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Many of us have been to McLeod Ganj or even heard of it, Right?

I am counting it as a majority. Ahh, I listened to that sound!

But how many of us have been to Upper Bhagsu in McLeod Ganj?

Maybe a few

Don’t worry

In today’s post, I will be taking you on a little steep climb, a guide to Upper Bhagsu.

But first, Recycling makes you happy? This place does.

Recycling makes McLeod Ganj Happy

McLeod Ganj is a kind of place preferred by Solo Travelers, Families, and Couples which also means crowd, especially on weekends and summers.

But before that, who hasn’t been to McLeod Ganj and wants to come from Delhi, the road is the best option.

I don’t recommend coming by Air or Train from Delhi. However, if you are coming from another state, it would be fine.

How to Reach McLeod Ganj by Road

Nearby states from the capital are well-traveled by road and especially Himachal, because of its scenic drive and mountain views on the go.

By Self Driven car

You can take your car and drive to McLeod Ganj. The best thing is to stop in Dharamshala and explore the Tibetan culture and temples. McLeod Ganj is 7-8 km away from Dharamshala.

By Bus

The bus will be the best option to avoid honking and traffic jams. You will be dropped at the McLeod Ganj bus stand, and the rest of the journey can easily be covered by foot.

-Daily Volvo Buses ply from Delhi, mainly from Majnu Ka Tila, starting from 7 p.m. till 9-9:30 p.m.

-HRTC Buses too are available depending upon one preference, A/c or Non-a/c, Volvo, or Ordinary.

How to Reach Upper Bhagsu from McLeod Ganj Bus Stand

Tibetans at MacLeod Ganj

Upon reaching McLeod Ganj Bus Stand, head towards Bhagsu Nag Waterfall road, but after the Taxi stand and before the market, there’s a left turn that will take you to Upper Bhagsu.

Usually, families don’t prefer to climb steep and search for a location closer to the taxi stand or on a plain surface.

In Upper Bhagsu, you will see the majority of Foreigners and a minority of Indians because for many reasons like –

  1. A bit of Steep up and down every time.
  2. The number of Hostels and Homestays as compared to Hotels.
  3. Mostly Cafes then Restaurants.

Places to Stay in Upper Bhagsu

Upper Bhagsu is full of Hostels and Homestays offering Yoga and Meditation classes.

HostelLaVie Common room

I stayed at HostelLaVie; it’s in a good location, and the nearby place, Dharamkot, is easily accessible with stairs.

The price for an Eight Bed mixed dorm for a night is Rs.399 with a complimentary Breakfast of your choice between Paratha or Omelette from 8 a.m. to 10. am. but after your check-in, not before.

HostelLaVie at Upper Bhagsu

Cafes in Upper Bhagsu 

You cannot do visiting a particular Cafe by looking at it from the outside because it all seems so lively and energetic.

The street looks familiar to a foreign land because of the surroundings with lovely people and well-built and maintained cafes. I haven’t seen a street with so many well-built cafes.

Some are –

1. The Tree House

The Tree House Cafe at upper Bhagsu

The Variety it offers is just spent before, id. I didn’t hear the note of some dishes like Tofu in Peanut Gravy, Tofu Plater, etc.

2. Rakus Place

Rakus Place at Upper Bhagsu

The Interior at Rakus place is something to look at, with co-working space and comfortable seating on the ground.

This cafe remains everyone’s first choice to chill and have a great time and food. Rakus Place is next to The Tree House.

Rakus Place at upper Bhagsu

3. Nature Twins Cafe

Nature Twins Cafe at Upper Bhagsu

Nature Twin Cafe has been nicely decorated and always catches the eye’s attention. It’s been located on the roadside and can easily be pointed to. These three cafes are located close to each other.

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Yoga and Massage Options in Upper Bhagsu

Yoga is firmly practiced in the Indian state of McLeod Ganj. It gives calmness and freshness to the mind and soul.

Some of the centers where Yoga is practiced are –

1. Alpesh Yoga (Iyengar style) – Yoga Teaching and Training course with drop-in classes.

Mail – alpeshyoga@gmail.com

Ph – 9736463605

2. Yoga with Raj – Upper Bhagsu

3. Banjaara Yoga – The school of Ayurveda and Yoga

Mail – banjaarayogaschool@gmail.com

Tel – 919819655659


4. Lotus Yoga – Traditional Hatha Yoga

Ph – 919895728187

Note – Even where I stayed at HostelLaVie, they also conduct Yoga every day on the Top floor.

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Things to do in Upper Bhagsu

Things to do in Bhagsu

There are quite a few things to do in Bhagsu apart from visiting cafes.

Some of the items are –

1. Bhagsu Nag Temple

Bhagsu Nag

It is among the must-visit places in McLeod Ganj. Take a dip in the fantastic water present on the temple’s premises for positive energy, and visit the ancient temple for its architecture and history.

2. Bhagsu Nag Waterfall

Bhagsu Nag Waterfall

Have you visited the Bhagsu Nag Temple but don’t know where to go?

No problem!

Head straight To Bhagsu Nag Waterfall. The walk to the waterfall is scenic and breathtaking and a bit steep too, actually more than a bit. So take proper rest between and enjoy the moment.

However, there are few shops in-between just if you need something to eat and the same when you reach the waterfall.

3. Shiva Cafe

Shiva Cafe above waterfall

You might be thinking, why am I listing the cafe again?

This cafe is above the waterfall, the only one in that particular area and also at this height.

But there’s a steep climb (you have to climb everywhere since it’s mountains) to reach there. So enjoy your food with mountain views, sitting above the waterfall.

4. Shop in the local markets

Local Market in Upper Bhagsu

The market starts before the Bhagsu Nag Temple. It doesn’t have anything different to offer except some local handmade items and clothes.

But still, if you found something interesting, then let me know.

However, Dharamkot is just a few steps away from Upper Bhagsu. So, a few steps, you have to climb the stairs and a regular walk a few steps.

The next day, you can opt for Triund Trek, but you must keep things in mind before you start your trek.

What all You’ll be Encountering in Upper Bhagsu?

You will be meeting people from across the world who shares common interest’s like you do with my friends “Travelling”.

Some of them have been living here for the past few months, a year, or for a few days practicing yoga, learning meditation depriving peace, and gaining cultural insights.

From my point of view, don’t travel like a Tourist. Be a Traveler instead who learns something and shares the knowledge, adapts to the conditions, and most importantly, travels responsibly.

Let me know your experience in the comments below, and also, if you found something knowledgeable to share, contact me or drop it down.

About Author

Vansh Tiwari is a passionate traveler who explores every corner. Then, he presents his vision in images and writing. Further, he loves long walks along the roadside!


  1. The Bhagsu Nag Waterfall looks beautiful! I am also loving these cafes, and of course, I’d enjoy some yoga too! Your pictures are great. I especially appreciate the unique perspective for each picture.

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