Mcleodganj Itinerary: A first-timers Travel Guide


Mcleodganj is one of the most famous hill stations often toured by the youth & families alike from the nearby states of Delhi, Haryana & Punjab. Mcleodganj is actually a suburb of Dharmashala which is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ by the nearby community. The government of Tibet is exiled in Mcleodganj which makes it a popular tourist place in Himachal. If you’re not into famous tourist places, despite that, you should visit Mcleodganj at least once.

The hill station will charm you with the gorgeous views of the Dharamshala valley and snowy peaks ahead. So here is my perfect 2 days Mcleodganj itinerary with all the places to visit in Mcleodganj and around. Also, if you’re visiting Mcleodganj, try to include Palampur in your itinerary as well. 

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Mcleodganj Itinerary: Places to visit in Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj Itinerary: Day 1

Places to visit in Mcleodganj

Start your Mcleodganj itinerary with a tempting meal at your hotel. If your hotel’s breakfast menu doesn’t tempt you enough, try Moonlit Espresso Cafe or Illiterati Books & Coffee. Both are my favourites, but the latter one has a mini library with an amazing collection of books. So book nerds know where they have to go.

Dalai Lama Temple Complex / Tsuglagkhang

One of the most famous places to visit in Mcleodganj is the Dalai Lama Temple. The temple is known as the place where the Dalai Lama resides. The lama visits the temple 2 or 3 times a year and you might get to meet him when his trip concurs with yours. The complex is vast with Lama’s residence, and temple and also has prayer wheels.

Dalai Lama Temple

Mall Road

I have never been to a hill station without a Mall road as the main attraction point and Mcleodganj is no different. The main road with countless shops for antiques, Tibetian handicrafts and much more. What I love about Mall Road in Mcleodganj is the option to dine in gorgeous cafes. Great coffee and delicious cakes are indeed my weak spot. Besides these, you will find numerous cuisine options here too.

Food Break

There are some amazing cafes in this hill station, Illiterati and Moonpeak are two of my favourites. Illiterati has a mini library and a view to read your books in peace. And drink coffee with delicious cakes 😉

Cake and coffee

When talking about food, you’ll find some amazing Tibetan cafes with authentic food here.

Mcleodganj food

Mcleodganj Itinerary: Day 2

Take the best out of this Mcleodganj Itinerary by exploring SF on foot near the Haight Ashbury District and Golden Gate Park. 

Places to visit in Mcleodganj

Try to wear a broken-in pair of walking shoes or comfortable flats, as we’re heading for Bhagsu Falls.

Bhagsu Nag Temple

The Bhagsu Nag temple is located almost 3 kms from Mcleodganj town. You can either hike to the temple or drive till here. I’d recommend driving as there is another 1 km trek till Bhagsu Fall so you can save your strength for the waterfall trek. 

The shrine is devoted to Lord Shiva and Snake God (Nag Devta). The temple got its name from King Bhagsu who built it to appease Nag Devta. Nag Devta was annoyed as the King stole water from the Dal Lake. King Bhagsu then asked Nag Devta’s forgiveness and built the temple to please him.

Tip – Photography is not allowed in the temple and cameras /phones are to be submitted in lockers outside.

Bhagsu Nag Fall

Bhagsu Nag Fall

Approximately 1km a trek from Bhagsu Nag temple, the 20-meter-high waterfall adds beauty to this heavenly mountain range. The mid-size waterfall is a popular picnic spot and a refreshing one too. The mountains are covered in snow during winter and the falls get a magnificent look.

Bhagsu nag fall

If you’re planning on trekking till Triund, then you can take a quick detour and visit the falls too. The Shiva Cafe next to the Bhagsu Falls is one of the most famous places to visit in Mcleodganj.

What to do in Mcleodganj in 2 days: Dinner

You may choose any local place for dinner, we chose to have dinner at our hotel since it started to rain again.

Mcleodganj Itinerary: Day 3

On day 3 of this Mcleodganj Itinerary, I recommend driving back to Dharamshala to enjoy a taste of the town.

Dharamshala cricket stadium

Located at the foot of snowy peaks, the Dharamshala cricket stadium is one of the must-visit places in Mcleodganj. One of the highest sports grounds in the world, the stadium gets its share of attention. Also, if you are a cricket fanatic, then you shouldn’t miss Dharamshala cricket stadium.

Dal Lake

One of the less popular places in Dharamshala and Mcleodganj is Dal Lake. With the same name as Kashmir’s famous Dal Lake, this one doesn’t get that much footfall, hence a perfect fit.

The deodar trees surrounding the Dal Lake give this panoramic beauty an edge. Those who love to visit water bodies should include the lake in their Mcleodganj itinerary.

Tips to get the most out of your visit to Mcleodganj

To make out the best of this Mcleodganj Itinerary, I’d recommend these tips for a memorable trip. 

  • Avoid monsoons, you’ll not be able to go out much because of unpredictable weather.
  • Pack comfortable shoes as you’ll have to do a lot of walking.
  • Take a bus, rather than drive. Parking issues and traffic jams are the worst part of the area.

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  1. Super travel guide for one of the most sought after destination in Himachal, Shivani!

    1. Shivani says:

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Lovely pictures and some helpful info there. I had visited Mcleodganj ages ago and had travelled to Palampur too from there.

    1. Shivani says:

      Both of them are wonderful places, I loved Palampur for being a low-key tourist destination 🙂

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