McLeod Ganj Travel Guide

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McLeod Ganj Highlights

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     Clean fresh air, breathtaking views and a sneak preview of Tibetan culture 

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     small, somtimes problems with telephone 

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     A sneak peek at Tibet perhaps?! - Find some peace in the Indian Himalayas 

McLeod Ganj Things to Do

  • Dal Lake

    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

    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...

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  • Bhagsunag Waterfall

    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

    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...

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  • St. John in the Wilderness

    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...

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  • Lesser known things to do at Mcleodganj

    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...

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  • Nice Hangout Place!!!

    Located just outside the monastery, it's bound to attract you since after a couple of hours inside the temple you suddenly start feeling hungry. The setup looks very good and the menu offers a huge variety. The ambience is its USP with the main sitting area being decorated with hell lot of currency notes from almost all over the Globe. It also had...

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  • Italian Fare

    Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, with its byline of, ‘The Best Italian Food in Town’, transports you to the heart of Italy with its gourmet cuisine. You climb a flight of stairs, turn right and an array of tables greet you. The décor is simplistic but effective, the food is superb and the music thematic. It’s a place to halt for lunch or when you feel...

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  • Impression Counts!

    The Black Magic Restaurant is a classier joint. Sedate lighting, glass and chrome affair, ample space. It is a joint for a good dinner, not a hasty meal; a place to unwind after a tiring day of sight-seeing; a place for good music, matured wine, aged whiskey and delectable cuisine.If you want to celebrate your wedding anniversary, have a memorable...

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McLeod Ganj Nightlife

  • by shalin Written Jul 7, 2004

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    So you'll learn like we did on our first night...that Mcleod is an early to bed town...yep Tip #1 Grab your meals preferably by 9...if i remember correctly-very few places were open beyond 10-10:30.

    Dress Code: Casual...Grunge..Nightclothes...anything...this place is non-judgmental!

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McLeod Ganj Transportation

  • New Delhi to Dharamshala

    If you are coming from Delhi I would advise to hire a cab. Outstation cabs aren't that costly if you are more than two persons. The usual rates are Rs.9-10 per km for most hatchbacks and sedans while about Rs.12-14 for SUV's (Toyota Innova etc.). Also the minimum km reading for the day is counted to be 250 kms so in case you drive say 700 kms in...

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  • Pathankot to Mc Leodganj by train

    From Pathankot to Mc Leodganj by train and Bus 1.Pathankot to Kangra Mandir by train RS15 5hrs (Dep 10:50,Arr 15:45)2.Kangra Mandir(cross the bridge) to Kangra Taxi stand by shared auto richsaw RS53.Taxi stand to bus stand by walk (less than 1 km)4.Bus stand to Dharamsala by bus RS20 45min5.Dharamsala to mc Leodganji by bus RS10 25min From Mc...

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  • Bus to Amritsar

    This is the bus station in McLeod Ganj. It's nothing more that a counter underneath a restaurant with a single bus outside (bit different to chaotic bus stations I've been at elsewhere in India). I enquired about if there was a direct bus to Amritsar which the guy behind the counter said there was but it was at 5am in the morning AND it left from...

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McLeod Ganj Shopping

  • Tibetan & Indian jewellery

    On your way down to the Tsuglagkhang Complex and the Dalai Lama's residence, you'll pass by a series of jewellery stalls selling Indian and Tibetan jewellery and other art.

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  • Green Tea

    .The factory located in Bangalore, so I guess it's available in other cities around India There are some products of Himalaya Herbal Teas.I recommend especially the Green Tea shown here.Brought home a few boxes, am enjoying it for months, and I need MORE of it.Its taste is special, naturally sweet, sweet additives are not needed.It's Ayurvedic...

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McLeod Ganj Local Customs

  • Key points to follow inside Temple

    Following are some of the main things one needs to keep in mind while inside the Dalai Lama Temple. 1. Photography is restricted inside the temple. You can surely take snaps around the Tsuglagkhang complex and even outside temple but not inside. 2. Shoes/Sandals etc need to be removed before entering the temple. 3. Ensure silence inside as the...

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  • Watch debating monks

    Visit the Tibetan monastery in McCleod Ganj and you will have the opportunity to watch monks practice debating. This is very theatrical. By and large, one monk adopts a passive role sitting down another assertive standing up. As points are made arms are flung theatrically.

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McLeod Ganj Warnings and Dangers

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    by almarian Written Jul 17, 2006

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    you should really be careful with walking alone after dark.
    Specially the way between McLeodGanj and Baghsu is quite dangerous. There are always stories told about woman beeing raped there, or attacked.
    Same for the way up to Tushita, where you have to take care, too.
    On this way there seem to have been problems with agressive monkeys.

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McLeod Ganj Tourist Traps

  • The Bust station isnt in Mcleod Ganj

    When you get off the bus in Lower Dharamasla you will probably be advised that the journey to upper dharamasala is about a hours drive. It isnt, this is a rouse to get you to stay in one of the hotels in lower dharamasala - which arent as good or as interesting as Upper Dharamasal. Be persistent.

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  • Monks and Hidden Agendas

    I left Dharamhasala with a rather cynical view. These words may not be shared by others but its my opinion. Upon visiting Dharamasala you will find many Monks, some exiled some not, who are only too willing to sit and explain about Tibet, their life. Fine.However, from what I saw, they want something in return. A meal at least.Dharamasala is not a...

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  • I have a very very cheap hotel...25 hour...

    When you first arrive in McLeod Ganj you will either be coming in by public bus or shared taxi from Dharamshala (9kms down the road). The local hotelliers are very keen for your business and know the bus times off-by-heart. Thus the minute your bus or taxi arrives (even if it is a shared taxi crammed ful of locals) expect to be mobbed by porters...

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McLeod Ganj What to Pack

  • Good pair of shoes

    Walking up a hill, walking down a hill and walking some more ... thats McLeod Ganj in a nutshell :) ... a comfortable pair of shoes is highly recommended.Temperature tends to drop to near freezing point during the winter months. Heavy wollen clothing is required for the months of November through February.Dharamshala also receives the highest...

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  • Packing List

    It can get cold up here, especially at night. However, if you arrive in high season, and come from a colder clime, then it should not bother you.It does rain without warning here, and it rains throught the year. Londoners should feel right at home! :-) Malaria pills, diarrhoea pills, gastric medicine! Pretty standard stuff if you're coming to...

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McLeod Ganj Off The Beaten Path

  • Yoga in the lap of Himalayas

    We came across this place called "Sahaja Yoga" (Museum/Exhibition Centre/Meditation Centre) while strolling over an unknown path. Unfortunately it was closed (It was a Sunday) and all we could do was take some snaps and carry on. It seemed like a perfect place for meditation though with the huge white mountains in the background.

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  • Meet the local monks of McLeod Ganj!

    Hello fellow travellers!I am a bit of a McLeod Ganj junkie so have picked up some nice things to do over there. I would like to share one of my ideas that I feel will help you enhance your stay there by providing you with the opportunity to get to know some of the local Tibetan monks and support their monastery. There is a hotel called Gyumed...

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  • Bhagsu – Shiva temple & baths

    About 2km east of McLeod Ganj is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Bhagsu Nag, the snake god, and to Lord Shiva. The temple dates back to the 16th century but legend states that the site dates back some 5,100 years. Beside the temple is a spring pool which has been turned into a sacred swimming pool and was being used by local Tibetan monks when...

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McLeod Ganj Favorites

  • So what's the weather like in McLeod...

    Hello Everyone McLeod Ganj bound!To help you with the weather a local ex-pat runs a daily blog on the weather in McLeod Ganj. As it is much higher up than Dharamsala, the local weather reports for Dharmasala are not a great comparison.http://mcleodganj-weathergeek.blogspot.com EnjoyLisa The most I miss when away from McLeod Ganj is the peaceful...

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  • McleodGanj, Dharamsala travel Website

    Home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama www.mcllo.comAn Informative, Travel and local Community Website of Dharamsala,Mcleodganj and Kangra Valley.A guide to few facts and resources to Dharamsala,Mcleodganj.Information about Dalai Lama , His Teachings, Local News Information.This website is free for every information and gives a better local guide to...

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