Undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist places in Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, also known as Little Lhasa is the most important part of Himachal Pradesh. This scenic hilltop is a part of Upper Dharamshala and holds some of the major tourist attractions in the area. The place is located at a height of approximately 1770 meters and is the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj is also a historic place as the Tibetan Government in exile has been headquartered here for over three decades and thousands of Tibetan refugees have been living here since 1959.
Mcleodganj is named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, who was the lieutenant Governor of Punjab and under whom the area of Mcleodganj was developed. The place has emerged as a major Buddhist center as it embraces great and impressive monasteries with larger than life images of Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Avaloktwshwara. It represents the Tibetan community, who makes its presence felt in the city through traditional architectural designs, Tibetan handicrafts, culture, temples, and garments. There are many Tibetan markets, restaurants, and shops in Mcleodganj that offer the amazing handicrafts of Tibet and serve people with delicious food, prepared in the rich flavors of Tibet.