A serene hill town near Dharamsala, McLeodganj is bestowed with unparalleled natural beauty in the form of verdant landscapes and snow-capped mountains. This hill station, perched at a height of 1,770 m above sea level, is renowned as the home of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader. Besides visiting the many monasteries located here and exploring their culture, tourists can enjoy trekking opportunities. Because of its rich Buddhist heritage, McLeodganj is also called Little Lhasa (traditional capital of Tibet). Tourists can also shop for unique Tibetan handicrafts or sample the rich flavours of the region. McLeodganj has been named after Donald Friell McLeod, the then lieutenant governor of Punjab. Tourists can also visit the 8th-century Masroor Temple, a rock-cut structure built in the Nagara style of architecture.

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