The Dalai Lama’s Home
Travelling is an experience which you never forget in your life and if it’s with the closest of friends then you will cherish it for lifetime. It makes a whole lot of a difference when you go on a trip with the best of the friends rather than going with the family or relatives. I mean with friends it changes your whole perspective of viewing things or reacting to the given situation. I also had the chance to do the same and I made the most of that chance and travelled to McLeodGanj with two of my best friends Rajit and Snehal. There are so many weekend getaways from Delhi such as Manali, Kasol, Dalhousie, Shimla, Lansdowne, Kasauli and the one we choose i.e McLeodGanj and it turned out to be an awesome choice. We visited McLeodGanj in the 1st week of April or the exact date would be 1st April and we stayed there for 2 Days and 1 Night it was short and a crisp trip.
Named after Donald McLeod, Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, McLeod began life in the 1850s as a civilian settlement outside the British garrison of Dharamsala. It was devastated by the 1905 Kangra earthquake and sank into obscurity after Independence — until the Dalai Lama arrived to establish his base here in 1960. Since then, McLeod has become a vibrant centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. With an interesting mix of travellers, volunteers, maroon-robed monks and nuns, the international dharma crowd and an increasing flow of Indian tourists, you are never far from an interesting conversation here.
The monsoon (late June to early September) is particularly wet here, and warm clothes are useful between November and March. Many shops and businesses close on Monday.
How to reach McLeodGanj
Distance — 500 km
Time — 10 hours Driving
You can also reach here by flight. I mean not direct flight is available but you can take a flight from New Delhi — Dharamshala and then from there just board a Taxi to McLeodGanj.
Places that attracts you more than anything
The cascading waterfalls, about 20 metres in height, are an absolute marvel to look at, especially during the monsoons. There is a nice cafeteria next to the falls and the area serve as an excellent picnic spot for tourists. Bhagsunag Falls are located about 2 kilometres away from McLeodGanj and are best visit while on a trek, although you can also drive up to Bhagsu village.
Commuting in McLeodGanj is pretty easy coz Private Taxi and Autos are available and there is no rush in it. I would prefer if you are in a group of 4 then travel with Taxi or less than that Autos are preferable because there is a lot difference in the price range between a taxi and auto ride.