A Detailed Travel Guide
This pristine hillstation has been on my bucket list ever since a good friend shared pictures of her visit. So, when I had a long weekend lined up, I knew that this is the place I want to visit. This was right after the monsoons (infact, right after the devastating Manali floods) and I witnessed a completely different side of Dalhousie, not to mention how cheap everything was since it was off season time. I spent good 2 days there and the experience has been completely surreal.
Right from trying out local Himachali food to having a comforting bowl of ice-cream in the freezing cold, from trekking alongside mountain goats to wandering aimlessly in the pretty lanes of Dalhousie, from a tingling encounter with the clouds as they danced their way through to early morning hikes to waterfalls, we had it all. I also ended up burning a hole in my pocket by shopping to the heart’s content at Mall road.
The drive around Dalhousie offers stunning panoramic views and is a great sight to witness. So, here I present to you my encounter with Dalhousie and I hope, it helps you plan your trip better and have an awesome experience like the one I had :).
Dalhousie, a quintessential hill-station in the chamba district of Himachal pradesh is located along the western edge of the dhauladhar range of the himalayas. Set amidst beautiful pine and oak forests, this hill station offers panoramic views and is quite known for its colonial architecture. Dalhousie is ideal for those who want to relax themselves, take a lazy stroll through the woods and soak up in the warmth of nature.
Places to visit
Dalhousie with its colonial architecture will surely take you back in time. This hill town set amidst lush green surroundings overlooking snow capped peaks is a beauty to witness in a lifetime. Here I list down the best places which needs to be visited to experience the beauty of Dalhousie.
1. Panchpula Waterfall
Set amidst lush green forests, Panchpula is a popular picnic spot. With a trail lined with food joints, you will have to trek up for 10-15 minutes to reach the waterfall and the view is amazing. There is also a cafe right beside the waterfall where you can enjoy a hot plate of maggi and submerse in the scenic beauty, the place has to offer.
2. St. Francis Church
Situated at a walkable distance from Subhash Chowk, this is definitely one of the beautiful churches I have visited. The peaceful environment, astounding architecture and the picturesque surroundings are the key striking factors of this church. Right outside the church, there lies a vast expanse of mountains with cute little cottages here and there, and this is where I witnessed the most beautiful dance of the clouds.
Rightly called as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a small valley with a lake in between and is beautifully lined with pine and deodar trees. Its a well known picnic spot with the backdrop of snow capped mountains and offers options for horse riding and zorbing. There is also a Khajji Nag temple nearby.
4. Dainkund Peak
Dainkund is the highest peak in Dalhousie and a trek to the top of the peak is very easy and a must-to-do. It is also called the “Singing hill” as the noise of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound here.The 360 degree view of the lush green valleys with snow ladden peaks at the backdrop and the khajjiar lake is quite amazing from Dainkund. At the end of the trek, lies the Pholan Devi temple.
5. Garam and Thandi Sadak
Garam and Thandi Sadak are two important pedestrian roads in Dalhousie lined with restaurants and hotels. A visit to Dalhousie is incomplete without a lazy stroll through these two streets. The streets offer a spectacular view of Dalhousie and is a great way to experience the place.
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