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McLeod Ganj Travel Guide: 126 reviews and 345 photos

A Little Bit about the Town

The town of McLeod Ganj sits along a couple of ridgelines at 1770 metres in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. It is better know by the name of Dharamshala - however D'shala is actually the township about 9kms lower down the road.

This town is the headquaters of the Tibetan Government in Exile and of course is home to its leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is very popular with western tourists but still remains a beautiful place. Cool crisp night in winter but beatuful clear days. The people are wonderful, a fantastic mix of Nepalese and Tibetans alongwith Punjabis, Kashmiris and Plains Indians!

If you are interested in exploring the Buddhist religion there is ample opportunity here as the monks in their bright red robes bring a splash of colour to the town's streets.

The main street is actually two roads that split at the main bus stand in town and travel roughly parallel until they reconnect a few hundres metres later near the road off to the main Temple. Some shops back onto both roads and half way along there is a small chorten and prayer wheels where you can cross between the streets and turn hunders of prayers of 'Om mani padme hum' spinning-off to the gods as you pass!

Where this fits in my Trip

I have not started making ym VT pages at the begining of my trip and methodically moved through. Instead I have jumped into places where there aren't many VT pages and where I have wonderful memories!!

I reached McLeod Ganj from Shimla (also in Himachal Pradesh) and from here continued back onto the Plains of India and Delhi via a train from neighbouring Punjab state.

Please check out my general India VT page for an overview of this wonderful country and my 2004 Adventure through Northern India!

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Snowy mountains, fluttering prayer flags and welcoming smiles
  • Cons:A little bit out-of-the-way
  • In a nutshell:A sneak peek at Tibet perhaps?! - Find some peace in the Indian Himalayas
  • Last visit to McLeod Ganj: Feb 2004
  • Intro Written Apr 3, 2004
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