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McLeodganj, also known as Little Lhasa is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is a hill station near Dharamshala that has a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence and culture. This little city is famous around the world for being the home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and Mcleodganj tour packages are also counted among the best packages and are popular amongst trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. It is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala and is nestled amidst majestic hills and lush greenery. It has one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh and attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.

Tour to Mcleodganj is often coupled with trips to Dharamshala, Bhagsu Nag and Kangra Valley that are situated very close to each other. Tourists often cover all these destinations at one go. The specially of Mcleodganj is that it is a very spiritual and sacred town. Some of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides are located in this mighty land. Bot, national as well as international travelers, especially Buddhist followers are often spotted here. McLeodganj is not only a favorite among tourists but also a great choice for a honeymoon tour

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Best Time to Visit Mcleodganj:

Although McLeodganj is a year-round destination, the best time to visit McLeodganj and visit this hill station is between March and June, when the place enjoys the summer season. During this time, the weather remains pleasant, with temperatures fluctuating between 17 and 36 degrees Celsius. It is an ideal time to explore the top attractions and enjoy the beautiful landscapes on your package tour to McLeodganj. The period from October to February is the perfect time to visit the town if you want to witness the snowfall covering the entire land in its soft and shiny blanket. From July to September, the monsoon season brings refreshing showers that turn the landscape into a green paradise, which is a great time for offbeat travelers seeking tranquility.

How to Reach Mcleodganj:

1. By Air: The closest airport to McLeodganj is Kangra Airport, which is located at a distance of 20 kilometres. You can take a flight to this airport and then hire a taxi at the airport to reach McLeodganj. If you are travelling from far regions, Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Chandigarh is the nearest major airport with excellent connectivity to major cities in India. You can also take a flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to enjoy a seamless journey through McLeodganj cheap tour packages.

2. By Rail: If you are looking forward to travelling by train with the help of McLeodganj tour packages, you can board a train to Kangra Mandir, which is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from McLeodganj. Alternatively, you can travel to the nearest broad gauge railway station in Pathankot, which is situated 90 kilometres away from your final destination. From Pathankot, you can take a bus or taxi to travel to McLeodganj.

3. By Road: People opting for a road journey on their package tour to McLeodganj can take an overnight bus from New Delhi to reach the main town of Dharamshala, located 9 kilometres before McLeodganj. Regular bus services operated by Himachal Roadways and Himachal Tourism are available from Kashmiri Gate ISBT Delhi, which facilitates convenient travel for tourists. From Dharamshala, you can take local buses or shared cabs to reach your final destination.

Places to Visit During Mcleodganj Tour:

Here are some best places to visit on a Mcleodganj tour:

1. Bhagsunath Waterfall & TempleThe majestic Bhagsu waterfalls are situated near the Bhagsunath village which is about 7000 feet above the sea level. Bhagsunath temple is the prime attraction of this high altitude place. The stunning waterfalls located near the temple is an extreme grandeur. The breathtaking view of the surrounding Kangra valley is not to be missed by any adventure fanatic or nature lover.

2. Namgyal MonasteryNamgyal Monastery, also known as Dalai Lama Main Temple, is well known for its serene ambiance where visitors get a touch of spirituality. Anyone visiting this place is welcomed to join their meditation sessions. The monastery is famous for its ornamental façade and is also the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet.

3. Tsuglagkhang ComplexJust above the town of Dharamshala, is Tsuglagkhang, the place which is the home of the Dalai Lama. Apart from his residence, this complex also houses Tsuglagkhang Temple, Namgyal Monastery, and Tibet Museum. The entire complex, except for Dalai Lama’s residence is open to tourists. The Complex houses a beautiful statue of Lord Buddha as well as statues of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche. The museum inside Tsuglagkhang houses many imprints of Tibetan art and culture giving an insight into Tibetan Culture. The various items include historical documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings, etc. The structure of the Tibet Museum is influenced by Tibetan architecture which has made it unique.

4. Dhauladhar Range: This beautiful range is a part of the Himalayan chain of mountains rising from the plain and ends at the north of Kangra and Mandi. The highest peak in the range is the Hanuman Tibba. The name Dhauladhar translates into as ‘ White Range ‘ and the snow-clad mountain range with its panoramic views justifies the name. The range provides a flattering view of the Kully valley and is spotted covered with Pine and Deodar trees which are covered with snow.

5. St. John in the Wilderness ChurchSt. John in the Wilderness is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. This neo-gothic church was built in dedication to John the Baptist. Set amidst deodar forests, this peaceful place of worship is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows.

6. Tibetan Museum: The Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, is a must-visit for those interested in Tibetan culture and history. The museum showcases the rich cultural heritage of Tibet through a collection of artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts. Visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the Tibetan people and their struggle for freedom through the exhibits on display.

Things to Do on the Mcleodganj Trip:

Here are some best things to do on a McLeodganj trip:

1. Camping at McleodganjMcLeodganj successfully magnetizes tourists every year for trekking and camping in the Dhauladhar Mountains and surrounding valleys and regions. Camping in McLeod Ganj amidst lush green nature with the view of the majestic Dhauladhar Mountains can be an amazing experience.

2. Triund Hill TrekTriund trek is regarded as an easy Himalayan trek and is considered as the right choice for a beginner. The whole trek is nearly 9 km and out of that 4 km is a steep but easy climb. However, the last 2 km can be a bit tough for some. Visitors get relief from the steep climb when they reach the refreshing walks amongst rhododendron and oak trees. The trail is famous for its 22 curves. The breathtaking view of the Kangra valley and the snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges makes it worth the effort of trekking. The night is spent at a camp at the highest summit which is a part of the Mcleodganj tour package.

3. Shopping at the local markets: McLeodganj is famous for Tibetan items such as prayer items, a statue of Buddha, carpets and rugs, dresses, paintings, wooden carvings, and woolens. These are available in the local markets of Jogibara Bazar and Kotwali Bazar. Tourists love to collect souvenirs from these markets during the Mcleodganj tour.

4. Kareri River TrekThe Kareri River Trek as a part of the Mcleodganj tour package takes the visitors to the Kareri Lake, formed from the flow of melted waters of the Mankind Peak of the Dhauladhar range. The trek is through alpine grassland and subtropical forests. The subtropical forests along the Kareri River are home to several Himalayan birds and animals. On the trek, trekkers will also encounter shepherd villages, cattle grazing farms, and a Lord Shiva temple. The trek can be completed in 2 days and includes a night at a camp near the lake.

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How much does a trip to McLeodganj cost?

The cost of McLeodganj tour packages ranges from INR 11,500 to INR 17,800 for a duration of three to five days. It includes accommodation, local transportation, and guided tours to key attractions like Namgyal Monastery and the residence of the Dalai Lama known as Tsuglagkhang. At this price, you can also explore the cultural richness and scenic beauty of McLeodganj and its neighbouring destinations.

Is McLeodganj tour costly?

No, McLeodganj is not costly. The destination offers a range of McLeodganj cheap tour packages for budget-friendly travel for travellers. With options catering to various budgets, McLeodganj allows you to explore its serene landscapes, Tibetan culture, and spiritual sites without breaking the bank. You can also enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of McLeodganj in a cost-effective way to experience this charming hill station in Himachal Pradesh.

Is 2 days enough for McLeodganj tour?

It is slightly challenging to explore the entire McLeodganj in just two days, but you can cover around eight to ten points of interest with well-planned McLeodganj tour packages. We recommend you allocate at least three to four days to explore all of the hill station. You can also attend special events to enhance your overall tour experience. 

What is special about McLeodganj?

Besides being the residence of the Dalai Lama, McLeodganj is special for its vibrant Tibetan culture, breathtaking scenery, and a mix of adventure sports. It is a cultural heaven with attractions like Masroor Temple, Bhagsu Falls, and Nechung Monastery. This place appeals to people with diverse interests, thereby making it a must-visit destination for travellers in India. It also lets you explore the beauty and spirituality of the hill station with the McLeodganj tour packages.

Is there snowfall at McLeodganj?

Yes, there is snowfall at McLeodganj from December to February, with the peak season from mid-December to the end of January. The winter season transforms the town into a snowy wonderland, and the picturesque valleys are covered in a soft and shiny snow blanket. With a package tour to McLeodganj during this time, you can embrace the chilly breeze, snowy landscapes, and breathtaking views.

Is McLeodganj worth visiting?

Yes, McLeodganj is absolutely worth visiting. Nestled in the Himalayan beauty, it captivates you with its Tibetan culture, scenic landscapes, and spiritual vibes. Whether exploring monasteries, trekking, or enjoying serene moments, McLeodganj offers a diverse and enriching experience. You can book McLeodganj tour packages for an ideal blend of adventure and cultural exploration and enjoy a soulful getaway amidst the charm and spiritual tranquillity of nature.

Is it safe to travel McLeodganj?

It is absolutely safe to travel to Mcleodganj at any time of the year. McLeodganj is a captivating destination nestled in the serene Himalayas, renowned for its vibrant Tibetan culture, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality. This enchanting hill station offers a safe haven for travelers, with its friendly locals, peaceful atmosphere, and a plethora of enriching experiences awaiting exploration. You will also find many solo travellers exploring the town fearlessly. 

How can I go to Mcleodganj from Dharamshala?

Mcleodganj, also known as Upper Dharamshala, is a suburb of Dharamshala, which is the main district of Kangra. There are local buses available from Dharamshala that go to Mcleodganj all the time. One can also hire a cab from Dharamshala to visit Mcleodganj. Other than that, our Mcleodganj packages also include a visit from Dharamshala to Mcleodganj. It takes about half-an-hour, or so to cover the distance between the two Himachali towns.

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