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.
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Other exciting places to visit in 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.
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 2800m, Triund offers a mesmerizing view of Dhauladhar range.
Bhagsu Nag 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 stairs from the Bhagsu temple lead straight to these falls. The mighty falls is delight to every traveller and photographer. You can spend hours here without blinking and keep watching the natural scenes around you. The photography at the falls gives you a chance to try out different experiments from long exposure to different aperatures. The Bhagsu or Bhagsunag Falls are situated 2 kms away from Mcleodganj. It is considered as most exciting place of Mcleodganj to visit after Triund
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.
Tsuglagkhang is the place where the Dalai Lama resides. It is one of the most significant places of worship which attracts devotees from all over the world and serve tourists as well. The complex has a monastery, various stupas and temples, a museum, library, bookstore and a cafe.
Bhagsu Nag Shiv Mandir
The temple of Bhagsu Nag has great religious values and history. If you are in Mcleodganj you must go here because everything is not for adventure. There is also natural water pool, so you can also take bath here. Good place for spiritual people.
Tibetan Mini Market
Tourism is an important industry in Mcleodganj and many people come here to study Tibetan Buddhism, culture, crafts etc. The town is also known for Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments and other souvenirs. Tibetan Mini Market is a street with one side of it as the strolls of souvenirs shops and another side with cafes and groceries shops.
Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake (1,775 m above sea level) near the village of Tota Rani in Kangra district (Himachal Pradesh) in northern India. The name 'Dal Lake' is taken from Kashmir's Dal Lake. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees and is considered to be a sacred spot as there is small Shiva mandir (shrine) on its bank. There are different kinds of fish that live in this lake. The lake has greenish water.
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.
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.
Things to eat in Mcleod Ganj
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.
Nick's Italian Kitchen Cafe is famous for its all Italian dishes from chocolate brownie to vegetable quiche. One of the most popular of all is lasagna. It is a wide, flat-shaped pasta stuffed with cream, cheese, vegetables inside of a baked wheat flour layers and possibly one of the oldest types of pasta in the history. You can get lasagna in Seed Cafe as well.
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.
Veg Burger at Green Cafe
It's not a popular place, But that's the beauty of it. It has a porch where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful mountain air. Numerous books on various topics can be found on their book shelves and on their display are the most tempting of delicacies ranging from carrot cakes to chocolate pies and quiches. The Veg burgers are definitely worth a try with scrumptious multi-grain bun and patty layered with fresh cheese and crunchy vegetables. It's good like heavenly.
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.
A waffle is a leavened batter or dough cooked between two plates, patterned to give a characteristic size, shape and surface impression. The Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen is the place we will recommend to have your perfect waffle with honey syrup located just near Main Square.
Souvenirs to buy from Mcleod Ganj
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.
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.
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.
Tibetan vendors sell everything from antiques to apples, T-shirts to yak cheese, handmade paper goods to bead jewelry. Strung together with large amber, maroon, turquoise and silver beads, the chunky necklace is a bohemian beauty. You will be tempted to buy one of these necklaces with smooth as pebbles beads.