Visiting Dalhousie – Ultimate Travel Experience
A hill station located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh was always on my bucket list. I had heard so much about its breathtaking scenery and charming colonial architecture, that I couldn’t resist the temptation to visit this place. Finally, I took the plunge and planned a trip to this beautiful place.
One of the major reasons for Dalhousie being a choice was that all my friends had visited it and not just once but a lot of times. And I always had this FOMO, how come I have not? So, yes, irrelevant information nobody asked for!
Post leaving Chamba, our ride was set to our next destination. But in between, we also took a small detour to visit Chamera Lake. Nestled in the scenic hills of Himachal Pradesh, Chamera Lake is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature and tranquility. And who am I? A nature hoarder, someone who can stay amidst the greenery, and water bodies and spend hours there. Located near the town of Dalhousie, Chamera Lake is a man-made reservoir that was created by damming the Ravi River. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and majestic mountains, making it a picture-perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers.
Visiting Chamera Lake is a unique experience, as it allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region. We took a boat ride on the lake and it was amazing. It costs us around 300 per person for a motorboat ride, I recommend you, check out my Youtube Video for more details.
Apart from its natural beauty, Chamera Lake is also an ideal spot for adventure activities such as river rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing. But by the time we went there, all these activities were closed. So, our ride then moved ahead, on our way to the heartland.
As it snowed a night back, the view was just wow! The moment we stepped out of the car, we were welcomed by the fresh mountain air, lush snow-covered forests, and rolling hills. I felt as if I was transported to another world, one that was peaceful and serene.
We took a leisurely stroll through the quaint streets of Dalhousie, admiring the colonial architecture and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Heading to the Mall Road, walking on a tad bit risky trail – the snow was melting on the road and the walk had become a little imbalanced! I shopped for a couple of souvenirs from the Mall road.
You can also check out my YouTube Vlog here!
We had ample time to visit the place, explore places in Dalhousie, and do a lot of things possible, however, our exploration was restricted due to snowfall. The snowfall that happened the night before was so heavy that it blocked a lot of roads. So much so that you could not have been able to cross the path via walking.
So, post mall road exploration we went to book a nearby hotel. The next day, we went up again and were lucky enough for road clearance and we could go to Panjpulla waterfalls. The trail was so amazing, and the view ah! Nothing less than mesmerizing.
Post spending some serene time near the waterfall, a little trek to reach the waterfall, playing with snowballs, and how could we forget having Maggi? The time spent in Dalhousie was all recovered with the visit to Panjpulla.
We made a second visit to Mall Road in Dalhousie on our way back to the hotel room. Each time I visit Himachal, a new place, a new destination, the satisfaction level is unexplainable – just leaves me speechless. It is about both the place, the trip, and the experiences.
Post returning from Mall Road, we decided to reach our next destination – Amritsar, Punjab! This is yet another connecting destination for a really important place I have been traveling for. You will come across the said destination in my upcoming travel stories, so stay tuned.
In conclusion, my visit to Dalhousie was a truly magical experience. The breathtaking scenery, charming colonial architecture, and rich cultural heritage of the region left a lasting impression on me. I would highly recommend a visit to Dalhousie to anyone looking for a serene and peaceful getaway, and I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
3 Ultimate Things To Do In Dalhousie
If you have time, you can also mark these “Things to do when in Dalhousie”
Go for the trek: The trek could be challenging, but the view from the top was worth all the effort. The lake is surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills, and the serene environment is just what you need to recharge your batteries. You can spend the whole day at the lake, soaking in the beauty of nature and enjoying the peace.
Visit to Chamba Temple: You can mark your visit to the famous Chamba Temple, which is located in the heart of Dalhousie. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest and most revered temples in the region. The temple is known for its intricate carvings and stunning architecture, and visiting this temple will be a truly spiritual experience.
Visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. A sanctuary is a perfect place for nature lovers, and if you are lucky enough, you can spot a few species of rare birds and animals during your visit.
How To Reach Dalhousie
Reaching Dalhousie, a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India, is quite convenient, as there are several options available to travelers. Depending on your location, here are the most popular ways to reach Dalhousie:
- By Air: The nearest airport to Dalhousie is Gaggal Airport, which is located in Kangra. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Dalhousie.
- By Train: The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is Pathankot railway station, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From Pathankot, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Dalhousie.
- By Road: Dalhousie is well-connected to major cities in India by road. There are several bus services available from Delhi, Shimla, and other nearby cities to Dalhousie.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Dalhousie
The best time to visit Dalhousie is from April to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy outdoor activities and scenic views. Winters in Dalhousie can be very cold, and the temperatures can drop to sub-zero levels, making it unsuitable for outdoor activities.
So, plan your trip accordingly and make the most of your visit to Dalhousie. Whether you want to relax, explore the nearby tourist attractions, or just enjoy the scenic beauty, Dalhousie has something for everyone.
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