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).
The languages spoken in McLeod Ganj are Kangri and Hindi.
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
Kangra Airport, located 18 km away McLeod Ganj, is the nearest airport.
There is no railway station in McLeod Ganj. Nagrota Bagwan Railway Station is the nearest railway station situated 29 km away from McLeod Ganj.
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.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is known as the hub of India’s tourism sector. It is also among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. Shimla is famous for its apples, natural beauty and architectural buildings. The city has a large number of temples and palaces. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India during British rule.
Places to Stay
Shimla offers a wide variety of options for budget travelers near the main bus stand like Hotel Gulmarg Residency – 3km (Tariff – Rs. 1200-1500), Dreamland Hotel – 2.8km (Tariff – Rs. 600-800), Rajdoot Hotel – 0.2km (Tariff – Rs. 800-1100) and Samrat Regency Hotel - 0.4km (Tariff – Rs. 900-1200).
The Summer Festival held in the month of May is a cultural function with performances. Ruhru Fair, held in April on the banks of river Pabbar is a religious and cultural fair. The Winter Sports festical, running between months December and February, experiences ice skating and ice hockey. The famour MTB (mountain biking festival) is held in Shimla each year.
Tha official language of Shimla is Hindi.
Places to Visit
Jakhoo Hill, highest peak there, offers a great view of Shimla is 2km from main bus station. The Tara Devi Temple, located on top of a hill is 11km from main bus station. Shimla State Museum is located 5km away from the main bus station.
How to Get There
The Jubbarhatti Airport is located 23km from Shimla.
Trains operate from Shimla Railway Station to Kalka and connecting trains can be taken from there onwards.
The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operates buses from all cities in the state to Shimla. City Land Travels and Laxmi Holidays are some of the major bus operators here. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.