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

Video Reviews

Watch videos of McLeodganj shot by our travellers

Very cold weather

Very cold weather  Video Review
01:44

Bhagsu Waterfall

Jagjit Thakur
30th Aug 17

Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala

Pure Waterfall in middle of Dharamshala  Video Review
01:22

Bhagsu Waterfall

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point

Great mountain range visible from Naddi view point  Video Review
01:45

Naddi View Point

Jayant
21st Apr 17

Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala

Nice natural view of mountains in Dharmashala  Video Review
01:35

Naddi View Point

Chandrika
21st Apr 17

Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point

Scenic view of mountains from Naddi point  Video Review
01:27

Naddi View Point

Manhar Oza
21st Apr 17

Triund Trek

Triund Trek  Video Review
01:26

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
01:18

Bhagsu Waterfall

Martin
2nd Sep 17

Best cafe on way to waterfall

Best cafe on way to waterfall  Video Review
02:04

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
02:01

Bhagsu Waterfall

Ankur Bansal
1st Sep 17

I am heading to McLeodganj

Planning McLeodganj trip?

Know cost before you go!

Reasons to go to McLeodganj

1Chill amidst snow-capped mountains
Chill amidst snow-capped mountains

Hill | Weather | Nature | Peaceful

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rakshit Sood shares, “We quickly made arrangements for our overnight stay at the campsite on the Triund Hill. Our camps were ready and the bonfire was set ablaze. We sat around it, warming our hands and feet, in complete amazement of the world we were in.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vivek Soni says, “Exhilarating trek of 14kms to the top from Mcleod Ganj... Its a pleasant journey to the top and you'll find people treading down who will tell you how good it was at the top. ...Make sure to make arrangements for camping tents and sleeping mats from 'Manu', he lives on the top and handles all these matters. If you have time, definitely spend a night on top, light up a campfire and make it memorable. It can get really chilly at night (Oct-March), stay warm.”

Expand

Read more at 10 Places to Cut-Off and Pitch Tent Around a Campfire

2Triund trek for breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains
Triund trek for breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains

Waterfall | Hill | Weather | Snow

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rakshit Sood says, “The view was magical. We were so close to the snow-covered Dhauladhar range that it felt like a waking dream. Here we were at 2875 meters after covering an altitude of approximately 700m in 4 hours. We quickly made arrangements for our overnight stay at the campsite on the Triund Hill. Our camps were ready and the bonfire was set ablaze. We sat around it, warming our hands and feet, in complete amazement of the world we were in. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Keshav Singhal says, “Biting cold weather, the Triund trek, the breathtaking snow-covered mountain ranges, the 420 km drive. Everything was just so convincing. ”

Expand

Read more at 11 Places in India to Experience Snowfall

3Meaningful mornings with fabulous views and yoga
Meaningful mornings with fabulous views and yoga

Temple | Hill | Weather | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kalpesh Patel adds, “ take a trip to Dharamkot where you can attend a 2-week course at Iyengar yoga (trust me when I say this - Its the best place to do yoga in)...Heaven at 1700 meters above sea level. McLeodganj or upper Dharamshala is one such place. McLeodganj is the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile, and home of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.”

Expand

Read more at 10 Pristine Escapes to Bust Stress With Yoga

4Delhi to Mcleodganj
Delhi to Mcleodganj

Distance: Approximately 500 km 

Suggested Route: National Highway 44 and 503

HolidayIQ reviewer Nishant Abhinav shares, “Two couples left from Delhi around 7.30 pm with a motive to have dinner in Murthal before hitting the highway to Himachal Pradesh. Soon we were touching 120 Km/hr as the road conditions are very good on the highway, it was pretty exciting.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Akriti Sharma tells HolidayIQ why she likes Mcleodganj, “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. The crisp mountain air and serene spots nearby are added bonus. 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.”

Things to do: 

Trek to the quaint village of Bhagsu 

Not for the faint hearted! Explore Triund

Marvel the architecture of St. John's Church 

Expand

Read more at Bored of Romantic Cliches? Take one of these 5 Road Trips Instead

5Triund, Won the Award for India's Favourite Hill Station
Triund,  Won the Award for India's Favourite Hill Station

Offering a stunning trekking route and some great vantage points to see the Himalayas, it also has the nearest snowline to Himalayas.  

Vikas shares his experience: "Triund is a must visit for travelers to McLeodganj. It's a 9 km walk on the stony road. The trek began at a temple and is roughly 7 km to the top. Early morning start is a must if you intend to come down to Mcleodganj in daylight. As the sun goes down so does the visibility and it gets scary." 

Find out how to improve your visit to this beautiful location! 

Expand

Read more at 5 Award Winning Places With Fascinating Stories That Are Worth Knowing!

Reviews (187)

"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.

Recommended Duration in McLeodganj

Number of days to spend in McLeodganj as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

6.7%

2 days

26.7%

3 days

20%

4 days

13.3%

5+ days

33.3%

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

Photo by

Alok kumar singh

McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Priyanka Singh

McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Raghav

View of Mcleodganj
McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by

Raghav

Mountains in Mcleodganj

There is so much to see in McLeodganj.

Plan your holiday now with our travel experts!

Are you a travel agent?

Become a part of our growing Travel Partner Platform. You can get high quality McLeodganj travel leads and help our travellers book McLeodganj holiday packages. Join now!