McLeod Ganj is a village within the Dharamshala municipality in Himachal Pradesh – The Northern Hill state of India. It is the home of the current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and the exiled Tibetan government. It is around 4km above Dharamsala, or 10km via the main road from Dharamshala.

McLeod Ganj is the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile and the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.It’s also the main traveller hangout in Himachal Pradesh, with dozens of budget hotels, trekking companies, net cafés, traveler restaurants, video movie parlours and wall-towall shops selling Tibetan souvenirs.




McLeodGanj Info

McLeod Ganj is a Buddhist town in Himachal Pradesh – The Northern Hill state of India.It is the home of the current 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and the exiled Tibetan government. McLeod was established in the mid-1850s as a British garrison, it remained dormant until 1960, The Dalai Lama and his entourage claimed asylum here following the Chinese invasion of Tibet.The village of GangchenKyishong below McLeod Ganj is now the headquarters for the official Tibetan government in exile, with a dedicated team of politicians and legal experts fighting for liberation and the rights of those still oppressed in Tibet. Since this time, McLeod has become a major centre for the study of Buddhism and Tibetan culture. There are all sorts of holistic activities and courses on offer, and lots of travelers come here to volunteer on community projects that focus on the refugee community. Waterproofs are essential for McLeod Ganj: it rains a lot here. Many shops and businesses are closed on Monday.

Monasteries & Buddhism Centres in Mcleodganj

TsuglagKhang – Main Temple , known as Dalai Lama Main Temple, is the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet.

Sidhibari-About 6km from Dharamsala, the little village of Sidhibari is the adopted home of OgyenTrinleyDorje, the 17th Karmapa of Tibetan Buddhism, who fled to India in 2000.Although his official seat is Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.

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Buddism Monastery Tours
Buddhism Monasteries in Himachal
Monasteries in HimachalAdventure Treks around Mcleodganj

Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails that especially lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district. En route, you cross through forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron, and pass streams and rivers and wind along vertiginous cliff tracks, The snow line of Ilaqa Got is just a 5-km walk.It’is possible to trek from McLeod Ganj to the Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti Valleys. Probably the most popular route crosses the 4300m Indrahar Pass over the DhaulaDhar to Bharmour.

Other trekking trails that lead you to Chamba from Dharamshala are:

• Toral Pass (4575m) which begins from Tang Narwana (1150m) that is located nearly 10 km from Dharamshala

Famous Dhauladhar Lake Treks from McleodganjPlaces of Interest around Mcleodganj

Bhagsu-About 2km east of McLeod Ganj, Bhagsu (Bhagsunag) is developing into a busy summer resort. There’s a popular travellercentre at the back of the village, The village has a cold spring with baths, a small Shiva temple built by the raja of Kangra in the 16th century.

Chamunda Temple: This temple is located around 15 km from Dharamshala on the right bank of river Baner on the Mandi-Pathankot highway. According to mythology, Goddess Kali killed the demons Chand and Mund at this place.

Dal Lake: The Lake is spread in an area of 1 km and is bounded by rhododendrons, deodars, and junipers forest. Annually, a fair is held at the Kali Temple near the Lake.

Jawalamukhi: About 34km south of Kangra is the temple of Jawalamukhi, the goddess of light, worshipped in the form of a natural gas eternal flame, issuing from the rocks.

Meeting with Dalai Lama

Meeting face to face with the Dalai Lama is a lifelong dream for many travellers, but private audiences are almost never granted. Put simply, the Dalai Lama is too busy with spiritual duties and running the government in exile to meet everyone who comes to Dharamsala. Tibetan refugees are automatically guaranteed an audience, but travellers must make do with the occasional public meetings held at GangchenKyishong during the monsoon (July/August) and after Losar(Tibetan New Year) in February/March. Details of meetings are posted around McLeod Ganj. To attend you have to register, with your passport, at the Branch Security Office.

Home Stay, Paragliding, Guided Bird Watching
World Famous Paragliding Himachal, Guided Bird Watching

Home Stay Scheme’ launched in the year 2008 is already a grand success and a favorite among the tourists. The scheme focuses on rural tourism to generate employment, income and promote new destinations by exhibiting ancient heritage and culture of the State. Mcleodganj has emerged a forerunner in attracting maximum number of tourists in its 75 registered home stays.

How to reach Dharmshala ?

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