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McLeod Ganj

TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City
One of the most picturesque towns in the state of Himachal Pradesh, McLeaod Ganj, the residence of the Dalai Lama, is a haven of lofty mountains, a verdant landscape and a splendid environment. Home to the exiled Tibetan community, the Tibetan government-in-exile is also based here. Soak up the serene and holy vibe of this charming town, which witnesses thousands of tourists, including Hollywood celebrities. Founded and named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, McLeod Ganj is like a spiritual Mecca, where you can take a course on Buddhism, yoga or meditation. Strolling leisurely reach the Dali Lama’s Temple, which is also the most revered seat of Buddhism across the world, and visit the Tibet Museum to gain insights on Tibet and its issues. The Bhagsunath temple surrounded by beautiful pools that are said to have healing powers is another shrine to visit. The Bhagsu Waterfall nearby weaves its own magic around—you may see several monks sitting on the rocks meditating here. You can catch glimpses of the British reign at St John in the Wilderness; enjoy the scenery while walking around the church surrounded by the Deodar forest. A trip to the famous hill station, Dharamsala is a must for any visitor. With an aura of spirituality and tranquility around it, McLeod Ganj is the perfect getaway to restore and renew your mind, body and soul.
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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Tsug la Khang (Dalai Lama’s Temple)

Tsug la Khang (Dalai Lama’s Temple)

Stroll down the hill from the main square in the central part of the town and you will reach Tsug la Khang. This is one of the most highly revered places of worship for Buddhism world over. It is the residence of Dalai Lama and translates as the soul of McLeod Ganj. The temple complex comprises of a monastery, numerous stupas, a library, museum, a bookstore, as well as a café. Admire the massive statue of Lord Buddha along with statues of other notable religious figures, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Tibet Museum

Tibet Museum

Whether you like museums or not, a visit here must not be avoided. The Tibet Museum is located within the Tsug la Khang complex. The exteriors of the museum have a strong Tibetan architectural design. Browse through its exhibits that tell the entire story of Tibetan history right up to its recent struggles through a huge collection of photographs and videos. Every day at 3 pm the museum screens documentary movies on Tibet and Tibet-related issues. It also gives you a worthwhile peek into the vibrant and artistic Tibetan culture.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Bhagsu Waterfall

Bhagsu Waterfall

Take the pathway from Bhagsunath Temple to get a closer view of the Bhagsu Waterfall. As you walk towards it, a sense of peace sets in with every step forward. It is as if Mother Nature has cast a magical spell on you. The waterfall is set amidst a lustrous green oasis covering the valley and surrounding hills. You are likely to see a lot of monks sitting on the rocks on the other side of the constructed pathway, some meditating while some are chatting away with other fellow monks. Trekkers can enjoy a trek around the Bhagsu Waterfall and appreciate the pristine beauty of this natural wonder.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunath Temple or Bhagsu Nag Temple is a Shiva Temple built by King Bhagsu. Located close to the Bhagsu Waterfall, it is surrounded by beautiful pools, which are believed to have healing powers. You may take a dip in its waters if you like. Some visit the temple for religious reasons while some are touched by the spirituality that emanates from the temple and its surroundings made up of water springs and dense greenery. There are also a few cafés, shacks and shops scattered here and there.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Triund

Triund

Triund is perhaps one of the most scenic spots in Dharamshala located at a height of 2827 m. The remarkable natural beauty that one witnesses here is difficult to express in words. Offering a spectacular view of the Dhauladhar mountains and the Kangra Valley, the 9 km trek to Triund is popular amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It is a fairly moderate trek and can be undertaken by amateur trekkers as well. Camp overnight in the pristine environment of Triund and enjoy panoramic views of the stunning mountain beauty.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City St John in the Wilderness

St John in the Wilderness

Dating back to the 18th century, the Church of St John is a remnant of the British rule in India. Built in neo-Gothic architecture style, the large stained-glass windows are worth admiring. Enjoy a pleasant walk around the church that is surrounded by Deodar forests enhancing the beauty of the whole experience. The cemetery houses the tomb of Earl of Elgin, the Governor General and Viceroy of India as well as Lieutenant General of Punjab, David McLeod. And that is where McLeod Ganj gets its name from.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Namgyal Monastery

Namgyal Monastery

Within the Tsuglagkhang complex and overlooking the stunning Dhauladhar mountain range lies the Namgyal Monastery. It is situated besides the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.. It was established in the 16th century by the second Dalai Lama to allow the monks to perform the ritual of prayer ceremonies and assist in public religious affairs. Today, the monastery helps to preserve Tibetan culture and traditions. Explore the monastery set amidst pine, oak and cedar trees and featuring Tibetan style of architecture and accessorised with beautiful looking prayer wheels and Buddhist shrines.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Dharamsala

Dharamsala

Less than 10 km from McLeod Ganj is the hill station of Dharamsala. Spend half a day exploring Dharamsala, browse through its local market—Kotwali Bazaar and visit the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium—one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in India thanks to the beautiful backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan mountains. You can combine your visit to Dharamsala with a stop at the Church of St John, Norbulingka Institute and the Museum of Kangra Art.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Norbulingka Institute

Norbulingka Institute

Gain insight into the vibrant Tibetan art and crafts at the Norbulingka Institute. The institute was formed in 1988 with the primary objective of teaching and preserving the traditional Tibetan art forms. See the artisans create beautiful works of art such as wood carving, Thangka painting, shaping a metal statue, and Appliqué embroidery on a free guided tour. Stroll in the Japanese inspired gardens marked by the 'Seat of Happiness Temple' (Deden Tsuglakhang) decorated with beautiful murals, frescos and drawings. There is a shop from where you may choose to buy a piece of the beautiful craftsmanship of Tibetan art.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Naam Art Gallery

Naam Art Gallery

About 15 km from Mcleod Ganj and 6 km from Dharamshala is Sidhbari village, home to the popular Naam Art Gallery. The permanent exhibition of the art gallery showcases a wonderful array of oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings by professional painters, Elsbeth Buschmann from Germany and AWHallett from England. Currently, the Himachal Pradesh government owns a large number of paintings by Hallett. Art connoisseurs may consider adorning their homes by purchasing a piece of history created by these two great artists. Art lovers this is a must for you.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Dharamkot

Dharamkot

Explore on foot the small picturesque hamlet called Dharmakot, neighbouring McLeod Ganj and home to notable institutes such as the Mountaineering Institute, a Tibetan school as well as the Tushita Research Institute. If Buddhism interests you, visit the Tushita Meditation centre where you can enrol in a course to study and practice Buddhism. Families travelling with kids can enjoy a picnic spread in the pristine beauty of Dharmakot village. Avid trekkers can embark on multiple treks from Dharamkot, the most famous being the Triund trek, which offers spectacular views of the Kangra valley.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is a Tibetan library featuring 80,000 manuscripts, books, archives and documents, more than 600 Thangkas, and a lot more. There's also a museum within the library that displays some interesting artefacts from the 12th century and also a three-dimensional carved wooden ‘mandala’ of Avalokiteshvara. You can also explore the Tibetan culture in depth through the vast collection here. So extensive is the collection that it easily passes off as being one of the most important libraries dedicated to Tibetan works globally.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort

Dive into the history of the Kangra Fort that first saw a mention about its presence in the war records by Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC. Built by the Royal Rajput Family, the Kangra Fort will engulf you in its grandeur. It is one of the oldest forts in India and biggest in terms of size as well. It is worth digging into the history of this majestic structure highlighting Kangra's rich and glorious heritage.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Masroor temple Temple in Kangra

Masroor temple Temple in Kangra

At a distance of about 50 km from McLeod Ganj are the fascinating 15 monolithic rock cut temples of Masroor in Kangra. It is believed that the Pandava Brothers from the epic Mahabharata, built this temple. The main shrine contains three stone idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. The beauty of the Masoor Temple is absolutely breathtaking with its Indo-Aryan architectural style and a small green lake that enhances the beauty of the place.

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TraveLibro India McLeod Ganj Featured City Shop at the historic Nowrojee General Store

Shop at the historic Nowrojee General Store

Bag in your share of souvenirs from the local street side shops of Mcleod Ganj. Stumble upon rare Tibeten handicrafts, wool carpets, Tibetan dress, books on mediation, and a lot of other typically Tibetan stuff. You can also indulge in shopping for some trinkets or woollen clothes. Try the Nowrojee and Sons General Store, , which was established in 1860s by a Parsi business family for the best Tibetan souvenirs and handcrafted products of Tibet. This store takes you back to India’s colonial times and displays relics from the British era.

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