How To Reach Mcleodganj
Surface - This may be easiest way of reaching McLeodganj. Buses and taxis ply there from practically every major town in north India. Shared taxis are sometimes possible. Air-conditioned Volvo buses (if you can handle the movies and their volume) ply to Dharamsala from Delhi, Chandigarh and Shimla. Taxis and local-buses are available there; the distance by the âlong roadâ which most traffic takes, is 8 kms. Some other relevant road distances are - Chandigarh ( 262 kms), Manali ( kms) and Shimla ( kms).
Train - Pathankot is the nearest broad-gauge railhead and is a 100 kms from McLeodganj. This is the station for trains to and from Delhi (including the overnight ones). The drive by taxi takes around three hours. If you have time on your hands and would care to, from Pathankot, take the narrow-gauge Kangra Valley Railway up Kangra station. This is not quite the Palace on Wheels but is an interesting way to look at some of the areaâs landscapes. From Kangra, you can take a bus or taxi for the 17 kms to McLeodganj; for the distance between the railway station and the Kangra bus-stand, auto-rickshaws can be hired. No advance bookings or online reservation is available and tickets have to be bought at the stations.
Air - The airport at Gaggal is 12 kms from McLeodganj. The airline, Kingfisher Red (formerly, Air Deccan) flies this sector.