A paradise adorned with nature’s gifts, McLeod Ganj is a place meant for everybody’s bucket lists. Lying in the lap of Himalayas and situated in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj is named after Lord David McLeod, who was Lieutenant Governor of Punjab when the British discovered the little hill station in 1850s.
Tourists visit this hill town for various reasons. Being the home of His Holiness Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj is a popular Buddhist destination. It is also an important centre for adventure tourism- Trekking, Mountaineering, Para-gliding, River Rafting etc. Surrounded by pine, deodar and rhododendron forests, McLeod Ganj at the height of nearly 1800 m enjoys an idyllic location and is known for its scenic beauty. People from across the globe come here to experience the majestic beauty of nature and tranquil weather.
Since tourism is a major source of income, McLeod Ganj is well connected to other cities. Hotels in McLeod Ganj will surprise you with their warm hospitality. You can also find several hotels in Dharamshala, a nearby town, which has an airport and a railway station.
One of the major attractions here is the Dal Lake. Bhagsu Waterfall, a fresh water stream in the mountains, is also a favourite spot for tourists. Tibetan monasteries and temples are a part of the unique culture of McLeod Ganj. Tibetan craft works are ideal to bring back as souvenirs.
Triund Ridge is another tourist place in this area. There is an ancient church called St. John in the Wilderness, which is known for its architecture. It is a neo-gothic age stone building which was constructed back in 1852. For a spiritual retreat, one can visit Chinmaya Tapovan or an Osho nisarga nearby.
It is a peaceful experience to visit this beautiful place in all its glory. McLeod Ganj truly is a quaint hamlet unperturbed by the hustle bustle of chaotic city life.