While most tourists around the world know of Dharamsala, to visit Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj which is only 4 km north of this town is actually the headquarters of the Tibetan Government and home to the Dalai Lama, currently in exile.
Exploring the Charming Towns
Considered to be among the most popular traveller destinations after Manali in Himachal Pradesh, spending a few nights here proves to be a rather cost-effective and fulfilling travel experience. With a variety of budget friendly hotels, exquisite hiking trails, charming cafes and marketplaces.
Since both these towns are a centre for Buddhism and Tibetan Culture there are a host of holistic activities, courses and volunteer services you could be a part of during your stay here. While exploring the towns spend time in the Naam Art Gallery that is home to some great permanent exhibits. The Tsuglagkhang Complex is the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet and also offers a large meditation hall with some gorgeous statues.
The Tibet Museum, Library and Museum of Performing arts are also worth a visit.