Known As A Little Lhasa, McLeodganj Has A Culture Of Its Own! 9 Reasons To Go There | HolidayIQ Blog

Known As A Little Lhasa, McLeodganj Has A Culture Of Its Own! 9 Reasons To Go There

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Known as Little Lhasa, this place has a charm of it's own. HolidayIQ Travellers list 9 reasons why you should visit this place.

Known As A Little Lhasa, McLeodganj Has A Culture Of Its Own! 9 Reasons To Go There:

  1. McLeodganj (Himachal Pradesh)

1. Bored Of The Chai? Try Tibetan Butter Tea

Bored Of The Chai? Try Tibetan Butter Teasource: yowangdu.com

Bored of the same old milk chai, try some tibetan butter tea. This tea has quite a kick. The leaves and water are often simmered for 12 hours before being combined with the yak butter.

HolidayIQ Traveller Donarun Das says, “With a freshly fresh cup of yak butter tea, I looked towards the serene whitened structure of the Shanti Stupa.”

2. For The Buddhist Vibe & Colourful Prayer Flags

For The Buddhist Vibe & Colourful Prayer Flagssource: blog.happy-tripping.com

Buddhists from all over the globe come to McLeod Ganj to study, relax, learn Tibetan. Spot monks walking with prayer beads chanting mantras. Visit the Tibet Museum. Also, the Dalai Lama temple is a must. Take a walk from the Mcleodganj main market to reach the temple. It is a perfect place to meditate and de-stress yourself.

HolidayIQ Traveller Akriti Sharma from Chandigarh says, “If you love to indulge in varied cuisines, culture and people, then Mcleodganj is your go-to destination. Take a stroll to the open markets of this place and you can see perfect confluence of people coming from different ethnicity making the environment so full of vibrancy and warmth. Mcleodganj is one lively place where you can enjoy many activities happening within a day. The crisp mountain air and serene spots nearby are added bonus. It is a perfect shopping destination to take back home souvenirs like Tibetan singing bowls, china ware, beautifully crafted crockery, homemade paper and jams, incense sticks, silk apparels and many more. The Dalai Lama's Temple complex and Tibet Museum are must see places. If you like trekking, you can go for a one day short trek to Triund. Besides, you must visit the Norbulingka Institute at Dharamsala to get a good peek into the Tibetan culture and buy colorful artifacts.”

3. For Its Cafe Culture

For Its Cafe Culturesource: happytrips.com

Mcleod Ganj is brimming with eateries, bakeries and cafes that offer an array of cuisines, from Italian, Tibetan, Bhutanese to Indian drawing buzzing crowds of travellers every day. You can have one the best coffees and vegan food here. Sip a hot mug of apple cider at Khana Nirvana on a cold winter morning or savour on crumbs of Woeser Bakery's carrot cake while chatting to a like minded stranger. Some of the cafes that are a must visit include Mandele, Nicks, Rogpa, Carpe Diem for the freshly baked pizza and many more.

HolidayIQ Traveller Saurav Raj Pandey says, “Namgyal Cafe in McLeodganj is a must visit. Do try their Pizzas.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Piyush Sharma, “Namgyal cafe in the temple is a must visit.I had pizza and rose petal tea.”

4. Ever Had The Bhagsu Cake?

Ever Had The Bhagsu Cake?source: kaajalkooks.com

Bhagsu cake is a must-have when in McleodGanj. The cake is packed in large trays cut into small pieces. The base is made up of crushed and packed biscuits on which sits a thick-yet-firm layer of chocolate.

HoldiayIQ Traveller Gopish Prasad from Kochi shares, “We stayed in Bhagsu for a couple of days. We paid 300 for the room, and it was worth it. There are many nice restaurants next door and around. Don't forget to try the bhagsu cake!”

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5. For Local Handicrafts & Antiques

For Local Handicrafts & Antiquessource: commonmandiaries.files.wordpress.com

Take a walk down the lanes and enjoy shopping some cultural and aesthetic items. Find a unique collection of woolen wears at reasonable prices. You can buy souvenir gifts, prayer flags from the colourful antique shops.

HolidayIQ Traveller Gargee Das from Ajmer shares, “It is a pandora's box for women! What to buy and what not to! However, we shopped till we dropped! I think anybody would do that as the Tibetan accessories and craftwork is irresistible.”

6. For Volunteering Opportunities

For Volunteering Opportunitiessource: lh3.googleusercontent.com

A spare afternoon, a week or more? You have endless opportunities to help the Tibetan community. The Lha is a grassroots organization which supports refugees in many ways.

7. Ever Watched Monks Debating? Visit Tsuglagkhang Complex

Ever Watched Monks Debating? Visit Tsuglagkhang Complexsource: wanderingon.com

Spot monks debating at the Namgyal Gompa inside of the Tsuglagkhang Complex on any given afternoon. It is a spectacle. Monks break into groups; one stands and passionately 'preaches' a point while the others sit and roll their eyes or laugh to challenge the debater.

8. Not For The Fainthearted! Hike To Triund

Not For The Fainthearted! Hike To Triundsource: blogspot.com

Enjoy a picturesque stroll to Bhagsu Waterfall or climb the hill to Triund to soak in the stunning views of the Himalayas.

HolidayIQ Traveller Jay Gupta shares, “If you want to spend a holiday free from city life and want peace of mind, this is the place. To indulge in adventure, try a trek which starts from Triund itself. It’s a 3 to 4- hour trek, which is perfect for beginners.”

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9. Hone A New Skill

Hone A New Skillsource: frontline.in

Ever heard of Andretta? A small village near Mcleodganj, it has a renowned pottery course you’ll love!

“The small little villages surrounding Dharamshala are beautiful. The peace and quiet is what you need if you are tired with city life,” says HolidayIQ Traveller Govind Sharma. 

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