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, Himachal Pradesh

  (part of Dharamsala region)

(Mcleodganj is also known as Upper Dharamsala; also spelled as Mcleodgunj / McLeod Ganj)
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State: Himachal Pradesh
District: Kangra
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Pahari, Tibetan, Hindi, English
Best Season: Sep - June
Weather: Summer 25 to 36°C, Winter -1 to 17°C
Altitude: 2082 m
Pincode: 176219
STD code: 01892
A pretty imposing and cool tourist destination, McLeodganj is nicely situated in upper Dharmasala and is the renowned seat of the holy leader Dalai Lama. The city was named after David McLeod, the former Governor of Punjab under British rule. This is the administrative headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile. Mcleodganj a real cross section of Tibet is a well known learning centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhist dharmas and rituals. It has been nick named as the little Lhasa, reverberating the Buddhist influence on the land.

This is an imposing hill station located at about 1700m high in Himachal Pradesh. The area is enriched with many ancient temples, monasteries and structures. Tsuglagkhang is the main temple enshrining Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava. The ambience of the area is resonated by Buddhist religious practices and lifestyles. This is a bastion of the natural beauty as the Mother Nature has blessed this area with all its magnanimities.

TIPA, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, is an attraction for all art loving tourists. The ten day festival of theatres, music and dance held annually during the month of May is vibrant and enticing. When in McLeodganj, tourists should plan to book Manali tour package as well.

McLeodganj thrives on Tourism Industry. It is known for Buddhist handicrafts, garments and thangkas. Namgyal Monastery is one of the great attractions here. The architectural marvel of St. John in the Wilderness an Anglican church constructed in the neo-gothic style attracts all tourists reaching the Mcleodganj. This is a prefect religious destinations for the Buddhist.
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Himachal Pradesh - Of Thrill and Enchantment

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 07, 2011
This article focuses on the various reasons that draws people to the famous hill state of Himachal. Book a tour to Himachal Pradesh and enjoy the piece of heaven that offers great attractions and enthralling adventures.

Honeymoon In Himachal - Romancing The Hills

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 07, 2011
Enjoy a splendid honeymoon is some of the hottest destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The article introduces the tourists to some of the most scenic destinations that are a hit among the honeymoon couples.

Hill Towns: Glory of the hills post monsoon

  by Shwetha  on Aug 20, 2010
With monsoons gone by the breezy cold days headed our way, this is the best time to head to hills and enjoy the green canopy and crisp mountain air left behind by the monsoon showers...

Travel within city

McLeodganj is an abode of Tibetans and the followers of the Dalai Lama located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, basking in the Himalayan glory. McLeodganj is basically a very small town, and the entire town can be easily covered on foot. However, people who need alternate means of transportation can opt for buses and auto rickshaws that are available in McLeodganj, as these are the other modes of inner town travel available.

On Foot

You can travel through McLeodganj by foot, and through walking you can easily cover all the major places of interest including the Tibetan Library, Tibet Museum, Naam Art gallery, Dharamkot, Kunal Pathari and Bhagsunag Falls. Walking to Dharamsala can be quite hard, and in order to reach Dharamsala from McLeodganj, you can opt for buses or auto rickshaws.


Dharamsala is located near McLeodganj; however, the terrain can be unsafe for those who are not skilled in trekking or mountaineering. In case you cannot cover the journey on foot, you can opt for buses which leave McLeodganj once every hour. Ticket fares will range from Rs 3 to 5.

Auto Rickshaw

You can also take an auto rickshaw, those autos here do not run on meter and the rates are not fixed. You can opt for auto rickshaw travel at night, and auto fares will range around Rs 40 to 100.


The town of McLeodganj is crammed with restaurants specializing in Indian as well as International cuisines. Alcohol is served only at a few places and they charge a steep Rs 150 for a bottle of beer. For those looking for vegetarian options, they can go to Lung Ta on Jogibara Road serving Japanese and Pema Thag Pizzeria on Bhagsu Road offering mouth watering pizzas. Sumptuous Tibetan bites like momos, thupkas and tingmo can be enjoyed at Snow Lion Restaurant on Jogibara Road. For excellent Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisines, tourists can go to McLlo Restaurant on Jogibara Road. Moonpeak Espresso on Temple Road and French Café on Jogibara Road are bar-cum-restaurants offering well stocked bars and serving good vegetarian as well as non-veg dishes. Restaurants are open from 8 am till 10 pm.


The streets of McLeodganj are laden with a number of shops selling Tibetan artifacts, bronze statues, prayer thangkas and metal prayer wheels. The main markets are located on Jogibara, Temple and Bhagsu Roads and remain open from 8:30 am till 8 pm. For hand woven Tibetan carpets, tourists can go to Tibetan Handicrafts Cooperative Center on Jogibara Road. Traditional handicrafts can be picked up from TCV Handicraft Center on Temple Road. Beautiful souvenirs and hand made Tibetan paper and can be bought from Green Shop on Bhagsu Road. Bargaining is recommended.


Dharamsala - 10 km downtown from McLeodganj, Dharamsala is a spiritual destination known for its scenic beauty. Trekking in the glades and forests is a wondrous opportunity tourist can enjoy here.


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Comments (1) Reviews (4)
hi, i am told that it wl be hot in Dharmashala now on till june, from june - sept there wl be heavy rains, from oct - feb, heavy winter, so really confused which is the best period to go there?
i can't just take off immdtly now -- firstly because of the hot weather there, secondly instant bookings wl all cost me more.... so pls advs....
Posted by shirley 4 year, 6 days ago

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