Solo Travel Guide to Bhagsu in McLeod Ganj
Himachal,  McLeod Ganj,  Upper Bhagsu Nag

Upper Bhagsu in McLeod Ganj – Explore from the Eyes of a Solo Traveler

This post was recently updated on August 3rd, 2021

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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 heard 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, Couples which also meant 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. If you are coming from another state then 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 you can 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 if you want 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 mostly 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 which will straight take you to Upper Bhagsu.

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

In Upper Bhagsu, you will see the majority of Foreigners and minority of Indians because of 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 as well.

HostelLaVie Common room

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

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

HostelLaVie at Upper Bhagsu

Even the Hosteller is also opened in Bhagsu.

Check more options here –

Cafes in Upper Bhagsu 

You cannot decide on visiting a particular Cafe by looking at it from the outside because it all looks 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 splendid. I didn’t hear the name before of some dishes like Tofu in Peanut Gravy, Tofu Plater, and many more.

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 –

Ph – 9736463605

2. Yoga with Raj – Upper Bhagsu

3. Banjaara Yoga – The school of Ayurveda and Yoga

Mail –

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 things are –

1. Bhagsu Nag Temple

Bhagsu Nag

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

2. Bhagsu Nag Waterfall

Bhagsu Nag Waterfall

If you have 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. Take proper rests between and enjoy the moment.

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

3. Shiva Cafe

Shiva Cafe above waterfall

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

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

But there’s a steep climb (you have to climb everywhere since it’s mountains) to reach there. 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 apart from 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. By a few steps, I mean few steps you just have to climb the stairs and a normal walk.

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 my friends “Travelling”.

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

In my point of view, don’t travel like a Tourist be a Traveler instead who learns something and in return shares the knowledge, adapt to the conditions and most important travel responsibly.

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

A Passionate Traveler who explores to see every corner from his eyes and presents it through Visual and Creative writing. The blog covers Travel and  Photography content.


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