Mcleodganj Guide: 6 Things To Do In India’s Own Mini Tibet

by Sanjana Shenoy
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Chances are you might have heard of Dharamshala, the Buddhist haven which is regularly visited by scores of people from across the world. But we are here to let you know of a somewhat unheard of place- Mcleodganj. This abode of the 14th Dalai Lama, is a suburban area of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh and offers more than just Buddhist monasteries. Mcleodganj offers meditation centres, yoga centres, cultural diversity, treks, Indo-Tibetan cuisine, Tibetan handicrafts and adventure sports amongst a variety of items for your delight. If this sparks your interest, we have curated a few of the choicest items that you can make a part of your itinerary. So let’s start, shall we?

1. Go Boating At Dal Lake

You must we wondering we got our Geography wrong but nope, McLeodganj offers their very own Dal lake. This beautiful lake is situated 3 km away from the town and once you visit this lake, you will be greeted by mountains and towering deodar trees acting as sentinels. Besides boating, you can also visit the Lord Shiva temple, that must be quite an experience now. So get your adventurous spirits high and enjoy the right balance of excitement and relaxation. Meanwhile, go on a virtual tour to Manali through this video. 

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2. Visit The Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts

The Tibetian Institute of Performing Arts or TIPA was established by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama and is just 1 km away from the Mcleodganj bus stand. Today, TIPA is one of the foremost cultural institutions focusing on traditional Tibetan dance, music, culture, art and folk opera. Visitors from across the world enjoy cultural shows at TIPA.

Picture Credits: tibet.net

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3. Trek At Triund

Mcleodganj’s highlight, other than the rich culture, would be trekking. One of the most famous places is the Triund, a 9km trekking trail of 9000 feet range that will surely quench your wanderlust. This trek is for everyone, from experienced to novices and will offer the breathtaking view of the Kangra valley. Also, the best part is, one can finish this trek either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot and at last when you are done with the trek and the sun is setting, the night sky will surely invite you over for an overnight stay, mark our words on that!

Picture Credits: treksandtrails.org

4. Pray At Tsug La Khang

Unanimously said to be one of the best places in Mcleodganj, Tsug La Khang is famous as it is the sanctuary of the Dalai Lama. This place houses the Namgyal Monastery and several shrines of Chenrezig, Buddha, and Guru Rinpoche. For the art lovers, your aphrodisiac awaits as you will witness several beautiful pieces of art. This is one of the places you should not miss.

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5. Kindle Your Spirit At Namgyal Monastery

This is one of the must-see places in Mcleodganj. Also, we should mention that the Namgyal Monastery is one of the biggest Tibetan monasteries which was supposed to be the home of the Dalai Lama. The monks here teach about the sacred arts, philosophy, debate and meditation. Being here, you will witness the serenity that you have never experienced before.

Picture Credits: flickr.com

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6. Explore The Church of Saint John

This Church complex was built in 1852 and its selling point is the neo-gothic architecture. The Church of Saint John in the Wilderness stands in a grove of old Deodars not far from the main city. Also, the Church grounds are open to all visitors and offer a scenic spot for yours truly. Travel all the way to the mid-19th century at this tranquil landscape.

Picture Credits: ttnotes.com

Well folks, hope you’ve made note of these amazing things that you could do at Mcleodganj.

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