"Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Little Lhasa"

Mcleodganj Tourism

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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Hotels in Mcleodganj

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.

Please note:
Recently in December 2017, Himachal High Court issued strict orders to close down 116 properties that were illegally plying in and around Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. Directions were issued to the authorities for disconnecting water and electricity supply. We would recommend to re-check your reservations before leaving.

Top Hotels in Mcleodganj

Hotel Norbu House

Staring from INR 4,500

White Ridge Hotel

Staring from INR 3,500

What's Great?

Offers extremely beautiful scenes of Dhauladhar ranges, famous for Tibetan culture and is a great centre of meditation.

What's not so Great?

Gets over-crowded in the peak seasons.

For Whom

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.

Mcleodganj Tour Packages

Trekking Tour To Triund - A Perfect Weekend Getaway

1 Night

Staring from Rs. 1,500

Triund Peak Trek

2 Nights

Staring from Rs. 3,500


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.

History of Mcleodganj

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.

Nightlife in Mcleodganj

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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Rendezvous with the Tibetan culture

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.

Trekking in Mcleodganj - Pave a way for the enthralling treks

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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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.

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Reviews for Mcleodganj

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

Review for Triund, Mcleodganj


Best trek for the beginners that showcase the natural beauty. It might be an easy trek for some people, but not for everyone. I went to Triund Trek with my friends and we enjoyed the company of fresh natural air, snowy mountains and the great dhauladhar mountains. As it was my first trek to the himalayas, so we took a trek package from Nirvanatrip. Nirvanatrip Website : https://nirvanatrip.co.in/trips/triund-trek

Review for Triund, Mcleodganj


Great Piece Of Information. Please refer to the following link to find out the history and facts of Himachali Temples:- http://www.himachali.in/category/temples-himachal-pradesh/


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 :)


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Questions about Mcleodganj

By Shreyas Kapoor

Will there be snow in the kareri lake -minkiani pass trek during the first week of October?

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.

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