Mcleodganj- Dharamsala Tour Packages

McLEODGANJ-DHARAMSALA

Route NH1 to Ambala via panipat, Karnal and Pipli; NH22 tjo Zirakpur via Dera Bassi; NH21 to Kiratpur via Chandigarh Bypass and Rupnagar; SH to Amb via Anandpur Sahib and Una; NH70 to Kaloha; district road to Nehran Pukhar via Pragpur; SH to Ranital via Dira Grpipur; NH88 jto Mataur via Kangra; NH20 to Gaggal; SH to Dharamsala and McLeodganj

Location:
In the shadow of the snow- mantled peaks of the Dhauladhar Range in the north Kangra Valley in the western reaches of Himachal Pradesh Distance:
507 km NW of delhi

BY RANEE SAHANEY

An English garrison town during the Raj, Dharamsala’s only civilian areas used to be McLeodganj (named after Punjab’s Lt Governor David McLeod) and Forsytheganj. Viceroy Lord Elgin, who resided in what is now the Dalai Lama’s palace, fell in love with Dharamsala’s magical environs to such a degree that he is said to have proposed that it be the summer capital of the Raj. Summer hill station in Himachal’s Kangra region, Dharamsala came to be imbued with a whole new culture and political importance with the arrival of the Dalai Lama (revered as the living incarnation of the Buddha) and his exiled people in the 1960s. Today this hill town is a flourishing world-renowned hub of Tibetan art and culture, and a magnet for meditation and yoga, with visitors arriving from around the globe for a darshan of His Holiness and to hear him teach. At the same time the hill town exudes a blissful flavour of multi-cultural, cosmopolitan allure under-scored by the comings and goings of tourists from around the world.
Dharamsala hosted its first ever international cricket match, creating a huge buzz! That have swept across this picturesque township and its adjoinning village McLeodganj.
Yet at the heart of it, the quietude, the soughing of the pine-scented breezes and the lofty ermined peaks of the Dhauladhar still serve as a wondrous reminder of the solace one can find in this most precious of hill resort.
When to go April-October is most pleasant. November-February can be very cold.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO:-

For first timer, finding one’s way around can get kinda co nfusing… well here’s the thing..keep in mind that Lower Dharamsala’s major hub is the crowded kotwali Bazaar w hile the beautiful cottages and private homes and some really nice hotels, along with the cantonment are set amisdst the leafy environs of Upper Dharamsala. It’s a 10-km ride between the two. Taxis are available on the steeper, but shorter, route; buses take the longer, winding road. Other popular tourist hubs are Sidhbari and Yol where Italian prisoners were incarcerated during world War II. McLeodganj, which has been vurgeoning rapidly from the original village, is a mite further up. On the outer reaches of McLeodganj lie Bhagsu with its ancient temple, the Dal Lake and Dharamkot.

Going walkabout

Don’t get intimidated by the sprawl of the hell town. If you intend mooching around familiar trails on your own. Bus services (frequent) offer connections between McLeodganj and Lower Dharamsala so you don’t have to do the full solg. If you are staying at a place in Lower Dharmasala , follow the trail (en route to the taxi route to McLeodganj) to the school of Tibetan Culture Library.

Cricket Stadium

The material world of Dharamsala has been very much in the glamour quotient went up with IPL cricket matches played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (4,780 ft) with the snow peaks of the Dhauladhar Range as a backdrop.

Tibetan Insitute of Performing Arts

Tibetan poera ( lhamo), music theatre and dance, out of Tibet, for the world community to savour and admire. Book ahead for the spring (Feb/Mar) annual fiesta Shoton Opera Festival.

AROUND McLEODGANJ

Dal Lake (11 km)

Stop by at the placid Dal Lake, which reflects the surrounding emerald greens. During the annual fair (Aug/ Sep) its atmospherics are heightened by the prayer and rituals of the pilgrims who descend upon its hallowed environs.

Dharamkot (14 km)

It’s a 15-km drive from McLeodganj to this pretty village with its great views. Those seeking soul food, head out for the Tushita Meditation Centre.

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