Mcleodganj–Truly Pristine Environmental Hub of Tourists
Mcleodganj is a hill station close to Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Situated in the Kangra district, Mcleodganj's culture is a fusion of Tibetan with some British impact. Also called Little Lhasa and renowned around the world for being a place of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, Mcleod Ganj is a pristine located close to upper Dharamshala. Set among hills and exotic greenery, this town is blessed by a Tibetan influence because of the settlement of Tibetans here.
Mcleodganj has mesmerizing landscapes and magnetizes travelers throughout the year. Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag, and Kangra are located near each other and tourists need to cover these spots while they come here. Few of the eminent monasteries in India are located here and including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang. Tourists should see the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, known for quiet picnics.
By Train:-To reach Mcleodganj, you can get down at Pathankot railway station which falls at a distance of 88 km from this place.
By Air:-You can get down at Gaggal airport located at a distance of 10 km from Dharamshala. The airport has connectivity with major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, etc.
By Road:-From Amritsar, the road distance to Mcleodganj is around 206 km.
From Pathankot, the road distance to Mcleodganj is around 95 km.
Mcleodganj is an exemplary destination for lake views, monastery experience, and trekking. You can have sightseeing in the beautiful Dal Lake here.
Visit Mcleodganj during the monsoon season. If you want a snow experience, come here from Dec to Feb.
The Bhagsu Waterfall is probably the most popular spot in Dharamshala and magnetizes tourists who want to fuse with natural glory and spend moments in serenity. The Bhagsunag Waterfall is on the main road connecting Mcleodganj and Dharamshala and is a perfect location for picnics with loved ones. The attraction here is the Bhagsunath Temple. It is among the amazing places in Himachal.
The waterfall is at the base of the Dhauladhar Valley, also considered to be a religious spot. Before moving down, the stream passes through the Bhagsunath Temple. The Bhagsu Fall touches its glory during the monsoon season when the water goes down from an elevation of around 30 feet. It looks breathtakingly beautiful. The cafes and coffee houses serve tasty food and refreshments, and tourists love to sit down and have a cup of coffee while seeing the mesmerizing Bhagsunag Waterfall. Taking a bath in the waterfall is possible, but it is too cold. The trek to the waterfall is a splendid experience.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, lives at Namgyal Monastery in Mcleodganj which is the biggest Tibetan temple outside Tibet. The ambiance that the place generates attracts tourists. The Namgyal Monastery is also called "Dalai Lama's Temple" being his personal monastery. The foundation stone of Namgyal Monastery was laid in the 16th century by the second Dalai Lama and was established for the monks for aiding the Dalai Lama in Buddhist activities.
The monks who live in the monastery practice the welfare of Tibet as well as Buddhist philosophy. Also called Namgyal Tantric College, it presently has 200 monks. The study of Tibetan and English languages, Sutra and Tantra texts, Buddhist philosophy, sand mandalas, ritual chanting, as well as dances are part of Buddhist studies here. It is among the heritage structures of Himachal.
Engulfed with pools and exotic greenery, the Bhagsunag Temple is among the oldest temples at a distance of 3 kilometers from Mcleodganj. Also known as Bhagsunath Temple, it is revered by the Gorkha and Hindu community. The two pools surrounding the temple are pious and believed to contain miraculous healing powers. The temple is also engulfed with tourist attractions like Dal Lake and the Kotwali Bazaar. In fact, the Bhagsunath falls on the track to the famous Bhagsu Waterfalls.
Triund is a hassle-free trek in Himachal Pradesh providing you a shift to the magnanimous Himalayas. Located a few kilometers from Dharamshala at an elevation of 2828 m, it is a perfect spot for trekking and offers views of Kangra Valley. You can commence the trek from McLeodganj or Dharamkot. The evening sky view from Triund is a breathtaking glimpse and perfect for camping here at night.
Set in Mcleodganj’s Naddi Village, Naddi View Point is a mesmerizing spot for having a view of the Dhauladhar ranges, especially in the winters when you see snow peaks. A trek to Naddi View Point in the evening will permit visitors to see sunset against the mountains, and take photographs.
Located at an elevation of 1,775 meters above sea level near Tota Rani, Dal Lake is a small picturesque lake. With its name extracted from the popular Dal Lake of Srinagar, the lake is engulfed by rugged mountains and deodar trees. Nature-lovers can see various types of fishes in their natural habitat.
The lake, with its greenery and trees, is a fine spot to move around with loved ones and have a wonderful day in the midst of nature. This spot is thronged by nature lovers for the day. For adventure lovers, trekking around the lake is a choice. Dal Lake is also a fine spot to relax if you trek towards Naddi, also called the Sunset Point. A grand fair is held on the banks of the Dal Lake each September because of the Shiva Temple here. This big event is held to celebrate the presence of Lord Shiva and is attended by people of the Gaddi Tribe in large numbers. It is among the pristine natural places of Himachal Pradesh and one should see it at least once in life. If you are a boating enthusiast, Dal lake is a preferable spot for you. If you are stressed and want to rejuvenate your senses, a fresh breeze from the side of the lake will destress you.
Writer:- David Bamzai (HV Team)