Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.
Also known as Little Lhasa and famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleodganj is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala. Nestled amidst majestic hills and lush greenery, this town is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan influence owing to the major settlement of Tibetans here. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerising landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh and attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. The towns of Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag and Kangra are situated very close to each other and tourists must cover all these destinations while travelling here. Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. Tourists must also visit the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, which are apt for quiet picnics.
Offers extremely beautiful scenes of Dhauladhar ranges, famous for Tibetan culture and is a great centre of meditation.
Gets over-crowded in the peak seasons.
For people wishing to learn meditation and Buddhism. For adventurers looking out for treks in the Himalayas.
Dominated by a variety of authentic Tibetan cuisine, dotted with bakeries selling indulges at minimal prices, a Lebanese surprise, a delicious dash of Italian food, a rather French brunch and a pampered North-Indian meal with Parathas and Tandoori delicacies are what make Mcleodganj an almost surprising paradise for those who live to eat. The almost staple influence of Tibetan cuisine over the food here will offer you a variety of Momos, Thukpa, Tingmo, Bakleb (a Tibetan version of 'Samosas'. Another speciality of this place is honey ginger lemon tea, which is a very refreshing drink. Do relish and maybe even take home treasures like lemon tarts, cakes, chocolate mousse and pancakes. Also, the city provides some of the finest and most delicious Italian delicacies. Other than these there are lots to savour from the typical North-Indian platters, Chinese, Japanese and continental cuisines available here.
Mcleodganj, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, has a wide of accommodations to offer to the tourists. One can get anything from budget and homestays to high end luxury hotels and resorts here. Tourists looking to splurge can head to the Asia Health Resorts.
McLeodganj is best explored on foot. You can take rikshaws as well for relatively longer distances.
Day 1: Leave for the local tour after some rest and refreshments at the hotel. Visit the famous Tibetan monasteries in McleodGanj- Namgyal and Tsuglagkhang monastery. Day 2: Leave for Bhagsunag after breakfast. A short trek to BhagsuNag fall and temple is a must-do in McleodGanj. Afterwards, head to Shiva Cafe, enjoy some delicious meals along with the beautiful landscapes of the great Dhauladhar ranges. Do not miss the scrumptious brownies and pies from the local confectionery. Day 3: Head to Triund for the famous Triund trek. Camp stay at Triund.
Dotted with the Tibetan monasteries and wishing wheels, McleodGanj is the upper part of the Dharamshala region, showcasing the Tibetan and Buddhist culture. House yourself at the peaceful Tibetan monastery, meditate and introspect the inner you. Brief yourself with the Tibetan culture, dig in some delicious Tibetan cuisines and fill your bags with the authentic Tibetan souvenirs from the McleodGanj Market.
McleodGanj is also a starting point for a number of treks that takes you to the steep slopes of the great Himalayan ranges. Most famous of them is the Triund trek, graded as an easy trek. The short trek of 3-4 hours will fill you up with the most astonishing sights of the Dhauladhar ranges changing their mood every minute. You can further trek to Indrahar Pass from Triund, which is a difficult graded trek that takes you to the snowy slopes of the Himalayan ranges. Apart from this, you can trek to BhagsuNag Fall and enjoy the waterfall set amidst the green hills of McleodGanj. You can also go for the Kareri Lake trek which begins from Ghera village, located close to McleodGanj and Dharamshala.
It is a wonderful experience! The snowcapped mountains the view u get to see ultimately after the trekk is worth it. The camping and bonfire is fun, the fire could have lasted a little long. It is chilling up there, we went in mid april. I just just loved it! A trip to remember!????
Mountains calling one of the places that's suitable for winters and summers. Surrounded with mountains that gives an impression if they are calling you. If you visit Mcleodganj do have the Trihund trek is a recommended trek, what else you can do is visit local market a small water fall and some other places.
People will tell you it's 6 km trek but don't think it's a cake, all you need to have good trekking shoe and energy drink. Enjoy the sunset you have never seen before....
Very nice place but seems to be getting more congested and dirty nowadays..Budhist temples are really amazing having Tibetan style..enjoy the water fall and street food, momos and street shoppings..
Mcleodganj is an amazing place thatbhas something for everyone. Tibetian monasteries, awesome places to eat, adventure activities, treks and waterfalls.. I could not have asked for more :)
By Shreyas Kapoor
Will there be snow in the kareri lake -minkiani pass trek during the first week of October?