A popular pick among Delhiites, McLeod Ganj is a hippie paradise. Known as little Lhasa, this place is surrounded by beautiful spots, and we bring you a few that you can visit while you’re there.

Bhagsu Falls

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Photo source: Simon via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

A popular spot for most who visit McLeod Ganj, the Bhagsu falls are not to be missed. The waterfall is a great spot to chill with friends, and one can also trek up to Shiva Café; a popular spot there.

Where: 1 km from McLeod Ganj

Dharamkot

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A little hike from McLeod Ganj, and you get to see a great view of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauladhar ranges at Dharamkot. Not only is the view amazing here, the local eateries also offer some authentic Tibetan and Himachali food you can gorge on.

Where: 2 kms from McLeod Ganj

Triund

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Photo source: Ashish Gupta via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Further up from Dharamkot, Triund is the perfect pick for those who love to trek. You get a clear view of the Moon Peak-Indera Pass, and despite attracting a lot of tourists, the place is clean and quiet.

Where: 9 kms from McLeod Ganj

Kareri Lake

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Photo source: Shalabh via Wikimedia  [CC BY-SA 3.0]

The melting snow from the Dhauladhar ranges forms this shallow lake. This spot is quiet, untouched and great for birdwatching. Sunsets here are just lovely, and if you’re lucky {or not} you might come across a few wild animals.

Where: 9 kms from McLeod Ganj

Kangra Fort

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Photo source: Aleksandr Zykov via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Situated on the outskirts of Kangra, this is one of the oldest forts in the country. It not only offers a look into the rich cultural past of the Kangra valley, but is also known for the scenic beauty around. One can also visit the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum, run by the Royal Family of Kangra, which provides audio guides for the fort and museum {they have a cute little cafeteria too}.

Where: 20 kms from Dharamsala

Tsuglagkhang And The Tibetan Museum

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Photo source: Ptwo via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

The residence of Dalai Lama, this place majorly attracts devotees and tourists. The Tibetan Museum here is worth a visit, as it offers a collection of Tibetan art, including historical documents, pottery pieces, handicrafts, paintings, tapestries and more.

Where: 2 kms from McLeod Ganj

Namgyal Monastery

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Photo source: Dave Kleinschmidt via Wikimedia [CC BY-SA 2.0]

A peaceful place to just sit and listen to the monks chanting, this monastery is situated in the Tsulagkhang complex. It also offers a great view of the Dhauladhar ranges, and is a must-visit.

Where: 3 kms from McLeod Ganj

Featured Photo: Rignam Wangkhang via Wikimedia [CC-BY-2.0]