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About Mecleod Ganj

Mecleod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. This area got its name from Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; Ganj in Hindi means neighbourhood. This town was once the summer capital of the British. Today, it attracts a huge number of tourists from across the country as well as abroad. McLeod Ganj became the official residence of the Dalai Lama since 1960.

Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget accommodations available in McLeod Ganj. Some of these hotels are Hotel Akash (Tariff – Rs.590), Hotel Pink House (Tariff – Rs.763), New Varuni House (Tariff – Rs.978) and Hotel Highland (Tariff – Rs.876).

Language
The languages spoken in McLeod Ganj are Kangri and Hindi.

Events
The important festivals celebrated here are Lohri in January, Holi in March, Baisakhi Festival in April, Dussehra in September and Diwali during October-November.

Places of Interest
The entire region of McLeod Ganj is famous for its tourist attractions. Some of them are Bhagsu Nag Water Fall (3 km), Jangal Reserve Banoi (6 km), Dal Lake (3 km), St. John in the Wilderness, an Anglican Church (700 m), Tota Rani (4 km) and Dharamshala 5 km away from this area.

How to Get There

Air:
Kangra Airport, located 18 km away McLeod Ganj, is the nearest airport.

Rail:
There is no railway station in McLeod Ganj. Nagrota Bagwan Railway Station is the nearest railway station situated 29 km away from McLeod Ganj.

Bus:
McLeod Ganj is well connected through a network of buses from various states. Various private bus operators such as Laxmi Holidays, City Land Travels, Ama Travels, India Holiday Travels and Raj Himachal Holidays run buses from Delhi to McLeod Ganj. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.



About Dharamshala

Dharamshala

Dharamshala, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, is a Hindi word for “Spiritual Dwelling”. Also the headquarters of Kangra district, which is 18 km away, the city is divided into two sections, lower Dharamshala and upper Dharmshala. The main attraction of this city is Mcleodganj, a suburb of upper Dharamshala.

Places to Stay
Finding accommodation in Dharamshala is not a problem as the city has sufficient budget hotels which offer great tour packages at affordable prices. Hotel Snow Crest (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Pine View Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1000), Hotel Staywell (Tariff - Rs. 700), Seven Seas Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800) are some of the popular hotels near Dharamshala bus stand.

Language
Hindi, Tibetan, Pahadi or Kangri and English are the main languages of the area.

Events
A large number of events and festivals are celebrated in Dharamshala. The festive season begins with Haldi festival followed by Lahori in mid-January. One of the most important festivals of Dharamshala is Losar Festival or The Tibetan New Year which is celebrated between February and March .Other such events are the Saka Dawa festival, Prashar Fair held during the summer season, Dal Fair in August and the International Himalayan Festival around December.

Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Dharamshala. Some of them are Dal Lake (11 km away from lower Dharamshala and 3 km away from upper Dharamshala), McleodGanj or upper Dharamshala, Triund (20 km), Chamunda Devi (15 km) and St. John’s Church (8 Km from lower Dharamshala).

How to Get There

Air:
The nearest airport to Dharamshala is Kangra airport (10 km). Other airport which is situated near Dharamshala is Gaggla airport (13 km) from the hill station.

Rail:
The nearest railway station is in Pathankot situated at a distance of 85 km from Dharamshala.

Bus:
There are buses plying daily from Delhi, Manali, and Kangra. Various bus operators provide excellent services with best prices available like Joy Travels and Bus India. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.




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