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Switzerland of India - Dalhousie
Dalhousie is a small place which is mostly dependent on tourists. Dalhousie being a quaint town, where long walks through the tall deodar trees charms you as the sun rays played peek-a-boo with forest leaves leaving pretty patterns prancing! The snow clad peaks of Dhauladhar towering enticingly beyond the deodar and pine forests looked so similar to foreign locations.
Subhash Chowk, the centre most place of Dalhousie where all restaurant & market is situated. It offered a great view of the mountains.
Sightseeing in Kalatop will recall few frames from the film Lootera. The snow clad log hut with the one-leafed tree and kaccha trails. A sight so pretty, you would wish to make that your home for as long as you live. The kaccha trails take you through dense conifers and sunlight grass-carpeted glades. I admire Dalhousie with wishful eyes as I pledge to plan a short holiday just too stay in this hut maybe sometime in winters when a blanket of snow would transform it However, with a heavy heart I bid adieu to the beautiful place, not before putting in a silent promise of being back!
While planning this trip we made sure not to miss out on Khajjiar & it was worth the bucks we spent. Khajjiar, fondly called mini-Switzerland of India, reminded me of all the Yash Chopra swiss locations. A saucer shaped pond in the middle of a meadow grassland, infringed by tall pine and deodars. At first sight a peaceful and serene place, picture pretty. An idyllic setup to sit back and pen down a couple of lines of poetry!
Abode of God: Many a times the most pleasant experiences are the ones that are unexpected. I stumbled upon an 81 foot tall statue of Lord Shiva. Towering against the backdrop of his abode, the snow clad peaks. A fantastic photo opportunity not to be missed. And so I emerged, shutter-happy and self-satisfied at the discovery just a km from Khajjiar.
Chamera lake is also one of the destination which just blew me off. A very huge water body lying in the laps of the huge mountains. I am not too much of a lake-person. Yet it proved worth the diversion, deep gorges and ravines with pristine green-blue waters of the river Ravi, the sun reflected off water in a sparkling kaleidoscope of shimmers. One of the most picturesque locations I have come across in recent times!
To sum up all I am falling short of word. Dalhousie will mesmerise you with every location.
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History of Dalhousie
Named after Lord Dalhousie, the then British Governor in India, Dalhousie is a splendid summer retreat in North India, which was established in 1854 by the British Government. The beautiful and picturesque Dalhousie is built on and around the five hills, which are the best places for sightseeing in Dalhousie, namely The Katalagh, Potreyn, Bakrota, Terah and Bhangora.
Dalhousie is surrounded by snow peaked mountains and is located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. Summer is the best season to visit Dalhousie. History enthusiasts can look forward to the buildings of the Scottish and Victorian architecture in the Dalhousie town.
People and culture of Dalhousie
The people of Dalhousie have a simple culture, which is free of any colonial intervention. Ancient Hindu tribes have been a major part of the society of Dalhousie dating back to the 7th century A.D. The tribal population of Dalhousie include the Gaddhis, Gujjars, Kinnars, Bhots and the Lahaulis.
Another major part of the population comprises of the Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Tibetans. Agriculture, Tourism, Animal husbandry, arts and crafts are the major occupations of the tribal community here. The classical ambience of the colonial era is evident from the Scottish and Victorian architecture of Dalhousie town.
Things to do in Dalhousie
The picturesque destination offers a lot of activities for nature lovers and adventurers. Among the places to visit in Dalhousie are Daikund peak, Ganji Pahari as a picnic spot to soak in the realms of nature and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Dalhousie attractions include the Garam Sadak, Jhandri ghat, Subhash Pauli ideal for the trekking enthusiasts as Dalhousie is regarded as the trekker’s paradise.
The tourists places in Dalhousie that are of religious importance are the Noorwood Paramdham, Bara Pathar temple, Hariraya temple, St. Patrick church, to name a few. Dalhousie sightseeing will be incomplete without visiting the Moti tibba, Rang mahal and Sach pass for mountain trekking enthusiasts, which are one of the best Dalhousie tourist places.
Other things to do in Dalhousie include visiting the Kalatop Wildlife reserve. Dalhousie tour can offer you an experience to remember by visiting the Minjar fair and the summer festival to give you a glimpse of the culture of Dalhousie. Other things to do in Dalhousie is boating in the Chamera lake dam.
Food and shopping in Dalhousie
Gandhi chowk in Dalhousie is the local market that houses many local restaurants that serve pure and authentic cuisine as per the taste of the customers. While visiting the places to see in Dalhousie, be sure to check out the multi cuisine dishes available at these local restaurants. The shopping plaza at Gandhi Chowk is the ultimate shopping destination, which is famous as Dalhousie places to visit for buying Souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, arts and handicrafts.
Bhuttico is yet another shopping destination, which was established by the local women in 1944 to showcase the handicrafts created by the women of the local villages. Shawls made of Pashmina, Angora and lambs wool are very popular.
Accommodation in Dalhousie
If you are wondering how to reach Dalhousie, then you will be happy to know that Dalhousie is well connected by air, the nearest airport being Pathankot (75 km from Dalhousie); bus and train. Dalhousie being a popular destination on the travel map has no dearth of budget hotels, luxury hotels and resorts that are at a close vicinity to the famous places in Dalhousie.
Dalhousie seems to be very popular this season!