India has its pride sitting right on top of it with the Himalayas playing the most beautiful nature tune to its best. Himalayas gives India the right to beauty, comfort, serenity and joy. Hill Stations are everyone’s love and with varied hill stations stretching across the Himalayan range travelers are never out of their choices. However one beauty that has been the apple of our eyes is the beautiful holy town of Mcleodganj. Typically a hill station on the north suburb of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj has been an area of exploration for many travelers since years now.
Mcleodganj is home to the His Holiness “The 14th Dalai Lama” and is a site of Tibetan exile community with its main temple. Mcleodganj is a hub of Tibetan culture and crafts and has had a upper hand in influencing people from all over the world. It is said that Mcleodganj is named after Donal Mcleod, the lieutenant-governor of Punjab who started living in Mcleodganj outside the British garrison of Dharamshala as a civilian. The place got ruined after the 1905 earthquake and found its origination back when Dalai Lama arrived to establish his base here. Since then Mcleodganj has been a centre for Tibetan handcrafts, thangkas, carpets, garments, souvenirs, Buddhist culture and crafts etc. Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj is the heart of Tibetan students coming here for their cultural and knowledge base.
Mcleodganj is most famous for its travelers and the number of people visiting the place in a year. The crowd has just been increasing since the because of the magnificent view of the hills and also the Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium that has the state of the art attraction in Dharamshala. A photographer’s delight and a writer’s dream place, Mcleodganj has a ton of places to explore and visit. The Dal lake being the most visited site with its green water surrounded by deodar trees. Dal Lake is considered sacred by the people here and also has a Lord Shiva temple on its banks. The Tsuglagkhang temple also known to be having the residence of Dalai Lama is famous for its interior and the devotees who are constantly serving the temple. It is a museum that gives the glimpse of the Tibetan culture and will take you to a journey within yourself.
There are a lot of places to visit in mcleodganj like Bhagsunag waterfall, Bhagsunag Temple, St. John church, Norbulinka temple and museum, Chamunda devi temple, Kangra fort, Shakti peeth Jwalamukhi temple, Tibetan arts, old stupa and the town of Dharamshala, Palampur etc. With a serene vie surrounding the town, and the beautiful chants of the Tibetan culture it is not possible to not find peace and divinity here. Mcleodganj offers a journey within self to explore the hidden voices and know more about you. The cultural inclination, rich art, teachings of Dalai Lama and an extension to more beautiful towns at very short distances, Mcleodganj makes for the perfect refuge from reality and fight of the daily life.