Dharmshala Vs. Mcleodganj? Which One is Better To Stay?

Are you still confused about which one you should visit between Dharamshala or Mcleodganj? Here is your answer in this post. I will tell you exactly which place you should visit.

Dharmshala Vs. Mcleodganj

Dharamshala is divided into two parts, upper Dharamshala and Lower Dharamshala. The upper Dharamshala is the Mcleodganj.

Lower Dharamshala about which you are taking, is mainly a residential area. So, in my opinion, you should visit the Mcleodganj because it is a major tourist attraction, and there are many things to do or visit.

Mcleodganj Vs. Dharamshala 

Mcleodganj is a tourist location where there are so many things to do or visit. You can go shopping, go for a trek, try paragliding, enjoy in cafes, and there is much else to try.

In comparison, Dharamshala is mainly a residential area, which is a good option to visit, but not preferable for stay. As Dharamshala is just 9 Km from Mcleodganj, so you can easily visit there.

What Is Majority Saying

I go through many answers on Quora and Tripoto forum, 90% of the answers were in favor of Mcleodganj because there is much to do, and it’s the tourist hub.

So if you are looking for the majority opinion, then you should definitely stay at Mcleodganj, and from there visit the Dharmshala.

Other Places Near Mcleodganj, Dharamshala To Stay

You do not need to just stay in the Mcleodganj, because of the major tourist attraction it gets most of the tourists which makes it crowded and noisy, especially during the season time.

If you are looking for a peaceful, less crowded place, then there are some options nearby the Mcleodganj where you can stay.

1. Naddi

Just 4 Km from Mcleodganj

Famous for its sunset point.

There are all kinds of stay from average to best; you can choose as per your preference. You can also talk to locals if you want to stay in the village among the locals.

2. Dharamkot

4 Km from Mcleodganj

Dharamkot is much more beautiful and peaceful, and considered a Hippie Village because it is the foreigner’s favorite place nearby the Mcleodganj. But in recent years fewer foreigners are visiting in comparison to past years.

3. Kareri Village

32 Km from Mcleodganj.

You can take a cab from Dharamshala to the Kareri Village.

I spend more than one month in Kareri Village, and in my opinion, this is the best place to spend a few days in peace near Mcleodganj. There is not much crowd and no hotels. There are mainly homestays.

4. Gallu Devi

Around 8 Km from Mcleodganj

Galu Devi serves as the base camp for the Triund Trek, and there are few options of stay too. During Mansoon you can find many waterfalls nearby.

Things To Do In Mcleodganj

  • Go shopping in Mcleodganj or Bhagsu Nag temple market
  • Trek to Triund or Kareri Lake
  • Naddi Sunset Point
  • Visit Dal lake

And there is much more to do, you can check here.

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Hi, i'm Rahul Choudhary. I am a content marketer by profession, and a traveller by choice. I am travelling for three years, but occasionally, now I am slowly shifting my career to Travel Blogging as it is the perfect match of my career and passion. I am self-employed, which gives me the complete freedom to work from anywhere. Even I am very much inspired by the digital nomad lifestyle.