McLeodganj is a pretty charming and beautiful tourist destination situated in the upper Dharamsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city got its name after Sir Donald Friell McLeod who was the former Governor of Punjab of British India. Snuggled amidst evergreen forests of pine deodar and rhododendron, the idyllic little town of McLeodganj is famed as the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama. It is perched at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level and is referred to as a ‘minuscule Tibet in India’ that beckons a number of tourists and devotees to this charismatic Buddhist destination. Also known as the Little Lhasa, McLeodganj is endowed with several old temples and beautiful Buddhist monasteries and the sanctity of Buddhism can be felt in every nook and corner of the town showcasing the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the Lhasas.
Corralled by the perennial snowline of the Dhauladhar peaks, McLeodganj boasts of a perfect holiday destination blessed with bewitching scenic locales, pleasing atmosphere, tranquillity and gratifying ambience. Moreover, the spiritual contentment, quietude and endless vistas of Mother Nature have characterised it as an Arcadian retreat for the nature lovers as well as the solace seekers. It also serves as a burgeoning hub for learning Tibetan culture, lifestyle, astrology and naturopathy where the people can also take the holy darshana of Dalai Lama. Besides, being a popular summer resort for the British before Independence, McLeodganj still retains its colonial charm which can be better experienced by taking a visit to the various colonial buildings and monasteries of the town. Not only this, the delightful markets are famous for exclusive Tibetan souvenirs and handicraft items that offers an opportunity to the tourists to immerse in the natural pulchritude of the enchanting Tibetan town of McLeodganj.
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