McLeodganj is a pretty charming and beautiful tourist destination situated in the upper Dharamsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city got its name after Sir Donald Friell McLeod who was the former Governor of Punjab of British India. Snuggled amidst evergreen forests of pine deodar and rhododendron, the idyllic little town of McLeodganj is famed as the residence of the 14th Dalai Lama.
Located above the town of Dharamsala in the Himachal Pradesh region of India, McLeod Ganj is home to the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government. When most travelers say Dharamsala, they are probably referring to the tourist section of Upper Dharamsala known as McLeod Ganj. Set into the hillsides of a beautiful green valley, Mcleod Ganj is one of the most popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh and certainly has a different vibe than the rest of India.
Tibetan students offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a traditional Tibetan welcome on his arrival at Tibetan Childrens' Village School(TCV) in Upper Dharamsala, HP, India on the first day of his annual two day teaching for young Tibetans on June 27, 2013. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)