Three kilometres north of Dharamsala town in Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj, often called Little Lhasa, is the home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Teeming with large Tibetan population and maroon-robed monks as well as nuns, the place is frequented by foreign visitors in a large number.
The Tibetan government-in-exile which was set-up after the Chinese oppression is based at Gangchen Kyishong just downhill. Here you’ll find the wonderful Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.
The focal point of any visit to McLeod Ganj is the Tsuglagkhang Buddhist complex the pivot around which this hill station has evolved. Within the complex is located the home of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglakhang Temple are the main attractions in the complex. Namgyal Monastery houses several relics brought from Tibet during Chinese aggression of Tibet. These include a 1,500-year-old statute of Guru Padmasambhav, and a life-size idol of Avalokiteshvara.
How to Reach McLeod Ganj
Air: The nearest airport to McLeod Ganj is at Gaggal which is 11 Km from the place. However, Chandigarh, 275 km from McLeod Ganj, is the convenient airport connected by various airlines with different cities in India. From Chandigarh you can hire a taxi to reach McLeod Ganj.
Rail: Pathankot, 85 km from McLeod Ganj, is the major railway station connected with major cities in India. From Pathankot you can take a taxi to reach McLeod Ganj.
Road: Good motorable roads connect McLeod Ganj with different places and cities in India.
Best Time to Visit McLeod Ganj
The summer season in McLeod Ganj starts from the month of March till May and it is generally the most-preferred time to visit McLeod Ganj.