McLeod Ganj Things to Do

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    Dal Lake

    by udtaparindaa Written Mar 30, 2014

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    The greenish color of the water surrounded by Deodar trees makes it a pleasant sight for the eyes. It's considered to be a sacred lake and has a Shiva Temple on its banks.

    There are few pedal boats here if you wish to spend some leisure time on it.

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    Tsuglagkhang Complex

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    The complex has the Dalai Lama's residence, Tibet Museum, Tsuglagkhang Temple, and Namgyal Gompa.

    Dalai Lama visits Dharamshala seasonally to give preaching and have meetings with the public as well. Tibet Museum gives a glimpse of the tibetan culture and their struggle so far. Namgyal Gompa is the monastery in the Tsuglagkhang Complex.

    But the thing that engulfs you the most are the prayer chants of the monks inside the temple. It feels as if the voice is coming from deep within somewhere and a few moments later you feel to be blank and totally absorbed by those chants.

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    Bhagsunag Waterfall

    by udtaparindaa Written Feb 27, 2014

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    Just about a km walk from the temple are the Bhagsu waterfalls. They are not the very huge ones but have historical significance and are considered to be among the top 20 must visit waterfalls in India. An evening stroll to this place before heading to the market would be a perfect end to a day at McLeod Ganj.

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    Bhagsunag Temple

    by udtaparindaa Written Feb 19, 2014

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    About 20-30 mins walk from the main market of McLeod Ganj. It is one of the key religious places in the Land of Gods (Himachal Pradesh called "Dev Bhoomi" in Hindi). There's a small pond and a small shop outside to buy material for prayer.

    This rough translation of the shared pic above (in Hindi) gives all the details that could be possible about the temple and its history from a mythological point of view:

    "During the rule of Raja Bhagsu there was once a severe drought in his capital. The local chiefs requested the king to do something or else the people would leave his kingdom. The king promised to do something this and set out himself in search of water. After about 3 days of searching he reached the Sacred Nag Dal (Lake) at a height of 18000ft. This lake was very big and had a lot of water. Raja Bhagsu used trickery to fill the water of the lake into a small vessel. He decided to spend the night there, as it had grown dark. Later in the Evening Nag the Lord of Snakes happened to pass by the lake and was shocked to find the lake empty. Following the footmarks he reached the place where Raja Bhagsu was resting. He challenged Bhagsu for a duel and defeated him in the ensuing fight. The moment the vessel containing the sacred water fell on the ground water started flowing from there. Baldy injured Raja Bhagsu prayed to Nag and moved by his prayers Nag granted him a boon that this place shall henceforth be referred firstly by the kings name and then by the Lords name and he shall become popular. Henceforth this place came to be known as "BhagsuNag". In the Beginning of the Kalyug Raja Dharamchand dreamt that lord Shiva asked him to build a temple here to bring prosperity to the area. Today it is about 5100 years since this temple was built."

    btw Dharamshala was initially called "Bhagsu" :)

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    St. John in the Wilderness

    by udtaparindaa Written Feb 17, 2014

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    Present in the midst of the dense forest of Deodar, this Anglican Church built in 1852 gives you an opportunity to go for a walk in the woods before you stumble upon this piece of Gothic Revival architecture.

    What you get here is extreme pin drop silence with an occasional chirping of the birds or the langurs and monkeys jumping from one branch to the other. Once inside the church, you get to read about it over the walls and also various stones engraved in the walls in memory of soldiers and likewise.

    The thing that capture one's eyes the most are the colorful window glasses. You would come to know that these are the famous Belgian color stained glasses donated by Lady Elgin wife of Lord Elgin who was the Viceroy of India and the Governor General of the Province of Canada.

    You got to visit this place for sure once in Dharamshala. Missing it would keep your visit incomplete.

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    Lesser known things to do at Mcleodganj

    by ShikhaGautam Written Feb 14, 2014

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    While it’s been on the travel circuit from quite long, there are a lot of lesser known things to do in Mcleodganj. You might get a lot of listings that’ll direct you to the Tibet Museum or the Dalai Lama Temple, but there’s so much more at Mcleodganj that you can spend a month or more here (my first choice for this article’s title was how to spend a month at Mcleodganj!).

    Check out this link to know some of the best kept secrets of Mcleodganj - http://www.ixigo.com/20-things-to-do-in-mcleodganj-story-1107055

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    Bhagsu Nag Temple

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    You could then head for the 16th century Bhagsu Nag (snake god) Temple of Lord Shiva. There is an adjoining public swimming pool as well as Bhagsu Waterfall, about 1.5 kms away. Leave your footwear at the base of the temple. There are plenty of locals to mind these for you without a fee. After your darshan you may go towards the swimming pool, adjacent to which is a sacred pool. The water is refreshingly cool. Take a sip. It’s straight from a perennial spring, tastier than all the mineral water put together. This area, as well as Dharamkot, are inhabited by the Gaddi, a shepherd tribe and the original inhabitants of Dhauladhar. The Gorkhalis settled here much later.

    For a fuller history of this place, you may like to check this link:

    History of Bhagsu Nag Temple

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    HANG AROUND THE STREET

    by davidjo Written Mar 31, 2012

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    MONKS AND TIBETANS

    Plenty of photo opportunities will arise if you just hang around the streets, plenty of monks and Tibetans in their traditional gear will pass by, too busy to bother about tourists with their cameras.

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    A Suggested Itinerary

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Feb 13, 2012

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    A suggested itinerary is:

    Day 1: McLeod Gang

    1. War Memorial
    2. Kangra Art Museum
    3. Tibetan Handicrafts Centre - upstairs; wooden handicrafts items; carpets
    4. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
    5. Bhagsu Nag Temple of Lord Shiva
    6. Tsuglagkhang Complex
    7. Church of St. John in the Wilderness
    8. Diptse Chokling Monastery

    Day 2:

    1. Shakti Peet Jwalamukhi Temple
    2. Kangra Fort (Nagarkot Fort)
    3. Temple of Chamunda Devi
    4. Palampur - tea estate and breath-taking view of the Dhauladhar snow-capped mountains

    Day 3:

    1. Narbulingka Institute - Tibetan cafe, doll’s museum, guest house, golden coloured prayer wheels
    2. Market - Stupa and red and golden-coloured prayer wheels
    3. Interesting shops selling Tibetan handicrafts

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    Norbulinka Museum

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    The Norbulinka Museum is a must-see. It is located in the basement of the left-hand side building next to the monastery. The ground floor of the building serves as a shop selling Buddhist artefacts and books. This museum has dolls of various Tibetan culture, with exquisite design and vibrant colours.

    NB. As all the figures are enclosed in glass cases, switch off the flash of your camera. Else, ugly reflections may spoil your carefully-composed pictures.

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    Narbulingka Institute

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Feb 13, 2012

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    A trip to the Narbulingka Institute is a lesson in Tibetan ethos. The monastery there is equally impressive while the doll’s museum is a visual treat of the Tibetan life and culture. There is a guest house also within its campus. The prayer wheels are golden-coloured here. The Norling Café serves good Tibetan fare.

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    A drive to Palampur

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Feb 13, 2012

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    A drive to Palampur, about 50 kms from Dharamshala is a must. Rolling tea estates greet your eye while to your left along the road, is the breath-taking view of the Dhauladhar range. Take a few minutes off for a well-deserved stop and a few photos of these mighty snow-capped mountains.

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    The Chamunda Devi Temple

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Feb 11, 2012

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    The temple of goddess Chamunda Devi is roughly 10 kms from this place and 15 kms from Dharamshala. Next to the car park is a sketch map of the temple circuit of Himachal Pradesh. Behind the temple is a cave-like place where a ‘lingam’ represents the Shiva. A pool houses the statues of Shiva and Saraswati. It is worth a look.

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    Kangra Fort-I

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Feb 9, 2012

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    On your return from Shakti Peet Jwalamukhi Temple, you could visit the Kangra Fort, also known as the Nagarkot Fort with the Banganga river flowing way down below. The entrance fee is nominal. There is a museum at the entrance as well as an audio-visual guide. The climb is steep but the view is worth it as well as some excellent photo ops.

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    Kangra Fort-II

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Feb 9, 2012

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    The Kangra Fort, also known as the Nagarkot Fort, was the seat of power of the Katoch kings. There are seven gates as you trudge up the cobbled path of history. Three richly-carved temples now lie in ruins, all with intricate patterns reminiscent of the Meenakshi Madurai temples of India.

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