McLeodganj is one of the popular places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. It is considered as a Twin city of Dharamshala. It is also known as “Little Lhasa”. McLeodganj is one of the few places in India where one can witness a perfect blend of Indian and Tibetan Cultures living in harmony with each other. The hill town boast of alluring bounties such as picturesque trekking trails, soothing weather conditions, idyllic landscape and vibrant culture.
Here are some of the attractions one must visit:
Triund, McLeodganj is Known as the crown jewel of Dharamshala and one of the most popular tourist places. Far from the hustle and bustle of cities, a trek to Triund offers you an escape into the majestic Himalayas. Triund is perfect for trekking with amazing trails offering scenic views of the entire kangra Valley. The evening sky from Triund is a really beautiful and is a good excuse for camping here at night. Night camping at the hilltop under the star lit sky is a visual treat that travellers can enjoy during their trek. You get to experience the awe inspiring sunrise and sunset, not to mention the star studded night sky. Secondly you get to take an early morning hike towards the Kareri Lake and make the trek even more worthwhile.
Best time to visit McLeodganj: make sure to be here during the months between March and December at one of the most adventurous places to visit in McLeodganj.
McLeodganj, Naddi View Point: The beauty of snow-capped mountains could be no better place than the Naddi view point. The Naddi view point is one of the tourist places in McLeodganj that offers a splendid view of the hilly areas. Not only can photographers capture the moments, but they can also watch the beautiful sunset and sunrise from this high altitude area. The village of Naddi is a perfect place to unwind and relax after a long journey through the Himalayas. It is perfect for both tourist and travellers who are visiting the valley.
Best time to visit: the ideal time to visit Naddi is from the end of February to first week of April.
Dal lake: Quaint and clam, Dal lake is filled with greenish water. It is located at the height of 1775 mts. above sea level. Dal Lake is a small yet picturesque lake. Its name is taken from the famous and breathtaking Dal Lake of Srinagar. The lake is considered to be a sacred spot by many people as there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that is located on the banks of the lake. You can stop over and relax at the Dal Lake before trekking up to Naddi. sMake sure you carry your camera to capture the amazing memories that you make here. The lake with its lush greenery and blooming trees is a perfect spot to laze around with loved ones and enjoy a carefree day in the lap of nature. One can also enjoy boating and many other activities. This is why Dal Lake is counted as one of the major and most beautiful destination .Many of them visit during the month of September as a fair is organised on the banks of the lake. The fair is celebrated to make the presence of Lord Shiva.
Best time to visit: May to October is the ideal time to visit the lake, as the weather conditions are pleasant during this period of the year.
Bhagsu Waterfall: This waterfall is located close to Bhagsunath Temple. It is one of the beautiful streams. The waterfall is very beautiful during monsoons. Decorated with slate graffiti the mountain side of the fall is one of the highlights of the tourist spot. Freshwater spring at the base of Dhauladhar range is considered holy. The water of the fall flows through the temple of Bhagsunath into the pools where devotees take a holy dip to get rid of their miseries.
There are many temples, monastery and churches also to visit. Like the Namgyal Monastery, St. John church, Bhagsunath Temple, Tsuglagkhang Where Dalai lama resides.
Where to eat: there is a lot to eat in McLeodganj some average and some outstanding. There are some dishes recommended by locals like the Momos, Tibetan food, Korean food, pasta and Pizza and not forgetting for the sweet tooth bakery and dessert.
When to go: people love to travel during summer to the hill station because of its coolness. However the best time to visit McLeodganj is during the rainy season. The hills are lush green, clouds floating rains for sometime every day. Just open an umbrella and saunter along like the locals do. Rains, steaming hot food, spiritual chanting and a sense of calmness can be found.
Do witness the beauty of this hill station by exploring these best places.