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McLeodganj Tourism

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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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Priyanka Singh

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  • Priyanka Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 68 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  949 readers

"A memorable trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"A good experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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  • 10 Reviews
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"Triund - First Time Trekkers Paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Kamal Rao

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  • Kamal Rao
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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  • 24 Reviews
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"Very cool and silent place for relaxing and meditation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very cool and silent place for relaxing and meditation. I visit this place in month of March last year on my bike Apache. Mcleodganj is one day ride from Ludhiana. On the way we halt at Chintpurni Mata, Bagulamukhi, Kanga Fort, Sobha Singh Art Gallery and last Mcleodganj. Hotels are easily available in this place. If you want to enjoy food there are lot of options like German, Israeli, Indian, Korean, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese restaurants on very reasonable rates. This place became little crowded on weekdays so it's best to park your vehicle in parking space. There are lot of things to explore in market of this place like Tibetan culture, books, stones, Thanka paintings and many more. Trekking is also available, we prefer to explore this place on foot. Places to must visit are Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunag Temple, Big Water Fall, Small Dal Lake, Animal Park, St John Church. There are lot of meditation center for peace and meditation lovers. If you want to enjoy paragliding, just take package and visit bir which is not far away from McLeodganj. On the way to Bir must see Baijnath temple, beautiful valleys, mountain covered with snow. Mostly people in McLeodganj are tibetans monks, there are very humble and peace lovers. If you want accommodation on very cheap rates then you should talk to with local people they will help you a lot to find. I love this place very much. McLeodganj is must visit place to visit.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Went on the long Gandhi Jayanti weekend in 2015 from Delhi. Took 9-10 hours travel by bus, reached there by 6 in the morning.

The hotel was at walking distance from the bus stop, in fact the whole town is best explored on foot. The place has it all, budget accommodations, good and yummy food with a lot of options, free WiFi in all the restaurants and cafes as foreigners just keep sitting there for hours at a stretch.

Bhagsu fall is 3-4 km walking distance from the main square, its a must go as there are not many sightseeing places in McLoedganj itself.

There are very good places to eat such as The Clay Oven, Tibet Kitchen, Carpedium and many more. Go there for a long weekend, enjoy the variety in food have a relaxing time.
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Varsha Tiwari

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  • Varsha Tiwari
  • Lives in Neemuch
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Super cool and beautiful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
McLeodganj upper part of Dharamshala. Valentine's eve-Beautiful place. We stayed in Hotel Bhagsu near the Bhagsunag Temple with good view, waterfall is just walking distance from there. Two days are enough in McLeod, here local market opens after 10 am, in morning went to Dalai Lama Temple, lord Buddha.

Try local dish momos, just outside the temple many food stalls. Dal Lake, Church, Kargil Garden, View Points, take photographs. If you want to go Triund trek local guides available, overall superb, calm, cool and beautiful place.
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Prabhat Gupta

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  • Prabhat Gupta
  • Lives in Deoria
  • 1 Review
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"A breathtaking place!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its one of the best places I have ever been to, away from the city, in the mountains, good weather. An excellent place for trip with friends, for those who like cool stuff and hanging around in parties. There are awesome Cafe to eat, with delicious food. One will always have so much variety to look out for. The market of McLeodganj is good and people of that area are very nice, cooperative and helpful. The tourists will be busy visiting various places like the waterfall called Bhagsunag Falls, the Dalai Lama Temple, Dal lake. The best part of the trip for me was the Triund Trek with the breathtaking views and an experience of lifetime. I would recommend you to definitely visit McLeodganj once for the entire Tibetan feel and the clean atmosphere. One should at least spend 3 days in this place to explore it well.
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Nishant Taneja

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  • Nishant Taneja
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Overall a nice experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was all good. Rainy & chilled weather in night & we all enjoyed as in bachelors trip to McLeod Ganj and Triund. Bhagsunath WAS all good with temples & swimming pool. People, traffic police was supportive in the ways of Himalaya. Good roadways & taxis stands in-between for help.
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Aditi Rungta

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  • Aditi Rungta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Beauty and peace"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A peaceful and a beautiful place to visit. The freshness of the air is unbeatable. You are free from hassles of the daily life. On the way to the trek, no mobile phone signals are there. It seems like you are floating among the clouds. Its a magical place and makes you wonder about the spectacular beauty nature has to offer.
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Pankaj

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Place to enjoy all kind of holidays"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2016
Great place to visit. For everyone, romantic, adventures or religious. Beautiful location and landscape surrounded by pine trees. Gives a unforgettable moment in life. Nearby places like museum, lake and tracking path. Must visit at once and if you visit. You'll surely go again and again.
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