Mc Leod Ganj
Public relations are important to the Tibetans, for McLeodganj is more than just temples and the Dalai Lama’s residence. It is home to a flourishing number of enterprises, political, religious and commercial, all of which are designed to demonstrate the seriousness and competence of the government in exile. Everywhere we go we are handed well-produced information sheets by well-dressed, knowledgeable and patient young men, who do a thoroughly professional job of marketing the mysteries of Tibet.
McLeod Ganj, also known as Dharmsala, is located in Himanchal Pradesh near the spectacular Dhauladhar Mountains. Historically important as it is beautiful, this destination is filled with Buddist Temples, sanctuaries, churches and natural attractions to make an travelers visit here memorable.
Then there are two temples, the Tsuglagkhang itself and the Kalachakra temple, plus a series of buildings forming the Namgyal Gompa where many monks live and study. It’s a rather strange experience to walk into these temples finding the same statues as one would see in Ladakh and Tibet in important monasteries but the external look and feel being nothing like those gompas.