McLeod Ganj is a charming hill station that is gloriously located on the outskirts of Dharmashala. We can call it “Little Tibet” due to the presence of large number of Tibetans. This sprawling city is strongly fortified by the lofty peaks of “Hanuman Ka Tibba”. It is also the dwelling abode of Dalai Lama, the great Tibetan spiritual leader. The city gets its name from the ex-Governor General of Punjab, Sir David McLeod.
Though McLeod Ganj is mostly visited by many historians and spiritualists to gain knowledge about Tibetan art and culture, congregation of many temples and sightseeing destinations are making it gain popularity as a tourist stop over as well. The Dalai Lama temple which houses large statues of Padmasambhava, Avalokitesvara and Lord Buddha is the most visited site.
Tsuglagkhang Temple is a fine devotional centre and a meditation abode which is popular for its prayer wheels.
Theatre lovers can relish the dance forms and plays enacted by live performers at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, an institution established by the 14th Dalai Lama to preserve and spread the flavor of Tibetan art and culture. Namgyal Monastery, Mani Lakhang Stupa and Nechung Monastery are the good sites to visit for the people who are very keen on Tibet culture.
The artisans and local markets will be very keen on selling their excellent hand-made crafts and articals. Do buy some useful stuff and make the visit to Mcleod Ganj stamp evergreen memories in your heart.
Naam Art Gallery : World class paintings of the famous artists such as Alfred Hallett and Elsbeth Buschmann allures the visitors. The realistic paintings depicting day to day activities and sketches of nature attract the mind. It is situated at Sidhbad.
St. John in the Wilderness : This fantabulous stone structure was constructed in memory of Lord Elgin, who was the British Viceroy for India. Located in the perfect scenic background, the ancient church is popular for its huge Belgium windows.
Triund Hill : Located about 10 kms away from McLeod Ganj it is ideal place for short trip and trekking.
Dal lake : Dal Lake is a serene lake that is located about 3kms away. The annual fair held here in the month of august is popular among the Gurkha community. Located about 1775mts high it is encompassed by lofty deodar trees and forms a perfect base camp for the trekkers.
Rogpa : It has a cafe which donates its earnings to baby care center and single mothers.
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Gaggal, 15 kms from McLeod Ganj is the nearest airport in the region.
By Road : Not to worry about road transportation as Dharmashala, the prime destination of
Himachal is very close. Regular buses run from Dharmashala to Dehra Dun, Manali, Dehli and other major cities.