6 Days- McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
Welcome to Back-Pack-Go!
We personally hope you leave the city version of you behind. We're going to the hills. The hills will always greet you with her arms wide open, provided you respect her.
We are not tour operators, you will not be tourists. Our aim is to create an experience for you, a personal experience. Come 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. Come, rediscover yourself.
Location: Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh (Dharamkot, Bhagsu, Naddi, Mcleodganj, Bir)
Trip Duration: 5 nights 6 days
27th (Sat) Apr - 2nd (Thu) May
25th (Sat) May - 30th (Thu) May
Highlights/Overview:Visit Dalai Lama monastery
Visit the Tibet Museum
Forest walk to Naddi river
Gallu sunset cafe
Visit Bir Billing (paragliding)
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Day 2: We reach McLeod Ganj early in the morning. Our homestay is located in Dharamkot, a picturesque hill town which is just a 10 min cab ride away from us with spectacular views of the entire valley. After breakfast at McLeod Ganj, we head to H. H. Dalai Lama Temple, Namgyal Monastery, and the Tibet Museum. We will also visit the St. Johns in the Wilderness Church and then sample some local cuisine for dinner.
Day 3: A good nights rest and a heavy breakfast later, we will head to Naddi, a tiny, peaceful village nestled amongst the pine-covered mountains and vibrant yellow mustard fields. We'll begin our first hike toward the pristine Naddi River where well spend our afternoon lazing next to the river and exploring the valley. We head to Sunset Cafe at Gallu for the most majestic view of the sunset in the valley. Dinner will be back at McLeod Ganj, a post which you'll be free to explore the nightlife of the town.
Day 4: After an early breakfast, we make our way to Bir Billing where we can spend the day walking around this beautiful town. Visit the Sherab Ling monastery, exploring the Tibetan colony or paragliding are few of the things you can spend your day doing at Bir. We regroup by evening and make our way back to our homestay in Mcleodganj.
Day 5: After breakfast and check out, we'll make our final shopping calls at McLeod Ganj. If time permits, we could even visit the famous Cafe Illiterati for lunch. Well make our way to the bus stop and head to Delhi by a semi-sleeper AC bus.
Day 6: We'll reach Majnu Ka Tila bus stop early morning. Trip ends. Say goodbye to the hills and hello to nostalgia for the next few months.
Accommodation in cozy, rustic and comfortable home stays with decent amenities on a double or triple sharing basis
Private internal transport (taxis) through the trip
Two meals a day i.e. breakfast and dinner
All activities as per itinerary
Visits to places as per itinerary
Basic medical and first-aid kit
All permits, tolls and parking charges
Experienced local guides
Experienced Vagabond representatives
The homestays will have running hot water facility
These are homestays and not hotels. There will be no room service
We will take care of breakfast and lunch/dinner every day
For our meals together, we will try out new cafes every day. We will a lot you a budget and you can choose to eat any item off the menu
The cuisines will be shuffling between Indian, Israeli, Continental and Tibetan. You can try any of these cuisines at the restaurants were visiting
We urge you to go explore the various cuisines that Mcleodganj has to offer
We will transit within Mcleodganj by taxis
Things to carry
An extra smaller backpack for day outings (college bag types)
Water bottle (try avoiding buying mineral water bottles to reduce plastic waste)
Toiletries, Torch, Lip-balm, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Swiss knife
Personal Medication (Asthma, Allergen medication etc.)
Rainwear, Rain cover for bags (VERY IMPORTANT during monsoons)
Binoculars, Camera (optional)
Crepe-bandage (each person should have 1 roll each)
Warm clothes (Temperatures drop really low toward the end of the year)
On your return journey from Delhi, please book your train or flights post 1 pm (to be on the safer side in case of any delays)
Despite this being a backpacking trip, we will be running on a fixed schedule. Punctuality will be appreciated.
McLeod Ganj and Dharamkot are home to people around the world from different cultures. Please honor the local cultures and do not be disrespectful.
This is not a leisurely trip. Please be prepared for a good amount of walking up and down hills and hilly terrain.
Carrying rainwear is very important if the trip is between June-Sept. Take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your belongings dry.
While we're moving in groups to various places, try and stick to the group and not wander off.
The trip schedule is subject to change. Day of visits to the mentioned places could be shifted back and forth.
While booking your transport to Delhi, please try and book refundable tickets wherever possible (especially flights)
In the scenario that the trip gets canceled, you will be refunded the entire trip amount.
FAQ’s about the event
-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 30°C during the day and can drop to a minimum of 20°C during the night (and 5°C at Triund campsite)
4) Is there mobile connectivity in Mcleodganj?
-You will have network and internet for most 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 be a maximum of 20 travelers including 2 Vagabond representatives.
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 18-30.
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 doesn't have a very high physical requirement. You need to be able to walk long distances on flat plains and be able to do a day trek too. Those who have a low tolerance of cold should be prepared with temperature appropriate clothing.
12) Are there doctors/hospitals in Mcleodganj?
-Mcleodganj market has a doctors dispensary which is at a convenient distance from our homestay
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.
Majnu ka Tilla
Majnu ka Tila near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Block H, Majnu Ka Tilla, Timarpur, Delhi, 110054