It is a hill station located near Dharamshala. It is a unique amalgamation of British and Tibetan influence. It is very well known town all around the world. Surrounded with hills, valleys, lush green landscapes and streams, it is a perfect place to hide out from that city noise. There are lots of trekking spots in and around Mcleod Ganj. Here are few which I feel are totally worth.
1. Bhagsunag Trek
It’s a very short trek, perhaps not much of a trek. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful one. It’s a short trek of 2.5 hours, an hour’s hike both ways. There are two places in Bhagsunag – bhagsunag temple and waterfall. The temple is a Lord Shiva temple, a common place for travelers as well as the locals. The waterfall is 20 minutes away from the temple. The best time to enjoy this refreshing waterfall is spring, as the snow melts up in the mountains, resulting in heavy flow.
2. Triund Trek
This trek is a bit more challenging than Bhagsu, approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on your speed. The entire trek to Triund is just an experience in its own way. The trail passes through beautiful deodar, rhododendrons and oak forest. It is a pasture land with lush green grass overlooking the dhaulandhar ranges. The view of the valleys and hills is worth the trek. At night camping under the starry night is very soothing and surreal.
3. Kareri Trek
It is quite a long and bit challenging trek, slightly out of McLeod Ganj. If you like wild adventure, it is your cup of tea. This trek is quite adventurous one with trail crossing amazing forests, hills and valleys and local villages. Trekkers usually camp under the moonlight that illuminates the dark. At the altitude that high you are filled with peace and calm. There is also Kareri lake that is named after the village.
4. Guna Devi Trek
This wonderful pilgrim center is 8 kilometers from McLeod Ganj. The trek starts from Naddi village above Dal Lake. It is a moderate trek passing through deodar forest with unbelievable scenic view. It is quite popular among the locals as well.
5. Indrahar Pass Trek
Ever felt you are on top of the world? Well then this is a place to experience that exact same feeling. It is located on top of Dhauladhar range at 14160 ft. The trail is yet another beauty defining experience; you will see few streams, valleys, and the lovely sky….nothing you would have ever seen before. From here trekkers proceed towards Chhata camp, which is downhill trek from the pass.
McLeod Ganj has become a hotspot for trekkers as there are so many base camps especially for trekkers. It is the best way to leave the city buzz behind and you can detox yourself completely in the nature. Sound of the birds and the streams, twinkle of the stars filling the sky, walk past the forest….is magical.