Mcleodganj is around 500 km from Delhi, taking Delhi-Chandigarh highway then moving towards Mcleodganj through Una Himachal gives the sense of purity in air, more and more you move forward, hills will accompany you with chilling weather and will wrap you inside the beauty of nature.
This road trip may take more than 10 hours but the journey will take you away from metropolitan messes to solitude.
Mcleodganj was name after Donald Friell Mcleod, a lieutenant governor of Punjab.
The Tibetan government in exile is headquartered in Mcleodganj.
Places to visit:
Triund is a ridge which is 9 Km trek from Mcleodganj and a campaigning spot for tourists. Triund lies in the lapse of Dhauladhar Mountains. From the top the scenic view is awesome. The best time to visit there is summer as in winter the snow fall block the way above and makes campaigning difficult. So government don’t allow people campaign there in winter due to heavy snowfall.
It is said Mcleodganj trip is incomplete without a trek at Triund.
Bhagsu nag temple
Bhagsu was a local king and his area was plagued by drought, so he promised his people that he’ll bring water. In search of water he came to a lake which belongs to the serpent king. With the magical power Bhagsu transfer the whole lake in his kamandal (A vessel in which saints carry water), with this serpent king got angry and they had fight result of which Bhagsu got injured and the Kamandal fell down and water flowed down the mountain in the form of waterfall. Bhagsu was aware that he is taking his last breath so he requested the serpent king to let water flow down so that his people would be relieved from the drought. Hence the water fulfilled the need of Bhagsu’s people and the Bhagsu Nag temple was made on the name of both.
Dal Lake is 2 km away from Mcleodganj market. The lake is filled with green colour water and is surrounded by deodar trees all around. At the bank of lake there is a temple of Lord Shiva. Dal lake is a nice place for picnic, sitting on grass taking sunbathe and listening to humming birds.
St. John in the wilderness church
St. John in the wilderness church is Anglician church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852, located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj.
Church is very famous for the Belgian stained windows donated by lady Elgin, wife of Elgin the governor general and viceroy of India in 1861 during British raj. Elgin liked the area so much that at one point he suggest it to be made summer capital of India. He died at Dharamshala while on the tour there on 20th November 1863 and lies buried at St. John church of wilderness.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium
Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is located in Dharamshala which is around 5.4 Km from Mcleodganj. The stadium was established in 2003 but the first international one day was played in 2013.
Kangra fort is the largest fort in Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India and is around 25 Km from Mcleodganj.
But this is not it, the fort on such a height from where the astonishing beauty of the Kangra district facing the white Himalayas shinning like mountains of gold during sunset can make everyone ponder about the history and the people of that era who had privilege to live here.
The beauty all around makes us realise why people of that era lived long, and still they are living in our heart because of the history they created.
People here in Mcleodganj mostly are Tibetan but do it really matter!
They teach the meaning of simplicity in living and respect in language.
They knows the value hard work. Its not simple there on hills to habitat. For everything there is pain. Farming there is difficult, construction of houses, electricity, water and even gas. People from metropolitan goes there and ruin their peace by creating havoc like polluting and misbehaving. Please respect and be polite to them tourism is only income for them.
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