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 on Dalhousie and Khajjiar , 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 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.

Below are few restaurants which  we heard are good but were unable to visit:

  1. Crepe Pancake Hut
  2. Nick’s Italian Kitchen
  3. Lobsang’s Four Seasons Cafe
  4. Carpe Diem

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 Dalhousie and Khajjiar, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels!

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

  1. Ketki

    I absolutely love Mcleodganj and I have eaten at Tibetian Kitchen and Jimmy’s – both are amazing. Did you trek to Triund? I had fun on the trek thanks to finding some snow. Nice post 🙂

  2. Mohana and Aninda

    We visited a few years back and had a lovely time. The architecture at Norbulingka is stunning; the colours are so vibrant. St. John in the wilderness is perhaps one of my favourite spots in the world. It’s a wonderful place to get away from the din and enjoy a moment of solitude.

  3. Mei from Travel with Mei and Kerstin

    I must admit that India is not on our bucket list, mainly because I’m allergic to Indian food (although I’d like to try out momo one day!) The landscape however looks stunning (I haven’t imagine North India to be so green!), so maybe one day we’ll consider exploring these parts of India!

  4. Juliette

    Italian restaurant in India! That sounds interesting. Norburlingka Monastery looks like a beautiful place to find some peace. I find monastery and monastery ruins very peaceful and hauntingly beautiful. What a great trip you have had. St John of the Wilderness has a beautiful lush setting.

  5. Heather

    Holy cow those clouds are amazing, what a gorgeous view! I personally would really enjoy the Church of St John the wilderness. It’s stunning and yes very green. I wouldn’t have thought it would have so many really tall trees either! I would totally have to check out that Crepe Pancake Hut, it’s a shame you were unable to visit. Next time, right? 😉

  6. Joanne from Sunsets and Roller Coasters

    Those clouds are amazing! You’re so lucky to have caught them on your last day. It’s too bad that the weather didn’t hold out for you to visit the Dali Lama Temple Complex or Bhagsunag Fall and Temple. The Norburlingka Monastery is so beautiful. I would love to visit one day.

  7. Navita

    Mcleodganj has been my favorite destination for many years and have been coming back here very often. In fact right now as we slow travel in Himachal Pradesh, it is not very far! Was a bit sad when I saw so much crowd and busy-ness building up here! Glad that the government is taking actions to encourage right tourism practices! Love the food at the Tibet Kitchen and monastery is a place for to get the ultimate peace! 🙂


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