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Mcleodganj is a prime tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh. The picturesque landscape and the mountain ranges are sure to make one’s stay in the city a memorable one. One can enjoy these lovely sceneries and at the same time shop from the local market. The Buddhist handcrafts and garments are the most sold items here. The Bhagsu Falls are a must visit as they will leave you spell-bounded with the view that they offer and the sound that you hear when the water splashes against the huge rocks. Another major tourist spot is the Dal lake which the tourists don’t like to miss out. The list of attractions does not end, as this city is also a home to some of the best monasteries, temples and churches. The adventure junkies will be pleased to come here as they can indulge in trekking. With lots more to do, one will have the most cherishable time of their lives in Mcleodganj.

Places To See

Tsuglagkhang
The Tsuglagkhang complex collectively refers to several buildings connected to the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. The complex hosts the photrang or the official residence of the Dalai Lama in India. Besides, it also houses the Tibet Museum, Kalchakra Temple, Namgyal Gompa, and the Tsuglagkhang itself.

Tsuglagkhang shrine
The shrine is dedicated to the Tibetan deity of compassion, Tsuglagkhang. The structure houses a 3m-high gilded statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Thee statues of Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism in Tibet can be seen here. Several relics rescued from the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa during the Cultural Revolution can also be found here.

Kalachakra Temple
The temple was built in 1992. It houses an interesting collection of murals of the Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) mandala. These murals are believed to be linked to Avalokitesvara, of whom the Dalai Lama is a manifestation. Every year, on the fifth day of the third Tibetan month, sand mandalas are created here.
Tip: Photography is strictly banned in the Kalachakra Temple. In fact items like cameras, mobile phones, cigarettes and lighters are not permitted within the temple.

Namgyal Gompa
The remaining buildings within the Tsuglagkhang complex collectively form the Namgyal Gompa. Here you can see the monks meditate and debate. You can also take clockwise kora (ritual circuit) of the outer Tsuglagkhang complex.

Bhagsu
This scenic village is home to the ancient Bhagsunag Temple. There is a pool here with a tiger head that sprouts water from the streams making their way from the mountains. The water is considered to be sacred by the Hindus and you will see visitors collecting the water in bottles to take back home. From Bhagsu there is a very scenic trail that leads to the Bhagsunag waterfalls. Buddhist flags swaying gently in the mountain breeze add to the tranquility of the route leading to the falls.

Dharamkot
This is another scenic village located about two kilometres from the city centre. Dharamkot was once a sleepy village; today, it attracts a host of foreign visitors who have created their own escapist world in its scenic environs. Dharamkot teems with guesthouses, cafes, offering free Internet, and shops selling trinkets and clothes.

Things To Do

Tibetan Market
A bustling Tibetan Market links the city center of Mcloedganj to the Tsuglagkhang complex. You can shop for Tibetan artefacts, paintings, trinkets, spices and souvenirs.

The Indrahar Pass
The pass is located at a height of 4342 m in the Dhauladhar Mountain Range. It defines the natural boundary between the Kangra and Chamba districts of Chamba. The Indrahar Pass is a popular trekking route in this region. En-route to Indrahar Pass via Dharamshala, you will also pass through Minkiani Pass.

Triund Trek
This is a very popular trek that originates from Gallu Devi temple in Mcloedganj. Professional trekkers can make it to Triund in about 5 hours. The route is a bit steep on the way and passes through forests and meadows. You can camp at Triund or return to Mcloedganj in the evening. There are several dhabas located at Triund where you can have enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the views of the snowline.

Naddi Village
From Dharamkot, there is a scenic forest trail that leads to Naddi Village. Follow the trail through the forest and experience the quiet of the surroundings. The village itself is home to a large number or resorts and is popular with people who wish to experience the attractions of Mcloedganj yet wish to be away from the crowds.

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