McLeod Ganj is small hill-station situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh , named after David McLeod, once the British Lieutenant Governor of Punjab. This is home to the Tibetan community and the center of tourist activity. It is also known as upper Dharamshala since it is 15 kms ahead of a town called Dharmasala. McLeod Ganj is at almost at an altitude of 8000 ft. road. The most fertile and undulating valley surrounded by hills on three sides and a valley in the front is the beautiful hill station of Dharamshala. Lying between the gentle Shivalik Hills and the foothills of the mighty Dhauldhar with lush terraces, wooded hills, manicured tea gardens and sparkling streams. Climate of Mcleodganj is very congenial . It is very cold in winter as Dhauladar range of hills at over 15000ft is close by and is covered with thick snow during winter. In summer the temperature sometimes reach 35deg C. In winter it could go to subzero but normally stays around 2-5 Deg C in Mcleodganj.
Mcleodganj, the little Lhasa of India, as it is commonly known as, is responsible for bringing Dharamshal in to prominence. This charming Tibetan settlement carries a distinctive colonial air and is famous as the dwelling of His Holiness, Dalai Lama. . This city achieved international fame when Tibet was annexed by China and swarm of refugees started coming into India.. These Tibetan now speak fluent English, Hindi and local Pahari dialect. Mcleodganj is surrounded by beautiful lush green pine trees all around which offers plentiful of oxygen to breath.
The food, the culture, the handicrafts, everything is typically Tibetan, true to its name of little Lhasa of India.