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  • McLeod Ganj
    Evan Roth-Howe
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    5 Jul 12, 2013

    With its blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures, there are few places quite like McLeod Ganj (which is often mistakenly called Dharamsala, its much less exciting neighbor). With its incredible Himalayan backdrop, it's not surprising the Dalai Lama and his decided to make this area their second home when they were forced to flee Tibet. Whereas much of India can feel quite hectic, this is a wonderful place to slow down and relax among the Buddhist temples. Many tourists find their way here, so the number of foreigners can be a bit overwhelming, but the flip side of that is that you can also get some terrific food from all over the globe. Make sure to take hikes in the surrounding mountains. Another great way to get involved is to volunteer through an organization like http://www.volunteertibet.org/. You can teach English to monks or take on several other short or long-term projects.

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    Nikhil Chandra
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    4 Jun 04, 2013

    Chaos, traffic jams and cacophony are alas curse of any popular tourist place. McLeod Ganj suffers from same symptoms. But dig a little dip, embark on treks and you'd be amazed to uncover off the beaten path experiences, spectacular landscape and serenity but for that you need to get away for the crowded center of McLeod Ganj which is thronged round the year by local as well as international tourists. McLeod Ganj is home to Tibetan Government in exile and earlier a favored retreat of officers of British Raj. Food and ambiance of this place (provided you ignore the crowd and move to interiors) is reminiscent of its colonial legacy and Tibetan inheritance.

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  • McLeod Ganj
    Tony Collier
    5 Jul 13, 2012

    McLo is a sanctuary from the otherwise hectic pace and climate of the Indian lowlands (which, in itself is a wonder to experience). I spent 6 months as a volunteer teacher with Lha in McLo and it was such a wonderful and fulfilling experience I try to head back there every year. I really recommend anyone visiting the town drop in to Lha (on Temple Road) for a conversational class (around 4.30pm Monday to Friday) and chat to a few Locals - it'll enrich your experience.

    Heaps to do here. Hike up to Triund (allow for 4 hours up and 4 hours down) where you can get up close and personal with the Himalaya, visit the Tibetan Government in Exile complex down in Dharamsala (the nearby Indian town), do yoga, meditate (I highly recommend the Vipassana centre in Dharamkot - an awesome experience), visit the many tibetan monasteries including the main temple and residence of the Dalai Lama (time it right and you could partake in a teaching by His Holiness which is a life changing event), walk the Kora or...just be and enjoy the mountain air.

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  • McLeod Ganj
    Kalos Zoi
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    When I refer to Dharmsala, I really mean Mcleod Ganj. And I think that goes for most people. Mcleod is green and beautiful and hilly with possible treks to nearly waterfalls. Tibetan food is generally more flour based so it's overly filling, but depending on the place can be very good. The momos sold on the street are the best in town. The Japanese restaurant, the Korean restaurant, I mean, overall the food there is delicious. The people there are wonderful, yoga and an assortment of classes available.

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    Kevin Eleazer
    5 May 31, 2011
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