
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Aritro Dasgupta
  • Aritro Dasgupta
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 27 Reviews

"Gourmet's Delight but Filthiest Hill Station"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
McLeodganj is a town of 2 extremes, as my review title suggests. McLeodganj has to be the filthiest hill station in India. In any corner of this town one goes, one is bound to find broken bottles of Royal Stag and Old Monk dotting the streets. They are forever accompanied with broken soda bottles, used potato chips packets, plastic disposable cups, thus the entire package! Not until one walks substantially towards the trekking joints of Dharamkot or Triund does one find mountain peace and beauty.

Also open drains abound in this town. This is tragic, all the more as it is supposed to be a spiritual destination which is spiraling into an extended watering hole. Also the streets are narrow and not suitable for becoming the popular destination the place has now become. The infrastructure is not comparable to other hill stations in north India like Shimla, Manali or Nainital.

On the other hand, miraculously McLeodganj is a culinary delight to such an extent I cannot name any 'small town' in India which is so good. European food has been taken to a different level by the Tibetan cooks, plus Tibetan food is also available and plentiful. Do not miss the local cakes and cookies.
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Saurav Gosain
  • Saurav Gosain
  • 1 Review

"Good place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2014
It is a good place to go. The climate is good and you can even go to above from this place to a place named Triund. It was a great fun and enjoyed a lot there. I think if you are in couple or with friends you may enjoy it more in comparison to family.
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