Do you like Hill stations???
I absolutely do! That’s because I am a 100% ‘Mountain lover’…born in a city…though. I wonder that is the reason I always have this sense of calling in me from the mountains.
Ah! some day I would love to settle among the giants, living a pollution free, serene life!
Anyway, so let’s talk about Mcleod Ganj.
McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj. I have been to this place twice and I could never get bored of my visits even in the future. McLeod Ganj has a very peaceful and relaxing vibe. I mean, if you want a break from the routine and city life…this would be an absolute getaway place!
You ask why? Well because you have everything here that you need to calm your nerves!!
Waking up to the mountain views, breathing the fresh morning breeze. Imagine, getting dressed and going to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast on a roof top restaurant looking at the mountains or sitting somewhere in a cozy little café, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea!
That reminds me, there are a few cafe’s here that run with the help of the customers. What I mean is that monks run the cafes and if you eat a meal there, the money will be used for a good cause. I absolutely did my bit and felt wonderful. Hope you would do your bit too!
Moving on, there is so much to explore in and around McLeod Ganj, from the shops tucked away in the alleys and streets to the near by landscapes. I love photographing the life here…the people, cafes, mountains and exploring shops and finding souvenirs along the way.
BEST THINGS TO SHOP FOR HERE:
- Singing Bowls
- Buddha statues, Prayer wheels and Prayer flags
- Local Tibetan handicrafts and decorative knickknacks
- Beautiful Clothing, Chuba (Traditional dress of Tibetan women)
- Colourful Bags and Purses
I definitely picked up a beautiful Chuba, a singing bowl and a very authentic looking prayer wheel.
This place is known for its Monasteries, waterfalls, lakes and Tibetan settlements. You should definitely visit Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang (the residence of Dalai Lama), Tibetan Museum, Bhagsu Falls etc.
March to June is considered to be the best time to visit Mcleodganj but If you love cold weather, then you can also visit the region between February to October.
Well, I hope I motivated you enough to visit is wonderful place and may your travel be as memorable as mine!