5 Things To Do When In Mcleodganj

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, this serene hill town beckons spiritual seekers, offering a sanctuary for introspection and enlightenment
Macleodganj offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life
Macleodganj offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life

Nestled in the picturesque Shivalik hills, Mcleodganj offers many attractions, ranging from vibrant monasteries and breathtaking landscapes to charming cafes and exhilarating adventure activities. As a result, it has earned the reputation of being one of India's most beloved destinations for a summer getaway. With abundant enjoyable experiences, there is no shortage of fun-filled activities while exploring Mcleodganj. From invigorating treks and strolls to savouring hot beverages and delectable cuisine, from visiting spiritual sites to embarking on quiet boat rides, this city offers many options to ensure an idyllic summer retreat.

Boating In Dal Lake 

Set amidst the lush green Deodar forests, the beautiful Dal Lake of Mcleodganj offers boating options to tourists. The peaceful and beautiful setting of the lake makes boating in Dal Lake one of the most popular fun things to do in Mcleodganj with kids. The opening hours are 7 am to 8 pm.

Time Required&nbsp2-3 hours

Explore Local Markets 

Like any other destination, shopping in Mcleodganj has its own charm. Kotwali Bazaar, Jogiwara Road, and Mcleodganj Central Square are well-known shopping areas in the district. While the street shops of Kotwali Bazaar are most popular for Tibetan carpets, rugs, and exotic sculptures, the Jogiwara Road holds a reputation as the go-to place for souvenir shopping. The Mcleodganj Central Square is known to have the city's oldest shop&ndashNowrojee and Son&ndashwhich opened in 1860. The entire market area is famous for its wooden carvings, Thangka tapestry paintings, and handicrafts.

Time Required&nbsp2-3 hours

Visit The Tibetan Institute Of Performing Arts

Once in Mcleodganj, don't miss the cultural shows on Tibetan culture&ndashfolk dance and music&ndashat the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. This cultural centre showcases occasional Tibetan cultural stage performances, including traditional Lhamo, the local folk opera. One such performance continues for 6 hours. The annual Shoton Opera Festival, a 9-day-long celebration of Traditional Tibetan Opera, is the most popular of these shows.

Entry Charges&nbspINR 50 per person

Time Required&nbsp2-3 hours

Triund Trek

One of the best things to do in Mcleodganj is trekking. Triund, a 9000 feet range, is a 9 km trek trail that will leave you with a breathtaking experience. This easy trek will offer you enchanting views of the entire Kangra Valley. The short trek can be done from either McLeodganj or Dharamkot. The evening sky will give you all the feels and reason for planning an overnight stay.

Time Required&nbsp3-4 hours

Kareri River Trek 

One of the most adventurous treks in Himachal, the Kareri River trek is a pleasant weekend trek. This trek will take you through the alpine grasslands and subtropical forests. The trek can be completed in 2 days and has moderate difficulty. It will be a treat for your eyes to witness the whole region from the top and the rare flora and fauna as you continue your trek. The best time to go for the trek is the summer season.

Time Required&nbsp3-4 hours

Visit Tsug La Khang 

Tsug La Khang is one of the best places to visit in Mcleodganj. The place is well-known as it is the sanctuary of the Dalai Lama. It consists of Namgyal Monastery and several shrine rooms, such as Chenrezig, Buddha, and Guru Rinpoche statues. Art lovers should visit the place to see great pieces of art. Visiting the temple is one of the most important things to do in Mcleodganj.

Time Required&nbsp1-2 hours

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