McLeodGanj is a place where india meets tibet. it is also known as Little Lhasa because of large population of Tibetans have taken up residence there. It is situated on the Dhauladhar hills, whose the highest peak. McLeodGanj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; the suffix ganj is a Hindi-Urdu word for neighbourhood. McLeodganj is a vibrant centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhism.
2. Dalai Lama Temple
The Dalai Lama Temple is a beautiful and peaceful place located in Upper Dharamshala. Its located at just short walking distance from the McleodGanj Bus Stand. It has some prayer wheels, prayer flags and mani stones.
3. Dharamshala War Memorial
The War Memorial is situated at the entrance of Dharamsala. The War Memorial was set up to commemorate the soldiers who fought for India. It is located at walking distance from Dharamshala cricket stadium. Builtup in a very vast area, it has an open air cafe as well. It is surrounded by beautifull landscaped gardens, and poetic paths. Looks beautiful !!
4. Tsuglag Khang
Tsuglag Khang is the temple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his private residence is just opposite this holy structure.
A beautiful complex that puts any restless soul to peace. Chanting, drumming, mantras, chanting monks together the sound / vibration is something worth experiencing. Is is very peaceful and nice place filled up with lot of positive vibrations. it is located just 1Km from McloedGanj towards the temple road. The walk through the market place to reach this place could be more enjoyable. Thousands of pilgrims come here every year seeking the blessings of the Tibetan leader. Several religious festivities and dances are organised here through the year.
5. Bhagsunag Falls
it is known for its old shiva temple. It is located about 2 kilometres away from McLeodGanj. This is a famous tourist attraction and also an important place for Hindu pilgrims. Best way to visit while on a trek, although you can also drive up to Bhagsu village. There is a cafeteria next to the falls and the area serves as an excellent picnic spot for tourists. It’s a beautiful sight to look down in the valley and the mountains. Be aware of goats there they look innocent but very naughty.
6. Triund Hill
Triund is a moderate level trek starting from Mcleodganj offering breathtaking views of the dhauladhar hills snow capped mountains. It is located around 17km away from dharamshala. Takes about 3-5 hours trek to reach this place. There are also places for camps on the top. A must visit for trekkers and nature admirers.
7. Dal Lake
Dal Lake name is taken from Kashmir’s Dal Lake. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees form a magnificent view. It is located about 7 kms from McLeodGanj near the village of Tota Rani. Famous Lord Shiva temple is also located on the bank of dal lake