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Guide for Accommodation and Restaurants @ McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala

Don’t get belied by the ‘littleness’ of the township. McLeod Ganj hosts an assortment of private and government hotels, restaurants and café. Herein, you will get a list of tried-and-tested accommodation facilities and restaurants.


(The list of hotels is subject to the number of user reviews we get.)


Takhiyal Guest House

For those looking for a cute and neat little place to lodge, this is the place to go. Every room is equipped with a LCD television, cupboard, table and a sofa set. All the rooms have complete white marble flooring and clean upholstery. The washrooms have tiled floors and are equipped for warm water.

User rating: 4/5


The Bhagsu

One of the most comfortable accommodations, this place is great for those looking to live in the midst of greenery. The Bhagsu has lush surroundings and a rare garden restaurant. Sipping coffee and munching biscuits in a leisurely way in this garden is a luxury very few city denizens can afford. However, the rooms are comparatively expensive. A double bedroom came for 1800/- in 2012. The rates might have been revised by now.

The hotel offers spacious and clean bedrooms, decent upholstery. It offers telephone and geyser facility in every room.

User rating: 4/5



McLeod Ganj has the reputation of being a foodie’s paradise.

Common Ground CafeCommon Ground Café: Great ambience, great food at great prices! This makes Common Ground Café one of the most sought-after restaurants for Chinese, Taiwanese and Tibetan cuisines. They have an extensive menu, all of which is absolutely value for money.

Peace Café: If you want to have some lip-smacking momos, this is the café to visit!Peace Cafe Peace Café offers Continental, Chinese, Tibetan and Indian food.

NorlingNorling: This restaurant is situated at the intersection of the Jogiwara & Temple Road. It has been reviewed by Rocky and Mayur of Highway on My Plate as offering sumptuous Tibetan cuisines. The best part about this restaurant is that it offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, a rarity in the township.

Quick Tips

  • Being at an elevation of 2,082 m, the township remains covered in clouds in the wee hours of the morning.
  • The marketplace opens only after 10:30 am and closes by 8:00pm.
  • The entire township should be explored walking.
  • Shopping @ McLeod Ganj is not a good idea for Indian tourists. All items are over-priced because the local market caters to foreign tourists. However, some shops offer exotic but inexpensive harem pants.


The Perfect Haven for Tired City Dwellers – McLeod Ganj


If you are looking for a short 3-4 days relaxing break from your hectic schedule, try a trip to McLeod Ganj. The breathtaking beauty of this Dharamshala suburb (9kms) makes it the perfect haven for the tired city denizens. The tranquil surroundings can be credited torichard-gere-at-outside-the-dalai-lama-place-at-mcleodganj McLeod Ganj’s historical link with Buddhism and His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. The serenity and beauty of the township has attracted even celebs, like Richard Gere.

Best Way to Travel
Approximately 500kms from Delhi, the best way to travel to Mcleod Ganj is via bus. You can take a bus from ISBT Sarai Kale Khan and arrive at this quaint, clean little township in 12 hours. McLeod Ganj does not have a railway station. The nearest station is Pathankot (90 km). The Gaggal airport is situated 15kms south of Dharamshala.

Chief Attractions
While tourists can easily spend all their time admiring the natural beauty of the mountain ranges, pine and oak trees and the deodar forest, there are several attractions of Mcleod Ganj. The must-sees include:

Bhagsunath Temple – This medieval temple is situated 3kms from the center of McLeod Ganj. Named after King Bhagsu, legend has it that the King stole water from the Nag Dal BhagsunathTemple_9958Lake, thus incurring the wrath of the Naag Devta (Snake God). This resulted in a battle between the two formidable forces. This shrine was built by the King to commemorate the occasion of being pardoned by the Snake God. The temple is frequented both by the Hindus and the Gorkha communities.
Bhagsu Waterfall – Located very close to the Bhagsunath Temple, the waterfall is a tourists’ delight. It has a cascade of 30ft during the monsoons. The water from the Fall flows through IMG_0313the Bhagsunath Temple and is collected into two holy pools. Devotees believe that a dip in the cold water of the pool can relieve them of their miseries.

Triund Hill – The hill is located 9kms from the town. There are chances that you get to catch a glimpse of some snow birds or a musk dear. A triund-hillclear day is bound to leave you spellbound with the picturesque views of Kangra. If you wish to a wide-angle view of the Triund, you have to visit the Shri Kunal Pathri Devi temple. That’s the highest point of Triund. The entire trek from McLeod Ganj to Triund is covered with oak and deodar trees.

Food stuffs are slightly expensive in Triund due to the cost of transportation. Soft drinks and bottled water can cost you anything between 45 – 55 INR. And a cup of tea is for 20 INR. A IMG_0281plate of rice, pulses or noodles might come up to more than 100 INR.

For all the Himachal lovers, if you have not yet visited McLeod Ganj, mistaking it for a small, inconsequential town, think again! Small it is! But, inconsequential, NO way!