Mcleodganj

Bhagsu

HosteLaVie Mcleodganj

price from ₹299 /person

The little Tibet they say, Mcleodganj is where tranquil comes to existance. Three kilometeres north of Dharamsala town (or 10km via the looping bus route), McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and home to a large Tibetan population, including many monks and nuns. McLeod attracts thousands of international visitors each year to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, shop for Tibetan crafts, or just hang out and enjoy the low-budget spiritual/alternative vibe and the many good cafes and restaurants dishing up Indo- Italo-Israeli- Tibetan food.

A deluxe category hostel in Mcleodganj, nestled in the hills of Triund. Hostelavie is India's first chain of boutique hostels at backpacker's budget! Our rates are inclusive of free self-laundry and free breakfast which is highly appreciated by our guests. Newly constructed and located in one of the most lit-up streets full of cafes, handi-crafts, leather works, and general stores. Here you'll find a cozy home after a long day of exploring the town

HosteLaVie provides free use of the kitchen, a book exchange and the best coffee in town! Oh yes, we have our own brand of brewing coffee named after our Hostel as "Coffavie". There is also a wholesome breakfast available every day. We try to ensure a rotation of free breakfast menu items time to time. As for meals we have amazing authentic Indian and Italian food.

We believe our dorms is where the real conversation starts. After a hectic day of travel, meeting fellow travellers was Never so easy. Hostelavie offers best dormitories with elegant interiors, each bed has a reading light and a charging point, as well as private rooms with stylized bathrooms.

Frequently asked questions

How to Reach Mcleodganj

By Air
Gaggal Airport serves as the nearest airport to Mcleodganj. However, very limited flights of few airlines serve Mcleodganj. Therefore, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, serves as the nearest and major airport to Mcleodganj. One can board a flight till Delhi and then travel to Mcleodganj by bus or car.

By Road
Number of state government and private buses connect Mcleodganj with various cities of north India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala etc. on a regular basis. Backpacker’s can easily avail these buses till Mcleodganj bus stand and then hire a taxi to reach anywhere in the town. One can also walk to reach their designated places.

By Train
Pathankot Railway Station located around 90 km away serves as the nearest railhead to Mcleodganj. Backpacker’s can avail trains that ply between Delhi and Jammu to reach Mcleodganj. Plenty of trains are available in this route, so one can choose as per his/her budget and convenience. Taxis and buses available outside the station can be hired to reach Mcleodganj.

What all I can do in Mcleodganj

This quaint suburb in the Dharmashala region of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is a nature lover's paradise and a peace lover's precious abode. Fondly called 'Little Lhasa', Mcleodganj owes its beauty to the Dhauladhar Range. The Dalai Lama Temple is a prime attraction here. Other nearby attractions include Namgyal Monastery, Triund, Bhagsu Waterfalls and Naddi Village.

  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Tsuglagkhang
  • Tibetan Museum
  • Bhagsunath Temple
  • Bhagsu Falls
  • Triund
  • Dal Lake
  • Church of St. Johns in the wilderness
Where to eat in Mcleodganj

The satisfaction derived from tucking into a steaming plate of pliable momos is nothing short of paradisal when achieved at a particularly high elevated point, say about 2,004 m or to be more precise, at a sleepy restaurant in Mcleod Ganj. Ensconced within Dharmsala, this sleepy village is a melting pot of Tibetans, monks, locals and foreigners, and offers three things in ample variety: peace, panoramic views, and palatable delights.

With interesting crowd, comes interesting fare. Mcleod is stuffed to the gills with little restaurants that jostle for space on its narrow streets, each with a view that kills any love for polluted metro cities. Like any other Himalayan tourist destination, these restaurants offer cuisine that is a far cry from fancy. (In fact they might render an average spice-loving Indian homesick). And most of them are vegetarian or vegan.

That said, the variety of food available here is mind-boggling, hot and delicious in its simplicity, enhanced by mountain-air inspired appetites: imagine sipping a hot mug of apple cider at KhanaNirvana on a crispy, cold evening atop a wee balcony or licking off the last sticky crumbs of Woeser Bakery's carrot cake while surrounded by friendly chatter.

Here are seven restaurants that one must absolutely visit to get a hit of Mcleod's heady flavour.
  • Woeser Bakery
  • Norling
  • KhanaNirvana Community Café
  • The Chocolate Log
  • Nick’s Italian Kitchen
  • Carpe Diem
  • Lung-Ta Japanese Restaurant
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