Just above the well known town of Dharamsala also known as the home of the Dalai Lama, lies the smaller more condensed town of Mcleodganj where backpackers from all parts of the world come to find enlightenment and entertainment.
Dharamshala is all about colourful Tibetan flags, rolling prayer wheels and the collective sound of the ringing bells and chirping birds. My first day was dedicated to exploring the beautiful Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture. Built in a traditional Tibetan style, the institute is set in a lovely garden of meandering paths, ponds, flowing streams and bridges. The serenity here is a refreshing respite from the ever honking and bustling of city life.
Mcloedganj is called the land of Fairy Tales, and it lives up to its name. The beauty is just out of bounds and the surroundings will calm the deepest of your senses.
How To Reach? The Main Bus Stand is situated in Lower Dharamshala, which is about 10 kms away form McLeodganj. Most of the interstate buses terminates there only. From the bus stand in Dharamshala, one can get a local public bus to reach to McLeodganj in approx 20 minutes on a narrow and windy road. The buses are frequently available at every 10-15 minutes from sunrise to sunset and frequency reduces after that.
Where to Stay? McLeodganj is a backpacker’s delight. Many Hotels, Hostels and Guest Houses are available in McLeodganj. The most of the areas are always packed with the tourists and local crowd. To get some peace in McLeodganj, it is better to stay towards Bhagsu Nag Temple or Dharamkot area (both are approx 2 kms from the McLeodganj Bus Stand). But in this case, to visit the town, you have to walk for approx 2 kms one way.
Places to Visit: The town limit of McLeodganj is very congested, crowded and noisy, but once you stroll out from the town on any road, it seems like a heaven in the lap of nature. The surrounding Dhauladhar Mountains are covered by the lush green forests of pine and cedar trees. The pristine beauty in every directions around McLeodganj is enhanced by its surreal looking mountains.
The Edgy Mind recommends: A trek to Dharamkot is a must. And if you really are up for a refreshing trek, you take it up to Triund. A trek you won’t forget, ever! Illiterati Cafe in Mcleod is a hidden gem.
October is the time to visit Dharamshala, when it offers surreal views and an optimum weather!