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Mcleodganj (Winter)

Mcleodganj

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We personally hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills
Let us give you a little idea of how we at Vagabond Experiences do group trips. First of all, we don’t do ‘tour operators’. Every group will be accompanied by an Experience Manager (AKA. EM | AKA. Ex-Man). EMs are trained to do one job; help you have a comfortable, safe, and fulfilling experience.

There’s no room for prejudices where we’re going. There’ll be great food, beautiful views, and some good vibrations! Come alone or with old friends, make some new ones, write a story, climb a mountain, jump into a river, dance, sing, and fall in love. Do everything you've always wanted to. We implore you to break free.

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Day 1: Goodbye concrete, hello jungles!

Our journey begins directly in Delhi at 05:00 pm. From here, we board a direct bus to McLeodganj saying goodbye to city-time and slowing things down to mountain-time. 


 

Day 2: McLord! I’m Coming Home.

We touchdown in McLeodganj early in the day and head over to the satellite town of Dharamkot. We settle into our homestay and get breakfast. After a great meal to prepare you for the mountains, it’s time to explore the hillside in the best possible way: walking. 

We walk through the bustling McLeodganj market and visit the much-revered Namgyal Monastery. Apart from bearing the fame of being the personal monastery of The Dalai Lama, it is also known for being the administrative headquarters of Tibetan Buddhism in India. 

After this, we make our way to St. John in the Wilderness Church. Known for its beautiful stained-glass work and intricately carved gravestones from a bygone era, the church gives you a glimpse into the colonial history of Dharamshala.

We return to the homestay on foot and enjoy the crisp winter air. 


 

Day 3: Naddi-buddies

After a hearty breakfast and warm cuppa, we will take the pine-studded trail to Naddi village. We pass through the quaint village and make our way to the cool glacial stream that starts its journey from the Laka Glacier in the Indrahar Pass. We spend the day chilling by the freezing blue waters. 

We come out to a beautiful hillock on the other side of the village to witness a magical sunset. We’ll visit the McLeodganj market and have dinner here before heading back to our homestay in Dharamkot. 


 

Day 4: I Believe I Can Fly

After an early breakfast, we start the long journey to Bir. While it is most famous as the  paragliding capital of India, Bir is also known for its old Tibetan colony, several small monasteries, and beautiful landscapes. 

If you don’t feel like taking the leap of paragliding, you can spend the day walking through the tibetan colony and sampling some local cuisine. We regroup in the evening and start our journey back to our homestay for dinner and a night of chilling. 


 

Day 5: You’re a Potter, Harry!

This is our last full day in McLeodganj. We’re going to do something different today. After breakfast, we’ll walk up to Upper Dharamkot. On today’s agenda, we have pottery lessons! If you haven’t already tried it, pottery is a wonderful craft and a really unique sensory experience. Who knows? Maybe you have a master potter waiting to be discovered within you.

With a new feather in your hat, it’s now time to witness our last sunset in Himachal. We will then go to the Gallu Dev temple and sit at the iconic sunset cafe to witness that one last magical sunset. 

Chill through the rest of the evening. Spend the last night with your newfound friends and take a few moments to appreciate the cold mountain winters and the warm mountain people.


 

Day 6: Let’s go to the Mall! 

It’s our final day in McLeodganj! Our first stop will be at the beautifully curated Tibet Museum. Experience the stories and the many struggles of the displaced Tibetan community in India. This can be quite an emotional experience. 

As it is our last evening, we will make a stop at the McLeod market. Here’s a great place to pick up some authentic Tibetan jewelry, memorabilia, and some food (read: Bhagsu Cakes) that you will only find in this part of Himachal. 

We’ll board our buses back to Delhi in the evening. 


 

Day 7: Homeward bound. 

We arrive in Delhi early in the morning. Bid farewell to your new friends and get ready to get back in the grind.

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Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

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Trek

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

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Tents

Twin-sharing tents with sleeping-bags and floor mats

Dinner

(Dinner at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

Trek

Tents

Twin-sharing tents with sleeping-bags and floor mats

Breakfast, Dinner

(Breakfast & dinner at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

Trek

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

Breakfast

(Breakfast at the Triund campsite will be only vegetarian.)

Car

4-8 seater taxis/jeeps

Homestay

Twin sharing rooms

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Bus

A/C Volvo semi-sleeper

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(The bus will stop at a restaurant on the highway for dinner)

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Inclusions

-Bus fares to and from Delhi and McleodGanj for semi-sleeper AC buses

-Accommodation in cozy, rustic, and comfortable homestays with decent amenities on a double-sharing basis

-Transport to Bir-Billing (paragliding)

-A 2hrs Pottery Wheel Experience

-Private internal transport (taxis) throughout the trip

-All activities and visit to places as per itinerary

-Basic medical and first-aid kit assistance

-All permits, tolls, and parking charges

-Experienced local guides

-Assistance by Vagabond Experience Managers

-Vagabond Merchandise

Exclusions

-Meals

-Paragliding cost

-Travel insurance

THINGS TO CARRY

1. Sturdy shoes for walking (well-fitting, neither loose nor tight)

2. An extra small backpack for day outings (20-30 ltrs)

3. Reusable water bottle (avoid buying mineral water bottles to reduce plastic waste)

4. Toiletries, Torch, Lip-balm, Sunscreen, Sunglasses.

5. Personal Medication (Asthma, allergen medication etc.)

6. Slippers/flip-flops

7. Rainwear (jacket/poncho) & rain cover for bags

8. Binoculars, Camera (optional)

9. Sufficient liquid cash as there are very few ATMs in McLeodGanj

10. Crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each)

11. Warm clothes (Temperature appropriate clothing)

12. Hand sanitizer and reusable face-masks

 


HOW TO REACH

Depending on how you're travelling to Delhi, you can either take a rickshaw or taxi (Uber/Ola) to Majnu ka Tila. Further details regarding the exact location will be shared closer to the trip date

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Policy and Terms

-In case of cancellations 1 month prior to the trip, Rs 4,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations 15 days prior to the trip, Rs 8,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations 1 week prior to the trip, Rs 10,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations within 1 week of the trip, Rs 12,000 will be deducted

-In case of cancellations on the day of departure, no refund shall be admissible

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)

 

Frequest Questions

1) What region of north India are we traveling to?

-We're traveling from Delhi to Mcleodganj which is a suburb of Dharamshala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

 

2) What altitude would we be traveling to?

-Mcleodganj is at an altitude of approximately 6,830 ft (2,082 m) 

 

3) What will the temperature be like while we're there?

-Temperatures rise to a maximum of 15°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 1°C at night

 

4) Is there mobile connectivity in Mcleodganj?

-You will have network coverage for almost all of the trip

 

5) Are there any ATMs where we're traveling?

-There are a couple of ATMs at Mcleodganj market, however, carry liquid cash at all times.

 

6) Can I smoke/drink on this trip?

-We at Vagabond do not refrain our participants from smoking or drinking on our backpacking trips. However, there are times you will be disallowed to do so (monasteries, treks, sacred spaces etc). Indulge in these activities very responsibly.

 

7) What will the group size be?

-We will have a maximum of 15 travelers excluding 2-3 Vagabond Experience Managers

 

8) Is there any age limit to join this trip?

-No, there is no age limit to join this trip. However, based on our previous experiences, the age group of travelers is usually between 22-35.

 

9) Can I join this expedition solo?

-Yes, of course, you can! We have a good number of solo travelers on almost every Vagabond experience.

 

10) How physically fit do I need to be to join this trip?

-This trip involves a lot of walking! Most of the real exploration happens on foot. If you have any physical, mental or medical conditions that may affect your capacity to do the trip, you must inform us before you confirm your seat.

 

11) How do I know if I’m fit enough?

-You should be able to walk a distance of 5kms in less than 35 minutes for 5 days continuously. If you are above 40 years of age, you should be able to walk a distance of 5 kms in less than 45 minutes for 5 days continuously.

 

12) Are there doctors/hospitals in Mcleodganj?

-Mcleodganj market has a doctor’s dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay

 

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