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Christmas & New Year Special: Adventure Trip Around Mcleodganj

Things to do in Mcleodganj


Kareri River Trek, Camping, Triund Trek, Visit Namgyal Monastery, Go to Bhagsu Falls, Visit Tsug La Khang, Go to Bhagsu Falls, Indrahar Pass Trek, Head Out to Dal Lake and many more.

Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, there are a lot of things to do. Also known as Dhasa or Little Lhasa, McLeod Ganj got this name due to the huge Tibetan population residing here and in Dharamshala McLeod Ganj is situated at an altitude of 6831 feet above the sea level and is located on the Dhauladhar Range of mountains. Aesthetically pleasing monasteries, stunning backdrops, vibrant cafes and thrilling adventure activities make McLeod a popular tourist destination.

There are a variety of treks that commence from or pass from McLeod. From visiting the local markets for shopping for exclusive McLeod handicrafts and jewellery to dining at its quaint and vibrant cafes and restaurants, exploring the umpteen numbers of monasteries in town to taking an exciting trek from here, there are plenty of activities to do in Mcleodganj to create an unforgettable memory.

Some of the popular treks which are the Indrahar Pass Trek, Bhagsu Trek, Kangra Valley Trek, Kareri River Trek and Guna Devi Temple Trek originate and/or pass via McLeod. The hill station is a melting pot of culture; vibrancy and nature where travellers get to explore a lot and take back cherished memories. McLeod Ganj is a place that will leave the travellers wanting for more and coming back for more. An experience that's wholesomely enriching, Little Lhasa awaits the enthusiastic traveller!
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Must Do Things in Mcleodganj

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Trek to Triund

Trek to Triund

One of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj is Trekking. Just behind the Dhauladhar range stands tall Triund, a 9000 Ft range. The 9 KM trek trail on this mountain is a breathtaking experience. After the tiring expedition you can also plan an overnight stay at the Forest Rest House on top of the ridge.

The spellbinding panorama of the Kangra valley from the Triund peak is captivating. If you wish to lie in the arms of the wilderness and gaze at the infinite sky and sparkling stars, then camping here is also an awesome option. The manoeuvring boulevard through the rhododendron and oak trees will rejuvenate all your senses.

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Kareri River Trek

Kareri River Trek

The Kareri Lake is formed by the flow of melted waters from the Mankiani Peak. A glacial river located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar; it is a trek that takes you through lush subtropical forests and alpine grasslands. The subtropical forests are filled with Chir Pine and Chilgoza Pines. The forest trek in the latter half consists of rocky grasslands along the Nyund Nullah.

The Kareri River trek cuts through gushing freshwater streams and passes through verdant meadows and orchards. The subtropical forests are home to several Himalayan birds and animals. On the trek, trekkers will also encounter shepherd villages, cattle grazing farms and a Lord Shiva temple.

The Kareri Lake is a pleasant weekend trek for offering a secluded retreat. There are many campsites during the trek that offer convenient options for food. The trek has a moderate difficulty level which can be completed in 2 days. It makes for a beginner-level trail for trekkers.

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Triund trek in the Kangra mountain range is considered to be one of the most scenic treks in the country and is also proclaimed as an experience that one should have at least once in their lifetime. Starting from the small hill station of Mcledoganj, the trek leads you through deciduous forests of Oak and Deodhar to the top of Triund hill, for a breathtaking view from there, and for one of the best camping experiences ever.
About the activity:
  • Start your trip by arriving at Mcledoganj before 10 in the morning to start your trek
  • Begin the 9 km long trek to the top which ideally would take 4 hours, but you can increase the time if you feel like you fell in love with the surroundings of the trek.
  • Spend some time clicking pictures here, before settling in the camps for a campfire and dinner under the stars experience
  • Wake up to an amazing sunrise, and check out of the camps to trek back down for the end of this experience of a lifetime
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Camping in Mcleodganj

Camping in Mcleodganj

McLeod Ganj is a serene hill station nestled in upper Dharamshala; it is home to some of the most spell-binding landscapes in Himachal Pradesh. The reason why McLeod Ganj or McLeod successfully magnetizes tourists each year is for trekking and camping in the Dhauladhar Mountains and surrounding valleys and regions. Camping in McLeod Ganj is like a vacation amidst lush green nature with serene beauty all around.

Camps offer a retreat away from the cacophony of city life and allow the traveler to soak in peace. You are surrounded by mellow sounds of whispering winds and chirping sounds of birds. Camps in McLeod Ganj also offer magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Travelers can enjoy camping under a blanket of stars accompanied with a warm bonfire. The night can be made more enjoyable with games, music, and dance as you seek solace into nature.

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Indrahar Pass Trek

Indrahar Pass Trek

The Indrahar pass trek commences from McLeod Ganj in the Kangra valley and ends at Chamba. The trek offers beautiful views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges. Classified as a moderate to a difficult trail, it passes through green meadows, dense deodar and rhododendron forests. The trail gets adventurous passing through ancient lands of Gaddi Shepherds.

Spectacular views of the sacred peaks of Mani Mahesh Kailash are guaranteed here. The trek also passes through Hindu temples and villages in the upper Ravi valley. Trekking on this route is an adventurous experience as it involves continuous climbing over boulders.

Indrahar Pass Trek promises a rich walking trail amid wildlife areas. Trekkers encounter wild goats, leopard and Monal bird. The best season to take up this trek is from mid-May to June and September to mid-October. We also recommend taking this trek up as it is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj. With beauty and wildlife together, trekkers only seem to want more from this trek.


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Bhagsu Trek

Bhagsu Trek

The Bhagsu trek, which is a trek to the Bhagsu Waterfalls commences from McLeod Ganj and covers a distance of approximately 12 kilometers. The elevation being 2400 meters, it is a moderate trek best recommended for beginners.

The Bhagsu Waterfalls are located close to the Bhagsunath Temple. These waterfalls are one of the most stunning streams that cascade down around 30 feet during the monsoon season. The Bhagsu trek is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj.

We recommend taking this up to get spectacular views of the peaks and passes of the Dhauladhar Ranges! The Bhagsu trek takes you to a small waterfall near Bhagsu village and trails through Dharamkot, Galu, and Naddi Village. Walking from Galu to the Naddi village will give beautiful views of distant villages on the foothills of Dhauladhar. It is the Naddi village exactly that offers picturesque and mighty views of the Dhauladhars, its peak, and it passes.

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The Kangra Valley Trek

The Kangra Valley Trek

The Kangra Valley Trek is a trek that opens the world of phenomenal views of the Dhauladhar Range to the travellers. The trek and trail delight trekkers with visit to old temples, scenic lakes, & unexplored Hindu towns en route in the middle of verdant and snow-laden valleys.

The trek begins from McLeod Ganj and passes through the Kareri Lake and Kareri Village. Trekkers trek on the trail that passes through woody woodlands and steep slopes, which aren't too arduous to climb. The Kangra Valley Trek is quite a popular one and is also one of the best things to do in Mcleod Ganj.

The months from March to October are said to be the best time to take up the Kangra Valley Trek. The trek is ideal for both beginners & expert trekkers who are looking for an authentic and inspiring trekking experience in Himachal.

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Mcleodganj in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is a famous hill station and a favorite holiday destination for many. Home to the 14th Dalai Lama after his exile, and a spiritual hub, this place is not just famous for the sights and culture that you can so enjoy here. One of the most prime reasons for the fame of Mcleodganj is the adventure sports here, which primarily includes the amazing and adventurous Triund Trek nearby. This tour takes you on a trek to Triund and to the famous Laka Got Glacier with camping at both the amazing places.
About the activity:
  • Start this trek from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj and make your way to Triund
  • After spending an amazing night under the stars here, start trekking the next day to the Laka Got Glacier and have a fun time there before pitching your tent
  • return to Dharmkot the next day to bring your trip to an end
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Visit Tsug La Khang (Dalai Lama's Temple)

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Visit Tsug La Khang (Dalai Lama's Temple)

Popular for being the sanctuary of The Dalai Lama, the Tsug la Khang is the core essence of Mcleodganj. It comprises the Namgyal Monastery and also several shrine rooms in its compound. There are statues of Buddha, Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche in these shrines.

If you are an art lover then you should surely go there and admire this splendid artwork. The Dalai Lama’s dwelling and administrative offices are adjoining to the monastery. Ling Khor, is a meditation trail close to Tsug La Khang, you will come across small shrines, stupas and also a gigantic chorten while treading this route. Visiting Tsug la Khang is one of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj.  

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Open from 6 AM to 7 PM

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Visit Namgyal Monastery

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Visit Namgyal Monastery

The Namgyal Monastery is well known for being the biggest Tibetan sanctuary outside Tibet and also the residence of the Dalai Lama. It was established in 16th century and since then it serves to preserve the Tibetan culture and customs.

It enlightens the monks who reside here by imparting knowledge based on philosophy, sacred arts, meditation and debates. This Monastery is bestowed with a pristine atmosphere, making it an ideal place to attain peace. It also showcases splendid statues of Buddha, which are highly admirable. This Monastery not only intrigues religionists but also other tourists and admirers.

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- Open from 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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Go to Bhagsu Falls

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Go to Bhagsu Falls

Being in closed vicinity of the popular Bhagsunath Temple of Lord Shiva, this waterfall is known as the Bhagsu Falls. Spending a day here is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Mcleodganj. It is not only famous as a picnic spot but is also a significant place of pilgrimage.

The sight of this 20 M tall waterfall is like a heaven on earth during monsoons. One can also cherish the delicious food served in the cafeteria near the falls. If you wish to add on to the excitement of this excursion, then you have a choice of trekking to these falls through the beautiful vistas. Carry your camera and capture the enticing exquisiteness of Mother Nature.

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 Open from 7 am to 9 pm

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Visit Tibetan Museum

Visit Tibetan Museum
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Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty.  It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items.

Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.

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Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Take a boat ride in the Dal Lake

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A boat ride in the Dal Lake amidst the striking green Deodar Forests is one of the unique things to do in Mcleodganj. Brimming with tranquilizer vibes floating over the calm waters, this boat ride is something you cannot miss out in Dal lake.

The lake is also considered sacred because of the Lord Shiva temple on its banks. 

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7 am – 8 pm

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Enjoy Cultural Shows at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts

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Enjoy Cultural Shows at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts

Established by His Holiness, Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is one of the leading cultural institutes keeping traditional Tibetan dance, culture, art, music and colorful folk opera alive. Travelers must enjoy cultural shows at TIPA while visiting Mcleodganj. The 10-day annual festival, the Shoton Festival held here attracts hordes of people from all over the country. Performances include dancing and singing where the artists are dressed in elaborate costumes.

Folk songs tell stories of interesting characters like kings, fools, yogis, and witches. Instruments like cymbals and drums add to the enthralling ambiance and make it a treasured experience for travelers. TIPA is located at about 1 kilometer from the McLeod Ganj Bus Station and is nestled at P.O. Mcloed Dharamsala, Dharamkot Road, McLeod Ganj.

The entry fees, camera fees, and other applicable charges: Indian Adult: INR 50
                                                                                                     Still Camera Fee: INR 100
                                                                                                     Video Camera Fee: INR 500

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Shop at The Local markets

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Shop at The Local markets

Shopping is one of the best things to do in McLeod Ganj given that the hill station is popular for traditional Tibetan hats, bags, trousers and slippers. Items like woolen shawls, prayer wheels and prayer flags and jewellery can also be purchased from McLeod Ganj markets.

Speaking of markets, there are popular ones bustling with colorful, eccentric and vibrant things, only to incite tourists and travellers to carry memorable souvenirs back home for family and friends. Some prominent street markets in McLeod Ganj are the Kotwali Bazar, Jogibara Road, and McLeod Ganj Central Square.

We recommend having excellent bargaining skills before stepping into the McLeod Ganj markets. While shopping, local specialties like Tibetan carpets and rugs, traditional Tibetan dresses, handmade paintings, mandala paintings, wooden carvings, handicrafts and thangkas are not to be missed. Tibetan carpets are hand-woven and are exquisite pieces for home decor and interiors.

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Sip and Dine at Colorful Cafes and Restaurants

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Sip and Dine at Colorful Cafes and Restaurants

The satisfaction achieved after finishing a plate of steaming delicious momos in the middle of scenic landscapes at an elevated height of 2082 meters is indescribable! McLeod is a place bustling with cafes and restaurants that offer savory delights to famished travelers. Nestled in narrow streets and hilltops, each with a view and aesthetic, McLeod cafes and restaurants serve vegetarian to vegan cuisine, not fancy, but, lip-smacking!

Sip on a hot caramel coffee and bite on a cheesecake alongside as you breathe in the mountain air. Gorge on wood-fired thin crust pizzas and read a book or two while hearing the piano play soothingly in the background.

Cafes and restaurants we recommend are:

Illiterati Books & Coffee - Coffee, Italian food, burgers & books
Woeser Bakery - Carrot cake & chocolate brownies
Namgyal Cafe - Sandwiches, pasta & books to read
Hummingbird Cafe - Lemon cake, pizza, momos & thukpa
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen - Chocolate mousse, chicken grill served with pasta and baked potatoes & Italian delicacies

Price:
The approximate cost for two at these places ranges between INR 250 - 600.

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Visit Nechung Monastery

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Visit Nechung Monastery

The Nechung Monastery, a Buddhist monastery plays a historical role as it was the seat of the Tibetan State Oracle until 1959. It is located downhill from the Drepung Monastery. Nechung is an eerie place associated with possession, exorcism and other pre-Buddhist rites.

The monastery has a few strange, striking and imaginative murals lining the walls of the inner courtyard. Paintings of flayed humans held from the rafters by serpents, figures with dangling eyeballs, disembodied heads and legs, wrathful deities with garlands of skulls, and other artwork decorate the walls here.

Nechung Monastery features an array of mythical animals, such as murals of snakes and dragons coiled around support beams in the main hall. It will indeed be one of the best things to do in Mcleodganj. The monastery is easily reachable on foot after visiting the Drepung Monastery.

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Open 24 Hours

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Visit Norbulingka Institute

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Visit Norbulingka Institute

The Norbulingka Institute was established in 1988 with its primary focus being teaching and preserving traditional Tibetan art forms. It's a beautiful and fascinating place to visit to watch artisans at work on woodcarving, metal statue-making, thangka painting, and embroidery. The institute produces high-quality art objects, clothing, accessories and home furnishings.

A cultural center, the Norbulingka Institute is a place reflecting nature's beauty and bounty. Water cascading through Japanese styled gardens and birds of different species flying among the treetops; it's a scenic sight to behold. The Japanese style gardens are well maintained and the place overall has a Tibetan architecture and aesthetic, giving a vibe of old Tibet. The institute provides short-term workshops for studying Tibetan arts.

Norbulingka Institute is open every day from 09:00-05:30. The workshops and offices are closed on Sunday and second Saturday every month. Norbulingka is located in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamshala, about 30 minutes from Mcleodganj.

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Discover serenity at Kora Circuit

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Discover serenity at Kora Circuit

Taking 25-minutes of the ritual circuit or Kora around the outside of the Tsuglagkhang Complex is one of the most popular activities to do in Mcleodganj. Take the 1.5 Km path draped in flags which turns into a road halfway the circuit, consisting of a display of the collection of chortens, prayer wheels, and the pictures of more than 130 Tibetan people who self-sacrificed themselves in protest against Chinese Rule.

Set against a tranquilizer setting this is something that will help you get a break from the worldly worries you’re tangled in.

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Explore the beauty at Naddi View Point

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Explore the beauty at Naddi View Point

Exploring the  Naddi View Point is one of the mandatory things to do in Mcleodganj. Giving you the closest view of the majestic Dhauladhar Range without the muscle-tiring experience of trekking, walking or climbing, this place is a perfect spot for sightseeing.

The weather is mostly cloudy here, giving more reasons to visit this place. Make sure you try the authentic local food of the cafes and food points around the destination while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the Himalayas.

Timings: Open 24 Hours

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Learn authentic Tibetan recipes

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Learn authentic Tibetan recipes

What could be a better thing to do in Mcleodganj than to learn the authentic Tibetan Recipes! Make sure you rush to Lhamo’s Kitchen and Sangey’s Kitchen and take up their cooking sessions where they will give you insights into the spices and authentic flavours.

From soups, noodles, bread to momos you will get to know the traditional recipes of all the famous dishes of the place. Returning with a new skill learned isn’t a bad deal at all. 

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11 am - 1 pm

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Discover the Tibetian architecture in Kangra Fort

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Discover the Tibetian architecture in Kangra Fort

The Kangra Fort is one of the oldest forts in India famous for its rich past and grand culture. Dripping in opulence, the grandeur of this historical heritage needs no introduction. Depicting the war records of Alexander as well as the invasions by the Mughals, this fort gives you deep insights into history along with proofs.

This 4th Century fort still stands high with pride of the centuries it has passed and things witnessed. Make sure you do not miss out on this place, while you are here.

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9 am to 5:30 pm

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Explore the quiet Dharamkot village

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Explore the quiet Dharamkot village
Gleaming with the magical spiritual vibes, this village near Mcleodganj and Dharamshala is popular known as Tel Aviv of India. An unconventional place to explore, this village is  one of the most popular Buddhist destinations in India.

Maintaining its charm along with air for the curious knowledge-seeking tourists, Dharamkot brings in a lot of people from all over the place giving them a dip into the rich culture.

Not just tranquility, this yoga village is also a base camp for several trekking trails including the Triund and Indrahar Pass. With the perfect blend for all, this place savours spectacular vacations for all.
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Indulge in Yoga sessions and Spa therapies

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Indulge in Yoga sessions and Spa therapies

Indulging in the Yoga sessions and spa therapies is one of the most refreshing things to do in Mcleodganj. If you are one of those on a spiritual conquest or on a quest of self-exploration then these places are ideal for you to visit.

Not just one but there are numerous such centres namely, the Om Yoga Centre, Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre, Universal Yoga Centre, and Tushita Meditation Centre, that offer various therapies and sessions that will help you re-energize your body and mind.

You must visit the famous Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre boasting of best-in-class-spa treatments by professional experts and doctors of the institute.

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Watch amazing sunset at Dhauladhar Range

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Watch amazing sunset at Dhauladhar Range

Transporting you to the other world, the scintillating sunset at Dhauladhar Range is something that you would have never experienced before. Spend an evening at the summit when you are satiated by the adventure activities to do in Mcleodganj and let the natural beauty of the seep in. 

Watch the impeccable hues of the sky as the blue blends with the shades of reds of the sunlight, listen to chirps of the birds as dusk falls, and feel the cool breeze over your face. A complete rejuvenating natural therapy, this mere experience will soothe all your senses.

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03 January 2020
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31 Dec 2019 always memorable for me just because of this trip. It was my first experience on hills specially on trekking. Our guide Mannu Sharma such a nice person. Just like our family he take care of everything. Wonderful experience with wonderful peoples.
20 August 2018
Excellent
My trip to triund was super. The guide Mukesh was friendly and fun company. Guided very well. Bit disappointed that I couldn't stay there due to bad weather but the accommodation provided to me was simply superb . Environment friendly and peace loving. Food was simply superb and hospitality was excellent. Will once again visit in future.
11 October 2019
Excellent
This was my first trek and I'm so glad I opt it. In triund is all the nature you can experience at once. The cold breeze, the mountains, the water, the trees, the rocks (they are real beauty of the trek), the clouds/fog, the animals, the people, everything about triund is special. The views were breathtaking, I wanted to capture everything I could in my camera. This is one of a hell experience you should not miss. The camping arrangement was nice. They provide you good tents, sleeping bags, nice and clean. We got snacks and meals and even breakfast and it was unexpectedly awesome. You get less options but you get to choose what you will be eating. This experience made me fall in love with trekking.
21 December 2019
Excellent
The best experience I could get could considering that it was my first Trek,the picturesque locations and the admirable hospitality was something someone can only dream of.Though due to off season in December my group was not able to complete the trek but whatever we witnessed was something neither of us can forget.The camping under a boulder is something I can never forget.The best thing of this trek is that you will always find a dog companion who will keep you motivated on this trek...
"It was a 7hrs trek uphill but It'll be totally worth once you reach the top.. it was a great experience"
24 October 2020
Excellent
Amazing experience, but be ready to get tired. The operator was very professional and supportive. provided a Guide named Rohit with all knowledge and was very helpful. loved the experience.
"Amazing experience. organizer and guide was very helpful and supportive. "
12 October 2020
Excellent
An awesome trekking experience, where our guide was amazing and the hospitality was excellent. Our host Manu made sure we had everything during the camp stay and the food was simply delicious. The camp was clean and hygienic and had beautiful views. Would definitely recommend booking this trek.
04 January 2020
Excellent
It took us a while to find this hill station resort, but it was all worth it from arrival to check out later we enjoyed a great stay. The hotel is located in a very calm and lush green surroundings. We went their to celebrate our new year. And it turned out to be one of the best new year's eve. We were welcomed with a drink with happy faces of the staff. We had a bonfire night the same day with lots of dancing and singing around. The next day we had towards exploring this beautiful city. A taxi was arranged by the hotel on our special request with a very friendly guide. Though it has all costed a bit higher to us due to the peak season but it was all worth it. Thank you Thrillophilia for instant bookings. Also it was easy to check in at the property we just have to show the booking voucher and it was time saving.
03 December 2019
Excellent
We booked this hotel from Thrillophilia, we had a great stay experience, The location is perfect with beautiful views of hills and greenery everywhere. The ambiance was so nice and the rooms were well maintained and clean, the food was good, the hotel staff was so helpful and friendly.

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  1. What are the best adventure activities to do in Mcleodganj?

    1. Paragliding at Bir-Billing- This is an ultimate adrenaline rush activity to fly over the loftiest mountains of the Himalayas. Bir Billing is the second best place in the world which hosts the Paragliding World Championship inviting the best paragliders from different corners of the globe.

    2. Scale the height of Triund- For a hazardless trekking in the Himalayas, go for a weekend trek to Triund through the breath-taking Kangra valley. It is also an ideal destination for overnight camping and enjoying bonfire under the starlit sky.

    3. Try your culinary skills at Lhamo’s kitchen- One of the best things to do in Mcleodganj is to learn authentic Tibetan recipes at Lhamo’s Kitchen. You will get an insight of the traditional recipes from their master chefs.

    4. Enjoy boat ride in Dal Lake- Immerse in the tranquil vibe of the place as you go on boat ride in Dal Lake surrounded by dense deodar forest. The temple of Lord Shiva located on the bank of the lake is one of the famous things in Mcleodganj.

    5. Recharge yourself in yoga and spa sessions- Spending a few hours in some spa or yoga sessions is the best way to explore your inner self. Don’t forget to visit the famous Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre which is run by proficient experts and doctors to provide you best-in-class treatment.
  2. What are the best treks in Mcleodganj?

    1. Kareri River Trek- One of the famous things in Mcleodganj to see is the Kareri River which is a glacial river formed by water melted away from Mankini Peak. The arduous trek cuts through alpine grasslands and lush subtropical woodlands.

    2. Indrahar Pass Trek- The trail begins in the Kangra Valley and ends at Chamba passing through verdant meadows and dense forests of rhododendrons. The trek offers beautiful views of the Pin Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges.

    3. Kangra Valley Trek- The trek begins from Mcleodganj and passes through Kareri Lake through steep slopes, woodlands and snow-laden valleys.

    4. Bhagsu Trek- The 12 Km trek commences from Mcleodganj up to Bhagsu Waterfalls through a number of cascading waterfalls and idyllic hamlets.
  3. What are the famous places for camping in Mcleodganj?

    1. Triund camping- Known as the “crown jewel” of Dhauladhar Range triund is a popular campsite of trekkers. Spending a few days amidst the seamless alpine forests is a memory to cherish forever.

    2. Palampur- Palampur is a favourite campsite of adventure buffs who want to spend a few days amidst prevailing tranquillity with wonderful views of the mountain. Taking a paragliding session is one of the best things to do in Mcleodganj.

    3. Indrahar Pass- Indrahar Pass is located at a whopping altitude of 4,342 metres from the sea level in the world famous Dhauladhar Range. Camping overnight at Laka Got is one of the most exciting activities in Mcleodganj you can indulge in.

    4. Kangra Valley- The beautiful valley dotted with gorgeous streams is one of the best campsites in Mcleodganj.
  4. What are the best places to visit in Mcleodganj with friends and family?

    1. Church of St. John- The neo-Gothic architecture of the church built in 1852 is one of the famous things in Mcleodganj. Set amidst groves of ancient deodars and pine, the church ground is used for small picnics and strolls.

    2. Tsuglagkhang Complex- Home to the Dalai Lama, a visit to this complex is one of the most worthwhile things to do in Mcleodganj. It also houses the Namgyal Gompa, Tsuglagkhang Temple and Tibet Museum inside the main square.

    3. Nick’s Italian Kitchen- If you are not a mono or thukpa lover try the famous lasagna or pasta at the rooftop dining area of Nick’s Kitchen.

    4. Dharamkot Village- Dharamkot is an idyllic hamlet which is about 20 minutes’ drive from Mcleodganj. It is a favourite of yoga practitioners due to its serene atmosphere.
  5. Is Mcleodganj safe?

    Mcleodganj is absolutely safe for solo or even group travellers. Travellers who want to indulge in adventure activities in Mcleodganj visit the place in large numbers round the year except during rainy season when trekking tails become slippery.
  6. What should I buy in Mcleodganj?

    You can buy unique things to take back home like singing bowls which produce beautiful music when rubbed with a wooden stick, Budhha statues, prayer flags, prayer wheels, Tibetan authentic jitters, decorative items, silk and satin wall hangings, jewelry, handcrafted diaries, colourful purses, and a wide variety of tea.

    Shopping is one of the things to do in Mcleodganj which you must take into consideration.  You can head out the famous markets of Mcleodganj and get these goodies at reasonable prices. Make sure you carry an ample amount of cash as the place is not yet well-versed with digital money and the ATM has a long queue which you wouldn't want to waste time standing in.
  7. What is the best time to visit Mcleodganj?

    The best time to visit Mcleodganj is the winter season from October to February. 

    Summer Season
    Mcleodganj experiences pleasant summers due to which it is a popular destination for the people nearby to escape from the scorching summer heat. The temperature ranges from 22 degrees Celcius to 32 degrees Celsius, maximum in the afternoons.

    You can also enjoy the Buddha Purnima and Losar celebrations this season. Also to mention, this is the ideal time for adventurers to opt for trekking to Triund and Indrahar Pass. 

    Monsoon Season 
    The monsoon season magnifies the beauty of this place turning into a heaven. The months of July and August receive around 350 cm of rainfall while the temperature ranges from 18 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. Though this is an off-season time to visit McLeodganj, yet if you seek thrill, then this is your time. 


    Winter Season 
    Winter season is considered the best season for exploring the city and witnessing the eye-feasting view of the suburbs. The temperature ranges from 9 degrees Celcius to -1 degrees Celsius making this white heaven more serene than any other time.

    Also to mention that this is an ideal time as there are a lot of festivals held during the winter season like the International Himalayan Festivals, Lohri, Halda, Himachal Winter Carnival, and the Tibetan New Year.

  8. How to reach Mcleodganj from Dharamshala?

    You can reach Mcleodganj from Dharamshala via a personal or private vehicle as there is no direct flight, train or bus available between Dharamshala and Mcleodganj.

    Less than an hour’s drive via Khara Danda Road, the taxis are a quite comfortable and convenient mode of transport to reach the destination, also giving you the privilege of the mesmerizing view of the outdoors while you take the road journey.
  9. What is Mcleodganj famous for?

    Mcleodganj is famous for its rich Tibetan culture, scenic natural beauty, monasteries, temples, and a wide variety of adventure sports. With something for everyone, the place experiences flocks of people all around.

    Major attractions include Masroor Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Nechung Monastery, Guna Temple, Sunset Point, St. John’s Church, Vipassana Meditation Centre, Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake, and Dal Lake that you must visit.

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