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Mcleodganj is a small suburb in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Located approximately 6,831 feet above sea level, Mcleodganj is often referred to as "Little Lhasa," due to its high population of Tibetan refugees.

Location

Mcleodganj is a small outlying area in the outskirts of the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh state. Himachal Pradesh is a Northwestern state in India. Mcleodganj is situated in the upper Dharamshala area on the Duhauladhar Mountain Range in the Kangra District.

Time Zone

The time zone for Mcleodganj is Indian Standard Time (IST) or +5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). There is only one time zone for all of India, and it's the same time all year round (India does not observe daylight savings time).

Population

The Indian Census is done every 10 years, and the last was held in 2001. According to the 2001 census, the population of Dharamshala was less than 20,000 residents. Mcleodganj being a suburb of Dharamshala, the population is speculated at around 2,000 people. Often the population is tripled with visitors, students and residents combined.

Language

The official language of India is Hindi, spoken by approximately 41% of the population. Although the official language in India is Hindi, there are 15 other dialects recognized within India such as Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili, Kashmiri, Sindhi and Sanskrit. In Northern India, it's common to hear Hindustani, which is a combined dialect of Hindi and Urdu. English is also widely spoken throughout India, and taught in grammar school. English is exchanged during political and commerce talks nationally, but you might be surprised how frequently English is used among the locals. In Mcleodganj, the top three languages to expect are Hindi, English and the Tibetan Language.

Currency

The official currency of India is the rupee. The rupee is divided into 100 paise. The most frequently used coins are the 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupee coins, and the most frequently used notes are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 notes. It is advisable to carry cash on you while visiting Mcleodganj, as credit cards are not widely accepted. The easiest way to exchange currency is through a local bureau de change. ATMs and Cashpoints are another common way to access the local currency, simply pull India rupees from your local bank through your ATM card. Make sure to check with your bank before leaving home to see if your card is accepted internationally.

Religion

The most common religion in India among the general population is Hindu, but due to the number of Tibetan refugees residing in Mcleodganj and Dharamshala, it's safe to say that Buddhism is the predominate religion in the area.

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