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Mcleod Ganj – Himachal Pradesh,India

mclepd ganj is popular hill station in himachal pradesh

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M cleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence.

McLeod Ganj, popularly known as ‘Little Lhasa’ or ‘Dhasa’ owing to its huge Tibetian population, is a suburb of Dharmshala in Himachal Pradesh.

mcleod ganj is a popular tourist destination in himachal pradesh

It is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and home to a large Tibetan population, including many maroon-robed monks and nuns. McLeod attracts thousands of international visitors, many of them volunteering with the Tibetan community, taking courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trekking in the Dhauladhar mountains, shopping for Tibetan crafts, or just hanging out enjoying the low-budget spiritual/alternative vibe and the plethora of good cafes where you’re never far from an interesting conversation.

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Nestled amidst majestic hills and lush greenery, this town is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan influence owing to the major settlement of Tibetans here. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerising landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh and attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.

The towns of Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag and Kangra are situated very close to each other and tourists must cover all these destinations while travelling here. Few of the most eminent and religiously significant monasteries in India are located here, including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. Tourists must also visit the scenic Dal Lake and Triund, which are apt for quiet picnics.

How to reach Mcleod Ganj :

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By Air
The nearest airports are Gaggal or Kangra Airport in Dharmashala,Himachal Pradesh. about 20 km away from McLeod Ganj and is well connected to Delhi, Kullu and Chandigarh and Airlines like Air India , SpiceJet and Jagson Airlines operate regular flights from these cities for Dharmshala. and Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh Which is 83 kms away from Mcleod Ganj. After reaching the airport, travellers can hire taxis or take buses to reach their destination, which takes around an hour.
By Bus
A number of state owned and private buses connect McLeod Ganj with other cities like Delhi (500 km), Chandigarh (250 km) and Dharamshala (20 km). In New Delhi, most of the buses leave from the Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Majnu-ka-Tilla (a Tibetian camp). Deluxe buses of Himachal Pradesh Tourism are also available from Himachal Bhawan. One can also drive to McLeod Ganj from Delhi via NH 1, a journey of about 10 hours with more than 4-5 buses plying everyday on the route.
By Train
Pathankot Railway Station, situated approximately 90 km away, is the closest broad gauge railhead serving those headed to McLeod Ganj. Some of the popular trains available from Delhi for Pathankot are Jammu Mail and Uttar Sampark Kranti.The nearest railway stations on the narrow-gauge  Kangea Valley Railway  line are at Kangra and Nagrota (about 20 km south of Dharamshala).

Once you reach Pathankot, take a taxi or bus from outside the station, which is easily available.

By Self Drive
Lot of people would say ‘only experienced drivers’ can drive in these roads. if you are conscious enough you can easily reach there with unimaginable experiences. We are not displaying the routes here because, these days ‘Maps’ are doing more justice. and more over we don’t know from where you are starting your journey.

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