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Best Things To Do in Mcleodganj

If you’re seeking a holiday to let go of your inhibitions and embrace tranquillity in one go, then there are some wonderful things to do in Mcleodganj for a memorable retreat. Settled within the snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains, this Indian town in the state of Himachal Pradesh is a picture-perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and spirituality. ' Little Lhasa' as it is famously known by the huge Tibetan population here is also called ' Upper Dharamsala' as it is at a higher elevation from Dharamsala. With some enchanting landscapes, beautiful monasteries and a great list of adventures, Mcleodganj is every tourist’s best escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lot of tourists can be seen walking around the streets of Mcleodganj town. They get indulged in different activities of their choice and there are plenty of ways in Mcleodganj to do what you want to do and the way you want to be.

 

Mcleodganj has a lot to offer for both casual vacationers and backpackers. McLeodganj provides the equal number of awe-inspiring montage of beauty and culture. This one of the best tourist places in India, enriched with mind-blowing natural wonders to marvellous man made architectural structures.  Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. Tourists must also visit the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, which are apt for quiet picnics. It’s mostly famous among the adventure seekers for offering the best trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh. Most famous of them in Mcleodganj is the Triund trek besides many others. For foodies, it has in store many Tibetan delicacies that will spice up your taste buds. And if you seek spiritualism and meditation, Mcleodganj is just the perfect place to be and learn meditation. This place is not an ordinary Indian hill station, but it’s wholly a different place being in touch with the whole world but has an environment of its own. There are lot of options for sightseeing and things to do in Mcleodganj.

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    Day Trip to Kangra Valley in Dharamshala
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    About the Activity: A beautiful gorge in Himachal Pradesh, Kangra valley has been attracting visitors for many years with its stunning sights.Embark on a day full of sightseeing at this getaway and explore its charm as you depart early post breakfast.On the way, you will be seeing many iconic sights such as Masroor Rock cut temples, which date back to the 8th century and belong to the Indo-Aryan School of architecture.Post this you will be driving down for 40 minutes to visit the Norbulingka, an institute dedicated to preserving traditional Tibetan art and craft.

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    Camping at Triund in Dharamkot
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    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity: Indulge in this exciting camping in the wilderness of the Himalayas and get a chance to witness the best overnight views of the mountain.Commence your trek at 10.00 AM from Mcleodganj Pink house to Dharamkot and marvel at the sights of the amazing landscapes.Get accompanied by professionals if you are trekking for the first time.Trek through the colouful market of Mcleodganj and pass the quaint village of Dharamkot.Pass through the refreshing woods of Rhododendron and Deodhar and reach the place where you will be camping in the wilderness of the Himalayas.Feel the thrill while camping under the clear night sky with the breeze and enjoying freshly cooked food.Enjoy a crunchy breakfast before trekking back to Dharamkot.End your tour here with lots of memories.

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    Paragliding at Dharamshala
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    About the Activity:Enthrall in an amazing paragliding activity at Dharmshala. Enjoy the beautiful aerial views of this stunning valley.Fly your way from a height of around 2500 ft and glide through the clear blue sky while enjoying this thrilling air adventure.Fulfill your childhood desire of soaring through azure sky in an experience like never before with this thrilling paragliding adventure in the scenic landscapes of Himachal Pradesh.  

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    d2 Days n1 Night

    Starting and ending point: Mcleodganj Bus StandDeparture Date: 25th and 31st Dec 2017                            6th,13th, 20th and 27th Jan 2018                            3rd,10th, 17th and 24th Feb 2018About the Tour:The Triund trek near Mcleodganj is one of Himachal’s most famous treks. At 9 kilometres long, the Triund trek is a short but challenging one because of the quirky terrain that must be passed through. To climb up this trek takes between 4 to 6 hours to complete and the journey is replete with beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks all around. Though tough, the Triund trek pays its trekkers back amply in gorgeous views and beautiful memories. Since a good trek needs many factors to come together effortlessly, it is best to engage the services of a tour provider in order to have a grand experience.This 1 night 2 days Triund package aims to provide you with a comprehensive experience of trekking Triund. It includes facilities for guest house stops, food, camping and entertainment. This package will leave you with many wonderful memories that will outlast all those aching muscles from the trekking adventure.

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    d3 Days n2 Nights

    Departure Date: 23rd and 30th Dec 2017                            6th,13th, 20th and 27th Jan 2018                            3rd,10th, 17th and 24th Feb 2018Start Point: Mcleod Ganj Bus StandEnd Point: Bir Bus StandTriund Trek with Stay in Bir without Paragliding: INR 4870 /-Triund Trek with Stay in Bir with Paragliding: INR 6970/-About the tour:The Triund trek is one of Himachal’s most beloved treks. Seemingly easy, this trek in fact challenges the best of trekkers, thereby making for a wonderful experience and leaving you with some great memories. The best way to enjoy the trekking experience that Triund offers is to engage in a package that involves trekking to Triund with paragliding in Bir. This package does not only allow you to enjoy the adventures of the trek but also those that the McLeodganj and Bir region has to offer including activities like paragliding and sightseeingOver the course of 3 nights and 2 days, this package leads you through the curving trails of Triund and helps you achieve the top of the summit with its spell-binding views. Apart from this there is also the chance to enjoy the marvellous towns of Dharamshala and McLeodganj once the Triund trek is completed. This package is a comprehensive package that will doubtless leave you with cherished memories of adrenaline pumping experiences.

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  • d13 Days n12 Nights

    About the Activity:Is the Himalayan adventure tour your dream? Are you finding it difficult to plan an extensive tour to capture the maximum of this beautiful region?Then check this sightseeing cum adventure activity package which gives you the exotic opportunity to experience the life of adventure junkies.Indulge in a 13 day long trip starting from Delhi and pass the major cities like Rishikesh, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Bir etc.The extended forest areas, dhabas, rough roads, the mighty Ganges, shopping centres, naturally blessed regions, blissfully lying mountain ranges etc will make your tour incomparable.This enthralling tour has umpteen number of pulsating activities like river rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh, trekking, paragliding in Bir and camping under the stars listening to the ubiquitous noises of the hill forests.The package includes food, accommodation in hotels and tents and all the transportation during the tour.There are two variants available: 1) For a Group of Minimum 10 or 14 PAX and 2) For a Group of Minimum 6 PAX.

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  • d8 Days n7 Nights

    About the Activity:Himalayan adventure activities are anyone's dream, from time immemorial, as the location lying near the lofty snow-clad peaks are hardy, glistening and breathtakingly amazing.But the unpredictable climatic conditions, the lesser number of days etc act as villains to your dreams to fulfill the bucket list of adventure activities you have been carrying for a while.Here is a stop to your longing. This is an opportunity to enter the cult of adventure junkies keeping Himalayas as their motherland. A sightseeing tour starting from Chandigarh has everything which satiates the word adventure, very well.An 8 day long trip keeps its targets as Chandigarh, Amritsar, Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Bir etc.From trekking to paragliding, the trip offers a package of adventure cum laid-back, a tailor made vacation to all those chaotic minds.There are two variants available: 1) For a Group of Minimum 10 or 14 PAX and 2) For a Group of Minimum 6 PAX.The package includes food, accommodation in hotels and tents and all the transportation during the trip.

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  • d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:You are invited to take part in a cycling expedition in McLeod Ganj, the most beautiful location in Himachal Pradesh for many reasons.Enjoy the Tibetan hospitality and taste the delicious butter tea and explore the culture of this lama land with a five day tour.Apart from cycling, you will get the opportunity to trek to the hidden hamlets in the hills and walk past the thick forests of oak, rhododendron and cedar trees.You will be pedaling from McLeod Ganj to Bir-Billing during the trip. As you progress through the tricky routes, watch the mesmerising sights on both sides of the road.At Bir, you would get the chance to soar like a bird with the paragliding activity and watch the exotic serenity from a bird's eye view. The package includes food, accommodation and internal transportation during the tour.The features of the packages are as follow:Trip leaders: on every trip, the trip leader is carefully selected to add value to the trip. They are passionate about traveling and could be musicians, yoga teachers, film makers; trained to do more than just logistics and enhance the overall experience of the trip.Personally vetted stays: the properties/home stays we choose are personally vetted by us making sure all the facilities are available with a keen focus on the aesthetics. These stays ensure to provide you with a local feel with a hint of luxury.Itineraries with a difference: the itineraries ensure that you get the optimum travel experience with adequate time at each location. The routes from one location to another are also unique and usually coupled with an activity like rafting/cycling with breath taking views.Safety: all safety measures are taken into account for the activities and the trip overall. Small group sizes: the groups will be small and intimate and hence the tour will accommodate a maximum group size of 10 with a trip leader to avoid overcrowded trips which hamper the experience.

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    About the Activity:A short yet famous trek is Triund Trek in Himachal Pradesh, the location lying amidst the buoyant Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley. At a height of 2828 meters Triund is located at the foothills of Dhauladhar.On this trek for two days, you are going to grab the images of the highly protected treasures and some ecstatic sights like multi coloured sunset, misty moonrise, the refreshing sunrise and much more.The base camp of the trek is Mcleodganj. Arrive there on your own in the morning and then start trekking to Triund.This package provides you with food, accommodation in tents or guesthouses and the long, tricky trekking trails.Check the short itinerary of the 2-day tour below:Day 1: Arrival at Mcleodganj. Trek to Triund. Overnight stay there.Day 2: Triund to Mcleodganj. Departure from Mcleodganj.

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    Mcleodganj
    d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:Partake in this 5 day long trip to Mcleod Ganj and Triund in Himachal Pradesh where you can find the solace exhibited from the Buddhist monasteries and the incomparable nature.Touched by the clouds, these hills offer a wide range of sightseeing and adventurous options which lead you to reach the status of bliss.Starting from Delhi, the five day will take you to the less interfered corners of Namgyal Monastery, Forsyth’s Ganj, Bhagsu Nag Temple, and Gallu Devi Temple.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation from Delhi to Macleod Ganj and return.

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    Mcleodganj
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    About the Activity:Engage in an easy hike from Mcleodganj to Bhagsu covering 12 km passing through waterfall and the lush green Bhagsu village.This is one of the most popular trek that you can do in short period of time. From Triund you have most spectacular view of the snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar ranges.Bhagsu Nag is a small village to the east of McLeodganj. Known for its Shiv temple and spectacular views, it is also the starting point for a short but steep hike going up to Bhagsu Nag waterfall.The hike will be guided by a well-trained local hiker.

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    Dharamshala
    h7 Hours

    About the Activity:Triund is one of the most popular trekking destination. Crowned in the stunning Dhauladhar ranges this trek promises you with alluring views.Rivet in a trekking experience from Triund to Mcleodganj – enthrall in the picturesque landscapes that accompany you throughout your trek.Enjoy panoramic views of the stunning mountain locks that guard the pinnacle of this trek and offers you with appealing scenery like never before.

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    Dharamshala
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Embark on this delightful trekking trip from Mcleodganj to Tirund that lets you explore the real beauty of Himachal Pradesh – unravel yourself in this uphill and downhill trekking expedition.Trek through this rugged mountainous terrain that takes you through stunning Dharamkot village and Devi. Delight in the natural beauty surrounding you.Make your way through beautiful tiny hamlets and witness the daily life of the local people. Enthrall in this trip that provides you with stunning landscapes. Enjoy the night view of the glittering lights of Dharamshala town, which makes the whole scene unique and memorable.

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    Dharamshala
    d4 Days n3 Nights

    About the Activity:Embark on this captivating trekking expedition in Indrahara Pass and witness the mesmerizing beauty of this region in this 4 day tour.Commence your tour at 10.00 AM from Mcleod Ganj and continue trekking through the lush green forest.Trek through the Lahesh caves and explore the cave with its beautiful structures. Continue trekking to Indhrahara Pass while enjoying the scenic view of the green pastures and pass through the steep rocky trails.Feel the thrill while camping under the clear night sky with the windy breeze and enjoying a freshly cooked food while enjoying the bonfire.Descend to Laka Got and continue trekking to Triund, enjoy the sight of the Bhagsu waterfall before reaching Mclead Ganj or Dharmakot.End your tour with lots of memories.

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    h6 Hours

    About the Activity:Embark on a captivating day trip to McLeod Ganj in Dharmashala where you will see a large group of Tibetan people.The place is famous for the temples, Tibetan model leisure centers, waterfalls etc.Enjoy the six hour day trip by watching Dalai Lama temple, Bhagshu Nag temple, waterfall and Shiva Cafe.Minimum six people are needed for the tour to be operated and it offers a delighted sightseeing experience to you.The Tibetan population existing here will share its history with you, relish the beauty and cleanliness of the place from the bottom of your heart.

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Attractions

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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 Things To Do in Mcleodganj

  • What are the different activities to do in Mcleodganj?

    With a mix of relaxation and adventure, Mcleodganj offers an interesting set of activities for all the tourists. Vibrant monasteries, stunning backdrop, soothing cafes, and thrilling adventure activities have made it one of the favourite summer holiday destinations in India.

     

    This hilltop retreat, perched almost 1,500 metres above sea level is the abode of the holy Dalai Lama, and is a major pilgrimage for Buddhists.

     

    Here are the different activities to do in Mcleodganj:

    • Trek to Triund
    • Visit Dal Lake
    • Dine at the cafes and colorful restaurants
    • Offer prayers at Kalachakra Temple
    • Explore Tse Chokling Gompa
    • Visit Nechung Monastery
    • Get to know Tibetan hardships at Tibetan Museum
    • Admire architecture at St. John's Church in wilderness
    • Indulge in City Shopping
    • Step in History at Kangra Fort

  • Which are some famous museums to visit in Mcleodganj?

    Mcleodganj was once under the colonial rule of British but now widely known as the home of Dalai Lama. Today it is one of the best places to appreciate Tibetan culture. The most famous museum to visit here is the Tibetan Museum located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex.

     

    It has a collection of brilliant forms of Tibetan art, which includes history documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings etc. It also provides an insight into Tibetan culture and also the various struggles faced by them lately. 

  • Which are some places for sightseeing in Mcleodganj?

    Mcleodganj besides Offering extremely beautiful scenes of Dhauladhar ranges, has a host of places to keep tourists busy with many sightseeing opportunities. The beautiful town portrays a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.

    Right from enchanting monasteries located in the heart of the town to lakes and waterfalls all around, Dharamshala has myriad sightseeing possibilities.

     

    Here’s a rundown on best places for sightseeing here:

    • Bhagsu Falls
    • Namgyal Monastery
    • Bhagsunath Temple
    • Tsuglagkhang
    • Dharamkot 
    • Church of St John’s
    • Tibetan Museum
    • Norbulingka Institute
    • Kangra Fort etc.

  • Which are the best places for yoga in Mcleodganj?

    A lot of people come up to McLeodGanj to enroll themselves at one of the many meditation centres. The peace and quiet coupled with the inherent spirituality of the place makes it an ideal retreat for people trying to find their Zen. There are many yoga retreats in Mcleodganj where you can learn the basics of yoga by trained gurus and find your inner peace.

     

    Some of the places for yoga here are:

    • Aryan Yoga & Reiki Center
    • Ashta Yoga Valley
    • Kailash School of Yoga and Holistic Healing

  • Which are the famous temples to visit in Mcleodganj?

    Mcleodganj boasts of a rich culture that one can witness only after paying a visit to the beautiful temples located there. Not only for the spiritually interested, but these temples serve as an important tourist attraction for everyone.

     

    Dharamshala owes most of its air of tranquillity to the vibrant culture that prevails here, and it’s hard to miss in the many temples that dot the town.

     

    Some of the famous temples here are:

    • Dalai Lama’s temple
    • Bhagsunath Temple
    • Bajreshwari Mata temple
    • Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Bagalamukhi temple

  • Which are the best camping sites in Mcleodganj?

    A camping experience in Mcleodganj will take you close in the wilderness of nature showcasing its real grandeur. Spend the whole night under the star-studded night sky and witness the sunset and the sunrise the next day. It is also a fun outing with family and friends while enjoying an adventurous activity.

     

    Some famous camping places in Mcleodganj are:

    • Snow Monk Camp
    • Naddi etc.

  • Which are some famous monasteries to visit in Mcleodganj?

                   

    Mcleodganj stands out for its world-renowned monasteries that give visitors a peep into Buddhism and a feel of Tibetan culture. McLeodganj is famous for its Tibetan institutions, Buddhist monasteries, culture, art and crafts. Being in the monasteries is an uplifting experience that is sure to help you reconnect with your inner-self. And it’s certainly a big reason to visit here.

    Some of the famous monasteries here are:

    • Namgyal Monastery
    • Tsuglagkhang
    • Tse Chokling Gompa

  • Where can I try paragliding in Mcleodganj and how much will it cost me?

    Paragliding is the most adventurous activity to do in Mcleodganj to get an adrenaline rush. Not only it completes your quota of excitement but also offers some of the best vistas which you can witness from the sky. The view below would leave you spellbound and this is one experience you will never ever forget.

     

    Bir Billing is the best place to go in Mcleodganj for this activity. A paragliding expedition in Mcleodganj will cost you about INR 7,000.

  • Which are the best trekking routes in Mcleodganj?

    McLeodganj serves as a base camp for various trekking expeditions that cover Kangra and Chamba Valleys and Dhauladhar ranges. Short, casual treks around the place are a wonderful way to explore the scenery.  The experience of hiking in the natural, pollution-free air and open green landscapes is truly exhilarating.

    A number of treks are available in and around Mcleodganj which are:

    • Triund Trek
    • Kareri River Trek
    • Guna Devi Temple Trek
    • Bhagsu Trek
    • Indrahar Pass Trek

  • Where can I try boating in Mcleodganj? Can I do it in any season?

    The peaceful & beautiful setting of the lakes in Mcleodganj makes boating one of the most popular fun things to do in Mcleodganj with kids.

    One can try boating in the famous Dal Lake of Mcleodganj on your vacation. with blue-green water so deep that you could go boating on it, Dal Lake is the best place for this experience. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir (shrine) on its bank. 

    May to October is the ideal time for boating in Dal Lake.

     

  • Should I visit the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts? What’s so special about it?

    Today, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts is a popular tourist stop and stay over and is a both educating and recreational. Here you will find shows, events and documentary screenings all year round. It is one of the first institutes established by the Dalai Lama. Its annual 10-day Shoton Festival attracts people from all over the country. 

    Some of the highlights of this place are its eccentric cultural performances including a 1½-hour show of folk and ritual dance and song, Dances from the Roof of the World (which sometimes includes lhamo excerpts), and concerts by the popular electric folk fusion group Aa Ka Ma.

Traveller Tales From Mcleodganj

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Geetanjali Sethi

01 October 2015

Without any second thought I would recommend you to rope up this trek if at all you are planning for a great trek at Himachal Pradesh. You will never repent for this as it is worth every penny spent.

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