Best time to visitTour guides and agencies mention that the best months to visit are from September to June.
Things to doVisit the Tibetan learning centre here.
BudgetIt all depends on how long one plans to stay here and the type of accommodation needed.
This place can be found in upper Dharamshala and yes it is a very famous tourist spot. Having been named after David McLeod, this place now happens to be the seat and abode of the Dalai Lama on a temporary basis. McLeodganj is also home to an important Tibetan learning centre. The town is also referred to as Little Lhasa and this indicates the Buddhist influence upon the place. The town has a number of temples, edifices, monasteries and spots that make it an important tourist site. If one has a list of things to do in Dharamshala, visiting McLeodganj should be on the very top of it.
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It’s a great place to meet fellow travellers and engage in hearty chats with Tibetans and their local life.If you are looking to buy some Tibetan handicrafts and other local goods then do some shopping on the streets where you can grab some Tibetan souvenirs and garments
Waste Warriors – With its head office in Dehradun, Waste Warriors has been working in the Himalayan regions of Mcleodganj and Corbett for many years. This year, they will be commencing their operations in the Spiti region. Waste Warriors visits Triund for weekly cleaning and invites volunteers to take part in this campaign. Come summers, the influx of tourism will hit the Dhauldhars and you can apply for the volunteership. The volunteering period ranges from single cleaning campaign to the time period you find convenient enough. Apart from cleaning campaigns, you can also join waste warriors to conduct education programs, art installations and wall murals.
Now this was one of those day when your trip is going to end and your are already feeling bad for it. I had only this day left with me to explore the rest of the places of Mcleodganj. So i headed for the Monastery and Dalai Lama Temple at the temple road. Also I was supposed to visit the cafe of Mcleodganj . So after the temple I visited a cafe which was named as M Restaurant. Sitting with friends enjoyed the local thupka and just enjoyed the view from the cafe. It was already 4:00 pm and our bus was going to leave from Dharamshala at 7:00 pm. So we headed to our hotels took our luggage and moved to Dharamshala. Had an amazing experience of being a solo traveller, made great friends and enjoyed every bit of it. I would recommend everybody to have at least one solo trip in their life.
It was 7:30 am. As soon as I opened my eyes it was all mountains around me. What a beautiful morning it was. By now everybody was aware of their co-travellers. Hired a taxi and reached our hotel. Now this day was booked for sight seeing in Mcleodganj and as mentioned in itinerary everything was supposed to cover by walking itself. So starting from Bhagsu waterfall having Maggie over there we climbed up to the Shiva Cafe. Shiva cafe is a very well known cafe of Mcleodganj. A different atmosphere you can feel over there. Everybody was enjoying their hukkah or weed and was just chilling in the cold weather with the music. After sometime we came down for Bhagsu temple and than covered the Mall road for which I was least interested. After covering this it was time for Dal lake. Now this was little much to cover by walking but the route was beautiful. And lucky where we that before it was dark we reached Dal lake otherwise the lake would have been not visible to us. So if you wish to go there, go before it gets dark. And let me tell you Mcleodganj in December damn cold (Obviously). After Dal lake we came back to hotel had our dinner and as we were tired everybody slept early that day and thus the day came to end.
Dharamshala is the second winter capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It was formerly known as Bhagsu.McLeodganj is famous for its spirituality, weather, hills, tranquility, views etcThe places to visit in McLeodganj are :--Bhagsu  Nag Shiv MandirThe village of Bhagsunag is just 2 kms away from the town of McLeod Ganj in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh.A natural fresh water spring is also present in the premises of the temple.The flowing water of the Bhagsu Falls fills the small pool that has been set up for the pilgrims so that they can take a dip in the holy waters.It is believed that Lord Shiva himself visited this place and therefore throngs of devotees visit this place.
A beautiful tune played by a man who was sitting by the way-side of Bhagsu Waterfall, for earning some money.people work hard to earn so that they can fill themselves and their family.Well Bhagsu Waterfall Beautiful, calm and peaceful place. it is located in Dharamshala #Himachal #Pradesh #India. you will have to climb up stairs to reach there. it's approx 1-2 kilometers from bhagus nag temple. After reaching there you will forget about your all wanness.As far as I'm concerned, I was mesmerized by the beauty of bhagsu waterfall. ❤
Three kilometres north of Dharamsala lies McLeod Ganj, the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, providing refuge to a large Tibetan population, including monks and nuns. This beautiful town is where India meets Tibet and the influence of this merger can be seen in McLeod's food, culture, festivals and even the changing traditions. Here you can volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation and yoga or do something outdoorsy like a trek! The most famous trek around McLeod Ganj is the scenic Triund trek that takes you around the Dhauladhars surrounding McLeod.
I woke up as the chilling wind hit my face. To see sun rays piercing through the tall trees, as the dew drops created a golden blanket on the meadows. I could smell it, the fresh air, the aroma on the land and the trees. It felt like home.Few minutes later I got down at Dharamshala Bus Stop. From here local buses run frequently to McLeod Ganj. Rs10 is the fare from Dharamshala.
After 12 hours of long drive and in between dhaba, cafe coffee day, subway stoppages we finally made it to McLeod Ganj. Located in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj has a peaceful vibe it's air is filled with the chants of monks. The calmness and peace it has is immeasurable. We checked in to the hotel called Pink House located on Jogiwara road, opposite Youngling school. First thing I saw about the hotel was a Kerala spa, and I knew I would be visiting this spa soon. The hotel had graffiti and art all over which was so quirky. But the best part of hotel was their restaurant which was facing the snow covered mountain peaks and the whole interior was classic white with tyres painted in red, green and blue. This was not all there were novels and loads of board games. Being tired and hungry at the same time we decided to eat and ordered food. This was the first day and it was very peaceful and serene. In evening we decided to roam around the markets and visit monasteries.
My travelogue featuring the places I have been to in the enchanting and ever mesmerizing McLeodganj and Dharamshala. This place carries much more importance to me than just being a travel destination.It was more of a spiritual journey for me where I trekked for the first time to Triund, got my beliefs cleared at Tibetian Temple, had awesome food at Morgan's place, experienced serenity at Cafe Illiterati and made new friends on the McLeodganj local market.This video also covers aspects of local life of the people who belong to the heavenly abode.
The next morning we all woke up pretty early and were able to see the yellow rising sun casting it's golden glow on the top of snow clad peaks. By far it's one of the best mornings I have ever experienced. After getting ready, we started for the markets again in search of a nice brunch place. Emily knew most of the nice places to eat around the area and even took us to a traditional Tibetan hotel where we tried Thukpa. Thukpa is a traditional Tibetan dish which comprises of a vegetable/chicken soup with noodles. The noodles are a little different from the regular ones and they are served with chopsticks.
The next day early morning our bus reached McLeodganj and we started off on our journey to Bhagsu Nag. Bhagsu Nag is a small temple which also houses a 20 m tall waterfall and is a marvel to look at. When we went there, because of the winter season, the falls were almost dried up and our major focus was on the cafe which was near that waterfalls. We had our breakfast there and rested for some time before starting our journey for Triund. Since we were all in for the odd methods, we asked the cafe operator if there is a different trail to reach Triund. He showed us a different path which was more or less a very steep climb directly up the hill. Excited, we started our journey. The cafe operator warned us that his people just came from a scouting trip of the peak and they warned of fresh snow on the ground there. The thing with snow is, if it's fresh you can still find some grip but if the sun comes up and the snow starts melting, it becomes super slippery. We took his warning under consideration and started our hike.
We searched for a hotel when we got down Vishal(got down in 2 hours) and me while the others were making their way down. We got a hotel luckily after many tries of finding a one in our budget.
Next was a bus ride to Mcleodganj which we reached by 9:00 am.( half an hour journey)
Some more places to visit in Mcleod Ganj you can go if you have time left St. John's Church one of the oldest cathedral in North India known for its unique gothic character and stained glass windows. Dal lake is also a tourist spot you can visit.
Shiva cafe was amazing now we headed back to hotel had dinner and waitnig for next day to start- so we can go for trekNext morning had some breakfast and headed towards triund trail to start our trek. We started in morning first we have no idea that how long we have to go but then we listened from ppl who were returning so we tried to go fast it took more than 4 hours to reach there but the trek was worth it after reaching the view was mesmerizing. The beautiful Dauladhar mountain range was just in front of us. It cannot be explained what beauty was infront of us and unpredictable weather change every 15 minutes was adding more beauty to the viw when we reached it was sunny then it started raining then snowing and after sky got cleared all this happened in just two hours.. yes in only 2 hours. We climbed down the hill in just 3 hours we got exhausted but what we saw was incredible.
After exploring some nearby area we are heading towards bhagsunag waterfall today because tommorow we have to go for triund trek,
After we got hotel we headed to explore the area nearby there was market and lots of restaurant also a buddhist monastry so it was our first stop.
We slept for some more time in bus then at 9:45AM we reached our destination Mcleodganj the weather was awesome there it was a cool morning We headed to main square of the place we were looking for hotel
(28th December): Because of this delay our plans of the Triund Trek was completely whitewashed. Our plan was to come back to Mcleodganj on the night of 27th December but we were able to come only by the 28th afternoon. So, we ended up spending the whole day exploring the town. My friend headed off in his own way and me on mine. I ended up getting a tattoo, to keep it as a memory. I would like to get a tattoo to every new place that I travel to. I got a tattoo called the infinity loop (which means a life with no beginning or the end). Make sure to get a tattoo to which you can relate to. By dusk, we realised we didn’t have a place to stay as our booking at the Hotel Pink House was only till the 27th. Hence, we started looking for a hotel. There was not a single hotel where rooms were available. After looking for an eternity, we finally found one, but it was a honeymoon suite (haha). I had to laugh. I am sorry. Anyway, as there was no option we had to settle for that. Best food ever had! and the view was breath-taking. I wish I had a home with this view. I would not give it up for anything in the world. You can find the link to the place below:Accommodation: http://www.junglehutdharamshala.com/ - Hotel Jungle hut.The night called for some drinks and we rightfully did so! Since so much had already happened, we decided that we would still do the trek. The only difference would be, we not camping there overnight! We were okay with it and decided to go ahead with it the next morning.
After 20 mins more, we reached Main Square of Mcleodganj.From Mcleodganj, we had to reach Shiv Shakti guesthouse in Dharamkot. Two roads diverge from the main square, one towards Dharamkot, and the other towards Bhagsu Nag.
Head to Mcleod Ganj for a quick day tripLess than an hour from Rakkh lies the town of Dharamshala and a further 20 minutes up the town of McLeod Ganj – the former famous for its bustling market, the Norbulinka Institute and the Dharamsala Cricket Ground, the world’s highest international cricket stadium. The latter is famous for being the refuge of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan followers who have lived in exile here since 1959.Relax your senses at Rakkh's exclusive spa centerBaanka (meaning beauty in Pahari) is Rakkh’s exclusive spa, designed to help the guests relax and unwind from the day to day stresses of life, or after a long journey, to restore body and mind. The state of the art spa features three treatments rooms and both male and female steam rooms.
The morning after, we trekked back to Mcleod, which was obviously simpler and was completed in much less time. I was accompanied by a dog whom I had fed an egg earlier. Always nice to trek with a partner. Although, his loyalty was soon tested when another group fed him and soon he bid me farewell and befriended them in the hope he'd be fed more as they trekked uphill.We reached our hotel before noon.Packed our stuff along with sweet memories of Triund & boarded the bus back to Delhi.
Morning was a little chaotic. Packing and bookings had to be done. Superwoman and Naysayer got ready early and left to book cabs and buses for today.Mysterio and I started packing. We also watched some GOT and once everything was done the four of us rested until 11:30am.Around 12:30 we checked out of the hotel, paid our dues and headed to grab a bite.We ate at Vave 22. The food was okay. The bread pizza was yum though! We kept our luggage at the travel agency and started shopping. Superwoman and I were now possessed.