The picturesque Kangra valley against the DhauladharMountains in Himachal will enchant you the moment to step in this land of Monks. Covered with dense green cover Deodar and Pine trees it’s heaven for nature lovers as it makes for a perfect gateway if you are looking for some solace.
Mcleodganj, is the seat of renowned leader Dalai Lama, the city was named after David McLeod, Former Governor of Punjab. Little Lhasa as it’s fondly called because of it’s Buddhist influence ancient temples, monasteries it’s India’s colonial refuge.
While you roam around the streets of this quaint place don’t forget to peep in to the 152-yr-old Nowrojee and Sons General Store, which is no less then nostalgia. This shop was set up by a Parsi family, the Nowrojees, which used to take care of the daily grocery requirements of the British
Things to do/see :
This sacred building that encloses the residence of Dalai Lama. The monastery overlooks the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. It is the private monastery of the Dalai Lama hence no visitor is allowed to enter the temple.
St. John Chruch:St. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church. Visiting Hours:10 am to 5 pm everyday. It is located in between the Mcleodganj and Forsyth Ganj. It is dedicated Lord Elgin.
Dalai Lama Temple Complex:
The Dalai Lama temple complex, situated on temple road is a must visit. Open daily, from sunrise to sunset this place gives the ultimate feel of calmness and peace. Early morning you can join the monks as they chant and meditate.
Tibet Museum: Located inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex, this place is an example of Tibetan architectural style blend with modern styles. It has valued collections of historical documents, Thangka images, manuscripts and more. The museum complex has a shop where one can pick up paintings, artifacts and handicrafts.
What to eat :
While you are all surrounded by beauty in this little Tibet, don’t forget to try some great food for your soul, mind and body. Woeser Bakery, Lobsang’s Four Seasons Café, Common Ground Café, Peace Cafe are some of the hot spots which one must try. Famous for it’s Chinese, Tibetan, Taiwanese cuisine you gorge on some noodle soup, wonton soup or even have some hot coffee.
The vegetarian food at the Namgyal Café is worth a try. Do dig into some cheese-spinach pizza and veggie salad to pamper your taste buds.
Most of these cafes have also gives you the luxury to sit play chess, read books as you enjoy your delicious meals.
How to reach:
Distance from Delhi to Mcleodganj is 485 km approx
By Rail: You have to go to Pathankot or Hoshiarpur. From there, you can avail taxis or bus service.
By Air: There is no airport in Mcleodganj. Gaggal is the nearest airport.
By road: 9 hrs approx.
Tips to remember : Don’t visit the place without hotel booking during peak season.
Do good bargains at the street markets.