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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Vivek Soni
  • Vivek Soni
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 10 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"A mini Tibet" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
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"An awesome place to hang out" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 24 Reviews

"Gourmet's Delight but Filthiest Hill Station"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 3 months 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 Dec 8, 2014
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
  • 2 Reviews

"Best palace to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2014
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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"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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