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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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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!
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.
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 :)
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.