McLeodganj Tourism

McLeodganj Tourism

McLeodganj Info

  • 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.

McLeodganj is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jammu and Ludhiana.

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Sangita

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  • Sangita
  • Lives in Alipurduar
  • 2 Reviews
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"A memorable trek to triund valley"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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SOMETIMES ALL YOU NEED IS A TICKET IN YOUR HAND AND A BOOK IN YOUR BAG PACK TO ESCAPE FROM THE MONOTONY OF YOUR LIFE AND SOMETIME ALONE. FINDING AOLACE IN NATURE. I WAS BEEN RESTLESS FOR THIS TRIP SINCE MY BROKEN BONE GOT FIX. SO DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING NOT SIMILAR TO THE LAST TRIPS. WHEN THE WORK PLUS THE MIDDLE EAST HEAT AND AT THAT MOMENT YOU FELT LIKE TO RUN AWAYA FOR A FEW DAYS. I SPENT MY DAY AND NIGHT TO I PLAN THE ITINERARY AND NO SOONER I ON AN OVERNIGHT BUS TO Dharamshala. AT
THE DAY OF TREKKING IT WAS A RAINING BUT STILL DECIDED TO GO FOR IT. THAT WAS AN AMAZING FEELING. AFTER 9 KMS OF STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN TREK I REACHED AT A THE TOP I WAS AMAZED TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF NATURETHAT BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AND THE RAYS OF SUN WHEN TOUCHED THE DEW MADE A RAINBOW. THAT COLOURFULL SCENARIO IS STILL THE STAR OF MY EYES. NEVER SEEN SUCH A VIEW IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I WAS TIRED AFTER A LONG TREK BUT THEN REGAINED MY ENERGY AFTER SEEING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SCENARIO. I WAS LUCKY THAT DAY. I EXPERIENCED THE TREK IN RAIN AND THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSET TOO. BOTH A AT THE SAME TIME. IT WAS JUST ADORABLE. WANT TO VISIT AGAIN.
A MEMORABLE TREK TO TRIUND?
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Deeptinandan

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  • Deeptinandan
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Enchanting Dharamshala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
One of the most fulfilled holiday destination in India. The best thing about the place is that it is one of the finest spot for all age group people. It has all sorts of destinations meant for peace, romance, meditation. The best season to visit this place is March to July and October to January. Local food of the place is Momos. The presence of fun and peace loving foreigners and monks make it more exciting and blessed. The place has numerous site seeing options viz. Dharamshala Cricket stadium, Chamunda, Chintpurni, Kangra, Jwalaji Temples. Bhagsu Temple is another attraction with a waterfall and freezing water Bath option which gives a life time experience to the travellers. Overall a great place to visit for 5 nights.
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Amarjeet Singh

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  • Amarjeet Singh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Such a great stay over there"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Such a great stay over there. I definitely will visit again... Me and my wife visit Dharamshala in May 2017 and Mcleodganj. Its such a wonderful stay over there. Hotel staff behavior is very good and I specially thanks to mr Vikas for such a great response over a single phone call..
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Sharad Kumar

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  • Sharad Kumar
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 photos
  • 41 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  54609 readers

"Definitely will be a nice place to go in Winter"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
McLeod Ganj is situated about 15 Kms further of Dharamshala. Higher altitude and better climate. Roads are quite narrow. Very scenic. Better place to stay than Dharamshala. Has some options for pure veg food near DL temple. Market closes quite early around 7. 30pm itself.
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Soumyadeb Biswas

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  • Soumyadeb Biswas
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  3994 readers

"McLeodganj - land of mountains, waterfalls, pine trees and monks"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2017
Situated in the upper part of Dharamshala, McLeodganj is covered with pine trees and surrounded by the Dhauladhar range. Once you reach the upper Hills crossing the mighty Ravi river you get a glimpse of the snow capped Dhauladhar peaks. The prime attraction of the place Dalai Lama temple complex is just located at the end of the market place.
You get to choose from an umpteen number of cafes and restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, Italian, Tibetan, Nepali and Continental cuisines. The market place also provides option to shop and spend some time.
Lots of hotel options from low to mid range starting from 1000 to 5000 rupees providing basic to modern facilities. Better you book hotel beforehand to avoid last minute hassle.
2 - 3 days are enough to enjoy the place.
Nearby attractions include Bhagsunag Temple and waterfall. For those who would like to trek, there are multiple trekking routes.
Other attractions include Kangra State Museum, Sunset point which gives a wonderful view of the complete Dhauladhar range, War Memorial, Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, Dal Lake and couple of beautiful temples.
You can rent a bike or car from the market place on daily basis or hire a car for the whole tour. Do bargain for whatever services you take or items you buy.
People are very Co-operative, understand Hindi and English.
Above all if you stand lucky to find a good weather this could be a memorable trip.
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Supriya Gaur

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  • Supriya Gaur
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews
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"Naddi View Point McLeodganj"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2017
Naddi View point is roughly 5km away from the main city junction. This sight seeing point is quite famous and can be reached via local taxi or for the more adventurous travellers, by taking a walk. The route to this point is quite picturesque with a beautiful valley on the left and small shops serving tea, maggi and masala omelette lined up on the sides. There are not many signs on the road guiding you to the point, but the locals are quite helpful and you can locate this on Google maps as well. Once you reach, you get a lovely view of the mountains covered in mist (if it has rained recently).
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Himanshu Gupta

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  • Himanshu Gupta
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 5 Reviews
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"Loved the place in love with this sight"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
The place is extremely enjoyable specially in winters and on new year crowd was awesome. We party hard here. Found some punjabi guys from Chandigarh and danced like hell. You can sit anywhere and relax. The flowing water will get you flow with itself. Heavy crowd awesome sight overall loved the experience being here. Will visit again
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Paras Vaghela

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  • Paras Vaghela
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  533 readers

"Good TOURIST LOCATION"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2017
Good location for Tourist to enjoy winter, good hotel option is less, so book as early as possible if planning to go McLeodganj. Plenty of good food option at McLeodganj chowk, place is at the top so take experience driver to rich McLeodganj, All tourist attraction are within 5 km radius, so 1 full day is enough for McLeodganj & Dharmshala
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 51 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
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"For soul-seekers!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2016
It isn't that famous for tourists because it's Tibetans town at hill. But I was amazed to see that temples, Church & monasteries all are there in this beautiful town. Tibetans are very kind & the best part is that in India they've their small world. The living God Dalai Lama, himself was present in one of his monastery & we were allowed to go but without cameras, mobiles. Huge security was present too! Day spent here is truly worth.
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Laneesh Sasi

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  • Laneesh Sasi
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"Awesome place to relax"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2016
McLeodghanj is super cool those who want adventure good food, hills etc. When coming to food the best food available ter is Tibatian dish and Tibatian kitchen( restaurant) is best one. Those who want adventure can visit bir billing for paragliding and can do trucking and camping at Triund. For people those who want just to relax can visit the place and choose a best hotel, hotels are cheap but most of them are not having parking place (you have to pay parking fee for public parking)and enjoy the weather. A must visit place is Shiv cafe in McLeodghanj, awesome place and ambience.
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