In India, we have lots of options for planning weekend in hills. There is lot to explore in India, which are not just destinations but also crazy experiences that will go down the book of your memory lane.
Last month, I realized that I have a long weekend, immediately I made a plan with my Family to go to the hills to rejuvenate. As we were sure we wanted to go to the hills and Himachal Pradesh came to our mind first which is a home to scenic mountain towns and hills. We started looking some good places in Himachal Pradesh.
Dalhousie is among the most beautiful hill stations in Himachal Pradesh which is known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty. I have heard a lot of things about Dalhousie which is blessed with enchanting beauty, serene atmosphere and an amazing blend of religions and architecture. So, we planned to visit Dalhousie and made an eternity for 2 night and 3 days.
Our Journey started from Mumbai Airport, morning at 4.30 am, reached Pathankot around 6.30 am. Dalhousie is located at such a height is not accessible directly by flights or trains. Pathankot is the closet airport, which is 75 Km away from Dalhousie.
When I got down from the plane, it was pretty cool. I hadn’t expected cold climate in Dalhousie in June when everywhere else in the country a solid heat wave was prevailing.
Our driver was waiting for us at the airport to pick up. It was getting cold as we climbed higher and higher. It took 3 hours to reach.
After checking into hotel Hotel New Palace, we all rested for couple of hours and Left for Punchpula after lunch.
Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3km from Dalhousie. The meaning of Panchpula means five bridges. The main streams that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie. Surrounded by a green Pine, Deodar trees and refreshing water streams the picturesque Panchpula has always been one of the favorite tourist places in Dalhousie. This place is surrounded by picturesque mountains; green valley’s which a dream place is for every photographer and nature lover.
When in Hills, you should definitely find a Chai Tapri to enjoy tea which you won’t find in sophisticated hotel.
The best time to visit this place is in summer and monsoon. There are numerous amazing waterfalls which look best during the monsoon as everything around these falls buzzes with natural richness..
Next day our destination was Khajjiar.
Dalhousie Public School
On the way to Khajjiar, there is a Dalhousie Public school where the Bollywood blockbuster movie song “Mai nikla, O Gaddi leke” from “Gadar – Ek Prem Katha” and “Udja kale kawan” was shot. This is one of the most beautiful schools in India.
Instead of summer vacations, the school closed for 2 months in winter because every year this area receives substantial snowfall. Once snow melts, the school brings back the road to its Old glory.
Khajjiar is located 24 km from Dalhousie and recognized as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India” by the Vice Counselor of Switzerland himself. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, this place is surrounded by the dense forest, Valley with a spring lake in the middle and located on the foothill of the westerns Himalayas. The Natural beauty and charming landscape of this place leaves an everlasting impression on a tourist.
I went at a time when the snow has almost melted except in few areas, still it was worth! This place has been a part of lot of movies including “Kuch Kuch Hota Hain” the summer camp part has shot on this place.
You can enjoy adventure activities like Para-gliding, horse riding, zorbing here. Go for paragliding in Khajjiar, and live your dream of soaring like a bird in the sky and cruising among the clouds. It is one of the best experiences in my life. For Para- gliding it will cost you Rs 1000/-
You can take a photo with Himachal traditional dress. For that the vendor will charge you RS 200/- along with photographs. Do not forget to do this if you are visiting Khajjiar.
Nonetheless, we spent a good two – three hours here and enjoyed adventure and achievement; we headed straight to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop is one of the most prominent places in Dalhousie. This place is known for the lush green surrounding and snow covered peaks. This place is located approximately 12km from Dalhousie and it can be easily reached through trekking.
A charming sanctuary is a home to species like the Himalayan wild bear, Himalayan black marten, mountain cats, panther, jackal and languor. This place is covered with deonar trees with streams flowing into the Ravi River.
Being located at high altitude, this place offers breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. .If you want to experience the beauty of Mother Nature, this place is a must-visit in Dalhousie.
Our day 3 started with Mcleodganj water fall Bhagsu waterfall, which is situated near Bhagsu village. This place is situated about 7000 ft above sea level, which makes it a perfect location to enjoy the beauty of a high altitude Place. There is also Temple devoted to Lord Shiva, which adds beauty to this place. The stunning waterfall, mountain lush greenery, cold weather is not to be missed by any kind of nature lover.
The temperature of water is very low so all the tiredness of the body is easily lost as soon as you jump in. But you can’t stay in water for long time because it can cause cramps if you are not adequately hydrated.
Dalhousie is famous for its market. Tibetan Market is the most popular ones. Beautiful Tibetan jewelry, shawls, handcrafted goods are worth to buy to keep as a memories about this place.
I spent 1 hr there. On the way back, I felt bit unwell and started vomiting. We stopped at a roadside tea shop where i had tea and biscuit. I could barely eat a few of them and finished my tea. After reaching hotel I asked for warm water, took some rest.
We had almost done with major places. And it was time to way back home. Our flight was next day early morning. We left the hotel early in morning to the Pathankot airport.
It was one of the most memorable trips I have ever been too. Dalhousie left us spellbound. The sight of the mountains and cold climate, greenery gives a peaceful feeling to the mind. All you could feel was air hitting the trees and chirping of birds! And This kind of peace I was looking for!
Thus, if you are searching for a peaceful and formed location to spend some time relaxing your senses, Dalhousie is head and shoulders above its competition. Pack your bags, get in your car and hit the road now, as wonderful Dalhousie awaits your arrival.