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.
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Considered as one of the most sought after treks in North India, this 2 day trek offers a rejuvenating experience in all. We reached Dharamshala,Himachal Pradesh around 4:45am and took a taxi to Mcleodganj, visiting Dalai Lama monaestary on our way and had a glimpse of tibetian Buddhist culture. After having breakfast at a tibetian Cafe, we made our way further to a rest house in Dharamkot. We began with the trek around 11:30 am for the next point, Gallu Devi temple. One can even take a taxi to Gallu temple from Mcleodganj. The Triund trail begins from this point and is not very steep initially and has multiple stalls offering various eatables but the price keeps on increasing as we move forward. The last kilometer, known as 22 curves is quite challenging but once conquered, scenic beauty the top-hill offers held us spellbound. The best part about visiting Triund in summers is star gazing when you really cannot take your eyes off the night sky. Next day, we woke up at the time of Sunrise around 6:30 am, had pranthas for breakfast and created memories that will last a lifetime.
I went to Dharamshala and McLeodganj on a college trip. We ditched the trek and went to Bhagsu falls instead. Time spent there was pretty amazing, we went in the water and clicked some Instagram-worthy pictures! Next time I want to go there alone, find a place away from the tourists and read my book while eating Maggi in the mountains. The Tibetan mini market is a treat for shopping enthusiasts, you can find good woolen clothes and different Tibetan souvenirs at affordable prices (Rs. 100-500). Try negotiating the prices as the sellers usually overcharge tourists. Foodies also enjoy this place, I tried Shaphalay and loved it!
One of the best trek places for beginners in India with amazing view. Checkout this blog on many other easy winter treks in India. Top 7 easy winter treks in Indian Himalayas for beginners
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. Adventure seekers who want to trek in the Himalayas. People looking for a family vacation in a hill-station.
In 1885 when India was under the colonial rule of British Empire, various settlements were established in Dhaluadhars, near the western range of Himalayas. In 1849, were stationed in Kangra after the second Anglo – Sikh War. The place got its name from the small rest house in the cantonment where they were residing, which was commonly referred to as ‘Dharamshalas’. It later became the administrative head office of Kangra district. Civilian settlements started establishing, Macleodganj named after David McLeod, the then Lt. Governor of Punjab and Forsythganj, named after a Divisional Commissioner. Lord Elgin was the British Viceroy of India from 1862 to 1863 who fell in love with the place as it reminded him of his hometown in Scotland. He died while travelling through Dharmashala in 1863 and got buried in St. John's Church-in-Wilderness which is located in Forsythganj. The town got destroyed in 1905 during an earthquake and later Dalai Lama was the one who once again revived the town.
The nightlife of Mcleodganj includes a multitude of Bars and Cafes inhabited all over the place. The recurrent travellers love to boast about their time spent in these cafes. Black Magic, MCLO Resto and Bar, Xcite Bar, Indique Kitchen Bar Café, B 6 Lounge and Bar and Bob'snBarley - Restaurant and Bar are some of the places to enjoy the nightlife.
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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.
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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.
The Kareri Lake-Minkiani Pass will not see snow in October. However, you may carry some amount of woolens or windcheaters if you feel unsure of the degree of cold.