“Little Switzerland of India”
The tiny tinsel town Dalhousie tucked away in the lap of Himachal Pradesh is a piece of paradise for all the travellers. It boasts of old world charm, mesmerising natural landscape, pine-clad valleys, flower bedecked meadows, fast flowing rivers, magnificent misty mountains and some of the most spectacular views in the world. The air smells of the Scottish and Victorian architecture and the ambience reminds you of the pristine British flavours.
Dalhousie, one of the favourite among most tourists travelling to Himanchal Pradesh is famously known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and its old world charm. This hill station was one of the most favourite summer destinations of the ruling Britishers and this is truly reflected in the majestic Victorian style mansions in this region. Situated far from the buzzing cities in the country, this quaint town transports you to a pollution-free environment in the lap of nature. Dalhousie is known for its scenic beauty has a number mountains and river streams that tourists must visit. Among them the most famous are Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls and the Daikund peak.
The picturesque hamlet of Himachal
Dalhousie is famous for its picturesque landscapes which seem to have jumped out right from a fairytale. The bright green pastures of land, the evergreen beauty of mountains draped in snow and the tranquillity in the environment, sums up to give you a perfect getaway in the lap of the Himalayas. The winters in Dalhousie are even more enchanting when the whole of Dalhousie is covered in the white blanket of snow. Each flake of snow shines to its brightest when the rays of sun hit the earth.
The mini-Switzerland of India- Khajjiar
When you are planning a trip to Dalhousie, you cannot keep Khajjiar off the itinerary. Known as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar lies just 21 km from Dalhousie. The little hill town is famous for its spellbinding vistas of mountains loaded in the white sheet of snow and the lush green pastures of land. Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary in Khajjiar is not only famous for the exquisite variety of endangered species but also for its breath-taking views of the mountains in the backdrop. You can also visit the Khajjiar Lake and the ancient Khajji Nag temple.
History of Dalhousie
Founded in 1854 by the namesake viceroy- Lord Dalhousie, the city was considered as a retreat to escape the Indian summer. It was a holiday destination for the British because of the peaceful climate and pleasant. To convert the area as the hill-station, the five neighbouring hills- Bhangora, Bakrota, Terah, Potreyn and Kathalagarh was acquired by the Chamba rulers and soon after Dalhousie became the much awaited popular hill destination. Dalhousie became a part of the Gurdaspur district in the year 1861. It became a part of Himachal Pradesh only much later in 1966 and has been since then, serving as the popular tourist destination of the world.
Restaurants and Local Food in Dalhousie
Dalhousie offers options for food that differs in style, elements and genres. While you can enjoy typical North-Indian food, as well as some Continental and Chinese snacks in their freshest, most lip-smacking forms at minimal prices at the local Dhabas, you can also indulge in global cuisines at a number of restaurant as well as the eateries attached to the the hotels and resorts.
One can relish Italian, Tibetan, Mughlai, South Indian platters here as well as a few instances of local Himachli food. Himachali cuisine is very simple as it mainly centres around Chapati, dals, vegetable gravy and curd and their many versions. Pickles are typically served along with a meal in most of the eating joints here. You would also find a certain prominence of fruits here as the fruits are quite fresh and cheap in the area.
Day 1: Arrive at Pathankot railway station or Gaggal airport, transfer to Dalhousie. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Visit Panchpula, which offers a short trek to a beautiful waterfall. At the end of the trek, you can find food-shacks offering coffee and snacks. Later, visit the Satdhara falls, which falls on the way to Panchpula. Satdhara falls is a beautiful water cascade famous for its seven streams flowing at the same spot.
Day 3: Leave for Khajjiar after breakfast. Visit the Khajjiar ground and lake. You can visit Kalatop Wildlife sanctuary and the ancient Khajji Nag temple during your visit. Back to Dalhousie.