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Travel to Mcleod Ganj

The steep roads and the snowy views of the Dhauladhar the white mountains is typical of McleodGanj wherever you look in the Tibetan settlement in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra valley you are sure to catch a glimpse of a monk in red, a stupa or chorten as the structure is called a picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a line of prayer flags. Everything about this small town has preserved its culture.

At an elevation of 1800 m the busy destination also referred to as Upper Dharamshala is just 9 km from the lower town. Prayer wheels or mani with mantras painted on them adorn the temple on the main street turning the wheels is considered an invocation to the Buddha of Compassion. The temple road to the south leads to the Dalai Lama's temple called the Tsuglagkhang where imposing gilt statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Padmadambhava and Avalokitesvara greet visitors. The complex also houses the residence of the Dalai Lama and the Namgyal monastery.

The church of St John's in the wilderness a thrilling 20 minute walk from McLeod Ganj nestles among tall deodars, flanked by a graveyard. Then there is Bhagsu village just 2 km from the town with an ancient temple and a glittering waterfall best visited in the early hours of the morning. A nine -km steep climb to Trihund which offers great views of the valley via Naddi might interest trekkers.