Things to do in McLeod Ganj

Situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj has some beautiful monasteries, the Tibetan museum, cafes, and Bhagsunath falls with the most stunning views. Being the home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and the city where the famous Triund trek starts, McLeod Ganj has become one of the best tourist destinations in India.

How to reach McLeod Ganj-


By air-

The nearest airport to McLeod Ganj is the Kangra Airport which is 18 km away from the city. A better option is to catch a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and then take a bus or a car from Delhi to McLeod Ganj.

By road-

There are many buses from Delhi for McLeod Ganj as well as Dharamshala. Once you reach to Dharamshala, you can easily catch a bus to McLeod Ganj at a very low price.

By train-

The nearest railway station to McLeod Ganj is the Pathankot railway station. It is situated about 90 km away from the city. You can easily get buses and cabs from outside the station for McLeod Ganj.

Best time to visit-


September to June is the best time to visit McLeod Ganj. You can enjoy the lush green mountains in this season and the weather is perfect to travel.

Places to visit- 


1. Bhagsunath temple-

 

Entry fee– None

Transport– Walkable distance from the bus stand

Time– Sunrise- sunset

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is surrounded by beautiful views and many restaurants. Many devotees come here to take a dip in the ‘jalkund’ or the holy pond present nearby. There is also a public pool near the pond where you can chill. The temple also hosts an annual fair in September and devotees come from all over the world to participate. After visiting the temple, you can go to the Bhagsunath falls which is one-kilometer trek uphill.

2. Bhagsunath falls-

 

Entry fee– None

Transport– One km trek from the Bhagsunag Temple

Time– Open 24 hours

The Bhagsunag falls is a must visit in McLeod Ganj. Your trip to McLeod Ganj would be incomplete without watching this beautiful waterfall. A small one-kilometer trek from the Bhasunaag temple leads to the Bhagsunaath falls. The falls have crystal clear waters and one can even take a dip in the pond formed. You may find small fishes in the water but they’re harmless (so go ahead and swim!). The place surrounding the falls is lush green and rocky. If you visit the place in summer, you will find the view to be straight out of a dreamland.

3. Saint John’s church in the wilderness-

 

 

Entry fee– None

Transport– 15 mins walk from the bus stand

Time– 7 am to 7 pm

One of the best things to do in Mc Leod Ganj- visit this church. Saint John’s Church is just a 20-minute walk away from the bus stand of McLeodGanj. The church was built in 1852 and is dedicated to John the Baptist. The church has survived the earthquake of 1905 which killed about 19000 people. The church is known for its unique architecture and it’s Belgian stained glass windows which were donated by Lady Elgin. The churchyard serves as the final resting place to Lord Erwin. Behind the church, you will find a thick forest of conifers and might also find a few horses grazing around- a scene straight out of a fantasy movie.

4. Dalai Lama Temple (Tsuglangkhang) (consists of Namgyal Monastery)-

 

Entry fee– None

Transport– 15 mins walk from the bus stand

Time– 5 am to 8 pm

The Tsuglangkhang complex consists of the monastery, the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama, various temples, museum, a library, and a café. You will also come across the various struggles of the Tibetan people. Near the monastery, you will find the prayer wheels and a quiet place to sit and bask in the beauty of this place.

5. Triund-

A 9 km trek which starts from McLeod Ganj and takes about 4- 6 hours, it is one of the top things to do in McLeod Ganj. You can easily complete the trek by yourself or buy a package for the same. There are camps available at the peak that can be booked on arriving there. One can spend a night there and gaze at the stars or just sit for a while and revel in the beauty of the breathtaking view.

6. Dal Lake and Naddi Point-

 

 

Entry fee– None

Transport– 4.6 km from the bus stand. You can rent a cab and visit the Naddi point

Time– Open 24 hours. Visiting at the time of sunset is adviced.

Dal Lake is a small lake which comes on the way to Naddi Point. The lake is surrounded by a thick forest. Naddi point is one of the best points in McLeodGanj to watch a sunset. It is 4.2 km away from the bus stand.  If you’re lucky enough to find a hazy weather, you might feel like you’re in the clouds. There’s a road where you can walk and enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset.

7. Tibetan Museum-

Entry fee– None

Transport– 15 mins walk from the bus stand

Time– 9 am to 6 pm in summers (Tuesday to Sunday) and 9 am to 5 pm in winters (Tuesday to Sunday).

The Tibetan Museum is one of the must visit in McLeod Ganj. A visit to this museum will give you an insight into the struggles of the Tibetan people when China invaded Tibet and you will come out with a completely new understanding of the Tibetan immigrants in India.

8. City Shopping-

Entry fee– None

Transport– The bus stand leads to the temple road.

Time– 10 am to 8 pm

 

A visit to McLeod  Ganj is incomplete without visiting and shopping in the local market of the city. This is one thing you HAVE  to do in McLeod Ganj. The local market is situated on the temple road that leads to the Dalai Lama Temple and on the road that runs parallel to it. You’ll find some very trendy clothes and accessories to buy at very affordable prices.

 

 

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