Mcleodganj In Dharamshala, Himachal
Spend some time at the Little Lhasa of India
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About Mcleodganj Tourism (Dharamshala)
Mcleodganj in Himachal offers everything a traveller can ask from the Himalayas: spirituality, serenity, and sublimity. A winding road through the Pine tree tunnels on the Dhauladhar mountains leads travellers to Mcleodganj, which is located 10 kilometers north of Dharamshala. Essentially a hilly suburb of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj retains a colonial charm while emanating Tibetan vibes.
Sightseeing in Mcleodganj
Also known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, Mcleodganj is a spiritual paradise where Buddhism prevails from lifestyle to cuisine. It is the seat of Tibetan government-in-exile and the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. Honeymooners, hipsters, volunteers, mountaineers, filmmakers, and families visit this hill station to seek their definition of nirvana. Bhagsunath Temple and St. John in the Wilderness Church are some of the popular places to visit in Mcleodganj.
Most Mcleodganj tourism packages offer a visit to attractions in Dharamsala and the Kangra Valley. A visit to Tsuglhakhang Complex, better known as the Dalai Lama Temple, is mandatory for those looking for a glimpse of Buddhism and Tibet. Once you’ve bow before Buddha, shop for souvenirs and trinkets sold by local vendors along the temple road and sample mouth-watering momos. Plan an excursion to the well-known Triund Hill and Dal Lake to take in nature’s best offerings.
Trekking Tours in Mcleodganj
The Dhauladhar range in Dharamshala is a favourite spot for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Triund Trek and Kareri Lake Trek are ideal for beginners and nature lovers. It takes about 6 hours to trek from Mcleodganj to Triund top. On the other hand, Indrahar Pass Trek allows perfect thrills for mountain dwellers.
Camping in Mcleodganj
Tourists can enjoy camping at several spots in the town of Mcelodganj. Triund and Upper Dharamkot are the most popular spots for overnight camping. Adventure lovers can also pitch their own tent at Kareri Lake and on the route to Indrahar Pass. Several budget hotels in Mcleodganj also provide camping in their premises at nominal rates.
Paragliding in Mcleodganj
Paragliding take off point in Dharamshala is located on the Khaniyara Road near the Indrunag Temple. Tourists can pre-book their flights from several operators at the main market in Mcleodganj. For a longer flight and better views, tourists can plan a day trip to Bir Billing that is one of the best places for paragliding in India. It may cost around 3000 per person for a 20-minute flight.
Shopping in Mcleodganj
Travellers can explore the main market in Mcleodganj that is lined with make-shift stalls, Tibetan cafes, and souvenir shops. From woolens to jewelry and from gemstones to prayer beads, tourists can bargain for a range of items sold at the market. Another option is to visit Mini Market at the Main Chowk in Mcelodganj.
Places to Stay in Mcleodganj
1) Backpackers Inn: Ideal for backpackers and budget travellers, the hotel offers spectacular views of Triund Hill and Dharamkot. Tourists can check into dormitories or private rooms and enjoy unpretentious food at their restaurant.
Budget: INR 1000
Location: Jogiwara Road
Distance from Mcleodganj Bus Stand: 1.1 km
2) Hotel Bhagsu: This is another unassuming hotel with peaceful surroundings where guests can enjoy views from outdoor terrace and soak in the sights from its informal restaurant.
Budget: INR 3000
Location: Temple Road
Distance from Mcleodganj Bus Stand: 0.6 km
3) Green Hotel: This quaint hotel with modest rooms is a perfect option for travellers with limited budget. The hotel offers splendid views of Dalai Lama Temple and main market in the town.
Location: Bhagsunag Road
Distance from Mcleodganj Bus Stand: 0.4 km
Be it winter or summer, the morning sun brings a river of monks and vendors in the main market while night goes out with a panoramic view of the Kangra Valley below. While the atmospheric Tibetan cafes allow great opportunity to strike a conversation with fellow travellers, there are several view points where one can admire the picturesque landscape.
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The hill station has plenty of hotels ranging from four-star cottages to budget hostels. Travellers can also check into volunteer quarters provided by non-profits in the area.
Although it is the low tourist season of the year, Mcleodganj experiences heavy rainfall from late June to September. If you don’t mind wearing rain gear, you can visit Mcleodganj in monsoon season.
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