Mcleodganj is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a center for all Tibetan activities mainly because Dalai Lama made this place his headquarters after his exile in 1959. It is popular amongst travelers and students who want to learn Buddhism. This place is also referred to as little Lhasa, because of a large number of Tibetans population living there.
Apart from very fine Tibetan learnings, Mcleoganj also offers really nice green scenery views, falls, religious places and some adventure sports like trekking, Paragliding, etc. Mcleodganj also offers some very fine Tibetan delicacies for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Best time to visit: Many blogs claim that best time to visit this place is between May to November, but you can visit this place at any hour of the year as it offers a different taste in each season. Although I personally recommend to please avoid the months of May to July first week as it will be overcrowded during this part of the year.
How to reach: Nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (15 km). The nearest railway station is Pathankot (85 km) from Dharamshala. There are many buses which barely charges 10 INR per head to Mcleodganj (6km) and private taxis at around 200 INR.
Places to visit in mcleodganj:
Mcleodganj (Dharamshala) offers a mix of Tibetian and Hindu culture. The must visit places in Mcleodganj are Naddi, Bhagsunag falls, Trinund hill, Dharamkot, Temples, monastery and church.
Naddi view: This is a small village called Naddi, it is about 2 km from the main market of Mcleodganj. It is the perfect place for nature lovers as this is the only place in Mcleodganj from where you can have the clear view of the Dhauladar mountain range. The panoramic view you get from here is out of the world. Additionally, this is the starting point of trekking to Triund and Kareri mountains.
Dal Lake: It is a small lake, situated near Naddi village surrounded by pine trees. A visitor or photographer will love this place as this place offers a very nice view of pine trees on a mountain.
Bhasunag fall and temple: The temple of Bhagsunag is around 3 km from Mcleodganj and Bhagsunag waterfall is about 1 km from there. Water of the fall was crystal clear and freezing. Having a bath in the falls and eating hot Maggi after the bath is a must activity when you are in Mcleodganj.
The Church: The Church is very beautiful with English architecture and gives a feel of England because of its architecture and pine trees. There is also a cementry which is more than a century old
Apart from all these places, the places which are worth visit are Trinund hill trek, Dharamkot, Dalai lama’s Tsuglugkhang monastery etc.
Places to Eat: Mcleodganj is heaven for Tibetian food lovers. There are many Tibetian restaurants along with restaurants offering other cuisines. Mcleodganj is very much famous for both veg and non veg. Momos, Thupka (noodles cooked with various vegetables), steamed chicken (better if you taste it at a stall in center of the market).
Macleodganj is a tourist’s heaven with everything at its best. Carry woolen clothes, footwear good for walking, snacks and Camera.