Our first trip to North India – Part 2 Dharamshala and Mcleodganj

Hey guys hope you enjoyed our last post and thank you for the feedback. So continuing from our last post, we will be sharing about our experiences in Dharamshala and Mcleodganj below. We also attempted to make a travel vlog for the first time, so do check it out at the end of this post. 🙂


Dharamshala (also spelled Dharamsala) is the winter capital of the Indian province of Himachal Pradesh.Compared to Dalhousie and Khajjiar, the climate was a bit warmer here. We had an amazing view of the Dhauladhar Mountains from our hotel. Being a Tibetan hub, it is considered to be one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. This is very evident with the prayer flags all around which I found mesmerizing. We visited the Kangra Art Museum, HPCA Cricket Stadium, Norburlingka monastery and Church of St. John the wilderness.On the last day of our trip, the weather suddenly turned cloudy and we got to see mammatus clouds from our hotel room which was amazing.

McLeodganj  is a suburb of Dharamshala. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of Tibetans. This place attracts a lot of tourists, so it was pretty crowded when we visited. We had a nice lunch at The Tibet Kitchen and some desserts at Jimmys Italian kitchen and did shopping on the streets of Mcleodganj. Unfortunately the weather turned out bad. Hence we decided to go back to our hotel and thus didn’t get to visit Dalai Lama Temple Complex and Bhagsunag Fall and Temple.


HPCA Stadium:

This is a well maintained cricket stadium and has a nice view of the mountains. Nothing much to see though but people can click pics of the stadium and the mountains.Unfortunately it was cloudy so we didn’t get a view of the mountains, but we could see them from our hotel room.


Norburlingka Monastery:
When you visit this place you instantly feel very calm and peaceful. Loved seeing the greenery and the prayer flags around the place. They have a temple which is really beautiful. There is also a cafe which serves excellent desserts which were slightly priced on the higher side but I didn’t mind as it was value for money. Unfortunately the main restaurant was under repair so there was a bit of noise and also my drink was not cold enough. But in all I loved the atmosphere of this place and would recommend a visit.


Church of St. John the wilderness:

This is a very ancient church with lovely architecture. It is surrounded by really tall trees and the greenery looks amazing. The church was open when we visited so paid a visit inside. A very peaceful place and worth a visit.

Tibet Kitchen:
This restaurant can easily be located on the Jogiwara road and it serves the best momos I have ever eaten. We tried the chicken steamed momo and the mutton steamed momo and also the chicken thukpa. The quantity is really good. We shared 2 thukpas among three of us and were quite full. We had to parcel few momos too but didn’t mind as they were really tasty. The service was pretty quick too. I would definitely recommend this place to others.

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen:
Although this is a vegetarian restaurant, the food we had was really nice. It was a very short and sweet stop here. Unfortunately the electricity had gone as there was a little stormy weather outside, but we got our order pretty quickly. The chocolate brownie and peach iced tea was nice. The ambiance was nice with all the movie posters and the book shelf in the corner. Hopefully I can visit this place again someday.

Here’s a short Vlog of our trip: ( I wish I had taken more videos, but I was busy clicking pics and taking selfies 😀 )

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj, then you should definitely visit soon.Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Our first trip to North India – Part 2 Dharamshala and Mcleodganj

  1. niicolee00

    These photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! MY favorites are in the first section, with the trees and the sunsets. Makes me want to add these places to my imaginary travel itinerary for sure!

  2. Kelly

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ve never been to any part of India, do you have a post with tips for first time visitors to the country?

    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you. You should definitely visit India. I don’t have such a post, but I think I should post one.

  3. Sandy N Vyjay

    Dharamshala and Mcleodganj are really enchanting places and bring alive the spirit of the Himalayan ranges. I know that of late the places have become a little overexposed, but still nice and especially the trek to Triund.

    1. Karen Post author

      I agree. Parts of it were really crowded with tourists. But as it was my first trip here I enjoyed the view of the mountains!

  4. neha

    Beautiful! Although I have not been to Dharmsala, this year we went to Palampur. Which is located quiet near to Dharmsala. The landscapes are simply stunning. So is the dhauladhar mountain range there

  5. ambujsaxena05

    The pics are really fabulous! I have been to Mcleodganj and dharamshala and loved trekking to Triund… It’s a brilliant way to see the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas.

  6. AllGudThings

    Years back Dharamshala and Mcleodganj both were beautiful but now with the easy access and flourished tourism, these places have turned to hill cities. They are over crowded and too touristy. Still HPCA stadium is special, the colors and mountains views from there are amazing.

    1. Karen Post author

      Yeah sadly that’s the state of most of the popular tourist destinations , especially during the peak tourist season. But we did manage to find some spots less crowded.

  7. Ami Bhat

    Very very stunning captures of the sky. I think I spend a large part of reading this post relooking at those. McCleodganj and Dharmashala both are an amazing cultural experience. So different from each other and so similar too. Cheers to your trip.

  8. thatguywithstories

    there is an image of round pebbles placed on top of each other. In Rajasthan, this arrangement is called satoliya and is a popular game. You can see this arrangement in several places all over the country; it represents goodluck.


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