One of the major attractions near McLeodganj is Bhagsu Nag, a temple that was rebuilt by the first Gurkha rifles stationed here after the earthquake in 1905. According to local legend, 5,000 years ago, Nagdevata, the snake god was drawn into a battle with a local king, Bhagsu, who stole water from the sacred Nag Dal Lake. King Bhagsu was vanquished and forgiven by the god and the site was consecrated as Bhagsu Nag. The temple is a place for pilgrimage for the indigenous Gurkha people from the nearby villages of Bhagsu and Dharamkot and is located in Bhagsu village near the Dal lake. During monsoons, the Bhagsu Waterfall, located around 10 minutes from the temple, is a delightful sight with its full bodied stream stretching well over 25 ft, enhancing the contrasting black and green colours of the rocks and vegetation. One of the most popular attractions around Dharamsala, Bhagsu is frequented by tourists and adventure enthusiasts alike owing to the numerous trails in the area that offer short albeit delightful journeys through the surrounding forests.

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