McLeod Ganj Tourism
A picturesque hill station encircled by snowy mountains and dense pinewoods with the meandering Beas River, Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh is famed for its aesthetic beauty. Lying at an altitude of 6260 feet, Manali is the premier hill station in the Kullu valley, whose splendor lies in the ever flowing Beas river with conifer gradients and crop orchards hiking up to the snow clad knolls of Himalayas. This awe inspiring hill resort is sandwiched between the imposing peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar. A land, which is the holy abode of numerous goddesses and gods, this gorgeous hill resort, is puffed up with colourful festivals, fairs and pretty shrines.
A number of residential buildings, restaurants, antique and curio shops, together with famous Tibetan institutions have lent importance to McLeod Ganj. The Budha temple is situated opposite to the present abode of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and is worth a visit. The Tibetan Institute of performing Arts(TIPA) is 1km. walk from McLeod Ganj and preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet. It holds an annual 10-day folk opera commencing on the second Saturday of April. There is also a Tibetan handicraft centre situated at McLeod Ganj and a Sunday market is organized at about 10 minutes walk from here.
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A picturesque town blessed with abundant natural beauty, McLeod Ganj is located in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh in the McLeod Ganj district. It is situated on the banks of the River Sutlej in the outer hills. Founded in the year 1663, it is a highly developed city and the district covers an area of 1167 sq km. The newly formed McLeod Ganj Township can be best described as the first planned hill town of the country.
McLeod Ganj travel guide is full of references to the mesmerizing sceneries and cultural heritage. The city is popular for its Gobind Sagar Lake, Bhakra Dam, Naina Devi Temple, serves as a major attraction among tourists. McLeod Ganj was known as Kahlur and was the capital of a princely state established in the 7th century. The state of Himachal Pradesh afterwards changed into a royal state of British India under the authority of the British province of Punjab.The Guru of Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur went to the city to participate in the condolence of Raja Dip Chand of McLeod Ganj on May 13, 1665. On July 1 1954, McLeod Ganj was made a district of Himachal Pradesh state under the act of the Indian Parliament.
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McLeod Ganj Historical Background
Initially inhabited by the indigenous Gaddi tribes and dominated by one of the world’s earliest royal clans; the Katoch Dynasty, Mcleodganj was annexed to the British East India Co. in India subsequent to the Second Anglo-Sikh War in the year 1849 AD. Christened after Sir Donald Friell McLeod; the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Mcleodganj – a twin city of ForsythGanj was one of the essential civilian settlements of the Dharamshala Cantonment. Greatly treasured by the British officials as a soothing summer escape from the scorching heat of Indian plains, Mcleodganj underwent gradual expansion and progress over the years. By 1904 AD, this peachy conurbation of Himachal Pradesh had earned the stature of a prime axis of trade, commerce and all the administrative activities of the Kangra District. Alas, the lethal earthquake of Kangra in the year 1905 shattered most of the Mcleodganj and heaved this once thriving mainstream city into the cloud of obscurity.
Later, this newly reestablished town once again came into the glare of publicity after the independence when ‘Tenzin Gyatso’; the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India after the legendary Tibetan Uprising of 1959 AD. Later, he established the ‘Government of Tibet in Exile’ at Mcleodganj with an aid from the Government of India and thus the epoch of Mcleodganj as a ‘Mini Tibet’ was ushered. Henceforth, Mcleodganj grew to be the official headquarters of Dalai Lama and numerous Buddhist monasteries were established here. Consequently, thousands of Tibetan refugees sought shelter at Mcleodganj and thus formed a tiny integrated Tibet in India. The present day Mcleodganj is acclaimed all over the place as the central spindle of the Buddhist culture and learning and is budding as one of the paramount hill resorts of Himachal Pradesh teeming with hordes of tourists all round the year.