When the scorching heat of Delhi was too much to take for us, me and my three friends packed our bags and took a trip to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The journey was long and tiring but on reaching our destination, we were fully re-enegised. We freshened up and relaxed in a nice hotel.
After taking rest for a couple of hours, we set our for Dalhousie tour. One glance at this gorgeous hill station and I was enchanted by its breathtaking landscapes, centuries old temples, lush green forests of pine, cedar and deodar.
Nestled on the western side of the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalaya and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Dalhousie is a visual delight. It is in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The buildings, and churches of the town are highly influenced by the Scottish and Victorian architecture.
Founded by the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, it is a popular destination established by the British Empire in 1854 as a summer retreat. Blessed with scenic splendour, natural beauty, and a pleasant weather, Dalhousie tourism attracts hordes of tourists every year. It is a perfect location for honeymoon couples as well. Couples choose from a wide range of attractive honeymoon packages in Dalhousie.
We went for trekking in Dainkund peak, the highest mountain in Dalhousie. Fresh mountain air, captivating landscapes, I completely got lost in this blessings of nature. From its peak, we had the bird’s eye view of the city. The cool gentle breeze flowing through the trees sounded like a musical note to my ears. We clicked many photos in different poses on this peak. Pholani Devi temple on this peak is really amazing. The river flowing through the stunning valley made our trekking in Dainkund an enjoyable experience.
In the evening, we set out for a brisk walk round the Bakrota Mall in the Bakrota hills. This hill is just five kilometer from Dalhousie. Bakrota mall offers a popular walking circuit around the hill. From here, we had splendid view of snow clad peaks.
Next day, we decided to go for shopping. We went to Gandhi Chowk, formerly known as GPO, the most popular shopping destination in Dalhousie. There are numerous shops, delectable eateries, government buildings, and some cool restaurants. It is definitely a happening place in Dalhousie. A small Tibetan market near GPO attracted us instantly. We bought decorative items, jewellery, handicrafts, jackets, souvenirs, bags, from Tibetan Market.
On the last day of our Dalhousie tour, we visited Panchpula, some three kilometres away from Dalhousie’s General Post Office. Panchpula means five bridges. This place offers a picturesque landscape of the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh. On our way to Panchpula, we came across the Satdhara springs gushing down from Dainkund peak. We had heard about the curative power of this spring, and so one of my friends filled her bottle with this spring water. She did it more for fun than to discover about its healing power. There’s also a memorial monument of revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh in Panchpula. It is most frequented tourist spot and a very attractive place of our Dalhousie Holiday Packages.
We relaxed in the restaurant there and enjoyed some good food. After spending some time in Panchpula, we headed for Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary to have a glimpse of Himachal Pradesh wildlife.
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district, draws a lot of tourists. It is about 6 km from Dalhousie. Dense deodar and fir forest covered more than half of the sanctuary. We were not very lucky to have a sight of animals but we managed to capture some migratory birds in our camera.
I must say we had a wonderful time in Dalhousie. I would love to make a trip to Dalhousie again and explore those places which we have missed out in this Dalhousie tour.