McLeodganj Tourism
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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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Saurav Gosain
  • Saurav Gosain
  • 1 Review

"Good place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Jitesh
  • Jitesh
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 3 Reviews

"Destination with very good atmosphere"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mainly every think is good but the atmosphere of the destination was very good and enjoy fully. The best time to visit the destination is October- March but the destination environment is good overall in the year. The market of Mcloedganj is good and people of area are very nice, cooperative and helpful.
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Santosh Rao
  • Santosh Rao
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Best palace to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Great destination among the mountains. Charming cafes, peaceful hikes. The food there is good. The sun in pleasant weather staring at blue skies and snow capped mountains feels amazing. Stayed at Naddi and it was spectacular. I visit the monasteries which was amazing. I got a great network of WiFi and 3g.
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Akashay Sharma
  • Akashay Sharma
  • Lives in Noida
  • 3 Reviews

"Soul searching experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
If you want some quiet time with yourself or with your partner, this is the place to be. Go for long jungle trail walks or just sit next to the bhagsu falls. Cannot wait to go back to tranquillity. The food here is phenomenal... All the cafe around serve you the best food you can expect.
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Ankit Sharma
  • Ankit Sharma
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  • 3 Reviews

"Felt like touching the clouds"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2014
Overall it was an awesome experience and I would like to go again there sometimes. Bhagsu waterfall was mind blowing place and people were so calm there. It seemed we were the only noises there. Never forget to taste the smoke there. You will be in heaven.
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Jay Gupta
  • Jay Gupta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Awesome mcleodganj Culture and trek to triund"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
If you want to spend a holiday free from city life and want peace of mind, this is the place. To involve a bit of adventure, try triund trek which starts from triund itself. Its a 3-4 hr trek (1 side) which is perfect to start for beginner. The trek is neither too easy no to steep and when you'll reach the top, you'll experience the moment of your life. Try spending a night out there (tent are available on rent on top) and you'll experience a heavenly night with open sky and sleeping under stars.
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Raghav Bhardwaj
  • Raghav Bhardwaj
  • 1 Review

"majestic and lofty mountain"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014
It was far below our expectations. Mcclow restaurant, St.johns church.Mcleodganj is basically a market with a lot of congested lanes and the lanes are full of traffic for almost the entire day.
The place serene nature,godly ambiance,majestic and lofty mountain mesmerizes everyone
basically a market with a lot of conjusted lanes
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Varun  Chauhan
  • Varun Chauhan
  • Lives in Cochin
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"It was far below our expectations"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2014
Mcleodganj is basically a market with a lot of lanes and the lanes are full of traffic for almost the entire day. It was far below our expectations. Mcclow restaurant, St. Johns church, Dalai lama temple are the best places to visit in McLeodganj. Else if one needs a good hotel with a good view one must go to Bhagsunaag which is one km away from McLeodganj.
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Yash Tyagi
  • Yash Tyagi
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  • 2 Reviews

"The most pacific experience of lifetime."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 13, 2014
McLeodganj to me is like second home, I go there as much as possible it a place full of pacific feel that takes me away from all worries. If you are looking for a relaxing or medication sort of thing then go to Mcleodganj, heaven on earth it is. Every time i go there i spend hours just sitting on the monastery campus. the place is so pacific it makes you feel what peace. Never miss St. John's church, monastery and Bhagsu water fall.
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Rishabh Sood
  • Rishabh Sood
  • 1 Review

"A very good place for nature lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2014
A place which is meant to be close to heaven. The place has serene nature, ambiance, majestic and lofty mountain mesmerises everyone. The place itself calls for adventure. The early morning tea and a bowl of maggie is a divine experience. The enjoyment level is limitless for everyone.
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