A pretty imposing and cool tourist destination, McLeodganj is nicely situated in upper Dharmasala and is the renowned seat of the holy leader Dalai Lama. The city was named after David McLeod, the former Governor of Punjab under British rule. This is the administrative headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile. Mcleodganj a real cross section of Tibet is a well known learning centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhist dharmas and rituals. It has been nick named as the little Lhasa, reverberating the Buddhist influence on the land.
This is an imposing hill station located at about 1700m high in Himachal Pradesh. The area is enriched with many ancient temples, monasteries and structures. Tsuglagkhang is the main temple enshrining Sakyamuni Buddha, Avalokitesa and Padmasambhava. The ambience of the area is resonated by Buddhist religious practices and lifestyles. This is a bastion of the natural beauty as the Mother Nature has blessed this area with all its magnanimities.
TIPA, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, is an attraction for all art loving tourists. The ten day festival of theatres, music and dance held annually during the month of May is vibrant and enticing. When in McLeodganj, tourists should plan to book Manali tour package as well.
McLeodganj thrives on Tourism Industry. It is known for Buddhist handicrafts, garments and thangkas. Namgyal Monastery is one of the great attractions here. The architectural marvel of St. John in the Wilderness an Anglican church constructed in the neo-gothic style attracts all tourists reaching the Mcleodganj. This is a prefect religious destinations for the Buddhist.
Summer 25 - 36 C
Winter -1 - 15 C
Sep - June
Getting to McLeodganj
Nearest airport is Gaggal also known as Dharamsala airport which is about 10 km away from McLeodganj. From Kulu and Delhi, flights services are available to Gaggal thrice a week. Taxis are available and costs about Rs 1,000 from McLeodganj. Delhi is the nearest International airport which is 523 km away. Delhi is connected with all major cities in India and also with many cities abroad. Tourist taxis are also available costing about Rs 10,000.
Kangra and Nagrota are the nearest meter gauge railway stations to McLeodganj. Pathankot 90 km is the nearest broad gauge station, which is connected to all major cities in India by train.
Regular deluxe bus services are available from Delhi to McLeodganj which is about 522 km away from Delhi and fare is about Rs 1,000. State bus services connect McLeodganj with neighboring cities.
Distance from ious places
Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh - 5 km
Kangra Himachal Pradesh - 19 km
Palampur Himachal Pradesh - 24 km
Nurpur Himachal Pradesh - 57 km
Currency: Rupees - INR Pincode of McLeodganj: 176219 Language : Hindi,English,Tibetan,Pahari Weather: Summer 22°C to 38°C Winter 0°C to 10°C