Pearched on the commanding Dhauladar range,overlooking the vast Kangra valley,Dharamshala lower on the hill and mcleodganj at a higher elevation is famous the world over for being the home of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Foundations of Mcloedganj were laid by British settelers in the early 19th centuary,but ever since the Dalai Lama took up residence and settled the Tibetian community here, the small town has been rechristened as ‘Little Lhasa’.
The temple Tsuglag khang here is an important Buddhist site where a congregation of monks and nuns can be seen chanting holy scriptures round the year. The temple houses statues of the Buddha as Shakyamuni and Avlokiteshvara. It also has the statue of Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava).On occasions the Dalai Lama does lead the prayer sessions at this temple.
Othe sites of importance here are the Namgyal Monastery, the Gompa Dip Tse-chok Ling,Mani Lakhang stupa,Nechung Monastery. Library of Tibetian works and archives and the Tibetian institute of performing Arts.
The original Namgyal Monastery was founded in Tibet by the second Dalai Lama Gedun Gyasto,But was relocated to Mcleodgang after the Tibetian uprising in 1959. The monestery also known as the Namgyal Tantric college has become a center of study of Tibetian Buddhism and culture. In Residence there are more than 200 monkss whho study Buddhist Sutra and Tantra texts along with other modern ssubjects. A large number of scholar,domestic and international,do visit the monastery.
Mcleodganj can be reached by road only. The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra,21km.) and the closest broad gauge train station is at pathankot(100km.) A narrow gauge connecting train from paathankot to Kangra is also available. Dharamshal-mcleodganj can be easily reched from chandigarh or Delhi.
Dharamshala and Mcleodganj also have a variety of private hotels and guest houses.the hotels mostly remains packed and needs to be booked in advance.
Throughout the year,though the winters can be nippy and cold.
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