Mcleodganj Dharamshala

McLeodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala. Mcleodganj Dharamshala is popular among trekkers. It is located in Kangra, a district of Himachal Pradesh.  Mcleodganj hill station is a beautiful combination of botanical beauty and British vibes. The town of Mcleodganj is famous for being a spiritual getaway for the blessings of Buddhist culture.  It is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of those Buddhists, Lama Tenzin Gyatso, who arrived in the summer of 1960 after his exile in Tibet.  

McLeodganj is the place where many treks start from, such as the Indrahar Pass Trek, Bhagsu Trek, Kangra Valley Trek, Kareri River Trek, and Guna Devi Temple Trek, which arise and pass through McLeod. You can find many monasteries by visiting local shops and markets. 

Meklodganj is a place for making so many unforgettable memories.  It is also a favourite spot for many adventure junkies. There are Tibetan markets, restaurants, and shops in McLeodganjj that serve beautiful and crafted Tibetan items. In Mcleodganj, you can see many conventional architectural designs, Tibetan handicrafts, temples, culture, and garments. 

Here travelers come many come for a vacation to do some adventure thrill and many travelers come only for seeking the blessing of Buddhist culture and spirituality, volunteer systems, Himalayan adventures, and experiences.

Things to Do: 

  • Naam Art Gallery:  In the city of McLeodganj, close to Dharamshala, the Naam Art Gallery is a well-liked tourist destination. Elsbeth Buschmann and A.W. Hallett’s artwork and exhibitions are featured there. Elsbeth Buschmann is a working artist who studied in Paris and London. She maintained shows and participated in “The Himalayan National Exhibition of Art” while residing in numerous nations.

  • Saint John ‘s Church: The Dalhousie churches, a heady blend of beauty and history, are less well known for some strange reasons. One of these, St. John’s Church, is noteworthy because it was the first church to be built in this area. The church is Dalhousie’s greatest draw, and it’s situated right in the center of pine-filled slopes and lush greenery.

  • Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake: A reservoir created by man is the Maharana Pratap Dam. A dam on the Beas River was constructed in 1960, and as a result, the enormous Maharana Pratap Sagar lake was created. Himachal Pradesh’s reservoir is a well-liked tourist destination where visitors may go paddle boarding or just stroll along the streets and enjoy the scenery. The reservoir is a wetland created by humans that covers 45,000 hectares. 

  • ILLiterati cafe: The cafe was visually beautiful and ideal for a leisurely evening. This cafe/library featured a fantastic collection in many different languages to accommodate visitors from across the world.I can attest that Cafe Illiterati provides delicious cuisine, mouthwatering hot chocolate, a wide selection of excellent literature, and a breathtaking view of the mountains directly in front of you.

  • Vipassana Meditation Centre: Learn a yoga sequence at a yoga center in the Himalayan city of Dharamshala, India, to balance and complement Special Yoga Vipassana Meditation. The Vipassana Center in Dharamshala is a tiny facility tucked away among pine trees. The setting is lovely.

  • Kalachakra Temple: There is an incredibly intricate temple in the middle of McLeodganj. A colourful and interesting Buddhist monument is located in the centre of the bazaar. The Kalachakra Temple is next to the well-known Tsuglagkhang Temple. The general public can visit this temple as a place of pilgrimage.

  • Namgyalma Stupa and Prayer Wheels: There is an incredibly intricate temple in the middle of McLeodganj. A colourful and interesting Buddhist monument is located in the centre of the bazaar. The Kalachakra Temple is next to the well-known Tsuglagkhang Temple. The general public can visit this temple as a place of pilgrimage.

  • Tibetan Flags Temple : It is the temple in mcleodganj where  prayer-flags draped circuit around the Tsuglagkhang complex that has an array of prayer wheels, Buddhist shrines and collections of pictures of the Tibetans from 2009 who self-immolated to protest against the Chinese rule of Tibet. Visitors spin the wheels, while circumambulating the chortens (Buddhist shrines).

  • Namgyal Monastery: Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, New York, is the North American Seat of the Personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  • Naddi Village: Naddi Village is a beautiful spot in the serene setting of Himachal and is the abode of beauty. At an altitude of 7152 ft. from the sea level this amazing.

  • St. John in the Wilderness: St. John in the Wilderness is an Protestant church dedicated to John the Baptist. It was built in 1852 and is located near Dharamshala, India. 

  • Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai: Tsuglag Khang, also known as Dalai Lama’s Temple complex, is the home for His Holiness Dalai Lama. It is among the world renowned religious centers and is thronged by Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. Tsuglagkhang Monastery is beautifully built structure in mcleodganj. 

  • Dharamkot: Dharamkot is a small hill station in Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. On the crest of a hill above McLeodGanj Dharamshala. Dharamkot is a spot with wide views of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges.

  • Bhagsunag Waterfall & Temple: Bhagsu is a small quiet village off the bustling McleodGanj Market. There is a ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Snake God. There is temple where you can swim. Its very cold but worth visiting.

  • Gunna Devi: Guna Devi Temple s dedicated to Goddess Durga. The beautiful Trek towards this Holy Temple passes through famous Dal Lake and Naddi Village.

  • Triund: Triund is the crown jewel of mcleodganj dharamshala, situated in the laps of dhauladhar mountains, it has the perfect view of the dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley on the other. 

  • Minkaini Pass: Minkiani Pass lies at an height of 4,343 meters. The route to Minkiani Pass is steep and needs good fitness level. Minkiani Pass trek is situated at an altitude of 4343 m above the sea level in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Minkiani Pass trek is one of the very less explored treks in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Norbulingka Institute : Norbulingka institute primarily works towards preserving Tibetan traditions and heritage by providing training, education and employment to Tibetans in the region. Norbulingka produces high quality art objects, clothing and home furnishings. Free guided tours of the institute are available to visitors every day except Sunday

  • Indrahar Pass: Indrahar (इन्द्रहार) Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Indrahar is a mountain pass in Dhauladhar range of Himalayas, at an altitude of 4342 meters (14245 ft) above the sea level. 

  • Kangra Fort : The Kangra Fort is located 20 kilometers from the town of Dharamsala on the outskirts of the town of Kangra, India.

  • Kangra Valley : Kangra Valley is a river valley situated in the Western Himalayas.[1] It lies in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India, and is a popular tourist destination. The Kangri dialect is spoken there. Dharamshala, the headquarters of Kangra district and the main city of the valley, lies on the southern spur (lateral ridge) of Dhauladhar.

  • Kareri Lake: Kareri Lake (also named as Kumarwah Lake) is a high altitude, shallow, fresh water lake south of the Dhauladhar range approximately 9 km North West of  mcleodganj Dharamshala.

  • Masroor rock cut temple: The Masrur Temples, also referred to as Masroor Temples or Rock-cut Temples at Masrur, is an early 8th-century complex of rock-cut Hindu temples near the mcleodganj. 

  • Dalhousie : Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. It is  Spread out over the five hills of Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora.   Dalhousie is a high-altitude town spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain range in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. 

  • Dhauladhar Ranges : The Dhauladhar range is one of the ranges of the Middle Himalayas. They begin near Dalhousie at the northwest end of Himachal Pradesh and pass through the state to the vicinity of the bank of the Beas River in the Kulu district of Himachal Pradesh.

  • Trekking

  • Camping

  • Star Gazing

  • Shopping

  • Yoga and Spa Therapies

  • Learn Ancient Culture

  • Cycling

  • Rock Climbing

  • Paragliding

  • Rappeling

  • Hyatt Regency Dharamshala Resort

  • Hotel Woodville Inn 

  • Hotel Udechee Huts

  • Triund Camps Riverside Resort

  • Heaven’s View B&B

By Air

The closest airport to McLeod Ganj is the Gaggal or Kangra Airport, located in Gaggal, Dharamsala. It is 20 km away from McLeodganj. This airport received daily flights from the major cities of India. After reaching the airport, you can take a cab or taxi to McLeodganj.

By Train

The nearest broad gauge railway line is in Pathankot while the nearest narrow gauge line is in Kangra to the south of Dharamsala. Regular trains are available to Pathankot from most major cities across India. 

There are buses, local and state-run, from Pathankot and Kangra, that will take you to Dharamsala and there are taxis that will take you to McLeod Ganj. Visitors can also take taxis from Pathankot and Kangra directly to McLeod Ganj.

By Road

McLeod Ganj is connected to most major cities via road.  Private transport facilities are also available in most cities, such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Dharamshala. There are also a few buses available directly from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Delhi is 490 km away from McLeod Ganj Himachal Pradesh. Otherwise, you also can come by your own car or vehicle.

Places to visit

Distances from Mcleodganj

Naam Art Galary

0.5 km

Saint John ‘s church

700 mtr

Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake

950 mtr

Illiterati cafe

2.5 km

Vipassana Meditation centre


Kalachakra temple

3.4 km

Namgyalma Stupa and Prayer Wheels

3.5 km

Tibetan Flags Temple

3.7 km

Namgyal Monastery

3.8 km

Naddi Road

4 km

Tsuglagkhang Complex Dalai

4 km

Sunset View Point

4.5 km

Tushita Meditation Centre

4.8 km

Dharamshala to Mcleodganj

5 km


5 km

Bhagsunag Waterfall & Temple

5.2 km

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

6 km

Gunna Devi

8.6 km


10 km

Minkaini Pass

11.5 km

Norbulingka Institute

15.5 km

Indrahar Pass

16 km

Kangra Fort

28.5 km

Kangra Valley

36 km

Kareri Lake

50 km

Masroor rock cut temple

50 km


124 km

Dhauladhar Ranges

134 km

Manali to Mcleodganj

221 km

Shimla to Mcleodganj

230 km

Chandigarh to Mcleodganj

242 km

Delhi to Mcleodganj

490 km

Best Time To Visit

The Best time to visit the Mcleodganj Dharamshala depends on the traveler and what kind of climate they want to enjoy if you want pleasant and clear skies weather then the best time to visit is summer. 

If you want to enjoy rainy and misty weather you can go during monsoon means between august and September. 

 If you want to enjoy the freezy winds and you can go in winter. This is the time you also can enjoy some snowfalls at  Mcleodganj Dharamshala.


Mcleodganj Dharamshala is the perfect place to visit with your friends, family, and with your loved ones. You can do so many adventurous activities and seek blessings from the monastery. If you are planning to visit make sure you also visit as per your desired time and per the climate you want to enjoy. Hope this information is helpful to you. Have any queries comment below.

F&Q’s Mcleodganj Dharamshala

No, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala are not the same. Mcleodganj is a part of Dharamshala. McLeodganj is a place the 14th Dalai Lama calls his home, and his home is a sight to behold has always been, as many tim
Mcleodganj is a better place as compared to Dharamshala. Because it is much better in terms of weather and nearby tourist places. On the other hand, Dharamshala is local resident place.
Mcleodganj is famous for its beauty and is Nestled amidst majestic hills and lush greenery, Mcleodganj is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala. It is famous for being home to the world-renowned Tibetan spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama.
There is not any particular month best to visit mcleodganj. Because every season it shows their own beauty if we see month you can visit in between the march to June when the weather is much clear to comparative to another reason.
3 to 4 days are enough for mcleodganj. In 3 days you can visit all the tourist attractions near to it.
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