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  • Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, there are a lot of things to do in McLeodganj. Also known as Dhasa or Little Lhasa, McLeod Ganj got this name due to the huge Tibetan population residing here and in Dharamshala.

    McLeod Ganj is situated at an altitude of 6831 feet above the sea level and is located on the Dhauladhar Range of mountains. Aesthetically pleasing monasteries, stunning backdrops, vibrant cafes and thrilling adventure activities make McLeod a popular tourist destination.

    There are a variety of treks that commence from or pass from McLeod. From visiting the local markets for shopping for exclusive McLeod handicrafts and jewelry to dining at its quaint and vibrant cafes and restaurants, exploring the umpteen numbers of monasteries in town to taking an exciting trek from here, there are a plenty of things to do in Mcleodganj to create an unforgettable memory.

    Markets like the Kotwali Bazar, McLeod Ganj Central Square, and the Jogiwara Road are renowned shopping areas in the town and are famous for exclusive Tibetan things. These markets are heaven for shopaholics where bargaining skills is a must.

    Some of the popular treks which are the Indrahar Pass Trek, Bhagsu Trek, Kangra Valley Trek, Kareri River Trek and Guna Devi Temple Trek originate and/or pass via McLeod. The hill station is a melting pot of culture; vibrancy and nature where travelers get to explore a lot and take back cherished memories. Other attractions in McLeod are visiting the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and Norbulingka Institute where travelers can explore cultural shows, Tibetan art and handicrafts, and history. McLeod Ganj is a place that will leave the travelers wanting for more and coming back for more. An experience that's wholesomely enriching, Little Lhasa awaits the enthusiastic traveler!


    Here are some of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj:

    - Kareri River Trek
    Camping in Mcleodganj
    - Triund Trek
    - Visit Namgyal Monastery
    - Go to Bhagsu Falls


  • 01Trek to Triund

    Trek to Triund

    One of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj is Trekking. Just behind the Dhauladhar range stands tall Triund, a 9000 Ft range. The 9 KM trek trail on this mountain is a breathtaking experience. After the tiring expedition you can also plan an overnight stay at the Forest Rest House on top of the ridge. 

    The spellbinding panorama of the Kangra valley from the Triund peak is captivating. If you wish to lie in the arms of the wilderness and gaze at the infinite sky and sparkling stars, then camping here is also an awesome option. The manoeuvring boulevard through the rhododendron and oak trees will rejuvenate all your senses.

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  • 02Triund, Laka Got Glacier Camping & Trekking

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    Mcleodganj in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is a famous hill station and a favorite holiday destination for many. Home to the 14th Dalai Lama after his exile, and a spiritual hub, this place is not just famous for the sights and culture that you can so enjoy here. One of the most prime reasons for the fame of Mcleodganj is the adventure sports here, which primarily includes the amazing and adventurous Triund Trek nearby. This tour takes you on a trek to Triund and to the famous Laka Got Glacier with camping at both the amazing places.
    About the activity:
    • Start this trek from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj and make your way to Triund
    • After spending an amazing night under the stars here, start trekking the next day to the Laka Got Glacier and have a fun time there before pitching your tent
    • return to Dharmkot the next day to bring your trip to an end
  • 03Visit Namgyal Monastery

    The Namgyal Monastery is well known for being the biggest Tibetan sanctuary outside Tibet and also the residence of the Dalai Lama. It was established in 16th century and since then it serves to preserve the Tibetan culture and customs.

    It enlightens the monks who reside here by imparting knowledge based on philosophy, sacred arts, meditation and debates. This Monastery is bestowed with a pristine atmosphere, making it an ideal place to attain peace. It also showcases splendid statues of Buddha, which are highly admirable. This Monastery not only intrigues religionists but also other tourists and admirers.

    Timings: - Open from 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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  • 04Kareri River Trek

    Kareri River Trek

    The Kareri Lake is formed by the flow of melted waters from the Mankiani Peak. A glacial river located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar; it is a trek that takes you through lush subtropical forests and alpine grasslands. The subtropical forests are filled with Chir Pine and Chilgoza Pines. The forest trek in the latter half consists of rocky grasslands along the Nyund Nullah.

    The Kareri River trek cuts through gushing freshwater streams and passes through verdant meadows and orchards. The subtropical forests 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 Kareri Lake is a pleasant weekend trek for offering a secluded retreat. There are many campsites during the trek that offer convenient options for food. The trek has a moderate difficulty level which can be completed in 2 days. It makes for a beginner-level trail for trekkers.


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  • 05Visit Tsug La Khang (Dalai Lama's Temple)

    Popular for being the sanctuary of The Dalai Lama, the Tsug la Khang is the core essence of Mcleodganj. It comprises the Namgyal Monastery and also several shrine rooms in its compound. There are statues of Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche in these shrines.

     If you are an art lover then you should surely go there and admire this splendid artwork. The Dalai Lama’s dwelling and administrative offices are adjoining to the monastery. Ling Khor, is a meditation trail close to Tsug La Khang, you will come across small shrines, stupas and also a gigantic chorten while treading this route. Visiting Tsug la Khang is one of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj.  

    Timings- Open from 6 AM to 7 PM

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  • 06Trek to Triund and Camping

    Trek to Triund and Camping
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    Triund trek in the Kangra mountain range is considered to be one of the most scenic treks in the country and is also proclaimed as an experience that one should have at least once in their lifetime. Starting from the small hill station of Mcledoganj, the trek leads you through deciduous forests of Oak and Deodhar to the top of Triund hill, for a breathtaking view from there, and for one of the best camping experiences ever.
    About the activity:
    • Start your trip by arriving at Mcledoganj before 10 in the morning to start your trek
    • Begin the 9 km long trek to the top which ideally would take 4 hours, but you can increase the time if you feel like you fell in love with the surroundings of the trek.
    • Spend some time clicking pictures here, before settling in the camps for a campfire and dinner under the stars experience
    • Wake up to an amazing sunrise, and check out of the camps to trek back down for the end of this experience of a lifetime
    Group Size- Minimum 4 people
  • 07Go to Bhagsu Falls

    Being in closed vicinity of the popular Bhagsunath Temple of Lord Shiva, this waterfall is known as the Bhagsu Falls. Spending a day here is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Mcleodganj. It is not only famous as a picnic spot but is also a significant place of pilgrimage. 

    The sight of this 20 M tall waterfall is like a heaven on earth during monsoons. One can also cherish the delicious food served in the cafeteria near the falls. If you wish to add on to the excitement of this excursion, then you have a choice of trekking to these falls through the beautiful vistas. Carry your camera and capture the enticing exquisiteness of Mother Nature.

    Timings: - Open from 7 am to 9 pm

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  • 08Visit Tibetan Museum

    Visit Tibetan Museum
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    Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty. 

    It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items. Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.

    Timings: - Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • 09Indrahar Pass Trek

    Indrahar Pass Trek

    The Indrahar pass trek commences from McLeod Ganj in the Kangra valley and ends at Chamba. The trek offers beautiful views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. Classified as a moderate to a difficult trail, it passes through green meadows, dense deodar and rhododendron forests. The trail gets adventurous passing through ancient lands of Gaddi Shepherds.

    Spectacular views of the sacred peaks of Mani Mahesh Kailash are guaranteed here. The trek also passes through Hindu temples and villages in the upper Ravi valley. Trekking on this route is an adventurous experience as it involves continuous climbing over boulders.

    Indrahar Pass Trek promises a rich walking trail amid wildlife areas. Trekkers encounter wild goats, leopard and Monal bird. The best season to take up this trek is from mid-May to June and September to mid-October. We also recommend taking this trek up as it is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj.

    With beauty and wildlife together, trekkers only seem to want more from this trek.


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  • 10Camping in Mcleodganj

    Camping in Mcleodganj

    McLeod Ganj is a serene hill station nestled in upper Dharamshala; it is home to some of the most spell-binding landscapes in Himachal Pradesh.

    The reason why McLeod Ganj or McLeod successfully magnetizes tourists each year is for trekking and camping in the Dhauladhar Mountains and surrounding valleys and regions.

    Camping in McLeod Ganj is like a vacation amidst lush green nature with serene beauty all around. Camps offer a retreat away from the cacophony of city life and allow the traveler to soak in peace. You are surrounded by mellow sounds of whispering winds and chirping sounds of birds. Camps in McLeod Ganj also offer magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks.

    Travelers can enjoy camping under a blanket of stars accompanied with a warm bonfire. The night can be made more enjoyable with games, music, and dance as you seek solace into nature.


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  • 11Head Out to Dal Lake

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    One of the major attractions in Mcleodganj is the Dal Lake, a small water body based at an elevation of 1,775 M above the sea level. Situated amidst the woods of deodar, pine and oak, this lake is a treat for an eye. It is an amazing spot for sightseeing and photography.

    There is a shrine of Lord Shiva close to the Dal Lake, thus giving it a religious significance.  The green coloured lake is also an abode to a variety of fishes. The best time to visit this place is during the months of August and September. This is when the Girths and Gorkhas, the tribal people of Mcleodganj host a fair.

    Timings: - Open from 7 AM To 8 PM

  • 12Enjoy Cultural Shows at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts

    Established by His Holiness, Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is one of the leading cultural institutes keeping traditional Tibetan dance, culture, art, music and colorful folk opera alive.

    Travelers must enjoy cultural shows at TIPA while visiting Mcleodganj. The 10-day annual festival, the Shoton Festival held here attracts hordes of people from all over the country. Performances include dancing and singing where the artists are dressed in elaborate costumes.

    Folk songs tell stories of interesting characters like kings, fools, yogis, and witches. Instruments like cymbals and drums add to the enthralling ambiance and make it a treasured experience for travelers.

    TIPA is located at about 1 kilometer from the McLeod Ganj Bus Station and is nestled at P.O. Mcloed Dharamsala, Dharamkot Road, McLeod Ganj.

    The entry fees, camera fees, and other applicable charges:

    Indian Adult: INR 50

    Still Camera Fee: INR 100

    Video Camera Fee: INR 500


  • 13Shop at The Local markets

    Shopping is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj given that the hill station is popular for traditional Tibetan hats, bags, trousers and slippers. Items like woolen shawls, prayer wheels and prayer flags and jewellery can also be purchased from McLeod Ganj markets.

    Speaking of markets, there are popular ones bustling with colorful, eccentric and vibrant things, only to incite tourists and travellers to carry memorable souvenirs back home for family and friends. Some prominent street markets in McLeod Ganj are the Kotwali Bazar, Jogibara Road, and McLeod Ganj Central Square.

    We recommend having excellent bargaining skills before stepping into the McLeod Ganj markets. While shopping, local specialties like Tibetan carpets and rugs, traditional Tibetan dresses, handmade paintings, mandala paintings, wooden carvings, handicrafts and thangkas are not to be missed. Tibetan carpets are hand-woven and are exquisite pieces for home decor and interiors.


  • 14Sip and Dine at Colorful Cafes and Restaurants

    The satisfaction achieved after finishing a plate of steaming delicious momos in the middle of scenic landscapes at an elevated height of 2082 meters is indescribable! McLeod is a place bustling with cafes and restaurants that offer savory delights to famished travelers.

    Nestled in narrow streets and hilltops, each with a view and aesthetic, McLeod cafes and restaurants serve vegetarian to vegan cuisine, not fancy, but, lip-smacking!

    Sip on a hot caramel coffee and bite on a cheesecake alongside as you breathe in the mountain air. Gorge on wood-fired thin crust pizzas and read a book or two while hearing the piano play soothingly in the background.

    Cafes and restaurants we recommend are:

    • Illiterati Books & Coffee - Coffee, Italian food, burgers & books

    • Woeser Bakery - Carrot cake & chocolate brownies

    • Namgyal Cafe - Sandwiches, pasta & books to read

    • Hummingbird Cafe - Lemon cake, pizza, momos & thukpa

    • Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen - Chocolate mousse, chicken grill served with pasta and baked potatoes & Italian delicacies

    The approximate cost for two at these places ranges between INR 250 - 600.


  • 15Visit Nechung Monastery

    The Nechung Monastery, a Buddhist monastery plays a historical role as it was the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle until 1959. It is located downhill from the Drepung Monastery. Nechung is an eerie place associated with possession, exorcism and other pre-Buddhist rites.

    The monastery has a few strange, striking and imaginative murals lining the walls of the inner courtyard. Paintings of flayed humans held from the rafters by serpents, figures with dangling eyeballs, disembodied heads and legs, wrathful deities with garlands of skulls, and other artwork decorate the walls here.

    Nechung Monastery features an array of mythical animals, such as murals of snakes and dragons coiled around support beams in the main hall. It will indeed be one of the best things to do in Mcleodganj. The monastery is easily reachable on foot after visiting the Drepung Monastery.

    Nechung is located at a distance of 2.5 kilometers from the McLeod Ganj Bus Station.


  • 16Visit Norbulingka Institute

    The Norbulingka Institute was established in 1988 with its primary focus being teaching and preserving traditional Tibetan art forms. It's a beautiful and fascinating place to visit to watch artisans at work on woodcarving, metal statue-making, thangka painting, and embroidery. The institute produces high-quality art objects, clothing, accessories and home furnishings.

    A cultural center, the Norbulingka Institute is a place reflecting nature's beauty and bounty. Water cascading through Japanese styled gardens and birds of different species flying among the treetops; it's a scenic sight to behold. The Japanese style gardens are well maintained and the place overall has a Tibetan architecture and aesthetic, giving a vibe of old Tibet.

    The institute provides short-term workshops for studying Tibetan arts.

    Norbulingka Institute is open every day from 09:00-05:30. The workshops and offices are closed on Sunday and second Saturday every month.

    Norbulingka is located in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamshala, about 30 minutes from Mcleodganj.


  • 17Bhagsu Trek

    The Bhagsu trek, which is a trek to the Bhagsu Waterfalls commences from McLeod Ganj and covers a distance of approximately 12 kilometers. The elevation being 2400 meters, it is a moderate trek best recommended for beginners.

    The Bhagsu Waterfalls are located close to the Bhagsunath Temple. These waterfalls are one of the most stunning streams that cascade down around 30 feet during the monsoon season.

    The Bhagsu trek is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj. We recommend taking this up to get spectacular views of the peaks and passes of the Dhauladhar Ranges! The Bhagsu trek takes you to a small waterfall near Bhagsu village and trails through Dharamkot, Galu, and Naddi Village.

    Walking from Galu to the Naddi village will give beautiful views of distant villages on the foothills of Dhauladhar. It is the Naddi village exactly that offers picturesque and mighty views of the Dhauladhars, its peak, and it passes.


  • 18The Kangra Valley Trek

    The Kangra Valley Trek is a trek that opens the world of phenomenal views of the Dhauladhar Range to the travellers. The trek and trail delight trekkers with visit to old temples, scenic lakes, & unexplored Hindu towns en route in the middle of verdant and snow-laden valleys.

    The trek begins from McLeod Ganj and passes through the Kareri Lake and Kareri Village. Trekkers trek on the trail that passes through woody woodlands and steep slopes, which aren't too arduous to climb. The Kangra Valley Trek is quite a popular one and is also one of the best things to do in Mcleod Ganj.

    The months from March to October are said to be the best time to take up the Kangra Valley Trek. The trek is ideal for both beginners & expert trekkers who are looking for an authentic and inspiring trekking experience in Himachal.


Adventure in Mcleodganj

Trekking in Mcleodganj

Camping in Mcleodganj

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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Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship peak is in the Pir Panjal range in the Beas Kund region and this trek can be undertaken by even persons with limited mountaineering knowledge. The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 5,289 metres.

The Friendship peak is situated in the Beas Kund Area which is very popular among tourists for ski touring, ski mountaineering and mountaineering. The trail proceeds via Dhundi and Beas Kund. The ideal time for trekking here is May and June and again in September and October.

Best Season: July - October
Max. Elevation: 5289m
Duration of the Trek: 5 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Champavati Temple

Located near the Police Post and Treasury building in Chamba, Champavati Temple is one of the most religious destinations and best places to visit in Chamba. It was built by Raja Sahil Varman in the memory of Champavati who was her daughter. The temple's Shikhara style and various ornamental stone carvings make it distinguishable from others. It resembles the architectural pieces of Nepal, featuring structures that are cylindrical in shape and are categorized into 5 to 9 parts.

The temple holds the shrines of Vasuki Naga, Wazir and Goddess Mahisasuramardini, an avatar of Goddess Durga. The best time to visit temple is from the month of March to June as the climate is so pleasant during this duration.

The temple has a great archaeological and historical value and is taken care by Archeological Survey of India. Millions of hindus visit the temple each year, especially during Navratri.

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