The residence of his holiness, the Dalai Lama, Mcleod Ganj in Dharamshala, India is a known for its Buddhist communities and temples; cute, little artsy cafes; meditation and yoga centres and excellent trekking opportunities among other things. Carrying a Bohemian vibe about it, the little town is one of the best places in India for meeting other international tourists and to have a tryst with India away from its cities, its ever-increasing population and its maddening traffic.
To help you make the most of your stay in this beautiful town, we bring you top five hotels and resorts you should consider as your accommodation during your Mcleod Ganj trip:
Rightly named, the Exotica is one of the most luxurious places for a stay in Mcleod Ganj. Surrounded by the gorgeous Dhauladhar ranges, the Exotica is your green paradise in the mountains and ensures your stay is rejuvenating and restorative. The resort offers a range of Elite and Concept Cottages as well as Luxury and Deluxe luxury rooms for its guests to choose from. Located in the village Tohu, the resort has an outdoor pool from where you can lay eyes on a breathtaking view of the mountains and the nearby villages. The resort’s multi-cuisine dual restaurant serves great food along with breathtaking vistas of the hills. On-demand hiking and paragliding adventures can also be arranged by the Exotica for guests.
Asia Health Resorts and Spa
Located just 30 minutes away from the airport, Asia Health Resorts and Spa is one of the finest accommodation options in Mcleod Ganj. One of the major attractions of the resort is its extensive menu of rejuvenating spa treatments that combine Ayurvedic principles with Western contemporary techniques to induce a feeling of wellness and health among the guests. Guests can also make full utilisation of the temperature controlled outdoor pool for a refreshing bath after a spa session. The luxury rooms of the resort provide awe-inspiring vistas of the Kangra Valley and Pong Dam Lake. The bonus is that the resort is located just 15 minutes away from the Dalai Lama Monastery.
Royal Palace Resort
Giving its guests a taste of luxury and local culture, the Royal Palace Resort is the ultimate fun-in-the-hills escape for families as well as couples. The over 45 rooms of the resort are divided into five categories – the Royal Family Suite, Luxury Suite, Suite Room, Deluxe Room and Standard Room. If you are travelling in a group, you can get a barbeque arranged in the lawn or the terrace area on special request. The resort also arranges for sightseeing tours around the Kangra Valley for its guests.
UNA Comfort Great Himalayan Adventure Resort
Located near the Namgyal Monastery, the UNA Comfort Great Himalayan Adventure Resort is surrounded by breathtaking beauty that manifests in the pine, oak and deodar forests around the resort as well as in the snowy mountains that overlook the valley. The resort offers deluxe tents and cottages as well as premium rooms to guests to choose from. The other great facilities appreciated by guests include a sightseeing tour to the nearby attractions as well as restorative Ayurvedic treatments for the sensory pleasure of the guests. The multi-cuisine restaurant of the resort prepares only organic dishes for its guests.
Spring Valley Resort
A stay in the Spring Valley Resort offers its guests a rare combination of luxury with budget-friendliness. The resort has as many as 24 rooms that are segregated into six categories including the Premium Room, Duplex Room, Honeymoon Room, Junior Suite, VIP Room, and Cottages. Located near the famous Bhagsu waterfall, the resort features a multi-cuisine restaurant called the Aqua that attracts crowds from around the area due to its flavourful twist of local cuisines.