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

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Very cold weather

Very cold weather  Video Review
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Bhagsu Waterfall

Jagjit Thakur
30th Aug 17

Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala

Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala  Video Review
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Bhagsu Waterfall

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point

Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point  Video Review
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Naddi View Point

Jayant
21st Apr 17

Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala

Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala  Video Review
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Naddi View Point

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point

Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point  Video Review
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Naddi View Point

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Triund Trek

Triund Trek  Video Review
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Triund

Supriya Gaur
21st Feb 17

Bhagsunag waterfall

Bhagsunag waterfall  Video Review
02:03

Bhagsu Waterfall

Munish Thappa
2nd Oct 17

Beautiful location and cold weather

Beautiful location and cold weather  Video Review
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Bhagsu Waterfall

Martin
2nd Sep 17

Best cafe on way to waterfall

Best cafe on way to waterfall  Video Review
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Bhagsu Waterfall

Jagjit Thakur
1st Sep 17

Perfect view of waterfall and best cafe on 1900 ft

Perfect view of waterfall and best cafe on 1900 ft  Video Review
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Bhagsu Waterfall

Ankur Bansal
1st Sep 17

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Reasons to go to McLeodganj

1For a walk across the Triund ridge and view the sunrise
For a walk across the Triund ridge and view the sunrise

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rakshit Sood adds, “The Triund Hill is located 10kms from the town. Since we were little short of time we took a taxi to Galu Temple (2115 meters) which is at the base of the ascent. ...The second part of the trek was little difficult with the slope increasing gradually. There was this last stretch of the trail leading up to Triund where the slope was very steep...Woke up early. Had a walk on Triund Ridge. Took photographs. Had tea and bread - omelet in the breakfast. Saw the sunrise (at around 7 am! ) and started walking back for McLeodganj.

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2Have you seen waterfall with graffiti close by?
Have you seen waterfall with graffiti close by?

Bhagsu Waterfall, situated close to the Bhagsunath Temple, is one of the beautiful streams in the locality. Peaceful and serene, the mountain side is decorated with slate graffiti, a great highlight for all visitors. It serves as quite a background for couples. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Ramya says, "Small trek to Bhagsu waterfall from the main town of McLeodganj is highly recommended. After reaching the falls, don't forget to have chai and snacks at 'End of the world' cafe, just below the falls. Also, you can take a detour to Shiva Cafe and enjoy with the hippie crowd."

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3If you love some fun!
If you love some fun!

HolidayIQ reviewer Arvind says, "Travellers must visit McLeodganj as the majestic mountains call tourists to experience the best of what nature has to offer. Experience bliss while camping under billions of stars with your family in Triund."

HolidayIQ reviewer Onkar talks about his experience, "The streets of McLeodganj are full of Tibetan monks in traditional dresses, chanting their religious verse and Tibetan goodwill flags. Local sightseeing includes Bhagsu Falls, St. John's Church, Dharamkot, Dalai Lama Temple, Norbulingka Monastery."

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4The scintillating slopes of Mcleodganj
The scintillating slopes of Mcleodganj

A quaint town steeped in colonial charm and surrounded by beautiful mountains and breathtaking view points, McLeodganj also offers the chance to experience Buddhist culture owing to the many monasteries and monks that dot the town. If you're looking for some peace of mind, look no further- this is the perfect place to visit with your friends!

HolidayIQ reviewer Deepika says, "It isn't that famous for tourists because it's a Tibetan town. But I was amazed to see that temples, churches and monasteries all are there in this beautiful town. Tibetans are very kind and the best part is that in India they have their small world." 

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5Camp under a thousand stars at Triund
Camp under a thousand stars at Triund

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arvind pal adds, “Travellers must visit McLeodganj as the majestic mountains call tourists to experience the best of what nature has to offer. Triund offers the spectacular view of the Dhauladhar ranges. Experience bliss while camping under billions of stars with your friends and family in Triund.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Deepak Kumar adds, “One can find absolute peace of mind at this place, clear weather and chirping of birds in the morning will make you feel that you are in a different world. The back side of it is covered with snowy mountains which makes it more beautiful when the sun rises from them. T”

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Reviews (144)

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

Arvind arora

Arvind arora5.0/5

2 reviews

McLeodganj

Good place with good people, natural beauty of snow clad mountains all around are fascinating. Not too much costly. Good system of traffic control on the way from McLeodganj to Bhagsunag. The main chaurasta was crowded but with good bakery etc. Products shops which are neat & clean. It was a good trip for three days in which we travelled to Dharamshala also.

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.

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.

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McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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View of Mcleodganj
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

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Mountains in Mcleodganj

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