The huge complex
is also known locally as Tsuglagkhang, this is the residence of the Dalai Lama.
Although the private residence of His Holiness is out of bounds for tourists,
the complex comprises of several shrines, temples, a Tibetan museum and
souvenir stores. Each day, students congregate in the courtyard of the Namgyal
Monastery and study ancient Buddhist philosophy—which makes for a highly
A massive gilded statue of Buddha and two smaller statues of
Guru Rinpoche and Chenresig stand amid natural serenity that the complex is
filled to the brim with.
Following many bloody sacrifices, parts of the statues
situated inside the largest shrine here were brought over from Tibet. The
chanting, drumming and the soft flowing of monks brush past you, and this
iconic place to visit in McLeod Ganj is also the nerve centre of the town’s distinct
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Lingkhor is a meditation trail that one must not miss. Dotted with small
shrines and stupas, a rare opportunity to indulge in the intrinsic soulfulness
presents before yourself. A small western hall next to the main shrine is the
Kalachakra temple, where the extremely fine work on murals are showcased on its
walls. Other shrines are full of similar detailed works, and the Dalai Lama
temple is a short walk away from the centre of the town.