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McLeod Ganj is a small town located in the foothills of the Himalayas just north of Dharamsala. It was first established as a hill station by the British in the mid-19th century and named after the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, David McLeod. The British stayed here until an earthquake struck the town in 1905 and remained a backwater until the Dalai Lama claimed asylum and moved in following the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. Exiled Tibetan, Buddhist monks, tourists, local Indian's and backpackers have been visiting ever since and because of this, the town is well catered for most needs such as good cheap accomodation, internet access, good western, Tibetan and Indian food and shopping. I came here via a rather arduous 9 hour bus journey from Shimla and enjoyed seeing the monastery's, daily life and the good food.

  • Last visit to McLeod Ganj: Nov 2006
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