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  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Kangra
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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Rohit Virmani

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
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"Excellent Place being ruined by Traffic Jams" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
McLeodganj is a great location, easily accessible from the Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi. People over weekends and long weekends travel to Dharmshala and McLeodganj. The narrow roads fall short of handling the huge volume of traffic there. Long jams are common in McLeodganj. Dharmshala is better placed in terms of traffic.
My advise to travellers would be - Stay in Dharmshala (where you can bring you car easily). And then travel around in a locally hired taxi.
McLeodganj and Dharmshala have a lot to offer for every kind of traveller.
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Vastushastrideepak

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"Amazing" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is very amazing and adventures hill station. It is good place to visit. It is well connected by trains air and road. Best is to take a bus from Delhi direct to McLeodganj or a flight. It is located near southern himalayan range. It is a peaceful city good for summer retreat. It takes 12 hour ride from Delhi to reach McLeodganj. There are many places to visit and one can even go visit Dharamshala which is also a good places. There are many attraction like dalai lama temple, masoor temple, tibet museum, Dal lake, bhagsunath temple, bhagsu waterfall, Kangra art musuem etc. There are many good restaurants and hotels for stay. You can see buddhist culture here. And really enjoy the visit.
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Kushal Sharma

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  • Kushal Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Peace" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The overextending settlement of McLeod Ganj extends along a pine- covered ridge with valley views below and the near verticals of the Dhauladhar range toweringbehind. Despite being named after Mc Leod the, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab when the hill station was founded in 1848, the little evidence of British occupation remains. Intersected by two narrow potholed roads, the focal point of McLeod Ganj is its Budhist temple, ringed with spinning red and gold prayers wheels.
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Sunil Agrawal

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  • Sunil Agrawal
  • Lives in Meerut
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"A peaceful and good hill station with its own culture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Recently visited this small hill station with family. It is quite and easy going hill station without extreme cold.
The most popular for the reason that Dalai Lama his followers were settled in earlier in fifties. As such this is a holy and pious place for Tibetans and a centre to study their culture.
The market is not big and you can comfortably visit the entire town in one day. The main market is typical and decorated with lot many tourist agencies but product are /handicrafts are by and large costly.
The another famous point like church, Bhagsu Nag temple Dalai Lama temple can be covered easily from main chowk of city on foot in 5-6 hours.
Alternatively you can take a Auto for about Rs 500/. And about 1000/ for a taxi.
The city damaged extensive damages in earthquake in 1905 and famous church and temple was reconstructed afterwards.
The place is also ideal to stay and visit Dharamshala(twin station) and five famous Shakti peetha temples in one day which include Jwala Mukhi and Chamunda Devi
The town did not require and warm cloths during 1st week of July.
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Shubham Gupta

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  • Shubham Gupta
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"Go and"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its an easy and one day trek. Its around 7 to 8 KM trek from main square. Best season October, November, December, January, February, March, April. If you plan to camp here then you have option pay rent for one night that is around RS. 500 to 800 depend on the size. Food prices are too high. Dal Charla price is 150/- per plate, Maggi 50-70/- per plate, water bottle 40/-, so if you have backpack then take some packets like chips, bread butter, Jam, Cakes etc. Yes you can put your own camp also if you have. Forest house is available but normally it booked. You can go to snowline from here that is 3 KM trek from here. McLeodganj is famous for this trek.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
McLeodganj is the Pearl of Michal. One of the emerging Hill station has a lot to offer you. Beautiful Tibetians Culture, food, Lush Green Mountains, trails and pretty villages, waterfall, lakes, parties, spiritualism and adventures activities are the things one can rejoice with. You will find travelers from all around the globe here. Though my main purpose to visit there was to climb on Triund this is the one thing you shouldn't miss if you go there. McLeodganj is paradise for foodies, writer, researcher, adventurer and the explorer. If you wish to see something like Goa or just want to explore more visit McLeodganj. I am sure that you will never regret your decision.
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Subrata kumar Ghosh

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  • Subrata kumar Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews
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"Relaxed stay"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place has very good scenic beauty and the climate is quite pleasant. One can stay here for days together for relaxation and rejuvenation. One can observe the lama culture which is so disciplined and organised. If one can have Darsham of His holiness Dalai lama, then it gives immense satisfaction. The Tibetan treatment particularly for cancer is something unique.
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Priyanka Singh

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  • Priyanka Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A memorable trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2016
While waiting for the brunch on the table of Tibet kitchen along with other existing co-travellers, I was wondering in silent contemplation that how travel let you introduce with new faces and binds anyone in new-fangled correlation with the brilliant vibes of the place.

I was trying to equipoise among all the facts that what human being consider before heading his foot to any of the nature's corner. Either just a perceptible nature, or it's varies culture, humble common masses or those traditional authentic pattern of cooking which is almost disappearing on the name of taste in today's consumerism. But I'm not biased nor patterned neither I required any reason to dig into God's charismatic creation, Instead of that I would love to flow in the lap of nature, to grasp every captivating vistas, to admire those entire composition of flavours that every new spot offers which content my taste buds.

As I was floating in my profound thoughts, that appealing aroma disbursed my isolated moments, coz la la food was there!!! Leaving all my notions behind I would recommend Tibet Kitchen to dine in for the following reasons:

Name - Yes, as the name suggests “Tibet Kitchen"¯ this eatery not only just specialized in propounding delicacies from the land of Tibet but also offers Bhutanese, Chinese, Thai and enough of Indian cuisines to satisfy your hunger. What more you necessitate when you get all of these well regarded cuisines in the lap of Himalayas (specifically Dhauladhar Range behind, covererd with full of pine and silver sparkling trees). For me just the name is sufficient that would led me to sneaked a peek. The name not only justify and correlate the place and food, as Mcloedganj is also known as “Little Lhasa"¯ because of the residence of holiness and the large population of Tibetians.

Location - It is located in Jogiwara road amidst of overly crowded central market of Mcleodganj. Easy to reach and traceable even by Dharamshala, though our lunch was organised by Tripver that included in our package. We all strolled down 2kms from Bhagsunath (where we stayed, for my experience in Turkish Cottage Click here) to enjoy that unexpected scrumptious gala lunch. Road that bridge Bhagsunath and town is the peaceful and shared by many others pedestrians, you never feel lonely. Thankfully I got multiple eye catching views of the town, green meadows under clear skies. Customarily, this 3 floored construction remains full of travellers and foodies. Count yourself lucky if you get a table though its generally packed throughout the year.

Food And here's the main topic that I would like to cove. Food. Gorgeous feast included stuffed mouth dissolving big sized steamed momos, really that well regarded flavours I've never had before. Then it was a turn of mild flavoured chicken thukpa (soup full of crunchy vegetables, slippery boiled noodles and chicken) low in calories loaded with fibre and nutrients, it's a complete meal in itself. Anybody can sense a feel of Himalayan touch by having this recipe.

Tibetan palate would remain incomplete without Tingmo, a yeasty big Tibetan steamed bread/bun. It doesn't have any kind of filling but can be prepared in many shapes. A trip to Dharamshala is a sheer waste without grabbing a bite of it. They served this with delectable curry Shamu Datshi haute cuisine full of mushrooms, beans and green chilly in cheese sauce.Shamu means mushroom and Datse is Bhutanese cheese, soft melted one that use to make local delicacies. This heavenly cuisine is bit spicy not as much as its sister delicacy Ema Datsi - one of the spiciest Bhutanese national dish usually loaded with chillies. Where locals mostly eat with rice but we relished with Tingmo, great combo. Delicate fried rice was just an add on to make it a perfect meal with Thenthuk handmade short flat noodles.

Service - I found couple of negative reviews online on the note of their service but fortunately we wouldn't face such non inviting experience. It's value for money food corner that serves good staff service and insanely affordable food. I'm not comparing and stating their food as the best in the town but with no tipping atmosphere I'd had quite a memorable experience to share which is enough to gain and revisit of any customer.

Enhance your knowledge by exchanging stories with congenial co-travellers. It was an experience that one cannot forgets anytime soon, usually this 3 floored often full with monks, travellers and locals because of their pocket friendly moderate price. These maroon robed friendly modest monks would happily spend a quality time with you, try once.

So what are you thinking of, such picturesque landscapes, those dazzling stars of splendid galaxy of Mcleodganj is calling you. Pack your bags and fabricate wonderful illuminated lifelong memories coz life is too short to think so much without any act.
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Ajay Rathore

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  • Ajay Rathore
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"A good experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
First of all its cheap and I mean literally the tent on the top of triund just costs Rs 500. We started from Delhi in the morning around 3 o'clock and reached there around 12 pm. The roads were beautiful on hills and the view itself was very mesmerising. After reaching there we booked natraj hotel. The rooms were spacious and service and bathroom was good too and it costed us 2000 per night. But the main feature which I liked was the safety feature. I never felt so safe anywhere. We were trekking at night around 8 pm and reached at top around 11 pm and it never felt unsafe. Not a bit. Even my sister never felt unsafe. And the view at the top was very beautiful, The trek was totally worth it. Though the food at top is very costly. I mean Rs 70 for 1 maggi is too much.
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Swati Jain

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  • Swati Jain
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Triund - First Time Trekkers Paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Triund will be etched as a cherished memory for the rest of your life. This is my promise. A fairly doable trek for beginners, 7 km from starting point Galu temple in Nadi (2000 metres above the sea level and about two kilometres from hippie haven Mcleod Ganj). The trail is rocky, cut into steps, slowly rises into a steep ascent after 4 kms. Offers plenty of panoramic view of forests, fog, clouds, rivers and falls. The sweat and pain of it all will vanish into thin air when you reach the summit and breathe in the beauty of snow capped Dhauladhar range. Overnight Camping is must do. You can rent a tent at top or use sleeping bags but animals mostly cows, donkeys roam at large it's their natural habitat not ours) so choose accordingly - Carry energy bars, chips & water for the journey up - at the top, there is a single stall serving maggi and dal chawal. Midway stop is a cafe serving tea/ biscuits etc. Please carry your trash down and don't leave it on mountains. Additional payoff : starry blanketed sky and a golden sunrise.
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