exactly how deserted is mcleod ganj in december?

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i read somewhere that many shops and restaurants (hotels?) in mcleod ganj close for business during winter. how true is it? i'm planning a visit in mid-december, and i might change my mind if it's gonna be a 'ghost town' at that time. and how cold will the weather be, both day and night?
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Most places, at least 80%, are open in December. It gets colder as the month progresses. The average temp is about 12C. It can be quite warm on sunny days but it can drop to 4C in late December if there is a cold snap.

http://mcleodganj-weathergeek.blogsp...max-results=50

This year there will be an important teaching in Bodhgaya with the Dalai Lama beginning at the end of December. I expect the town to start getting very quiet after December 20th.
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Thanks, Cardinal Divide. And I just found out at the Dalai Lama will be giving a three-day lecture in Dharamsala from 19 December to 21 December.

http://www.dalailama.com/teachings/schedule
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It will be well worth coming. The teachings will be great of course, and you will get to see Russian Buddhists, similar to Tibetans and Mongolians, in their amazing traditional clothing. There may be visitors from Tibet as well. Most dress quite differently from Tibetans in India.
It will take a few days for everyone to get buses to Bodhgaya afterward, so it should be a busy and fun time to be here.
Arrive a few days before the teachings if you want a decent selection of rooms. You will need to register for the teachings as well.
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I too plan to go to McLeod Ganj in December (early/mid). Is there anything one needs to know except to pack warm clothes? Hostels are open, the bus from Delhi runs as usual, etc? I was there in March -- should I expect a lot of things to be different in December?
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Tushita's website says,

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In general, December and especially January are not such good months to come to McLeod Ganj. It can get very cold here, most guest houses do not have heating and with the snow come the power cuts! Many centers have their winter break (the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives still holds classes in December, but not in January) and most of the guest houses and restaurants will be closed.
Now I'm not going to Tushita but that info was pretty depressing... Is all this really true? Cardinal, you said 80% of places will be open while Tushita says most will be closed... I trust you more, but I'm still a little concerned. I really wanna go but only if guest houses, coffee shops, at least some book stores, etc., are still open. I definitely need internet access too.

It doesn't make sense to me that a whole town somewhat isolated from the rest of India would turn into a ghost town as soon as the "cold" appears... especially since 10-12 degrees really isn't very cold at all -- that's fall temperature in most of Europe, for example.
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The Tushita info is not reliable at all. Whoever wrote it does not winter here. I have spent 6 of the past 8 winters in McLeod. No worries! Half of the souvenir shops will close before the end of December but most restaurants, guest houses, etc will be open. December is great as long as you have plenty of warm clothes. I'd suggest arriving in early December if you can.
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There is no central heating in most places but you can find a room that rents heaters.
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Sounds good -- I intend to arrive around the 1st, and stay for about two weeks. It's my favorite place on Earth so it doesn't matter if the place is not a big carnival in Dec.

Should I bring a sleeping bag? I don't have one at the moment so I'd have to buy one.
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i dont have any idea, i want to go there so tell me how to go?
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Like most backpacker destinations in the hills -- including Manali, Parvati etc -- McLeod wont be the carnival it is in the summer months as most of the budget travellers will be out in Goa, Rajasthan, Hampi at that time. Even the cafes/restaurants from these parts relocate south during winter months. But still, finding a decent place to stay is not going to be difficult. Advisable to carry your sleeping bags as it does get chilly.
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This was shot in December (last year, I think) -- looks perfect to me!

http://youtu.be/ScngSv5CmwU
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Rooms come with quilts. I don't usually need anything extra but if you do you can pick up cheap blankets in Lower Dharamsala. If you do bring a sleeping bag or a blanket you can use it on the journey up from Delhi. I have fleece pajamas for winter, that I brought with me.
Do bring long johns/thermals. If they are expensive where you live and you won't use them back home cheap ones can be bought here from street vendors.
You can buy a lot of winter gear here. Much of it far cheaper than in the west.
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Cardinal Divide: Do you live in McLeod Gunj, year round. I would like to know how the sky looks like. Is it clear. How far should one go away from McLeod Gunj, to see clear skies. I like to observe the sky and was wondering how many cloudy nights do you get, year round. Do you get snow? approximately how much in winter? What is the coldest, it gets in winter. Thanks in advance.
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RWeHavingFunYet, you need to follow this blog:

http://mcleodganj-weathergeek.blogspot.com/

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