McLeodganj is also known as Little Lasha because you will come across many Monks and Buddhists every now and then. It is also the abode of His Holiness Dalai Lama, the 14th. A hill station in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, and is surrounded by the magnificent Dhauladhar ranges. It is endowed with some of the most beautiful places to visit and here is the list and information regarding them which must be there in your bucket list for your weekend vacation.
Triund is a small village, for which you must hike from McLeodganj. Many tourists visit McLeodganj in Dharamshala in order to trek to Triund and if possible to Indrahar. There are two ways to reach: one from Bhagsu falls and the other from Dharamkot, from where Gallumatha temple is the base point. The path from Bhagsu falls is amazingly beautiful but the trail is not easy to find with a steep ascent.
The locals also suggest not to proceed from Bhagsu falls. But if you are one who likes adventure and wants some crazy ideas then you can take this route. Now, the trail from Dharamkot is relatively easy and doable. The path to Triund is well defined and picturesque. It takes around 3 days to complete the trek if you also continue the trek from Triund to Indrahar Pass which is nearby and requires good amount of physical fitness to hike.
Bhagsunag Waterfalls and Bhagsunag Temple
The trail for Bhagsunag Waterfalls starts from Bhagsunag temple. This temple is just a few minutes walk from the McLeodganj market. And from here a 30 minutes hike will take you to Bhagsunag Waterfalls. The trail to the falls is well defined and easy to do. The trail is concrete one with the closed creepers and trees on one side and the beautiful mountain valleys on the other side of the trail. From the top you can see the McLeodganj city studded with beautiful houses all over. As soon as you near the site you can hear the music and sounds of waterfalls as if it is singing for your entry. So do visit this place if in case you are in McLeodganj.
St.John Church of McLeodganj
St.John Church in Wilderness Church is the most popular and classic place for many tourists who travel to McLeodganj. This Church is 1.5 kilometer from McLeodganj. And this Church is dedicated to John the Baptist who built this church in 1852, which is located in Dharamshala. This church is built in the style of Neo-Gothic style and placed in the middle of deodar forests. In order to visit this place you can come from 7am to 7pm. The structure is so powerful that it sustained even the 1905 Kangra earthquake that killed many in the region. This church is known for large Belgian stained-glass windows with the beautiful serenity all over.
This is famously exclaimed as the oldest fort of India and also the largest fort of Himalayas. This fort was built by Kangra State royal Rajputs belonging to Katoch Dynasty and it is said that this fort was also mentioned in Mahabharatha. This fort has the history of great rulers. And Mughal rulers like Shahjahan and Jahangir tried to conquer only to go in vain. This fort has seen around 52 battles and survived till the end. In 1846 this fort was taken up by the Britishers and in 1905 the Kangra Earthquake has damaged this fort heavily. This can be must visit place those history lovers who like to enjoy the places where historical events have taken place. You can visit Kangra Fort from 9am to 5pm and you can view the whole Dhauladhar ranges from here.
Many of the Tibetians and Buddhists must know this place but not to many others who live in Himachal Pradesh. This Circuit is similar to the circum ambulatory pass, which people do around Sanctum Santorum, around the Dalai Lama temple in McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh. There are large number of colorful prayer flags and wheels adorn this Circuit all along. You can see prayer wheels are inscribed with Tibetan chants and colored in Yellow. Kora meaning ritual Circuit and it takes almost 20 minutes to complete one round around the temple. The ambulatory starts from downside hill and moved all along the temple complex. In the middle of the way the path is fully dotted with the trees and valleys which gives you both the nature’s beauty spiritual serenity.