MCLEODGANJ TRAVEL INFORMATION

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MCLEODGANJ

 

McLeodganj is located close to the famous Dharmshala in Himachal Pradesh. McLeodganj is the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile, and home of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Camping is indeed the best way of enjoying the wonders of nature and the warmth of people. Mcleodganj is often called the ‘Little Lhasa’.

All this makes McLeodganj is a colourful little town, a perennial den of tourists – a place you can chill out in and do your own thing. While you stop to wonder at a Tibetan trinket or a shawl, you’ll realize that your stomach is involuntarily responding to the lovely smell of wantons wafting from a nearby joint.

McLeodganj is steeped in Buddhist culture – you can find anything from Tibetan food, good luck charms and thangkas to Enlightenment. In fact, many disenchanted foreigners come here seeking solace, meditation or to champion the Tibetan cause.

 

 

HOW TO REACH
By Air - The nearest airport is Gaggal airport, 15th km south of Dharmsala and there are Flights to and from Dharamshala.

By Rail - The nearest stations on the picturesque mountain railway (narraow gauge) are at Kangra and nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamsala). And the nearest railhead (broad gauge) connecting Dharamsala to and Jammu is at pathankot.

By Road - McLeodganj has good network of roads that connects to Delhi and major cities of Himachal Pradesh. State transport runs there deluxe as well as semi-deluxe buses on the routes to Manali, Mandi, Kangra, Pathankot and Delhi.


WHEN TO GO

Best time to travel McLeodganj  is between July  to September.

WHAT TO SEE

 

Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama's Temple) - Tsuglagkhang is the most important Buddhist monument in McLeodganj. Here lies the Dalai Lama's residence, monastery, museum, library etc.It is easily accessible adn everybody around is very warm and collegial.One is free to go anywhere except for Dalai lama's residential areas. Here you'll always find people busy with their daily prayers, It's a joy to see them praying.


 

St.John's Church - This is a living example of excellence of British architecture , which also houses a memorial of Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy who died in 1963 and also an old graveyard. An old bell hangs down from ceiling . Sorrounding the church are thick deodar trees where one can easily locate the great himalayan black face langoors. One almost looked at me , as if he is going to snatch my camera .this church has some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin.
 


 

Dal lake - This is the one lake that captivated partly because of the greenery of surrounding deodar /pine trees which reflect in the lake water. The greenery of the conical trees and the beauty of the park make this place a very very good picnic spot. Apart from the scenic views.There are also a few tea stalls here.So all in all a very very good time guranteed here.
Held near the Dal Lake (1,700m) every August-September, this fair is especially favoured by Girths and Gurkhas (hill tribes)
 


 

Triund - Triund is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17 km from Dharamshala and a 9 km trek from McLeodganj passing through Dharamkot and Rakkar at a height of 2,827 mtrs. The breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys make Triund an ideal spot. A ropeway is available from Dharamshala to Triund and accommodation is available at the forest rest house at Triund.

 


 

Dharamshala - Situated at a lower edge of McLeodganj, Dharamshala is a small hill station of Himachal Pradesh with great variations, not only in levels and temperature but also in character. It provides a range of interesting experiences and activities for the visitor. Tourists can take a long walk through thickly populated pine forests of Dhauladhar ranges.
 


 

Palampur - Surrounded by sprawling green tea estates with forests of pine and deodar on higher slopes, the city of Palampur attracts huge number of tourists across India and world for adventure sports and sightseeing. Just 35 km away from Palampur, Billing-Bir is a famous attraction known for hang gliding and para-gliding.


 

Kangra - Kangra offers panoramic view of the Kangra valley. Tourist can visit this place to have the glimpse of century old temples, paintings, fort and monasteries.
 


 

Tatwani & Machhial ( 20 km) - Tatwani & Machhial is a famous excursion site. Tourists travel to this site to enjoy the breathtaking view of the waterfall, besides its scenic splendor the waterfall is much renowned for its medicinal value.

WHERE TO EAT
There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels.



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