Mcleod Ganj

"Home Of Dalai Lama"

A Town in Himachal Pradesh, India
1746 meters

Interest Measure for Mcleod Ganj

Ideal time to stay:  1 - 4 days

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Height(Altitude) of Mcleod Ganj from sea level:  5730 feet
Latitude/Longitude:  32.2386830°N, 76.3233411°E
Ecosystem:  Mountain  

Food, Culture and Language at Mcleod Ganj

Food Availability:  Indian, Continental, Tibetan 
Regional Language:  Hindi
Currency:  ₹ - Rupee (INR)

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Why travel Mcleod Ganj?

The town is famous for Tibetan Buddhism, culture, art and crafts. Majorly shopping centre famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments, wooden masks, metal votive objects, paper drawings, beads, baubles, etc.

The most popular and interesting thing to do in McLeod Ganj is Trek to Triund and camping on the hill.
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10 Places to visit and Things to do in Mcleod Ganj

Camping on Triund Hill at Mcleod Ganj

Camping on Triund Hill

Triund hill is a perfect place to camp in summer. Camping near Dauldhar range does have all the excitement. The bonfire, mountain packed food and instant noodles, add up to your enjoyment. The best views of sunset and sunrise is some you can't miss out. It could windy and chilly at night, so camping with right gear is important.
Expenses - ₹500
Time needed - 14 hours
Triund Trekking at Mcleod Ganj

Triund Trekking

Triund offers trekking for beginners. You don't need a guide for this trek, it is great to explore on your own. You will have small tea stalls serving food on the well marked trail to Triund. You can camp here overnight or you can come downhill before sunset. At 2800, triund offers mesmerizing view of dhauladhar range
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 4 hours
Bhagsu Waterfall at Mcleod Ganj

Bhagsu Waterfall

Set amidst lush greenery and dreamy sceneries, in a pristine atmosphere, are these falls with much grandeur and breathtaking beauty, that one just cannot miss, while in the area. The Bhagsu or Bhagsunath Falls are situated 2 kms away from Mcleodganj.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2 hours
Namgyal Monastery at Mcleod Ganj

Namgyal Monastery

This place a must visit for everyone. It is the most important place here. One can see the monks carrying out prayers, undertaking teachings and carrying out their daily chores. This place has significance due to his Holy Highness Dalai Lama.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 3 hours
Dharamkot at Mcleod Ganj


Dharamkot is a small village on the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj, Dharamkot is an attractive spot that presents a wide view of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges. There are a couple of small (and interesting) eateries around. Several foreigners have taken residence in the area all live in village homes and tiny guest houses. Dharamkot also has the Vipassana meditation centre, Dhamma Shikhara, as well as the Tushita Meditation Centre which is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1 hours
St. John in the Wilderness at Mcleod Ganj

St. John in the Wilderness

Just 1.5km west of McLeod on the road to Forsyth Ganj, this brooding Gothic church (dating from 1852) is one of the few remaining traces of McLeod's days as a British hill station. It’s open on Sunday mornings for a weekly 10am service. The cemetery contains the graves of many victims of the 1905 earthquake, as well as the rocket-like tomb of the Earl of Elgin, the second Viceroy of India.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours

7 Things to eat in Mcleod Ganj

Banoffee Pie at Mcleod Ganj

Banoffee Pie

#The Mysterious Dessert
Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Its name is a portmanteau constructed from the words "banana" and "toffee". It is sometimes spelled "banoffi". You will find this interesting sweet dessert at Nick's Italian Kitchen Cafe.
Pancakes, Mcleodganj at Mcleod Ganj

Pancakes, Mcleodganj

#Eat Them All
Nobody with a sweet tooth can resist a visit to Crepe Pancake Hut and Woeser Bakery. Some of the must try options there are pancakes with apricot sauce, honey-dabbed waffles, tofu quiches, cinnamon oat crepes and a lot more. A must visit for dessert lovers.
Momos at Mcleod Ganj


#The Most Popular Dish
Momos is a authentic Tibetan food and a popular one in mcleodganj. It is a must try out dish. Tibetan Kitchen is the most visited of all where they serve all kinds of momos from veg to non-veg or from steamed to fried. They almost serve every Tibetan dish you can think of.

4 Souvenirs to buy from Mcleod Ganj for your memories

Singing Bowls at Mcleod Ganj

Singing Bowls

#Meditation, Music & Relaxation
Singing bowls are used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation, personal well-being. They are used by a wide range of professionals, including health professionals, school teachers, musicians and spiritual teachers. They are popular in classrooms to help facilitate group activities and focus students' attention. Buy only a authentic one. You will love the vibration and sound it makes on rubbing a wooden stick against its top part.
Buddha Statue at Mcleod Ganj

Buddha Statue

#Simple Wisdom For Complex Lives
All type and sizes of Buddha Statues can be bought from the huge range available at Mcleodganj. Various types include Health Buddha, Sleeping Buddha, Peace Buddha etc. Apart from variation is sizes, some of the metallic Buddhas are also studded with stones.
Handicraft Bags at Mcleod Ganj

Handicraft Bags

#Hand Made Stuff
Mcleodganj is also famous for its distinctive handicraft. Some shops have a very good quality of bags and other stuff such as carpet, stole etc. Bargain with the local vendors to get the handicraft on reasonable rates.

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About Mcleod Ganj

It is hot spot for adventure tourism with trekking trails, camping hills and paragliding take offs.

The suburbs at Dharamshala and paradise for backpacking. Mcleodganj is among the places to visit in Dharamshala. It is a destination loved by the travellers. The tourist attractions of Mcleodganj is long list, it has things to match every interest of the travellers. The narrow street and lanes hides a lot to explore for a path finder. The waterfalls, lush greenery and majestic landscapes are the delight for any nature lovers. Mcleodganj is also known for the best Tibetan food in the country, it has many cafes that you like to try out while having those great views out of window.

The most exotic among all the things to do at Mcleodganj is trekking to Triund Hill. A trekking trail ideally set for beginner trekker, it has some crazy edges that you would love cross over, the small tea stalls just rejuvenate you to climb high up the hill. At the top of the hill. camping near Dauladhar range does have all the excitement. The bonfire, mountain packed food and instant noodles, add up to your enjoyment. The best views of sunset and sunrise is some you can't miss out.

Alike Triund, there are many other places to see in Mcleodganj, that are less adventurous, but equally exciting, the huge waterfalls, Bhagsu right after the Bhagsu Nag Shiva temple. You will also find the most famous Shiva Cafe near Bhagsu falls. Tsuglagkhang complex is the place where the Dalai Lama resides, is the most spiritual place to visit in Mcleodganj, you would experience the silence and peace in the complex.

The streets of Mcleodganj is equal riched with excitement and tibetan culture. You will find antiques shops on both the sides of the road. There are Tibetan cafes, where you can try out your favorite tibetan momos, noodles and deserts.

Content of this page was last updated at Oct 23, 2016