Resting in the shadows of the snow-capped Dhauladhar Mountains in the background, and home to the government-in-exile of Tibet, McLeod Ganj is known by many as the Little Lhasa. Viewed by most as a simple hill station in the middle of the mountains, this is a refuge for Tibetan Buddhists, a home for many in the northern region of India. With the Himalayan Mountains against the skyline, and the Dhauladhar Range rising closer, it is easy to feel as though you are at the top of the world when you visit this region, and it brings with it a sense of awareness that is impossible to obtain in the depths of the urban jungles below.
As the headquarters for the exiled Tibetan government, one would think that McLeod Ganj is nothing more than a simple, quiet town of Buddhists, but you would be mistaken in assuming so. McLeod Ganj is actually a major tourist destination for many people coming here to study Tibetan Buddhism. There is no better place on earth to immerse yourself in the religion completely, studying the culture, the crafts, and the way of life. It is also home to the Tsuglag Khang, which is the Dalai Lama's temple, and there are also several monasteries throughout which give visitors access to the Tibetan way of life beyond simply the religion itself.
Beyond the Tibetan culture, however, visitors coming to McLeod Ganj have access to a variety of activities in the mountains surrounding, from simply day treks to visiting the world-famous church known as St. John in the Wilderness, or Dal Lake. There are plenty of accommodations and restaurants, and everything is covered in a blanket of hospitality that is unmatched by any other city in the world. McLeod Ganj is a place of peace, and when you are surrounded by the beauty of the mountains it is easy to see why this place has become such a refuge for those seeking tranquility through Buddhism.