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Dharamshala is a hill station in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular hill station attracting people from all over India. It also draws a significant international crowd. Mcleodganj is a suburb in the upper Dharmashala which is the main tourist centre and is home to a vital Tibetan population.
Buses ply from Delhi, Pathankot to Dharamshala. One can take a local bus or else come by a taxi to Mcleodganj.
This is the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet, with a large meditation hall containing some beautiful statues and thangkas, as well as a Kalachakra temple with beautiful murals. It is the monastery of the Dalai Lama, and is located just in front of his residence.
- Momos behind Tsugkhang complex at Rs 60 a plate through the Jogiwara road
- Food Bug Café in Dharamkot to enjoy tasty and reasonable priced food from various cuisines.
- Sharmaji Dhaba for Aloo Parantha and Bread Omelet in Temple road
- Lama bakery in Dharamkot for Sandwiches and Cookies to satiate your sugar tooth.
It has an ancient temple, a public swimming pool, numerous slate quarries and a fresh water spring. From the Bhagsunag temple, the waterfall is a 1km climb. The view from the waterfall is magnificent.
If you are in for a brisk walk, climb the hill beyond Dharamkot to Triund. Provides a beautiful view of the first peaks of the Himalayas and a wide view over the plains. As the peak is 2,875 m, make sure to wear good shoes, carry water, some food and an extra vest or coat. At the top, even in summer, the weather can change from hot and sunny into a small snowstorm very quickly. If you plan to stay overnight at Triund , there is a Forest Rest house (Rs 500 per night ) reservations for which can be made in person at Tourist Office in Dharamsala town. There is no running water or electricity. So a torch , spare batteries is a must. If the Forest house is booked , then you can hire tents there for around Rs 300 a person.
- Bogda House has some good and value for money rooms around Main Square.
- Backpackers Inn has some scenic views of Dhauladhar range to enjoy from the balcony.
- People staying at Dharamkot should definitely try staying at Dharamkot Inn which has good rooms with a balcony to enjoy your cup of tea immersing in the serenity of the ice clad dhauladhar peaks.
Apart from all these there are numerous courses on meditation, yoga, Tibetan literature and music that one can pursue at TIPA and many other centres around. One can also opt for volunteering to teach or cook for Tibetan refugee children in LHA and Namgyal Monastery. Mcleodganj is a whole big world in itself and it’s a place to go slow and with the flow in this quaint and small hill town.