McLeodganj is a small Tibetan settlement buzzing with colour and life! McLeodganj is where the Dalai Lama resides with a large no. of exiled Tibetans. Dotted with many religious education and rehabilitation centres, McLeodganj is a popular learning centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhist lifestyle & rituals.

Famous for Buddhist handicrafts, garments and Thangkas, McLeodganj is also known as ‘Little Lhasa’ because of the Buddhist influence on the land.


Places to Visit in McLeodganj

Gelugpa Monastery

Situated close to the Dalai Lama’s Residency, Gelugpa monastery has a disappointing façade of a government building but inside it has a giant statue of Lord Buddha, the thangkas and other ritual and votive objects which make it worth a visit.


What to Buy and Where in McLeodganj

Tibetan artifacts, thangkas(the roll-up cloth paintings), masks, prayer wheels, gems(corals, rubies, amethysts etc.) make interesting buys.

For some unusual and unique things take a peek at Nowroji’s.

Famous Tibetan carpets can be best bought from Tibetan Handicrafts Co-operative Centre on Jogibara Road.

Handicrafts from TCV Handicrafts Centre on Temple Road.

Souvenirs, handmade Tibetan paper from Green shop on Bhagsu Road.



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