Overview

Perched at a convenient height of 6831 feet, McleodGanj is the seat of the in-exile Tibetan refugee population. Lovingly called ‘Little Lhasa’ - it is a lively suburb in Dharamshala (Dhauladhar ranges). It is very famous for housing His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s residence in the Tsuglagkhang complex in the main town square and the bustling markets.

Approximately 2 hours away from there lies the small town of Bir in the Joginder Nagar Valley. Primarily a Tibetan refugee settlement, Bir is a tasteful melange of ecotourism, spiritualism, and adventure. Asia’s highest paragliding take of site Billing is a mere ride away from the main town of Bir. The town also houses scores of tea estates, artistic monasteries, and a wide landing site peppered with homely and bohemian cafes.

 

Quick Info:

Duration: 3N / 4D

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Altitude: 7874 feet

Temperature: 19 - 6 C 

 

3 Nights 4 Days 29 Oct, 05 Nov, 12 Nov, and more McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Local transfers

  • Meals & stay as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Expert trip leader

  • First aid

  • Sleeping tents & mats

  • Toilet tents

  • Transport from Bir as per itinerary

  • Tea & coffee breaks

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Trekking equipment

  • Lunch (unless mentioned in the itinerary)

  • Personal expenses

  • Fees incurred due to natural causes or govt. policy

  • GST @ 5%

  • Anything not specified under 'Inclusions'

Itinerary

Day 1: MCLEODGANJ - BHAGSU FALLS, DALAI LAMA MONASTERY, GALLU DEVI TEMPLE

  • Arrive in McleodGanj and check into the hostel at 1 pm. You can grab some yummy food at the cafe, take a couple of selfies in the cute library or chill out in our common areas

  • After you have settled into your rooms and are properly fed, head down to the city with our friendly community manager to check out the local sightseeing spots

  • Visit the glorious Bhagsu waterfalls and check in with your spiritual centre at the Dalai Lama Monastery and Gallu Devi Temple

  • Explore the bustling markets and check out some of the famous cafes in the city

  • Once back, our trip coordinator will ensure you can relax in front of a roaring bonfire. We must insist you eat as many s’ mores as possible now!

  • A delicious vegetarian dinner will be served

  • You’ve had a long journey today. You deserve that rest. Time for bed

 

Meals: Dinner only

 

Day 2: DHARAMSHALA - HPCA STADIUM, WAR MEMORIAL, CHURCH

  • Wake up and chomp down some breakfast in the morning

  • Today is the day when you explore the quaint and small town of Dharamshala

  • Start with the grand HPCA stadium. This cricket stadium is one of the highest ones in the entire world and has seen a few high profile matches on its grounds

  • After that, you will drive to the Dharamshala war memorial. Spend some time exploring the vast gardens of the memorial and paying tribute to the soldiers that laid down their lives for us

  • That leaves us with the verdant tea gardens. Dharamshala Tea Company is famous for producing some of the most flavorful and aromatic Kangra tea. You have the chance to walk amidst the lush tea gardens, soaking in the smells of tea. There is even a kiosk that sells packets of Kangra tea if you wish to take some home for your friends and family

  • All this sightseeing made have made you hungry, so now is the perfect time to break for some lunch and maybe even an afternoon siesta.

  • The last stop is the beautiful Church of Saint John in the Wilderness. After this, we shall return to the hostel.

  • Dinner will be served in the late evening

  • Time for a good night’s sleep

 

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Day 3: MCLEODGANJ - BIR - BILLING - PARAGLIDING

  • Wake up to the fantastic views of the Upper Bhagsu area. 

  • Pack up your things and head to breakfast. This destination has come to a close.

  • Next, we will drive down to the picturesque township of Bir.

  • Reach the town of Bir in the late afternoon.

  • Take some time to freshen up before heading to Asia's highest paragliding take off site in Billing. Ooh exciting (paragliding costs not included). 

  • Make some really exciting Go Pro footage as you soar across the orange sunset and land in Bir.

  • Grab some grub in one of Bir's iconic cafes. We recommend a yummy dosa in Avva Cafe.

  • Dinner will be served at night.

 

Day 4: BIR - MONASTERIES, CAFES, GUNEHAR - DELHI

  • Wake up early to take full advantage of a yummy breakfast spread 

  • Say Hi to Joey.

  • After breakfast, we will start the Bir cycling tour. The best and most eco friendly way to experience this adorable Himachali town.

  • First up are the beautiful monasteries of Bir - Chokling, Nyingma and Sherabling.

  • Next we shall cycle through the colourful Bir markets and stop for some yummy Tibetan snacks. 

  • The last cycling stop is the gorgeous waterfall located in the nearby Gunehar village. This village hosts one of India's most niche art retreats. Check em out!

  • Return to hostel to freshen up.

  • Bus leaves for Delhi in the evening 

Pickup point
McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India View on Map