McLeodganj Tourism
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McLeodganj Tourism

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I was looking for a getaway with my friends and couldn't think of a destination, my friend suggested Mcleodganj. I had been there once before and just the reminder of good times helped me decide. So Mcleodganj it was. We stayed in a little hotel called Hotel Green in quite Mcleod Ganj. Here the food is excellent, the atmosphere is relaxed and the locals are friendly, which truthfully, is probably because the locals are all Tibetan.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The many local restaurants, featuring delicious Tibetan specialties, are cheap and clean. In the evenings, two video parlors show the latest releases or films on Tibetan history and culture, and the bustling 'Western' restaurant above the bus station serves cold beer, which tastes great after a long day of hiking in the mountains--or meditation.

Tsuglag Khang, The Dalai Lama’s temple complex, is the life-blood of the village. Located a short walk away from the bus station at the center of town, the complex houses the Namgyal Monastery (which trains monks for rituals associated with the temple), the main temple and a smaller shrine that houses a huge gilded statue of the Buddha, along with two smaller, but no less impressive statues of Chenresig and Guru Rinpoche. In addition, the Dalai Lama’s residence and administrative offices are in the complex.

Activities & things to do: There are some very cool things to do in the area. Besides classes in cooking, massage and meditation, the Tibetan government in exile has all its offices here, and with a fair walk through the forest you can get to His Holiness' Department of Medicine and Astrology. Here, with a down payment of INR 2400 and an 11 month wait, you can get a detailed horoscope.You can also visit the new temple, though it's fairly disappointing. Looks more like one of the concrete high schools back home built in the 50s. But Richard Gere's got his photo in the temple cafe! Pierce Brosnan has his in the main pub in Mcleod Ganj. So I guess we were in good company as we whiled away our time between the two.
There is so much to do and see, but just strolling the streets of this walkable village is an experience itself. Industrious Tibetan vendors set up their stalls along the narrow roads each morning, selling everything from antiques and apples to prayer beads and handmade paper books created by children at the Tibetan Children’s Village. Tibetan women in their colorful aprons walk through the chorten in the center of town, turning the prayer wheels. People stop each other on the road and conversations flow easily. It’s not uncommon to be invited home for tea or supper by a Tibetan friend you just met.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nearest airport is Gaggal which is about 30 km away from Mcleodganj. From Kulu and Delhi, flights services are available to Gaggal thrice a week. Taxis are available and costs about Rs 1000 from Mcleodganj.
Regular deluxe bus services are available from Delhi to Mcleodganj which is about 530 km away from Delhi and fare is about Rs 2000. State bus services connect Mcleodganj with neighboring cities.
Kangra and Nagrota are the nearest meter gauge railway stations to Mcleodganj. Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge station, which is connected to all major cities in India by train.
It can get cold up here, especially at night. However, if you arrive in high season, and come from a colder clime, then it should not bother you.

It does rain without warning here, and it rains throught the year. Carry a torch/candles just in case the lights go out or buy one from the market. also, if you're prone to attracting mosquitoes carry some repellent.Make sure you have a camera! There's too much beauty to not take home with you.
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Anita Parashar
  • Anita Parashar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review

"A great place for trekking and sightseeing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a lifetime experience to travel to McLeodganj. There were lots of places to visit. There was a waterfall called Bhagu Falls which was mesmerizing with chilled water. There was also the Dalai Lama's Temple where no cameras or cellphones were allowed. The Triund Hills are just perfect for trekking. It took us four hours to climb the hill, but the view was absolutely breathtaking. You can stay there in tents to spent a night. Make sure you start your trekking around 6 or 7 am. This will give you ample amount of time to enjoy yourself on the hills.
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Ankit
  • Ankit
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome destination to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mcleodganj is adventure place with beautiful mountain. Water fall is awesome. The place is green with beautiful trees. After the rain, the place becomes very romantic. I saw rainbow, it was so memorable. I can't forget that moment. Transport is easy to find. I had dinner near my hotel; there are camp fires that are organised for dinner over beautiful traditional song and instrumentation.
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Vellyjatt Jatt
  • Vellyjatt Jatt
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  • 2 Reviews

"See The Beauty Of Himachal In Mcleodganj"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a great experience to travel to McLeodganj. There are lots of places to visit here. I had a wonderful time. Don't miss the beauty of the place. Absorb all the energy and positivity of the place. There is a waterfall, there is the Dalai Lama temple, Naddi view point..and you can also go to Dharmshala which is 9 km lower from McLeodganj. And then you can move towards Palampur which is only 37 km from McLeodganj.
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Auroshikha Rath
  • Auroshikha Rath
  • 4 Reviews

"Fabulous Place to Make Memories"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very touristy and cosmopolitan. Can be expensive, so needs to be bargained at all times. Don't fall for the innocent looking Tibetans. There are some awesome cafes and restaurants here.and please beware of weird Indians who might stalk you if you're walking alone. Just approach any monk near by. They are not as docile or non violent as you might like to assume. While you're there, do give some voluntary work a shot to experience something absolutely new and refreshing, even it's just for the heck of it. I guarantee you, that will be the most eye opening thing you'd have besides all the fun and soul searching. Also do give taxis or cabs a miss if you wanna save money. Else it's a great way to help their economy.
All in all it could be a fabulous getaway if you're single and lonely, because it's easy to meet people and make memories.
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Abhirup Saha
  • Abhirup Saha
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 8 Reviews

"Had such a great time!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mcleodganj isn't really a one time visit. And the best part is you should visit it at different stages of your life. The place is the best example of what nature has to offer. When you are going there are for first time, a walk up to the Shiva Cafe is a must. Second, when you are into mid-20s and raring to go, take the Triund hike for a much better high. If you are a better trekker, go up to the Indrahar Pass. And finally, when you have settled into middle ages and lost your steam, come for the awesome Tibetan and now even European food that is being served here.
Mcleodganj is walkable on foot, and it is recommended that you explore on foot. That's the best way to look for joints with great breakfast options or good food. It also sets you up well for the moderate hike to Triund. Unless you are an experienced hiker, would recommend going up Triund and staying over there. The onward and return hike is probably around ~14 kms, which may be not very comfortable for the average Joe.
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Dinesh
  • Dinesh
  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent place with natural beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 17, 2014
McLeodganj is very good place. First I visited there to take the treatment of cancer. But I so much enjoyed the place that now I want to visit the place once again. I love the nature, and the place offers that in abundance.
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Bharat
  • Bharat
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice people and nice location"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2014
McLeodganj is a beautiful hill station approximately 10kms uphill from Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh. There are many sightseeing places like the Dal Lake, Naddi, Dharmkot, Dalai Lama Temple, and Bhagsu Naag Temple. People here are also friendly and go out of their ways to help you. Besides there are so many restaurants and coffee shops for you to hangout with friends.
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Rahul Shrivastava
  • Rahul Shrivastava
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit to Mcleodganj"

  • Posted Aug 10, 2013
It is good place to visit, slightly different from other hill stations, not as crowded as others, it is also a beautiful hill station.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is very good in Mcleodganj, good small restaurants are available, where u can enjoy Tibetan food and which very cheap also, so it is good place for food lovers. There are lot of spots for sightseeing but especially Monastary, St Johns Church, Dal lake, Stadium in Dharamshala.

Activities & things to do: In the evening you can have a walk on the mall road.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can go up to Pathankot(PUNJAB) by train, after that from Pathankot you can hire a taxi or you can go by BUS also.
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Sukanya Paul
  • Sukanya Paul
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"Nature at its best!"

  • Posted Jul 10, 2013
Mcleodganj is a beautiful hill station approximately 10kms uphill from Dharmshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Zomsa cafe is the best where one must try the Kangra tea. However there are many cafes and restaurants where one can try a variety of food.

However the must to vist places are Bhagsu falls, Monastery, the sunset point, Church, the dharamshala stadium, tea gardens and by default the trek to Triund. However we also tried Paragliding in dharamshala and believe me that was the best part of our trip.

Activities & things to do: Paragliding and trekking.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Delhi - Pthankot by train, left at 9pm and reached around 4:30am. Then hired a taki for RS.1800 to reach our final destination Mcleodganj. Aprox 2:30- 3 hrs drive and you will love the early morning view of the dhauladhar ranges.
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Ashutosh   Shukla
  • Ashutosh Shukla
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice hotel to stay"

  • Posted Jul 9, 2013
Dharamshala and McLeodganj are influenced by Tibetan culture. As people from all over the world are interested in the place, we can get standard products here but too expensive and no-bargaining. Avoid shopping here.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: DHARAMSHALA AND MGANJ ARE INFLUENCED NY TIBETIAN CULTURE. AS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE INTERESTED IN THE PLACE, WE CAN GET STANDTARD PRODUCTS HERE BUT TOOOOO EXPENSIVE AND NO-BARGAINING...AVOID SHOPPING HERE .

Activities & things to do: Paragliding, trekking and rock climbing. Nice experience

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From pathankot get here by road only 90 km or you can get here from Dalhousie. Journey of 5-6 hrs
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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
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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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