A wise being once said, “Go where you feel most alive.” In this case, we’re talking about none other than Mcleodganj with its magnificent museums and temples, and most beautiful waterfalls in India and lakes. It is also considered to be one of the most affordable tourist spots and hence is famous among thrill-seekers, and travelers.

 Here are 10 of the best places to visit when in Mcleodganj.

#1 – Namgyal Monastery:

In the Dhauladhar mountain ranges, it is the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama and is within the Tsuglagkhang complex. 

#2 – Bhagsu Falls :

This scenic beauty is located 1 km from Bhagsunag temple with a trail of street cafes running parallel to it. The majestic waterfall is one of the main attractions near Mcleodganj due to its breathtaking scenery and a fresh, clean atmosphere. It is a site you wouldn’t want to miss.

#3 – Tsuglagkhang Complex:

This pristine complex is a pilgrimage site consisting of the Dalai Lama’s temple, Namgyal monastery, several stupas, a museum, and a grand library. The Tsuglagkhang monastery is one of the most beautiful Buddhist structures, boasting a glorious statue of Lord Buddha and others. 

#4 – Triund:

One of the most popular treks perfect for a weekend getaway is the Triund trek. The scenic view of the Kangra valley and the breathtaking mountains surrounding make the trek worthwhile. Triund trek is one of the easiest out there and therefore is perfect for first-timers. 

#5 – Bhagsunag Temple:

This sacred site is famous for being an ancient temple visited by Lord Krishna himself. Moreover, The temple is well known for its intricate architecture and its rich and fascinating history and heritage. Hence, the Bhagsunag temple is a treat for worshippers and all the history nerds out there.

#6 – Church of St. John in the wilderness:

It is an old Anglican crush that is 8km away from Dharamshala and surrounded by the beautiful valley of mcleodganj. The church displays grand neo-gothic architecture set amidst the lush green forests. The serene and peaceful atmosphere of the site will bring you a sense of tranquility and calmness.

#7 – Dharamkot:

Located just above Mcleodganj, Dharamkot is a perfect little village for a weekend of fun and peace. A base for several hikes in the Himalayas, this is the perfect place for hippies and adventure junkies. 

#8 – Dal Lake:

The Dal Lake in Mcleodganj is surrounded by lush green deodar trees. As there is a small shiva mandir near the lake it has become a sacred place for lord shiva worshipers

#9 – Naam Art Gallery:

The Naam Art Gallery is a small 2 eminent European artists. The gallery features watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings. Other artists and painting enthusiasts also visit this art gallery. If you are remotely interested in art, then this perfect place is for you to visit.

#10 – Illiterati Books and Gallery:

This is a chill cafe filled with books, cool musical instruments, and exquisite European food. The cafe overlooks the majestic and dreamy Dauladhar mountain ranges making the experience even more pleasurable. Book enthusiasts, readers, music junkies, and overall edgy people are mostly hanging in this place


To conclude, Mcleodganj is a place that has it all. From temples and shrines to cafes and lakes, there isn’t much one would miss in this extraordinary place. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, a spiritual getaway, or a fun and adventurous experience with friends, this is the place for you. So, what are you waiting for?