Exploring The Beauty of Mcleodganj, Everything Who Wants to Visit This
Mcleodganj is a small town of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is also called Little Lhasa and Dhasa, because of the huge population of Tibetans. Mcleodganj is cuddled by the Dhauladhar ranges. It is known for its monasteries, cafes and exciting adventures that made it one of the holiday destinations for tourists. One can enjoy trekking, boat riding, shopping at the local markets, camping and other leisure activities in Mcleodganj.
We are presenting here a list of best things to do in Mcleodganj that will help you to plan your trip to Mcleodganj.
What is the best time to visit Mcleodganj
Mcleodganj is a whole year-round destination. While for trekking, summers i.e. March to June are very enjoyable and perfect.
In July and August, Mcleodganj receives heavy rainfall, so tourists avoid visiting there during these months because of landslides.
During September and October, you can see lavish green surroundings after the monsoon is over.
Winters, i.e. from November to February, the place is very cold. You can see mountain tops covered with snow if you are planning a trip in winter. One can enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets during these days.
Best things to do in Mcleodganj
Now we are aware of the time to visit Mcleodganj, let us check out the things that we can explore in Mcleodganj and around. You can explore Mcleodganj by taking holiday packages, in groups or even can travel solo. You can easily find cabs for local visits to Mcleodganj.
Here are some places that you can visit in Mcleodganj and nearby.
1. Dalai Lama Temple
Mcleodganj is famous for its monasteries and Tibetan settlements. You have to take a half-day city to explore the monastery sightseeing. Namgyal monastery is a center of attraction for tourists visiting there. Dalai Lama temple is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj. The temple is also called Tsuglakhang Temple. The temple is visited by Dalai Lama twice and thrice in a year to bless. It is also famous for religious teaching. Most of the tourist visit Dalai Lama temple for meditation.At the entry of the temple, you can explore many shops and cafes. In front of the entry gate, you can enjoy delicious momos made up of potato and lots of green veggies sold by a Tibetan woman.
2. Shopping at local markets
Shopping in Mcleodganj has its attraction. The whole market is very colorful and full of Himachali shawls, Tibetan carpets, sculptures, caps, handicrafts, etc. Some well-known markets for shopping are Kotwali Bazaar, Central Square market and Jogiwara Road. You can buy traditional singing bowls and Tibetan jewelry and accessories.
3. Trekking to Triund
Trekking is one of the best things to do in Mcleodganj. Most of the tourists come here, especially for trekking. Triund trek is about 10 km trek from Mcleodganj city center. Triund offers beautiful panoramic views of the Dhauladhar range. Once you reach the end of the trek you will find clouds accompanying you. Don’t forget to bring your cameras along with you to capture every view from there.
4. Temples & Waterfall
Bhagsunath is a Shiva temple which is situated about 3 km from Mcleodganj. The temple has two pools which are believed to have healing properties. There is an annual fair in September, that is considered the best time to visit the temple. The main attraction near Bhagsunath temple is Kotwali Bazaar and Bhagsu Fall. Walking to the falls will offer you beautiful views and beautiful mountain goats on the way to the fall.
5. Boating at Dal Lake
Dal lake of Mcleodganj offers boating options for tourists. It is situated in the mid of green Deodar forests which makes it a peaceful and beautiful setting for kids and tourists. There are religious feelings of locals attached to this lake.
6. Naddi Village
If you want to have a sneak peek of Dhauladhar range from a close distance, then no walking and no more stress to your knees! Visit Naddi viewpoint, a beautiful small village 3 km away from Mcleodganj and have a relaxed time. The village is not so crowded. It has a scenic view of many mountains covered with snow if you are visiting in winter. You can experience a panoramic view of the valley during sunrise and sunset.
7. Colorful cafes and restaurants
Mcleodganj has cool and funky cafes and restaurants. You can enjoy hot coffee, momos of different types and thupkas. These cafes are mostly preferred by solo travelers. If you are fond of Punjabi vegetarian food, have a visit to Ananda Dhaba and enjoy the “parathas” there.
Some of the names of the famous cafes are:
- Jimmy Italian Kitchen
- Seed Cafe
- Common Ground Cafe
- Namgyal Cafe
8. HPCA Stadium
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium is located in the Dharamshala city and is 12 km away from Mcleodganj. A little far but a must-visit place by the tourists. The venue of the stadium has the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background of the stadium. A crowded place but worth visiting because of its beauty all around the stadium.
9. Tea Gardens of Dharamshala
Tea gardens of Dharamshala are the small tea region of India and are 11 km away from Mcleodganj. The greenfield is spread over acres of land which are on the way to Mata Kunal Pathri Temple. If you are seeking a peaceful environment, so this is the place for you where you can spend a couple of hours. You can take some free mountain tea from there too. You can capture some beautiful scenic snaps and a lovely sunset.
How to reach Mcleodganj
If you are going by air then Gaggal airport is the nearest airport to Mcleodganj (18 km from the city). After reaching there you can easily find a cab to the city.
If you are coming by train, then Pathankot is the nearest junction (90 km from the city). From there you can take a cab or a bus.
If you are coming from a bus, which is the most recommended way to reach there, Dharamshala Bus Terminal is the nearest point (6 km from Mcleodganj). It is well connected by buses from major cities. After reaching the bus terminal you can easily take a cab to Mcleodganj.
These were the fun and exciting things that you can do in Mcleodganj and its nearby places, make sure to plan a trip to Himachal Pradesh, soon. You will surely love this beautiful hill station and have a memorable trip with your family and friends. There is always something new that comes to everyone when you start exploring.