After spamming you with my Instagram stories from my recent weekend getaway to Mcleodganj, I received so many messages asking me about this beautiful place which is home to Dalai Lama. Hence, I thought to devote this blog post to some pictures from my trip and of-course my recommendations. I won’t share the proper itinerary since the trip was not at all pre planned, we just packed up our bags and headed out on a road trip from Delhi – Mcleodganj without having looked up for recommendations for places to visit or weather conditions there.
On arriving Mcleodganj after 12 hours drive from Delhi, we headed straight to our hotel and got ready to explore the main tourist places there. The weather during this time was amazing. Clouds were literally upon us and the mountains were lush green. You get used to getting wet every now and then as it rains too frequently during the day.
As soon as we entered the city, I was in love with the backpacking culture here. You will spot a foreign face around every corner. Narrow streets lined up with organic cafes and shops owned by refugees selling Tibetan Handicrafts, boho clothes, crystals and Tibetan food fascinated me. Do try Thukpa, Momos, and Pastries if you are here. Everywhere you go, your eyes will look for deep red color. Mcleodganj is little Tibet in itself.
We stayed at an OYO Hotel (Hotel Shivalik) – the best you will find near the city centre and the view of the mountains hiding behind clouds was mesmerizing. I used to wake up early and spend hours gazing at the mountains playing hide and seek with the clouds and revealing gorgeous sunrise. It was blissful! Being surrounded by nature in the quiet morning hours was straight up soul food. I hadn’t been around trees for more than a year so I was soaking in every second.
When you google “Places to visit in Mcleodganj”, you will find around 18-20 places recommended by different platforms. We did not want to spend all our time roaming streets, hence we chose only 4-5 places to visit in the town. Out of all of them, Naddi viewpoint was disappointing. There was nothing except a Maggi point and a car parking. It is believed to be a sunset viewpoint, but to be honest, my balcony offered a better view.
BhagsuNag Waterfall was the best place. If I ever get a chance to visit Mcleodganj again, I will spend good 3-4 hours sitting there. It’s a 1500 meters trek on foot to Bhagsu waterfall and you will find all-time famous Shiva Cafe there playing the awesome music Trance and offering yummiest Tibetan food. You will literally forget all your worries at this place. It is MAGICAL!
Next, we visited Bir Billing for paragliding but it was closed and we moved to Mandi from there to stay in a cottage beside river Beas. Our motive was to spend quality time with family amidst nature and enjoy gazing at skies, trees, and rivers. Nature always mesmerizes. The journey from Dharamshala to Mandi was beautiful yet dangerous (due to landslides we had to take a different road instead of the highway). We used to make quick stops during our journey to dip our feet in river or enjoy the views that nature offered. Well, it is important to enjoy the journey rather than just focus on the destination.
Have you been to this place yet? Do share your favorite places below!