Taking A Weekend Long Vacation in Mcleodganj Near Delhi

Mcleodganj from a hotel's terrace
Mcleodganj from a hotel's terrace
Beauty of Mcleodganj
Beauty of Mcleodganj

It’s a weekend again but time is limited. Today is Friday and you just have three days with you Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Monday, you need to be in the office because if you will not do that, boss will get mad on you, so you can plan a trip of 2 nights and three days only. You have visited various places near Delhi on weekends and covered most parts of Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal, and Himachal Pradesh in India including Shimla, Mussourie, Dehradun, Nainital, Manali, Lansdowne, and many others and you do not want to go there again. If this is the case with you which I know has always been with several delhites during weekend holiday planning, then I would recommend you to not be confused anymore and discover Mcleodganj which is the best weekend getaway near Delhi that is not polluted because it is not overcrowded. Mcleodganj is a little known destination in Himachal Pradesh which is really worth your visit, time, and money. Mcleodganj is also for those who love the Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan authentic food and want to taste all this sitting in the lap of Himalayas along with sipping the best cappuccino coffee which is thicker and tastier than what you get at a Café Coffee Day or Barista in Delhi. Mcleoadganj is a beautiful place of tourist attraction located in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2082 meters which comes to approximately 6831 feet above mean sea level. Now, I will share with you some pictures of Mcleodganj, the location and history of this place, how to reach Mcleodganj, things you can do there like which nearby attractions can be visited, accommodation and hotel deals in Mcleodganj, and total cost of visit to this beautiful place near Delhi. I will also provide an interactive step by step map marking the route from Delhi and other stops to be made around Mcleodganj.

A monastery in Mcleodganj
A monastery in Mcleodganj
Mcleodganj Dalai Lama Temple inside view
Mcleodganj Dalai Lama Temple inside view

Location and History of Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is a suburban part of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Mcleodganj has been named after Sir David McLeod who was a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in the times of British Raj over India. After the second Anglo-Sikh war, Britishers sent two regiments of British army to Dharmshala and named this place after Hindu Rest House System as “Dharamshala”. Another infantry (battalion) reached the upper regions and two little towns were established, one called Mcleodganj and other Forsyth Ganj.

 Until year 1904, Mclodganj was the largest center of trade in Kangra district, but in 1905, a strong earthquake destroyed the entire Mclodganj and Dharamshala area. Many people were killed and rest of them left this area to relocate in lower parts of Himachal Pradesh. McLeodganj remained in this condition until 1959. After 1959, McLeod Ganj became home to thousands of Tibetan refugees who revolted against the forceful ownership of China and built their temple, museum, and monasteries at this place. After this, due to its pleasant weather and regional importance, tourists from nearby cities started discovering this place and slowly and slowly it became one of the best weekend getaways near Delhi.

Dalai Lama Temple - Mani Prayer Wheel
Dalai Lama Temple - Mani Prayer Wheel
Dal Lake - Most Sacred Lake in Mcleodganj
Dal Lake - Most Sacred Lake in Mcleodganj
Two dogs sitting on the porch of McLeodganj near Dharamshala and watching the natural beauty of this area.
Two dogs sitting on the porch of McLeodganj near Dharamshala and watching the natural beauty of this area.
A gurudwara in Palampur near Himachal Pradesh
A gurudwara in Palampur near Himachal Pradesh
The Tea Bud Bar and Restaurant of Palampur Himachal Pradesh
The Tea Bud Bar and Restaurant of Palampur Himachal Pradesh

Things to do in Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is not a geographically big or a very popular hill station like other heavily commercialized hill stations in India, so it can be easily discovered on feet as the geographical area is not too much. Mcleodganj is the place for authentic Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan food lovers. It has many restaurants offering lip-smacking cuisines, but as I mentioned above, don’t forget to try their cappuccino coffee and various brownies in restaurants on the road while going towards Dalai Lama Temple.

Places of Interest in Mcleoganj

The moment you will enter Mcleodganj, you will find three roads in front of you. The one on extreme left will go towards Dal Lake and is a two way road, the center left and the right most roads are one way roads. Right one goes to the Dalai Lama temple and to the town center and left is the way to come back.

Dalai Lama's Temple: The place of interest to be visited is Tsuglag Khang, the Dalai Lama's temple. It has statues of Avalokites'vara, Padmasambhava, and Shakyamuni.

Tibet Museum: This place is another center of importance where you will find thousand of pictures and movies telling the entire story of Tibetan revolution against the forceful ownership of China. You can see the old blood soaked clothes of the fighters kept here.

Bhagsu Waterfall and Bhagsu Nag Temple: Both these are just 2 kilometers from Mcleodganj. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was established in 18th century by first Gorkha rifles.

Dal Lake: It is also a 2 kilometers walk from Mcleodganj and is surrounded by deodars, rhododendrons, and junipers forest.

Dharamshala: It is around 18 kilometers from Mcleodganj and is situated at an altitude of 4780 feet above sea level. Apart from various trekking options in Dharamshala, you can visit the famous cricket stadium (where IPL match was organized) and Naam Art Gallery.

Palampur: It is another place nearby at a distance of 35 kilometers from Dharamshala. It has a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range of mountains and is in the middle of development to become another tourist destination.

You can hire Yezdi or Enfield Bullet motorcycles in Mcleodganj.
You can hire Yezdi or Enfield Bullet motorcycles in Mcleodganj.
A pic displaying money exchange shop and Aircel and Idea Recharge coupon shops in Mcleodganj
A pic displaying money exchange shop and Aircel and Idea Recharge coupon shops in Mcleodganj
A wild goat in the hills of Mcleodganj
A wild goat in the hills of Mcleodganj
Found a beautiful girl in mini skirts in Mcleodganj Hill Station
Found a beautiful girl in mini skirts in Mcleodganj Hill Station
Water falling from the hill ranges near Mcleodganj
Water falling from the hill ranges near Mcleodganj

How to Reach Mcleodganj?

Mcleodganj has good connectivity by all means whether it is air, rail, or road but the best part of enjoying the journey is traveling via road on car.

If you are going via air, the nearest airport is Gaggal at a distance of 15 kilometers from Dharamshala. From there, you can hire a taxi.

If you are going via train, the nearest narrow gauge line is located at Kangra and Nagrota which is about 20 kilometers form Dharamsala.

By Road: Mcleodganj is at a distance of around 510 kilometers from Delhi. You can drive down to Jalandhar from Delhi on the famous and safest National Highway 1 via Panipat, Karnal (do stop at Jhilmil Dhaba just after Karnal on your left for some authentic Punjabi paranthas with real white butter, you can see from Maruti 800 to Mercedes stopping there for food. Pay rupees 30 INR to the attendant and he will clean your car while you enjoy the food there).

Now you will go via Kurukshetra, Ambala, Rajpura, Ludhiana, and Phillaur (Phillaur has Mrs. Bector's plant which manufactures the sauce exclusively for McDonalds, it also has a Cadbury plant). As you approach Jalandhar just after crossing McDonalds on your left, you will come across a roundabout. On the left, you can see an army cantonment and on the right you will see a flyover. Take right from here towards Hoshiarpur (left goes to Jalandhar city and Amritsar in Punjab). Hoshiarpur is just 45 kilometers from here and as you approach Hoshiarpur, you will reach a big intersection which is called as Fawara Chowk. take left (straight goes in the city), you will reach another roundabout, take left and continue until T point. From T point, take left again towards Chintpurni Ji, Jwala Ji and Mcleodganj. Now, this road goes straight to Mcleodganj without any major left or right direction change. If you get confused in Hoshiarpur city about the directions, ask anyone the route to Mcleodganj and you will get correct directions. As the people are Punjabi, they are very friendly here.

 Just after you cross Hoshiarpur, the hilly region will start. Now you must be cautious until the diversion for Chintpurni ji, as this road is full of crowd of devotees from various places going and coming from this holy place. After that, it is a scenic drive all the way to Mcleodganj.

Location A: Delhi is starting point and Location G: Mcleodganj is ending point

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A markerDelhi -
New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
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B markerNH1 Karnal -
National Highway 1, Karnal, Haryana, India
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C markerNH1 Ambala -
National Highway 1, Ambala City, Haryana, India
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D markerLudhiana -
Ludhiana, Punjab 141001, India
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E markerHoshiarpur -
Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India
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F markerChintpurni -
Chhinnamastika Devi Temple, MDR 42, Chintpurni, Himachal Pradesh, India
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G markerMcLeodganj -
McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh, India
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H markerNearby Tourist Attraction: Dharamshala 18 km from Mcleodganj -
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
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I markerNearby Tourist Attraction: Palampur 35 km from Dharamshala -
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India
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A look at the sky of Mcleodganj
A look at the sky of Mcleodganj
Swimming pool in a hotel at Mcleodganj.
Swimming pool in a hotel at Mcleodganj.
Trekking hills near Mcleodganj
Trekking hills near Mcleodganj
A shot from a hotel's terrace in Mcleodganj
A shot from a hotel's terrace in Mcleodganj

Cost of Fuel for Traveling to Mcleodganj in a Private Car from Delhi

As the distance is around 510 kilometers plus you will do the local drive to Dharamshala and Palampur, let us add another 80 kilometers to the journey. So both way total distance comes out to be 1100 kilometers. As always, our petrol and diesel price will be there. Fuel efficiency will be calculated as 15 kilometers per liter for petrol and 18 kilometers for diesel. (I am just taking an approximate average for fuel because if you are driving in a Maruti Alto, average can be somewhere around 18 to 20 kilometers per liter on petrol).

Now assuming my previous values, cost of fuel will be calculated as 51 rupees per liter for petrol and 40 rupees per liter for diesel and all the costs will be shared by four people.

Fuel

Petrol - 1100/15=73.3 liters x 51 = 3738 total fuel cost/ 4 = 935 INR per person

Diesel - 1100/18= 61.1 liters x 40 = 2444 total fuel cost/4 = 611 INR per person

A diesel car is always cheaper than a petrol one. Isn’t it?

Toll Fee

There are toll booths at Panipat (20 rupees), Karnal (50 rupees) Rajpura (30 rupees) Ludhiana (45 rupees) and Ghaggar (10 rupees) so total toll one side is 155 but prices may have been revised as it has been more than a year since I visited this route.

Accommodation and Hotels in Mcleodganj

There are various hotels in Mcleodganj but the majority of hotels have tariff in the range of 1500 to 2500 for double occupancy so let us take average rate of 2000 per night for double so for 2 nights, it will be (2 rooms) 4000 x 2=8000/4=2000 per person.

Food at Mcleodganj

Average price of food for four people on a daily basis comes out to be 2000 per day so for a weekend tour of 2 nights and 3 days, it comes out to be 2000 x 3 = 6000/4 = 1500 per person.

So total cost of this tour (except liquor and shopping) comes out to be:

Petrol: 3738 + 155 + 8000 + 6000 =17893/4 = 4473 INR per person

Diesel: 2444 + 155 + 8000 + 6000 =16599/4 = 4150 INR per person

Enjoy your weekend tour to Mcleodganj and don't forget to buy the famous Kangra Tea when you visit the little but scenic places of Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, and Palampur. On the way back, you can also take the diversion to Mata Chintpurni ji or Jwala ji or both temples and offer your prayers to the holy goddess.

Shopping in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India

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anujagarwal 6 years ago from Noida

Very nice overview of Mcleodganj. Thanks for showing this beautiful place.


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

This is an AMAZING hub, soni2006! Though for the article to be found in search results, I'd suggest you remove "discovering" from your title - this guide NEEDS to be found! It's too useful for obscurity!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Gorgeous photographs - Mcleodganj looks absolutely amazing!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Anuj, thank you so much for your visit and comment on this hub. This is indeed a beautiful place. Now, I am going to check out your hub on Munnar. Congratulations for your win.

@Simone, I have done that Simone and to make it more search friendly, I will try your idea of changing the article to "TAKING A WEEKEND LONG VACATION IN MCLEODGANJ". This title is really interesting, though I need to change my text and some tags but I will do that as it will help my hub grow well in the long term.

@stephhicks, thank you so much friend. Your hubs also rock plus congratulations for all your wins. You all ROCK.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Awesome - congrats and so glad you won!!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot akirchner. I am also happy with your winnings and wish you best of luck for the Best Hub, People's Choice, and Grand prize award. I have checked your hubs and believe that you will be the winner. My good wishes are with you dear.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

You are too sweet, Soni - I tend to be not very lucky so this is a TOTALLY surprising turn of events for me this month. I'm so tired I think I probably could sleep for 3 days though. It has been the most fun though I've ever had writing I think because I love places and things to see.

Your hub is absolutely phenomenal and I'm sorry I didn't write more last night but I was seriously about to fall over onto my computer from fatigue and arm burnout!

Congrats to you, too on all you did this month from one transcriptionist to another!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I am glad to be with another hard working transcriptionist at hubpages. I have been doing the same akirchner and took a day off yesterday night from writing anything because I was feeling some pain in my fingers and wrist and wanted to prevent myself from having carpal tunnel or something. For you, I think you are going to be really lucky this time because stuff you have written on important tourist attractions in US like Central Oregon in Waldport will always have an edge over others. Best of luck.


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hubber-2009 6 years ago from India

congrats soni.. for writing an another winner page..I have selected this one as the best..


confused_girl 6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I have also done the same soni. You are a gem.


parveenkumar18 6 years ago

well done


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Hubber-2009, confused_girl, and Parveenkumar for your comments and voting.


sangeetjass 6 years ago

excellent hub, you are tempting me to go to McLeodganj on a weekend...


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You should go there Sangeet. Thanks a lot for reading this McLeodGanj travelogue by me.


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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

Truly exciting pics,am bookmarking this hub. Hope to visit soon. Thanks for the virtual tour,Soni. Congrats again! Well deserved!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Purple Perl and don't forget to cast your votes if you liked my hub.


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Hey great hub and some super pictures. Clearly it isn't always sunny there. And what is the cow doing in the market? Doesn't it eat the produce? My husband is Turkish and it is lovely going to a place very different from your own country. I'd love to visit India. Many thanks.


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prasadjain 5 years ago from Tumkur

Thanks for presenting a comprehensive article on a less known place.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Les Trois Chenes and Prasadjain for your review of my McLeodganj hub.


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Jaspals 5 years ago from India / Australia

Very Informative and well written Article. Thanks for sharing all information.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure Jaspals.


sunil sareen 4 years ago

soni u did a waonderful job for giving all this information abt mcleodganj...well done dost..keep it up!!!!!!


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soni2006 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Mr. Sunil Sareen.

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