Mcleod Ganj Tourism & Travel Guide

Located in Himachal Pradesh, what most people refer to as Dharamsala is actually Lower Dharamsala. This is where the bus drops you, and from here you can make your way to Mcleodganj, or Upper Dharamsala, which is also where the Dalai Lama lives. The two Dharamsalas have a strong Tibetan presence with monasteries, meditation centres and a big library of Tibetan history. This is owing to the Tibetan refugees who have made this place home after fleeing the oppression of China in their homeland. There is a lot to explore at these destinations, which are popular both with Indian and foreign tourists. For tourism in Dharamsala, there is the Norbulingka Institute, where you can see artisans making thangka paintings, embroidering and carving food. Further up in Mcleodganj, you can visit the Namgyal Monastery, say a prayer at the St John in the Wilderness, take a dip in the gushing Bhagsu Falls, trek up to Triund or just enjoy the surrounding pine forest from its many fabulous rooftop cafes and restaurants. Some resorts provide opportunities for paragliding, flying fox, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling and even night camping. Treks through the magical hills and forests are always invaluable, the most cherished one being, the trek to the snowy peaks of Triund. Dharamshala's vast Tibetan population gives way to charming little kitchen cafes serving the most lip smacking Tibetan dishes, that too at very affordable prices (below Rs 500 for two). Dishes such as thenthuk, thukpa, chocolate and meat medallions are a huge hit with most travellers that have visited and sought refuge in this city's mystical spread. Close
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Mcleod Ganj is from February to June, when the weather ranges from pleasantly cool to bearably warm.



For Budget Travellers: INR 800-1300 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-2000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

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Bhagsu Waterfall
Kangra District, Nr. Mcleodganj Main Market, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala
Naddi, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India
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St. John in the Wilderness
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Kangra District, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala 176219
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Namgyal Monastery
Tsuglagkhang Complex, Near Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala
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Best Time to Visit McLeod Ganj

Peak Season to visit Mcleod Ganj is from February to June, when the weather ranges from pleasantly cool to bearably warm.

Shoulder Season: November to January is winter season in Mcleod Ganj when you can see snow fall on the mountains. The temperature ranges from -1 to 7 degrees Celsius, making it a great time to visit Mcleod Ganj.

Off-season: Mcleod Ganj sees monsoon season from July to September. But the town doesn’t see too much rainfall, so if you don’t mind a little drizzle when you are out and about and like off-season discounts, head to Mcleod Ganj at this time.


Budget for McLeod Ganj

For Budget Travellers: INR 800-1300 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 600-800
  • Food: INR 200-500

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-2000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels: INR 1200-2000
  • Food: INR 600-900
  • Local transport in autos and taxis: INR 400-500

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1800 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 1000 and upwards      
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