Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1854 by the British Empire’s government in India as a summer retreat for its troops and officials. Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture are prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.
I visited the place in the last week of September and it was still summers there. We made prior reservations and boarded DAULADHAR EXP from Delhi to Pathankot station. It was an overnight train journey of around 10 hours. On reaching Pathankot in the morning, we hired a taxi to Dalhousie which is around 85km from Pathankot. There were no direct trains to Dalhousie, the nearest station being in Pathankot (PTK and PTKC). It took us around 3 hours to reach Dalhousie.
Day 1– After checking in at a hotel, we had our brunch at Kwality Restaurant. We were so hungry and the food was really good there.
We then did some local sightseeing – which included the church at the Gandhi Chowk and Tibetan Market. It was cold after the sunset and more fun strolling in the local market. Then we had the dinner at Lovely Restaurant near Gandhi Chowk where we sat on the terrace and had a complete view of the hills.
Day 2– We hired a taxi for the full day and visited Khajjiar. The sun was shining in its full glory over the vast green valley. It was such a beautiful sight. It takes around 1.5 hrs to reach Khajjiar which is located at around 25kms from Dalhousie.
On the way we also explored Dainkund Walk and Kalatop. Dainkund has a temple on the top of a hill where one has to walk on the hilly path. It does require some muscles to walk up there but the sight on the way was amazing. On our way back to our hotel in Dalhousie, we stopped at Panchpula which has a small waterfall and some local market to see. It is just 2.5kms from Gandhi Chowk but require walking uphill which might me tedious for some. The day was well spent and we covered most of the sightseeing places except for Chamba which was another 26 kms from Khajjiar.
Day 3– Dalhousie to Dharamshala/McLeodGanj 125 kms
Continued in next post.
Must see – Dainkund, Khajjiar
Nothing much for sightseeing. Just enjoy and relax in the calmness of the hills in Dalhousie.