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Best Time to Visit McLeodganj - McLeodganj is set an average altitude of 2,082 metres above sea level and experiences cool weather throughout the year. From July to September the hill station receives heavy rains with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 22°C. It’s best not too visit at this time, since the rains can get quite dangerous. From the months of April to July, McLeodganj experiences pleasant summers with temperatures ranging from 22°C to about 38°C. This is a great time to take a trek to the Indrahar Pass and Triund Hill. The best time to visit this hill station however is from October to February when winter gets here. The temperatures fall to a range of -1°C to 7°C and light snowfall accompanies the cold temperatures. There a number of good hotels in McLeodganj to choose from during this season that offers comforts like a heater and blankets to keep you cosy in the cold. You can also witness festivals like Losar and Halda during this season.
McLeodganj has been a getaway for many a city slicker over the years. If you’re planning to visit the hill station, you’ll be glad to hear that there a number of accommodation options to choose from. You will find everything starting from the most basic budget hotels to more expensive luxury hotels. If you’re looking for affordable accommodation, there are a number of 2-star, 3-star and budget hotels in McLeodganj that promise a comfortable stay while being light on the wallet. Hotels like Treebo provide cosy rooms throughout the year with excellent room service and other amenities for the modern budget traveller. If you’re looking to book hotels in McLeodganj, take a look at Treebo’s comfortable hotels in the city. Treebo is currently available on Jogiwara Road.
Best Places to Stay in McLeodganj - When looking out for hotels in McLeodganj, it makes sense to research the location you want to stay in. Some of the best places to stay in McLeodganj are located close to popular attractions, highways, bazaars, and restaurants. To stay close to some of the hill stations best restaurants, hospitals and bazaars, you can choose hotels on Jogiwara Road. This important roadway is located close to places of interest including the Dalai Lama Temple and Nechung Monastery.
Events in McLeodganj - Most people in McLeodganj are Buddhists and they follow a humble way of life. Since people have mostly stuck to their own traditions and customs, the hill station has remained relatively untouched. To experience this humble community, visit McLeodganj during some of its major festivals. In the month of February or March the hill town celebrated Lohar or Buddhist New Year. At this time the Vajrakilaya tradition is done and a beverage similar to beer, called ‘changkol’ is prepared. One of the biggest celebrations though is Buddha Purnima, the celebration of the birth of Buddha in the month of March or April. A number of religious and cultural programmes are held around the town at this time. Make sure you complete your McLeodganj hotel booking in advance at this time, as they tend to fill up soon. Other major festivities in the hill station include the International Himalayan Festival, Himachal Winter Carnival, Lohri, Butoh Dance Festival, and Halda.
Experience in Mcleodganj - McLeodganj is a flourishing centre to study Buddhist teachings and Tibetan culture. So, it is no wonder that there a number of spectacular Buddhist sites in this town. The most important site here is Tsuglagkhang or the Dalai Lama’s Temple. Other centres of importance in the town are the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Namgyal Monastery, Gompa Dip Tse-Chok Ling, Gangchen Kyishong, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Nechung Monastery, and Norbulingka Institute. If you’re for accommodation in McLeodganj near these Buddhist centres, you have no dearth of options to choose from. You can also visit other tourist sites like Dal Lake, Bhagsu Nath and Falls, the Tibetan Museum, Triund Hill, and St. John in the Wilderness Church. McLeodganj boasts a number of stalls on the streetsides that sell a number of Tibetan delicacies like momos, thukpa, wantons, thupten, tingmo and shaptak. If you’re in the mood for something other than Tibetan cuisine, visit restaurants like the Woeser Bakery, Khana Nirvana Community Cafe, Norling, the Chocolate Log, Carpe Diem, Lung-Ta Japanese Restaurant, and Literati. A number of McLeodganj hotels also serve delicious local and continental food. For a bit of shopping, visit vibrant markets that sell Tibetan artifacts, garments, local handicrafts, carpets, thangkas, jewellery, hand painted t-shirts, musical instruments, woollen goods, muesli, and more. Make sure you visit the Kotwali Bazaar that sells handcrafted items, including Chubas, bags, carpets and more. A few stores to visit are the Village Boutique, Tibetan Handicraft Center, Tibet Book Store, Green Shop, Rogpa, and Lha Tibet Fair Trade.
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