Are you planning a nice vacation in India? Confused about where to go? Then Dalhousie, India is one of the interesting places in India to spend a wonderful vacation along with the entire family. This place is very cool and calm making it very ideal for spending a fantastic honeymoon for a newly married couple.
Dalhousie is a hill station, which is best for those tourists who want to distress their life and return back with a peaceful mind. This place Dalhousie is situated on the northeast of Himachal Pradesh and is situated on five hills. The name Dalhousie was given after the name a British Governorgeneral, Lord Dalhousie who declared this place a tourist attraction. This place Dalhousie was founded in the year 1854 by Lord Dalhousie as the climate and surroundings impressed him very well.
The climate of this place is really fantastic and everyone will love this place.The five hills on which this hill station is built are Bhangora, Terah, Bakrota, Potreyn and Khatalagh. This place Dalhousie is situated almost 9000 feet above the sea level and it is on the western edge of the Himalayan mountain range (Dhauladhar mountain). This hill station is a wonderful place which is covered with snow capped peaks. Tourism is the important part of the economy of this place. This place is having many interesting and exciting places to visit for its tourists. You will love all the attractions in this place, but a few of them are just awesome and you will never forget this trip to Dalhousie.
When To Go:
You can all this place Dalhousie as a place which welcomes its tourists in all season and hence is a place for all seasons. As this place is ideal for visiting at any time of the year, it is good to decide first the purpose of your visit to Dalhousie, like is it honeymoon, just a tour with your family or anything else. If you are planning your honeymoon or planning to spend some special time with your partner, then you can choose to go between December to January or between September to November. December and January are the months when you can witness beautiful snowfall.
The summer season is also good at this place as this is a hill station and the temperature is going to be moderate even during summer. The Summer season starts from March and is going to continue till May. The rainy season is also not a bad idea as you can really enjoy the rainy season to the fullest when you are on the top of a hill, almost 9000 feet above sea level. Winter starts in the month of November and lasts till March, this is a very good time to visit Dalhousie. The temperature sometimes goes down to minus 3 degrees and it will reach maximum of 15 degrees only. Ideal time to spend in a hill station. Now it is completely your choice about which climate you want to enjoy at this hill station or when you are free during the year. You will normally, find people all round the year, but winter is the time when you can get accomodation easily and at a very affordable price. And if your trip is during the Summer then do not forget to make your arrangements in advance else your trip may get more expensive than what you planned or you may end up disappointing your family members with bad facilities.
So, now that you had enough introduction about Dalhousie, now it is time to have a look at the most interesting things to doat Dalhousie:
Dainkund Peak or also called as Dain Kund is one of the most interesting places in Dalhousie. This place is occupied by the Indian Air Force and you will have to park the cars at the beginning of the air force barrier and then enter inside. This is one of the most common places when you are visiting Dalhousie. In the olden days, there was a belief that this place was occupied by the witches and hence this place is also known as the Witch’s pond.
This place Dainkund peak is having another name and that is Singing hill. This place is almost 2700 meters above the sea level and hence making it a great place to enjoy the view of the surrounding places. It can be a bit difficult for you to reach to the peak of the place, especially if you are traveling along with your kids. But once you reach the place, this is going to be the best part of your trip to Dalhousie. Your trip to Dalhousie would be definitely incomplete if you are missing this place and you will definitely regret it later. People who love hiking and enjoy the beautiful breathtaking view from the top of hills, will love this journey to the top of Dainkund Peak.
Have you ever dreamt of visiting Switzerland? Has your dream not come true yet? If your budget is low, but want to enjoy the view of Switzerland, then you should visit Khajjiar. This place is known as the mini Switzerland in India and an awesome place to visit in Himachal Pradesh, Chamba district. This place is very close to Dalhousie and is just 24 kilometers away. This is a very beautiful hill station which is surrounded by dense forest and green meadows.
This place is located almost 6500 feet above the sea level. You will be able to reach this place in just one hour by bus and this is a place that you should never miss if you are going on a personal or business trip to Dalhousie. There are almost 160 places across the globe which are topographically similar to Switzer land and this is one of those places. The beauty of this place cannot be expressed in words and you will just love in love with the nature of this place.
If you are a nature lover, then you will not feel like leaving this place even after you are done with your trip. There are many cottages and hotels available on the top of the hill. They are a bit costly, but you should plan to stay at least for a day or two. The best thing that you are going to enjoy here in Khajjiar is the lake and you can even go for a nice pleasant walk into the pine forest. You are definitely going to fall in love with this place.
Another interesting and awesome place in Dalhousie is Chamera Lake. You will just have to spend two hours for reaching this place and it is a wonderful place to see in Dalhousie. If you cannot wait for two hours, then you still have another option to reach this place quick, like as quick as possible and that is you can hire boats.
You will be able to get two kinds of boats. One is speed boat and the other is normal boat. You will enjoy the boating experience in the Chamera lake. The lake is completely surrounded by many hills and hence making it more interesting for the tourists. The boat is going to be really romantic if you are traveling with your special friend or partner. It seems a bit costly for a small duration boat ride, but once you get into the boat, then you are going to enjoy the ride to the fullest.
It would be more interesting if you can plan your boat ride during late after as the climate would be more apt to enjoy a boat ride. There is an interesting Dam as well near the lake. This dam is used for electricity production for Punjab and Delhi. You will love everything around you as the place is so cool and calm.
There are many Beautiful Churches in Dalhousie. If you can get some time to visit these churches then you would be amazed by the interior designing of these churches. There are many churches like St. John’s church, St. Patrick’s church and many more.
They are all nice ancient churches and are said to be the oldest churches in this place. The location of these churches is really amazing and you should definitely visit if you can at least find an hour’s time. These places are away from the city and are really peaceful to spend some quiet time of Jesus. If you are going with your kids then make sure that they are calm inside the church and when they come out, then the place is really a huge open place and kids will really have a lot of fun.
If you have been to the Bakrota hills in Dalhousie, then you should not miss the Ganji Pahari. This place is a very famous walk in Bakrota hills, Dalhousie. It is just five kilometers away from the city and is a fantastic place to enjoy along with family. There is another interesting name for this place and it is “Bald Hill”. There is a reason why this hill is known as bald hill and that is you will not find any trees on the top of the hill.
It is just a plain hill and looks as if the place got bald. You can spend a nice time with your entire family here. This a picnic spot for many local people and you can spend great time here. You also get a great panoramic view of the surrounding places from this hill top and the view is definitely breathtaking and mesmerizing. You will just need one hour to take a pleasant walk around the hill while enjoying the cool breeze, but this is a place where you can spend even hours. There is one point that you should take care when you are visiting this place. You should make sure that you visit the place and come down before it gets dark as there will be some wild animals like bears on the way. You need to plan it accordingly.
Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza
One of the best and most interesting place for those love shopping is Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza. Yes, this is the place where you can shop many local items. Mostly, you will be able to buy winter wear at a very cheaper price and the price completely depends on how well you are able to bargain.
You will be able to get a good discount if you can bargain well. This place is always crowded and there are many food stalls where you will be able to enjoy mouth watering food of Dalhousie. You get a chance to taste hot and spicy food in the cool climate.
Another interesting place to take a nice walk in the Dalhousie’s arms is Garam Sadak. The reason why this place is called as Garam Sadak is because of the temperature in this place. This is one of those rare places in Dalhousie which receive the direct sunlight.
Hence, this place can be a bit more comfortable and relaxing for the tourists who do not like too much of a cold weather throughout the trip in Dalhousie. The road is a criss cross in shape and makes it interesting for the people who are taking a walk in this place, but if you are going for a walk in the late evenings then better carry a torch along with you. This road is good to take a walk during the daytime between 8 to 10 am, so that climate is not too hot or not too cold.
Another interesting place in Chamba district, Dalhousie which you should not miss is Sach Pass. This place is normally not open all round the year, enter in this place opens in the mid of June or in the early July. Entry to this place is closed in the month of October.
The road to reach this place is very narrow and it is going to take almost 7 to 8 hours. Make sure that you are making arrangements for your drinks and food as they will not be available on the way. If you are planning to visit this place along with senior people or kids then please avoid kids and seniors to this place. You will love the walk and the time that you get to spend at this place and hence do not miss this place. Plan one complete day for this place only.
Bara Pathar Temple
Bara Pathar Temple or Bara Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in this place Dalhousie. You are going to spend some peaceful and interesting time at this temple, but before you reach the temple, you are going to enjoy the most picturesque views on your way. It is hardly going to take you four hours to reach this temple from the center of Dalhousie but it looks as if you are traveling in a different place with a huge snowfall and awesome breeze.
If you want to enjoy the real view of this place, then you should plan your trip in the month of January only. The temple is of Goddess Bhavani Mata and you should not miss this drive or the temple. Once you reach the temple, it is going to be really peaceful with a lot of greenery and flowers around you. The temple is in the middle of a forest and you can enjoy the nice fragrance of the flowers as you enter inside the forest.
There are many beautiful lakes in this place and you should not miss the Boat Rides in this place Dalhousie. There are different kinds of boats and you can choose the one which suits you. You can go on a close group boat ride or the open group ride.
But the ride is going to be just awesome for sure as the climate is cool always and you can enjoy a nice breeze in your boat ride. Do not miss to go for a boat ride even if it a bit expensive as that is going to be a memory of your life time.
Kalatop Forest and Kalatop animal Sanctuary
Kalatop Forest and Kalatop animal Sanctuary is one of those places which are worth visiting. This is a sanctuary of many animals.
You will get to see many wild animals on the top of the mountain and this place is good for trekking and hiking as well. If you like to try trekking and hiking in Dalhousie, then do not miss this place.
There are many other things as well to visit this place which is more beautiful and exciting. Do not forget to click a lot of pictures at this place and also carry the right kind of clothes as the place is really cool during winter. If you are planning to visit during summer, then do not forget to make your bookings in advance as the place is going to be really crowded during this period of time. Winter is also crowded, but not as much as Summer and hence your trip can be a little cheaper at this time. Have a great trip at this beautiful hill state Dalhosuie.