Places to visit

Buddha statue at Tsug la Khang (Dalai Lama Temple), McLeod Ganj, India

Tsug la Khang (Dalai Lama’s Temple)

Tsug la Khang, The Dalai Lama’s temple, is the life-blood of the village. It houses the Namgyal Monastery and shrine rooms.

Masroor temple in Kangra, India

Masroor Temple

Masroor Temple in Kangra is believed to have been built by the Pandava brothers, of the Hindu epic the Mahabharata. It is a group of 15 monolithic rock-cut temples.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala, India.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala was opened in 2003. It has a capacity of about 25,000 seats. The venue holds Ranji Trophy and IPL matches.

Entrance sign of the Tibet Museum, McLeod Ganj, India

Tibet Museum

Beside Tsug la Khang is the small but interesting Tibet Museum, telling the history of Tibet and its people.

Norbulingka Institute, near McLeod Ganj, India.

Norbulingka Institute

The Norbulingka Institute is located about 15 km from McLeod Ganj and is well worth the effort to get there by taxi or local bus.

Dal Lake, near McLeod Ganj, India.

Dal Lake

Dal Lake is a small mid-altitude lake (1,775 m above sea level) near a very beautiful village “Tota Rani”. The lake is surrounded by deodar trees. .

On top of Triund, above McLeod Ganj, India

Triund

Triund is a 9,000-foot ridge behind the Dhauladhar range, and is the goal of a popular nine-kilometre trek for a day or overnight stay. Food is available at tea shops on the way and at the top.

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, in Gangchen Kyishong, McLeod Ganj, India.

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

LTWA is located within Gangchen Kyishong, the administrative centre of the Central Tibetan Administration, along with temporary refugee housing, political and social work offices.

Stupa at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India

Tushita Meditation Centre

Tushita Meditation Centre provides for the study and practice of the Tibetan Mahayana tradition of Buddhism.

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), McLeod Ganj, India

Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA)

TIPA trains Tibetans in Tibetan opera, folk dance, and music.

Bhagsu Temple, near McLeod Ganj, India

Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunath Temple is a tranquil medieval temple, with plentiful pools around, considered sacred by Hindu devotees.

Bhagsu Waterfall, near McLeod Ganj, India

Bhagsu Waterfall

During monsoon the Bhagsu Waterfall turns into a 30-foot cascade. It is a good spot for picnics and recreation.

Dharmkot, McLeod Ganj, India

Dharamkot

The village of Dharamkot is set amidst tall pines and rhododendron forests, with good views of the Dhauladhar range.

Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery, McLeod Ganj, India

Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery

The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery sits on a steep hillside overlooking the valley. It has a small main temple housing an impressive statue.

St Johns Church, just before McLeod Ganj, India

St John’s Church in the Wilderness

This small, neo-Gothic style Anglican church, dedicated to John the Baptist, was built in 1852. The church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows painted by an Italian artist.

Tibetan Children's Village, McLeod Ganj, India

Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV)

TCV is an entire community as well as school for the care and education of orphans and refugee children from Tibet. Many refugee children arrive in McLeod Ganj without their parents.

Kangra Art Museum, Kotwali Bazaar, Dharamshala, India

Kangra Art Museum

The Kangra Art Museum is a treasure trove of the arts, crafts, and rich past of the Kangra valley. It displays artifacts that date back to the 5th Century CE.

Nowrojees historic shop, McLeod Ganj, India

Nowrojee and Sons General Store

This is one of the original businesses of McLeod Ganj. It was set up in 1860 by a Parsi business family, the Nowrojees, and run since then for five generations.

Namgyalma Stupa, Mcleod Ganj, India

Namgyalma Stupa

This Buddhist stupa is a memorial to those Tibetans who lost their lives fighting for a free Tibet.

Men-Tsee-Khang, McLeod Ganj, India

Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute (TMAI)

Men-Tsee-Khang in Tibetan, provides traditional Tibetan medicine and medical treatments.