Dalhousie, a very beautiful and a wonderful destination of Himachal Pradesh. It is actually one of our Best locations as it gave us an opportunity to conquer a 10k feet mountain peak, Dainkund. Believe us, it was the most amazing experience of our lives. It is more popular as an adventure sport. Named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor in the 19th century, Dalhousie has retained its colonial look of that time accordingly. Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Dainkund Peak, Khajjiar and Chamera Lake are a few of the attractions of Dalhousie.
Dalhousie is surrounded densely with pine, oak and deodar trees. The British era can still be felt in Dalhousie as the colonial structure visible in its school, its churches and other buildings is very well maintained in Dalhousie. There are many beautiful locations to be enjoyed in Dalhousie. You can easily spend many days in Dalhousie. We were there for a eight day trip but did not feel contended with Dalhousie. Following are the details of the must to be visited places in Dalhousie :
The most exciting place in Dalhousie is the Dainkund Peak, the highest peak of Dalhousie. The Dainkund Peak is at 9990 feets above the sea level. The topmost point of the Dainkund Peak provides you with a beautiful panoramic view of Dalhousie and its beautiful surroundings. You have two options to reach there either you trek for a smaller portion after driving through the roads or you need to trek through the woods to reach to your destination.
Khajjiar, more commonly known as the “Mini Switzerland” of India, is another awesomely beautiful place of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known as the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh. It can be visited throughout the year due to its very pleasant and appropriate weather. Khajjiar Lake and Chamera Lake are the major attractions of Khajjiar. A huge area filled up with green meadows with a beautiful lake in its center makes the place look like a dreamland. Khajjiar is therefore commonly clubbed with most of the tourists places of Himachal Pradesh. Your trip to Himachal Pradesh is obviously incomplete without visiting this place. It is midway between Dalhousie and Chamba.
A garden with many rocks, an artificial fountain and a real beautiful waterfall dividing in small springs coming down the rocks. The garden has a variety of aquatic plants, a small bridge in the very start of the garden and many more things to cherish in the garden. At least a 15 minutes visit to the place is a must as it comes on the way and is on the main road itself.
River Ravi is imposed by the Chamera Dam for the hydro-electricity project and the reservoir so formed is the Chamera Lake. It is a beautiful lake with many sport activities for the tourists visiting the Lake. The Lake is too big to believe it is an artificial lake. The speciality of this place is the fluctuating temperature which goes as high as 38 degrees in the day time and reaches as low as 18 degrees in the night. The Chamera Devi Temple provides an awesome view of the lake from its sitting area.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is the home to the wild life of Himachal Pradesh. A narrow path filled with snow and a dense forest showcasing a variety of flaura and fauna specially the pine, deodar and the oak trees keep you busy throughout the way from Lakkarmandi to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Various types of experiences and challenges keep thrilling you throughout the way until you reach your destination. And if you are an adventure lover you must definitely choose trekking as your option to reach there.
The Satdhara Waterfalls are the most beautiful Waterfall in Himachal Pradesh. Seven fresh water springs flowing gracefully create a mesmerizing view of the waterfall. The water of these springs is said to have some rich medicinal properties as it is rich in mica and other minerals and hence is believed to have cure for many diseases.