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St. John in the Wilderness Church

Forsyth Gunj protects the famous Anglican Church, St. John in the Wilderness which is dedicated to John the Baptist. The church has a very old history as the background as it was built in the year of 1852 near Dharamshala, on the way to McLeod Ganj. The neo-Gothic architectural style accommodated by the church suggests totally a different appeal to it and also the surroundings filled with deodar trees add beauty in abundance to the whole location. The church is just a 20 minute downhill walk away from the Bus Station at McLeod Ganj. The ruins of a graveyard where the British people who were killed in the earthquake of 1905 are seen on one side and a restored bell tower on another side of the church attract people’s eyes so fast.
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Manimahesh Lake

Situated close to Manimahesh Kailash Peak in the Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas, Manimahesh Lake is located in the Chamba district and is one of the most important places to visit in Chamba. The lake is located at a height of 4, 080 meters from the mean sea level and has high religious significance after Lake Mansarovar in Tibet.

The lake is a major pilgrimage trek, which is carried out during the months of August and September on the eighth day of new moon period, as per the Hindu Calendar and is known as 'Manimahesh Yatra.'

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Indrahar Pass

An extremely popular trekking route from Dharamshala, the trek to Indrahar Pass trails in the lush folds of the Dhauladhar range. Surrounded by thickets of Deodars and Rhododendrons, the panorama of Pir Panjal range to the north and the plains to the south exhilarates trekkers. Treacherous precipices and steep ascents make this a moderately-difficult trek; passing through Triund Hill and an endless view of Kangra Valley. Overnight camping in the Lahesh caves is an experience that’ll leave you transfixed, and the trekking season runs from May to October.

Distance from Delhi: 475 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kangra Railway Station
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Akhand Chandi Palace

Akhand Chandi Palace displays the lavishness of Mughals and the artistic architecture of the British. It is a perfect blend of western and eastern architecture and was built in the year 1748-1764. While visiting the Akhand Chandi Palace, you can have a picturesque view of various other beautiful tourist destinations like Chamunda Devi Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Rang Mahal and many more.

One of the most beautiful features of the palace is that it has distinguishably green roof as the other houses in Chamba along with a conical roof to shed the snow. The palace has beautifully designed windows, which are painted in white.

Until 1957, the palace was with the royal family and in 1958, it was handed over to Himachal Government, which opened a college and district library in the palace.

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What You Should Know More About Mcleodganj

  • Travel Advice

    • 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.

  • Drinking Laws

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


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

    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 monsatry in McLeodhanj is a personal monastery of Dalai Lama. It has a college that teaches philosophical and religious courses of Tibet and Buddhist religion.


    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.


    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 water colors. The music and cultural festivals in McLeodganj are vibrant and colorful. Do not miss this cultural revelry and performance arts accompanied by Tibetan music.


    Star gazing, 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.


  • 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.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    https://www.mcleodganj.com/

    Forum

    Ixigo Travel Forum

    Books

    The Dalai Lama Next Door: Volunteering with Tibetans in McLeodganj by Hugh Morrison


Traveller Tales from Mcleodganj

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Chanakya Prajapat

19 January 2016

We started the trek from McLeodganj at around a height of 1750m and on the first day started trekking to Triund. From there on the second day, we were really blown away with the beauty of the surrounding. Lahesh Caves was an awesome site and so was Ilaqa Got. On the third day, we were on our way to complete our Indrahar Pass route. Climbed up to 4300m and after reaching the pass, we got to witness the opulent beauty of the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. Fourth day was about trekking back to Mc Leod Ganj and conclude the trek. I must mention the trek guides as they really never hesitated to come forward and help us in every possible ways. Their great team of guides and instructors made the trek easy for us; thanks a bunch guys...would love to join another challenging trek with you soon!

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Anjali Trivedi

01 March 2016

Though Indrahar Pass trek is a short one, the challenges and terrains involved in it are really amazing. There are greater heights involved in the Indrahar Pass trek; make sure you are not scared of heights or try not to get prone to altitude sickness. I think, the trek guides can help you in this.

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Gokul Gopinath

29 November 2017

"Every service provided was excellent but the place is too commercialized and toooooooo crowded."

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Deepali Desai

23 December 2014

Kangara Valley Dhauladhars trek worked out to be an excellent trip in my lifetime. If you want to experience a really great trekking one, I suggest that this trek is the above a perfect one. I had heard about this trek from my family friend who had already been to this place, he said that this trek will fit into my budget and taste, this is how I landed up convincing my office mates to opt for this trip when they were hunting out for some trekking holiday. We were a batch of 15 people – combination of both amateurs and professional trekkers. A trek that touches the Dhauladharas range is simple awe striking. We visited many lovely lakes, ancient temples and a plenty of Hindu temples on the way. The scenes are still lovely and fresh in front of my eyes even now, if an opportunity strikes again I would surely pick this trek as my next trekking break.

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Vaishvi Varman

27 October 2013

Triund is the crown jewel of Dharamshala. It is situated in the laps of Dhauladhar mountains. I had an amazing experience with the Triund trek. It has a perfect view of mountains from one side and the Kangra valley on the other. Despite being a popular trekking spot, this trekking spot is not over crowded or polluted. This trek was one of the best experiences that I ever had. I so loved this trek and I want to do this trek again. This may sound stupid, but yeah I want to do this trek again sooner.

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Som Agarwal

11 November 2015

While on the Indrahar Pass trek, I literally got amazed by the beauty of the Himalayas; especially the Dhauladhar Range. What a beauty man! Besides trekking, you will also get to explore caves and ample of sightseeing options. The hikes were a bit challenging and prior trekking experience will prove to be a boon if you are planning for this one. Keep an eye on how you pack your bags; better consult with the organisers even before you start packing. You will surely enjoy this trek.

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Chandraketu Butt

18 September 2014

Overall, we trekked for around 5-6 hours everyday and on the third day reached the Indrahar Pass. The whole experience was so refreshing and exciting. The way our guides helped us throughout our Indrahar Pass trekking was so praiseworthy. The camping and food arrangement was very good. All the members of the group were very friendly and we had lot of fun. The views of snow covered mountains were amazing. Thanks for awesome experience.

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Ekaaksh Tagore

08 December 2013

I did my fair research before booking for Indrahar Pass trek. Trust me I thought there was nothing which couldn't have known about this place but once I reached the place...I thought everything that I had researched and learnt about the place was just stale knowledge. It is one hell of a place - still can't believe that a scenery can be so appealing to eyes. Forget all about pictures,this place will just woo you in minutes.

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Bhudeva Tagore

15 November 2015

First of all, if you think this trek is meant just for professional trekkers then take a break coz this was my first trekking experience and not once I felt that I cannot complete the trek. All of us spent around4-6 hours everyday trekking which gave us ample time to realx our muscles and also we had sufficient time in hand to sit and enjoy the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges and surrounding beauty. Amazing experience!!!

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