Mcleodganj Tourism, India 2020 (54 Tours & Activities)

Housed in the Kangra district and at the suburbs of the town of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of recent times. Because of being occupied by a lot many of Tibetans who moved here after China’s invasion of their homeland, Mcleodganj is also sometimes referred to as the Little Lhasa. It is also noteworthy the exiled government of Tibet is also based in Mcleodganj only.

Speaking of Mcleodganj tourism, this quaint little town some 3 km away from Dharamshala is visited by thousands of tourists every year. People come here for various reasons like spirituality, volunteer programs, Himalayan experiences and adventures, and for much other sightseeing, photo and excursion opportunities in this religious small town cum hill station in the Himalayas.

The town of Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is famous especially and foremostly for being a spiritual getaway and pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The reason behind that is it is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of the Buddhists, Lama Tenzin Gyatso, who came here in the year of 1960 after his exile from Tibet. Dalai Lama established Tibet Government in exile here at Dharamshala and made the quaint little town of Mcleodganj as his permanent residence.

The presence of His Holiness in town attracts a lot of tourists and pilgrims to the town. Mcleodganj is also one of the best places to see the real lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists and monks from up close. One of the reasons this place is called Little Lhasa is because the people have built this place in the image of their previous abode. And it is possible to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama on the occasions that he is in town and one of the many Buddhist festivals celebrated in the town.

Apart from this, Mcleodganj is considered by many to be an adventurous hub, especially in terms of trekking in Mcleodganj. Home to one of the most beautiful, scenic and exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek, Mcleodganj is the base camp for reaching the summit of the famous hill. Starting from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj, the 9 km trek leads the trekker through forests of Oak, Deodar, and Rhododendron before opening up to one of the best sceneries that you will find in the Himalayas.

And as the elevation rises, the picturesque hills and valleys become clearer, giving it all a serene touch. Upon reaching the top of Triund, one can see far off hills of the Dhauladhar mountain range that look to be so close that you could touch them if you only extended your hand. The exciting trek has become such a favorite of the community that one can even call it the poster boy of Mcleodganj tourism. And speaking of mountain ranges, Mcleodganj lies in the Dhauladhar range, with the highest peak of the range Hanuman ka Tibba lying just behind the town. The 5,639m giant stands tall and like a guard in the backdrop which is a sight to behold from everywhere in the hill station.

And with such beauty and spirituality, sightseeing in Mcleodganj is something that will never bore a person visiting here. Apart from Triund, some of the places to visit in Mcleodganj include the name of the famous Bhagsunath temple. Attached to a wonderful legend, the medieval era temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is famous for a waterfall that flows right through the temple. The majestic cascading waterfall, called the Bhagsunag falls, forms a pool at the base which is considered to be sacred amongst the devotees and dip in the cold water brings about a different feeling of spiritual in the people.

Another famous tourist spot in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is Kareri Lake. Filled with the melting snow of the Dhauladhar ranges, this lake at the base of the Minkiani Pass is the perfect combination of offbeat trekking and scenic beauty in the middle of snow-capped peaks. Alongside the experience of trekking to this calm and serene lake is the added experience of camping by its side and in a scenic meadow right under the Minkiani Pass.

Speaking of which, the Minkiani Pass is another great place to see when in Mcleodganj. You can simply extend your trek to Kareri Lake to conquer the summit of this serene pass lying at an amazing height of 14,000ft above sea level. The view that one gets of the nearby ranges makes you feel like you are walking on the clouds. A great place to take pictures, Minkiani Pass trek is considered to be somewhere in between easy and moderate in difficulty and makes it worth facing the trek at the end.

And one of the most important places in Mcleodganj is the Namgyal Monastery. The place is actually a personal monastery for the 14th Dalai Lama and relates to the very second Religious teacher of the Buddhist belief, dating back to the mid 16th century. Originally in Lhasa, the monastery was entirely relocated to Mcleodganj in the uprising of 1959 and is now the home to the Dalai Lama. It is also the largest Tibetan Temple outside of Tibet. Apart from being a beautiful monastery, Namgyal is also center for education, called the Namgyal Tantric College, where the arts of Kalachakra, Vajrakilaya and many other such Tantric practices are taught to the future Namgyal Monks.

With such beauty, spirituality, adventure, and serenity, Mcleodganj is truly one of the best places to visit in the Himalayas. In fact, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, and many areas around it are experiences that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. So let the adventure unfurl as you take on the spellbinding journey through this amazing hill station of the Kangra District and in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountains.

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03 January 2020
31 Dec 2019 always memorable for me just because of this trip. It was my first experience on hills specially on trekking. Our guide Mannu Sharma such a nice person. Just like our family he take care of everything. Wonderful experience with wonderful peoples.
20 August 2018
My trip to triund was super. The guide Mukesh was friendly and fun company. Guided very well. Bit disappointed that I couldn't stay there due to bad weather but the accommodation provided to me was simply superb . Environment friendly and peace loving. Food was simply superb and hospitality was excellent. Will once again visit in future.
11 October 2019
This was my first trek and I'm so glad I opt it. In triund is all the nature you can experience at once. The cold breeze, the mountains, the water, the trees, the rocks (they are real beauty of the trek), the clouds/fog, the animals, the people, everything about triund is special. The views were breathtaking, I wanted to capture everything I could in my camera. This is one of a hell experience you should not miss. The camping arrangement was nice. They provide you good tents, sleeping bags, nice and clean. We got snacks and meals and even breakfast and it was unexpectedly awesome. You get less options but you get to choose what you will be eating. This experience made me fall in love with trekking.
21 December 2019
The best experience I could get could considering that it was my first Trek,the picturesque locations and the admirable hospitality was something someone can only dream of.Though due to off season in December my group was not able to complete the trek but whatever we witnessed was something neither of us can forget.The camping under a boulder is something I can never forget.The best thing of this trek is that you will always find a dog companion who will keep you motivated on this trek...
21 April 2019
"It was a 7hrs trek uphill but It'll be totally worth once you reach the top.. it was a great experience"
23 March 2020
I availed for the Laka Glacier trek packaged through Thrillophilia as I had heard positive reviews regarding the site from my friends before. The trek from Triund to Laka Glacier was one of the most memorable experiences so far. The scenic beauty of the snow-clad Himalayas was only enhanced by the top-class services provided by the team. The safety of the trekking team was kept top priority. The trek leader was extremely helpful and friendly.
16 March 2020
My friend and I were looking for an appropriate Laka Glacier tour package, and chanced upon the deal in Thrillophilia while surfing online. Needless to say, we were immediately attracted by the price offer and decided to go forward with it. The tour did not disappoint us. The experience was fairly short, but extremely enjoyable and well managed. The staff was extremely supportive and friendly. The meals were wholesome and delicious.
22 February 2020
Overall had a delightful experience.
18 February 2020
The guide Manish and cook subash were really helpful and made our trek memorable. However the agent needs to take a class in etiquetes. Also, as per the agent, one should know how to cut wood near the camp to arrange for bonfire ourselves.
07 January 2020
It was an awesome experience with Thrillophilia, Food and the Guide both were superb, enjoyed a lot.

People Also Ask About Mcleodganj

  1. Which are the beautiful and amazing places to visit in Mcleodganj with family?

    With so many interesting tourist places in Mcleodganj, it is also popular for being the home to the famous Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Click here to know more

    Triund - 7 km from Mcleodganj
    2. Kareri Lake - 50 Kms from Mcleodganj3. 
    3. Dharamkot - 8 Kms  from Mcleodganj
    4. Indrahar Pass - 9 Kms from Mcleodganj
    5. Minkiani Pass - 12 Kms from Mcleodganj
  2. What are some of the amazing things to do in Mcleodganj on weekends?

    Exploring the umpteen numbers of monasteries in town to taking an exciting trek from here, there are plenty of things to do in Mcleodganj to create an unforgettable memory.

    The Kangra Valley Trek
    2. Shop at The Local markets
    Head Out to Dal Lake
    Camping in Triund
    5. Visit Namgyal Monastery
    Go to Bhagsu Falls
  3. Which are some of the best and affordable resorts in Mcleodganj?

    There are excellent Mcleodganj resorts spread across Mcleodganj popular for their unique location of being connected to both nature and all major attractions in the area.

    Fortune Park Moksha Resort - 6500 INR onwards.
    Himgiri Resorts - 1750 INR onwards.
    Great Himalayan Adventure Resort - 3,000 INR onwards.
    Nishaad Resort - 2000 INR onwards
    V.Resorts Royal Palace - 2167 INR onwards
  4. Which are some of the best trekking trails in Mcleodganj that fall under 40% Off?

  5. Drinking Laws in Mcleodganj?

    Do not drink on the streets or public places. Avoid drinking during treks, camping, and visiting holy places.

  6. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    1. Monasteries and temples: The Kalachakra Temple is one of the important temples in this town. It is built based on the Tibetan religious beliefs and culture. The Vankhandi Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and has beautiful landscapes surrounding it.

    The rock formations at the Trilokpur Cave Temple were once said to be gold. According to the legend, Lord Shiva meditated here and the rocks were turned into gold. But when a greedy shepherd was trying to steal the rocks of its gold, seeing this, Lord Shiva turned them back to rocks again.

    The Tsuglagkhang Temple is the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. You can experience peaceful and beautiful Tibetan culture from the paintings and carvings inside the monasteries and temple. The Namgyal monastery in McLeodhanj is a personal monastery of Dalai Lama. It has a college that teaches philosophical and religious courses of Tibet and Buddhist religion.

    2. Trekking and outdoor activities: You can trek at Triund, which has been a popular site for most of the adventure lovers. You can camp, hike, and trek on this site. You can also trek at the Dhauladhar Range in the Hanuman ka tibba location. This is a trekking trail 10 kilometers away from the hill station where you can get a panoramic view of the Kangra valley. You can also take walking trails in Dharamshala.

    3. Museums, art galleries, and festivals: You can visit the Tibet Museum, the Peak Art Gallery, and Naam Art Gallery as they have paintings and exhibitions in acrylics and watercolors. The music and cultural festivals in McLeodganj are vibrant and colorful. Do not miss this cultural revelry and performance arts accompanied by Tibetan music.

    4. Stargazing, outdoor activities, and excursions: When camping in the view of the snow clad mountains, trekkers do not miss the beautiful site of the clear sky beamed with gazillion stars. You can sleep on the fresh grass and view this beautiful sight as you take to trekking or camping.

    Dharamkot, near this hill station, is a mini excursion that you can take for sightseeing. You can boat on the Dal Lake that is surrounded by Deodar trees and small hills. This is one of the scenic lakes in McLeodganj. Also, do not miss the Bhagsu Falls close to the most revered Bhagsu Nath temple.
  7. What will like you like there?

    Outdoor activities, shopping, and eating out: There are many places in McLeodganj where you can shop for the Tibetan carpets, rugs, souvenirs, and sculptures. You can also trek in the Kangra Valley, and eat out in cafes, bars, and restaurants spread across the hill station.

    Yoga, spa, and cooking classes: For spirituality and wellness seekers, there are umpteen options to learn yoga at the yoga centers. You can also take cooking classes to learn the Tibetan cooking, and take a massage in any of the spas in McLeodganj.
  8. Travel Advice while keeping in mind visiting Mcleodganj?

    - You can reach this hill station by rail or bus. You can fly to the Gaggal Airport in the Kangra district and take a taxi from there to reach McLeodganj that is 20 kilometers from the airport. You can take a direct bus from Delhi to Dharamshala or McLeodganj.
    - There are many budget lodges and hotels where you can stay at this hill station.
    - Locals have no problem with tourists wearing their choice of clothes, as long as they are not shabby.
    - Locals encourage not supporting beggars on the street as they are already sheltered by a local organization.
    - Do not honk when driving around the hill station. Locals are peace loving and do not appreciate noise of any kind.
    - Do not leave your cash and valuables in the hotel rooms.
    - Also, observe the sensitivities with regard to religion, political, cultural, and social issues of the region, and do not discuss it with anyone.
    - Carry a mineral water, and avoid tap water. Eat food that is only well cooked.
    - Food or drinks offered by locals in trains or buses might have sleeping pills in them. Do not accept them.
    - Do not tip too much at any hotels, else, you will be gathered by many hawkers asking for tips.
    - If you are a male introduced to a lady, wait till you are offered a handshake.
    - A few shops have signs that say, ‘fixed price.’ Do not bargain at such shops. You can bargain only on the street shops.
    - Do not take photographs of the locals without their permission.
    - Carry all the camping and trekking gear, and get warm clothes, socks, and shoes.
    - Do not buy any antiques that are more than a 100-year-old, as it is considered an offense.
    - There are no partying hangouts in McLeodganj, and your scope for having nightlife is zilch. You can find many decent bars and restaurants that offer alcohol.