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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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Laneesh Sasi

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  • Laneesh Sasi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome place to relax" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Today
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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Ankur Murarka

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  • Ankur Murarka
  • Lives in Surat
  • 4 Reviews
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"Over crowded and congested place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This place is full of guest house and hotels. Due to several religious instiutions, this place is overcrowded and hence found nothing special to waste time in roaming here and there. People have to go by walk only since roads are narrower and cars/cabs are not advisable since it will waste more time to reach any destination within city.
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Nabin Agrawal

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  • Nabin Agrawal
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"McLeodganj - My dream destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place. Bhagsu Nag Waterfall, Dalai Lama Temple, Tibetan Museum and much more to see. I have been there to watch India vs New Zealand cricket match, the HPCA stadium was awesome. Food was a little bit expensive but delicious. Weather was good, not so cold.
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Ankit Singhai

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  • Ankit Singhai
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is much better than Dharamshala. Though the place is small and congested
Limited number of good properties to stay
Site seeing is limited to few places only like Bhagsunag water fall, Dalai Lama temple
Plce is good for a relaxed Holiday and to have some exposure to Tibetan lifestyle
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Rohit Virmani

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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"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 16, 2016
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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  • Vastushastrideepak
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"Amazing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 6, 2016
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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  • 8 Reviews
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"Peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 30, 2016
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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  • 8 Reviews
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"A peaceful and good hill station with its own culture"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 11, 2016
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 Jul 4, 2016
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 Jun 26, 2016
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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