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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Mcleodganj?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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McLeodganj is named after David McLeod, who was Lieutenant Governor of Punjab when the British discovered the little hill station in the early 1850s. It was a suitable place to shift their civil administration and cantonment from Kangra Fort. McLeodganj at that time was a dozen-or-so English homes, perched on the ridge for the best view of the snowcapped Dhauladhars.


Photo of Present Day Mcleodganj

Established in 1860, the threestoreyed, glass-fronted shop of the Nowrojees still stands where it was, watching over the transformation from British outpost to hippiedom. Its business dwindled when the British shifted to Lower Dharamsala after a devastating earthquake in 1905. But the Nowrojees sold newspapers, medicines, arms, even ran their own dak service for the few pensioners and missionaries, until India’s Independence drove even these customers away.


Photo of Prayer Wheels at Tsuglagkhang Temple


It was the customer-starved Nauzer Nowrojee — an eccentric who ruled over the shop for 63 years, the inspiration behind the unbending shopkeeper in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance — who, in 1960, persuaded the exiled Dalai Lama to settle down here. Fleeing from the Chinese, his people dying in the heat and dust of the Indian plains, the 14th Dalai Lama found refuge in this little pine-covered spur of the mountains, with snow peaks round the corner. From the day the Dalai Lama stepped here, McLeodganj never looked back.You can learn more about the history and culture of the hill station with the best places to visit in Mcleodganj.

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Vaishali Singh Aug 05 2013
0 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

McLeodganj is named after David McLeod, who was Lieutenant Governor of Punjab when the British discovered the little hill station in the early 1850s. It was a suitable place to shift their civil administration and cantonment from Kangra Fort. McLeodganj at that time was a dozen-or-so English homes, perched on the ridge for the best view of the snowcapped Dhauladhars.


Photo of Present Day Mcleodganj

Established in 1860, the threestoreyed, glass-fronted shop of the Nowrojees still stands where it was, watching over the transformation from British outpost to hippiedom. Its business dwindled when the British shifted to Lower Dharamsala after a devastating earthquake in 1905. But the Nowrojees sold newspapers, medicines, arms, even ran their own dak service for the few pensioners and missionaries, until India’s Independence drove even these customers away.


Photo of Prayer Wheels at Tsuglagkhang Temple


It was the customer-starved Nauzer Nowrojee — an eccentric who ruled over the shop for 63 years, the inspiration behind the unbending shopkeeper in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance — who, in 1960, persuaded the exiled Dalai Lama to settle down here. Fleeing from the Chinese, his people dying in the heat and dust of the Indian plains, the 14th Dalai Lama found refuge in this little pine-covered spur of the mountains, with snow peaks round the corner. From the day the Dalai Lama stepped here, McLeodganj never looked back.

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