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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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Gargee das

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  • Lives in Ajmer
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"Far from the maddening crowd" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I decided to go to Mcleodganj after my daughter's board exam. I had to travel from Ajmer so I took the train which took us to Pathankot and from there we took the taxi sent to us by the hotel we were staying in. We were putting up in Hotel Sapphire. The journey from the station to the hotel was Heavenly Picturesque and breathtaking. We were only two me and my daughter. We reached the hotel we were treated with a lot of warmth and care. Hotel sapphire was going through some construction work that time. In spite of that they tried their level best to make our stay comfortable. We kept our luggage and freshened up to take a trip of the local market. It is a pandora's box for women! What to buy and what not to! However, we shopped till we dropped! I think anybody would do that as the Tibetan accessories and craftwork is irresistible.

We were back to the hotel planning to go for the local sightseeing. But then this is where luck betrayed us. The weather suddenly by late night turned into its full wrath and by morning % 0 clock I decided that i would drive down to manali. But as every situation in life has its pros and cons. So did this. Because now I am determined to visit Mcleodganj again and this time with my entire family and stay in Hotel Sapphire, not only because of their prime location but also because of the staff. And a special thanks to Vikas who had been my tour guide in McleodGanj. It is Unforgettable how he went out of his way to extend help whenever asked. So if you are interested to buy peace for a few days, just pack your bags and reach Hotel Sapphire Mcleodganj.
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Harish Mehta

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A nice place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a good place if you want to spend some quality time with your friends/families. I had a conference to attend so I was there for only 2 days but I would like to visit this place again for a good full week. Travelling through bus or driving your own car is the best option for people living in North-India. You should carry umbrella/raincoat as it was raining at this time.
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Mitasha Gupta

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"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
McLeodganj is a very cool and quiet place to enjoy your holidays. Best to just relax in your hotel and enjoy the astonishing view from your room. Otherwise go and enjoy the nature sightseeing by walking down the road. Great place for trekking and adventure.
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Ishita Dikshit

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"Do not miss the Trek" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Trek to Triund hill was the highlight of an amazing trip to Mcleodganj. The view of the snow covered mountains is just breathtaking. It took us around 4 hours to reach the hill. And the trek down took us around 2 hours. Wasn't very tiring. Suggest you to camp there for a night to make most of it.
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Er rahul Gupta

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"One of the best romantic destinations" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is one of the finest places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Major destinations include Triund hill, Bhagsunag waterfall, monasteries, etc. Further, the weather and Tibetan atmosphere is too good. It is one of the best romantic destinations. It is a must visit for everyone looking to enjoy the love of nature.
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Keshav Singhal

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"A sky full of stars made the triund trek worth all the effort" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
All this started with 9 school friends, 2 month long summer vacation and an urge to go on a crazy trip. With a budget of Rs. 6, 000 per person in mind, we shortlisted a few places for our trip. We could have gone to Kasol, Lansdowne, Udaipur, Jaipur, Neemrana but for some reason, McLeod Ganj appealed more to us.

Biting cold weather, the Triund trek, the breathtaking snow-covered mountain ranges, the 420 km drive. Everything was just so convincing. We googled a few tourist spots and some decent hotels and after almost a week of mind-numbing confusion, we decided to go ahead with 'Star Wood Cottage'.

Day 1:

We booked a 10-seater tempo traveler for Rs. 21, 000. We started for McLeod Ganj from Delhi on 4th night and reached McLeod next morning. We checked in at our hotel and rested for a few hours. Afterwards, we went to Bhagsu Nag river via a 20 minute trek. Bhagsu Nag river is a quite a fun place and there's a nice waterfall at the top of the river.

We came down from Shiva Cafe and roamed around the main market while the sunset was at its best. We went to Hotel McLlo for dinner, it's a decent place, although a bit over priced. After roaming around on the streets, we went back to our hotel and partied like crazy.

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We woke up around 9am and after having a light breakfast, we left for Dharamkot in a taxi. Cabs are expensive in McLeod. They charge a flat rate of Rs. 400-500 for 2-3 km. We reached Gallu in 20 minutes and started with our trek around 12 noon. I would personally recommend you to not go there with family as the trek isn't very easy.

There are at least 4-5 cafes located after every 20-30 minutes of trekking; Magic View Cafe boasts of a commendable view. After a 3. 5 hour long trek, we reached the top of Triund Hill. Was it worth the effort? I guess the next picture will do justice to that question.

We immediately rushed to a few tent vendors who run a proper business over there. Since we reached Triund around 4pm, the tents weren't available very easily and we had to overpay. We paid Rs. 4, 250 for 3 tents, with a capacity of 3 adults in each tent. But all this really was worth it as the view was heavenly.

I'm sure that whenever you are driving in the mountains, you would have thought to yourself, what would it feel like to be at the top of that gigantic mountain? I want to tell you that while you're there at the top, it will make you feel alive, it will be worth all the trouble, the scenic beauty will make you want to cut off from technology and enjoy the serenity for a few hours. After witnessing the sunset, we had Rajma Chawal for dinner.

We couldn't have obviously gone to sleep early that night, so we mixed some whiskey in our Pepsi bottles and within no time I realized that I was wrong when I said that it couldn't get any better. We laid down on the grass, staring into the black sky. It was literally a 'sky full Of stars'. All around us, people could be heard singing songs in their tents. Being there, with the people I've known for the past 7-8 years. That was literally very surreal. After one or two hours of doing nothing specific, we went back to our tents and slept. We slept with plans of waking up early and trekking to Laka Glacier, Snowline Cafe.

Day 3:

Snoozed alarms, laziness overdose. And so we couldn't go to Laka Glacier or Snowline Cafe. We woke up around 9 in the morning, clicked a few pictures, checked our belongings and rushed for the downhill trek as we wanted to explore other places in Dharamshala before returning to Delhi.

After an easy 1. 5 hour downhill trek, we went back to our hotel to freshen up and pick our luggage. The hotel was generous enough to let us keep our luggage in a room, free of cost, while we had gone to Triund. They also let us bathe and rest for a while, all that at Rs. 800.

We left for Dharamshala in the afternoon. After paying a visit to the Dalai Lama Monastery, we went to the cricket stadium in Dharamshala. Cheered like crazy for a local team which was playing over there; clicked some fun pictures and came back to our tempo traveler. Then we left for Delhi. After stopping at a dhaba on the way and then at Murthal, we reached our homes at 7 in the morning. The nostalgia of the trip came in within no time.
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"Excellent Food I have ever had"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Have recently been to Mcleodganj. Awesome weather for June.

The best part of this place was the authentic chinese food. I had it at the restaurant named CLAY OVEN. It is run by ladies. At the central place in market. They cook everything fresh. Even the momo's (which i had), those were the best i ever had. AWESOME. But be prepared for the delay in serving as cooking takes time.

Cakes at the German Bakery was also very good. Specially carrot cake

Bhagsu falls is a must visit place to be. The chilled water relaxes you. Just enjoy the music of water & greenery around is serene.

Careful of parking, because this place is really short on parking spaces. However i parked my car in hotel parking, they allowed us though we were not the guest still.

It reminds me that you may find hotels near Bhagsu falls, these are good hotels from outside but very far from the main market area. Hence i would advise you to stay on the jogiwara road. I stayed in Hotel MoonWalk, it was nice. They have their own parking space. View is the best part of this hotel which i liked. No other hotel window or balcony will peep into your room, so privacy is maintained.

Not too many hotels you may find, but there are lodges & guest houses are there.
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  • Lives in Faridkot
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"McLeord gan-perfect place to go for summer vacations"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited mcleod ganj last month. It's a wonderful place for getting relief from summer. It is a hill station which attract a lot of visitors from all over the world.

There is a lot of sightseeing like temples, waterfall, te tiens, etc. It is very attracting.

Also we can do trekking which require guides for trekking on mountains. We can also visit to peak and snow by doing trekking. Its a wonderful trip have seen last time.

Trekking is the most beautiful and adventures part of this trip.
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Ratnesh Jain

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"Trek the mountains"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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

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"Life on the streets of Mcleodganj"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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