Although Dharamshala is the better known of these two neighboring towns, McLeod Ganj is the base for the Tibetan government in exile and their community.
As you stop at the street stalls laden with artifacts from Tibet, crimson-robed monks meander through the lanes on their way to the monasteries and markets overlooked by pine covered mountains and hills.
The forests remain a wild place with a local population of leopard and an abundance of birdlife. This is one of the few places in the Himalaya where eagles and lamagier (bone crusher) soar the skies.
Preservation of Tibetan culture
Some of the best views are from the golden-roofed Norbulingka Institute. Established to preserve Tibetan culture, skills and crafts such as thangka painting, metal and silk work, a visit here provides a fascinating insight into the world on the other side of the Himalaya.
The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is often in residence in May and July and may lead prayers at these times. We can check his schedule in advance of your visit.
Suggested itinerary featuring Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj
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Places near Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj
- Pragpur 29 miles away
- Shimla 93 miles away
- Amritsar 95 miles away
- Alchi 148 miles away
- Ladakh 149 miles away
- Leh 154 miles away
- Mussoorie 160 miles away
- Rishikesh 188 miles away
- Haridwar 191 miles away
- Nubra Valley 192 miles away
- Corbett Tiger Reserve 240 miles away
- Delhi 254 miles away
- Almora 269 miles away
- Nainital 270 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
A small friendly hotel of only 11 rooms, Chonor House has a wonderfully distinct Tibetan influence with the decor in each bedroom depicting one aspect of Tibetan life in bold murals.