Mcleodganj is the most popular getaway destination whenever anyone gets a chance to do exactly that, Get Away! There is something in the vibe of Mcleod that keeps calling you back. Maybe it’s the peace, the land of the Lamas, or just the calming effect of the mighty Dhauladhars!
So here is a 3 day itinerary which will help you make the most of your Mcleodganj trip.
HOW TO REACH MCLEODGANJ
The Kangra Airport is located in Gaggal, about 12 kms from Dharamshala. This airport is however regional and serves only certain flights and timings. So if you really want to fly in, do some research about the flights that land here and maybe you can find one to your suiting.
Pathankot Station is about 90 kms from Mcleodganj and the closest one to it. From the station, you can find buses and cabs to take you to Mcleodganj easily. This route is very common and you will find plenty of good trains to reach you to Pathankot from any major train station around the country.
This is the easiest and most common way to reach Mcleodganj. There are scores of Government-owned as well as private buses that ply from Delhi, Chandigarh etc. to Mcleodganj. You can get off at the Mcleodganj bus stand and move onward in a cab.
If you have a car on rent or your own private vehicle, then there is no problem. Simply take the NH1 via Delhi and you will be in Mcleodganj in about 10-12 hours.
First, head over to St. John’s church in the wilderness. The road leading up to the church is quiet and full of lush green trees. Spend some time in the wilderness and head back over to the main market. Going to and coming back from the church will be a really long walk, so you can opt for local taxis or autos. Autos are cheaper obviously, both autos and taxis have fixed rates.
Once you are back in the main market, head towards Bhagsu falls and take in the beauty of the Bhagsu village. It is vast and goes on way beyond what the eyes can see. While in Bhagsu, you can choose to have lunch in any of the cafés lining the streets, and also on the way to the falls. The Bhagsu Falls is a gorgeous waterfall that cascades into a rocky pool. It is a beautiful sight to behold.
Shiva Café is one of the most popular cafes around here, however, it is quite a way up from Bhagsu falls. The view from this café is to die for though! It is a good option to while away time at. When you head back down, check out the boho shops selling trinkets and clothes and pick some up for the return journey. One of the things that you definitely must try is the Bhagsu cake at German Bakery!
Dhompatsang is a shop you must visit, you will find OG Tibetan incenses, essential oils, and other authentic Tibetan knick knacks at very reasonable prices.
Once you’re done with the Bhagsu village, explore the main market area of Mcleodganj and of course visit Dalai Lama’s temple! There is unusual calm and peace inside this temple, and you would not want to leave. You’ll catch people practicing yoga here, chanting, and just meditating.
End your day with a meal at Café Illiterati. It is a beautiful café with a kickass view and equally good food. Also say hello to their in house dogs.
Wake up early, fill up on breakfast and gear up for the Triund trek!
Now, there are two options you can take, either take a ride till the Himalayan tea shop which is the starting point of Dharamkot village or take a taxi up till Gallu Devi temple. I would suggest the former because the trail from Dharamkot village to Gallu Devi temple is simply beautiful! Take the longer route used by taxis to trek up, this is a very simple walk, not much of a gradient either, but scores 100 on the “views to die for” scale.
It will take you anywhere between 3-5 hours to reach the Triund top depending on your speed. The trek path is lined with rhododendron trees, and you will often catch goats grazing around. The last 1-2 kms of the trek are the most challenging as the gradient becomes steep. But once you reach that top, you’ll be at a loss for words (not because you’re panting and out of breath).
The Dhauladhars are up close in your face, the air is clean, everything is huge, and there you are, a tiny little human just trying to take it all in. Breathtaking and majestic. Camp out the night here, because nights on the Triund top are a once in a lifetime experience!
Don’t forget to carry your water, at least 2 bottles, which you can refill at Gallu. You can buy water at the cafés on the Triund trail as well, but make sure your litter remains in your bag and is emptied only in a dustbin. Waste Warriors, an NGO, cleans up the trail on a weekly basis. You will even catch some of their posters and installation art in and around Mcleod.
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If you chose not to spend the night at Triund then you can have a late start today by 11 am and opt to go to Naddi village which is known for its wonderful views!
If you did spend the night at Triund and have the energy to move around more, then too, you can opt for Naddi. However, if you want this day to be chill, spend your day and lunch in one of the cafés at Mcleod.
Say goodbye to Mcleodganj by 2-3pm and head over to Dharamshala to behold the most beautiful cricket stadium you’ll ever see in your entire life! The HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala is a field of green backdropped by the snow-capped Himalayan mountains – definitely a sight that should not be missed! This is a great place to take photos as well.
You can also choose to explore the Dharamshala tea gardens, famous for the Kangri Tea. You can get local tea brews to carry back home for your mom or friends. It tastes really good.
Catch your Dharamshala-Delhi bus and bid the beautiful Dhauladhars one final goodbye, until next time.