Mcleodganj is located in the upper regions of Dharamshala in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This gorgeous picturesque hill town is a perfect holiday destination and a Buddhist homage site because of its proximity to Dharamshala and the beautiful temple and monastery here. The scenic city of Mcleodganj is located atop the Dhauladhar Range and overlooks the Kangra valley giving a mesmerising feeling to all those visiting this gorgeous hill station.
Mcleodganj is often called Dhasa or Little Lhasa because of a large Tibetan refugee settlement and its subsequent Buddhist followers. The place was named after a Lt. Governor of Punjab, Sir Donald Friell McLeod and has since been a favourite tourist hub for all those who seek peace and quiet away from the stressful city environment. There are many monks who come to study and learn the Buddhist way of life in the temple of Mcleodganj and holds great significance in their monkhood. The prayers and rituals carried out minutely by the worshippers are definitely worth witnessing. One of the most important places to visit is the Tsuglag Khang temple or Dalai Lama’s temple which houses statues of Avalokitesvara, Padmasambhava and Shakyamuni. Besides this other places to visit in Mcleodganj are Namgyal Monastery- the main monastery of the town, Nechung Monastery, Dip-Tse-Chok Monastery, Gangchen Kyishong- residence of the government-in-exile of Tibet, Norbulingka Institute, Tibetan institute of Performing arts, library of Tibetan works and archives, Gyuto Monastery located a slight distance from Mcleodganj, etc. Mcleodganj is also famous for the variety of traditional Tibetan handicrafts and textiles that one can purchase from the shops here.
A visit to Mcleodganj leaves in a tranquil and peaceful state of mind!