As home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile, Dharamsala is a vibrant center of Buddhist culture. The suburb of McLeodganj, alternatively referred to as “Little Lhasa”, is defined by its prayer-flag-strung monasteries and shops selling Tibetan crafts.
Coworking facilities are scattered along the outskirts, away from the town center, and easily accessible via bus, motorcycle, or a short hike. These places usually offer accommodation and a café as well. Ghoomakad in the peaceful village of Rakkar has a fully-functional workspace in a traditional mud-and-stone hut set amidst nature and overlooking snow-capped peaks. People often trek uphill from McLeodganj to Dharamkot, where Alt Life hostel’s wood-lined coworking space hosts frequent live music in the evenings. Near the Bhagsu waterfall, The Void offers a workspace setup with forest views, along with accommodation and a café.
Once you’ve wrapped up your work day, head towards the McLeodganj Main Square to be close to the action. At the town’s cozy cafes, you’ll meet an eclectic mix of Buddhist monks, backpackers, and long-staying international travelers. Art-filled Moon Peak is great for coffee and cake, while The Other Space is popular for its chic interiors and plug-and-play workspace. You’ll definitely work up an appetite walking around the mountains, which is great because there’s a diverse culinary scene here ranging from traditional momos to rustic Italian cooking. Common Ground Café serves wholesome Tibetan food and noodle dishes. Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen is a longstanding favorite for its vibrant interiors, mountains views, and delicious pastas.
Dharamshala is the starting point for many easy mountain treks—the Triund trek and the route to the Bhagsu waterfall are two popular trails. Don’t miss the Tsuglagkhang Complex, housing a monastery and The Tibet Museum, to understand the history and culture of this unique mountain community.
Malavika is an India-based writer passionate about travel, wildlife, and the outdoors. Follow her travels @malavikab on Instagram.
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