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Road Trip from Delhi to McLeodganj

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Distance from Delhi to McLeodganj

Road-trip from Delhi to McLeodganj
8 h 59 min (477.3 km) via NH44 and NH503
11 h 44 min (583.1 km) via NH503
11 h 45 min (580.4 km) via NH9

Delhi to McLeodganj Duration: 9-12 Hours

McLeodganj, the most frequented suburb of Dharmsala, the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh, is called Little Lhasa for because of the large population of Tibetan refugees and monks here. McLeodganj is located 480 km from Delhi and it takes about 9 hours to reach McLeodganj. McLeod Ganj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. People who have a streak of adventure can hire bikes in Delhi from the now popular Delhi bike rentals. Hiring bikes has become a new trend among youth who wish to have a lot of adventures. A whole fleet of two-wheelers on rent in Delhi is available for those who wish to pick up bikes on rent in Delhi.

The suburb has a lot of tourist spots and is situated on the Dhauladhar Range. Hanuman Ka Tibba is the highest peak of the Dhauladhar Range. It is an important site of Buddhist learning. The most important Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang- The Dalai Lama’s Temple. The temple houses the statues of Shakyamuni, Avalokiteśvara, and Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Few other Buddhist sites include the Namgyal Monastery- the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Gangchen Kyishong, Mani Lakhang Stupa, Nechung Monastery and Norbulingka Institute.

There are many other spiritual places like Chinmaya Tapovan, Osho Nisarga, and Chamunda. Triund is a ridge that overlooks the Dhauladhars and is a one-day trek 10 km McLeod Ganj. The Magic View café which falls en-route the trek is a cute little hill-side café which provides trekkers a cool hangout to take a break from the trek.

Another attraction of the place is the St. John Church. The Anglican Church is located in the forests of Ganj, The church was built in neo-Gothic style in the year 1852. The site also has a memorial to the British Viceroy Lord Elgin. It is known for its stained glass windows in Belgian style, donated by lady Elgin.

The Dal Lake, located 3 km away from McLoedganj and is a popular tourist attraction. The lake is called the Jewel of Himachal. The shore line of the lake is encircled by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. When the winter temperature drops to around -10 degrees or so, the lake freezes becoming even more beautiful. The Bhagsu falls, a 10 minute ride from McLeodganj are beautiful falls offering a beautiful and scenic view. It is a hub of shutterbugs that flock here to capture the beauty on their cameras.

Tourists can find a lot of peace when they visit the Buddhist monasteries and a lot of peace of mind with the mantra chanting. The place is a quiet little town full of natural and spiritual beauty. Tourists can easily go to the bike rentals in Delhi that offer all kinds of two-wheelers on rent. Bullet on rent is also available for stylish bikers and it is suggested that you pick up a sturdy mountain bike on rent in Delhi so that it can take you through the hilly terrain with ease.