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Mystc McLeod Ganj

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''This haven for nature lovers is a perfect getaway as you look for some solace. Read on!''

Why go the distance : The picturesque Kangra valley against the Dhauladhar Mountains in Himachal is sure to enchant you the moment you step into this land of Monks. This haven for nature lovers, with its dense green cover Deodar and Pine trees, makes it a perfect getaway as you look for some solace.
Known for the holy seat of renowned leader Dalai Lama, the city was named after David McLeod, Former Governor of Punjab. It is nicknamed as the little Lhasa for its huge Buddhist influence, ancient temples & monasteries.
The city’s most prominent landmark is the 152-yr-old Nowrojee and Sons General Store, which breathes history. Set up by a Parsi family, the Nowrojees, who used to take care of the daily grocery requirements of the British.

Things to do/see : Make sure you visit the Namgyal Monastery, a sacred building that encloses the residence of Dalai Lama. The monastery overlooks the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. It is the private monastery of the Dalai Lama hence no visitor is allowed to enter the temple. But do visit from outside.

St. John Chruch: St. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church. Visiting Hours:10 am to 5 pm everyday. It is located in between Mcleodganj and Forsyth Ganj.

Dalai Lama Temple Complex: The Dalai Lama temple complex, situated on temple road is a must visit. Open daily from sunrise to sunset, this place gives the ultimate feel of calmness and peace. Early morning you can join the monks as they chant and meditate.

Tibet Museum: Located inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex, this place is an example of Tibetan architectural style that blends with modern styles. It has valuable collections of historical documents, Thangka images, manuscripts and more. The museum complex has a shop where one can pick up paintings, artifacts and handicrafts.

What to eat : While you are all surrounded by the beauty in this little Tibet, don’t forget to try some great food for your soul, mind and body. Woeser Bakery, Lobsang's Four Seasons Café, Common Ground Café, Peace Cafe are some of the hot spots which you must try. Famous for its Chinese, Tibetan, Taiwanese cuisine, Mcleodganj is also a place where you get some authentic continental dishes as it is frequented by foreigners. Besides, you can also gorge on some noodle soup, wonton soup or even have some hot coffee.
The vegetarian food at the Namgyal Café is worth a try. Do dig into some cheese-spinach pizza and veggie salads to pamper your taste buds.
Most of these cafes give you the luxury to sit & play chess, read books

How to reach : Distance from Delhi to Mcleodganj is 485 km approx
By Rail: You have to go to Pathankot or Hoshiarpur. From there, you can avail taxis or bus
By Air: There is no airport in Mcleodganj. Gaggal is the nearest airport.
By road: 9 hrs approx.

Tips to remember : Don't visit the place without hotel booking during peak season.
Bargain well at the street markets.

Source / Review By : Ayandrali Dutta

Ayandrali is a lifestyle journo in Delhi. She is a travel buff

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