Nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas, enveloped by the snow-clad Dhauladhar mountains, Mcleodganj is a favoured destination for a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. With an interesting mix of backpackers, travellers, Tibetan and expat communities, Mcleodganj has a peaceful yet vibrant aura that encompasses you.
Mcleodganj is popularly known as 'Mini Tibet' or 'Little Lhasa' due to its large number of Tibetan settlements. Walking down the narrow lanes and colourful markets, you will pass by the orange and red-robed monks at every other corner. A widespread cafe culture due to hosting visitors from all around the world provides travellers with numerous options of amazing cafes, rooftops gardens, food joints and more.
Each season in Mcleodganj is a unique experience. The summer months of March through June experience a lot of tourist activity. Activities like trekking and paragliding draw many travellers & adventure enthusiasts during this period.
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Travelling in rainy season is best to be avoided as landslides are frequent during this time. Post monsoons, however, the place turns into a beautiful lush green landscape. During winters, the temperature drops very low and biting cold sets in the valley.
Here's a list of things that you can do and see on a 4-day trip to Mcleodganj.
Day 1: Bhagsu & Shiva Cafe
About 12 km away from the bustling town of Mcleodganj, sits the quiet little village of Bhagsu. Ice cold Bhagsu waterfall cascading down the lush mountains is a major tourist attraction. Backpackers often go exploring and wandering about the place on day hikes.
A steep climb up the Bhagsu waterfall along with some breathtaking views of the mountains lead you to the Shiva cafe - a very popular party spot among the backpackers. Much in contrast to the laid-back atmosphere of the Bhagsu village, the Shiva cafe becomes a lively spot for partying at night.
Day 2: Exploring Dharamsala
Head to Dharamsala, which is around 10 km from Mcleodganj. Explore the city to experience the Tibetan culture and visit the famous monasteries in and around Dharamsala. Depending on the weather and season, you can go paragliding and witness the heavenly landscape as you glide past.
For the later part of the day, you can explore the kitchens and relish on yummy food. For the food-lovers, there's no dearth of eateries. Apart from the famous 'momos' or dumplings, you can find all kinds of cuisines, including but not limited to Indian, Italian, Korean and Israeli.
To add more thrill to your travel, head off for a refreshing trek to Triund hill. It is an easy 7 km trek. The trail passes through oak, cedar and rhododendron forests and offers amazing views of Dhauladhar mountain ranges and the Kangra valley.
Enjoy a hot cup of tea and Maggi to refuel during the trek. Witness the most exhilarating views of the mountain and valleys as you make it to the summit. Camp at Triund and experience the magnificence of the spectacular mountains and the star-studded night sky.
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Day 4: Exploring Mcleodganj
Return to Mcleodganj after the incredible trekking and camping adventure at Triund. For a soulful experience, visit the Dalai Lama Temple located in the heart of Mcleodganj. Abode of Dalai Lama, it is a must-visit place for many travellers.
The temple complex itself is beautiful and peaceful. You can learn interesting facts about the Tibetan religion, history and culture by visiting the museum that is in the temple complex.
Stroll through the markets, shop for souvenirs, relish on some good food or strike up conversations with the friendly locals in the lively streets of Mcleodganj one last time, before you bid a farewell to Dhauladhar and head back to Delhi.