McLeodganj Tourism

McLeodganj is famous for

McLeodganj is famous for its Tibetan institutions and Buddhist monasteries. Surrounded by thick vegetation of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendron, it is located near the perennial snowline of the snowy Dhauladhar mountain ranges. McLeodganj is also a major shopping centre famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, and Tibetan carpets

McLeodganj Video Reviews

Very cold weather  Video Review

Very cold weather

by Jagjit Thakur
30th Aug 17
Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala  Video Review

Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala

by Chandrika
21st Apr 17
Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point  Video Review

Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point

by Jayant
21st Apr 17
Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala  Video Review

Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala

by Chandrika
21st Apr 17
Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point  Video Review

Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point

by Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17
Triund Trek  Video Review

Triund Trek

by Supriya Gaur
21st Feb 17
Bhagsunag waterfall  Video Review

Bhagsunag waterfall

by Munish Thappa
2nd Oct 17
Beautiful location and cold weather  Video Review

Beautiful location and cold weather

by Martin
2nd Sep 17
Best cafe on way to waterfall  Video Review

Best cafe on way to waterfall

by Jagjit Thakur
1st Sep 17
Perfect view of waterfall and best cafe on 1900 ft  Video Review

Perfect view of waterfall and best cafe on 1900 ft

by Ankur Bansal
1st Sep 17

I am heading to McLeodganj

Reviews (143)

"paradise for foodies, writer, researcher, adventurer and the explorer"

Vishal sharma

Vishal sharma5.0/5

6 reviews

Loved it

Fell in love with McLeodganj. It was the most peaceful place. Except the hotel everything was great and fun. I would recommend everyone to visit there once atleast You can spend great time there since it is not too busy like Manali and Shimla You all will love it.

Gaurav goel

Gaurav goel4.3/5

2 reviews

Stay in McLeodganj

It's a very good place to have an adventurous and peaceful experience. One can find both the things at the same place. It is also a good place for shopping clothes and some Tibbetian goods. One can find lot of varieties of foods here. There are a number of cafes which are here to serve people.

McLeodganj Overview

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.

Photos of McLeodganj

McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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Ni khil Sh arma

Clouds gathered above triund
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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Ni khil Sh arma

Top view of dharamshala
Bhagsu Waterfall, McLeodganj

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Sagar Gant

Bhagsu Waterfall, McLeodganj
Norbulingka Institute, McLeodganj

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Rishi Kochhar

Norbulingka Institute, McLeodganj

There is so much to see in McLeodganj.

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