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Dalhousie Hill Station – A Heaven in the Himalayas

Dalhousie Hill Station, A must visit place in your India Tour!

Dalhousie Hill Station is situated in the foothills of Himalayas. It lies in the Dhauladhar mountain ranges of the Himalayas in Chamba District of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s a very less populated station which makes it a perfect place for peace lovers. Dalhousie attracts people with its charm and greenery. It is mostly known for its weather, as the temperature here never gets too harsh on the people even in the summers. It is situated on five hills and has an elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level.

History:

This Hill-Station was discovered by a British Governor General named Lord Dalhousie. He invented this place as a summer retreat. After that, the town was named by his name ‘Dalhousie.’ Dalhousie being a beautiful place it is visited by people all over the year. Tourists love spending time with their families and loved ones here in the town. Dalhousie is covered with snow in the winters. The period from December to March is regarded as the snow months in the place. On the other hand, it never gets too hot in the summer’s which attracts a whole lot of people from all over the country.

It is covered by some very attractive tourist destinations which make it a perfect pick for a peaceful holiday. Khajjiar which is 23km from the town is the most visited place near Dalhousie. Khajjiar is also known as the mini-Switzerland for its greenery and atmosphere. Panchpulla, Chamera Lake, Dain Kund Peak, Kala top wildlife sanctuary are also some of the very popular places around Dalhousie.

The Dalhousie Hill Station is famous for many churches. St. Francis Church is at the Gandhi Chowk and the St. Pete church which is located in Subash Chowk. These churches were established by the Britishers when they were ruling the town. There are also schools like Sacred Heart Convent School and DPS Dalhousie in which students come from all over the country and abroad to study.

  1. Khajjiar

Khajjiar is also known as the mini-Switzerland of India. The lush green outfield covered with forest all around makes it as perfect a place can get. Khajjiar is 22km from the town and can only be reached by road. Cabs can be hired from the town to reach this place. Khajjiar is the primitive choice of tourists as it is known for its beauty and help people to connect to nature. Khajjiar also has a lake which proves as a perfect add on to the place beauty.

  1. Dain Kund Peak

Dain Kund is the highest peak Pont of Dalhousie. You can reach here by cab and is 12km from the town. It is on the way leading to Khajjiar.  It is regarded as the most scenic place around with the hills covered with snow. There is also a shrine up above the hill which is visited by pilgrims by many people.

  1. The Mall, Dalhousie

Dalhousie has a very big market place which provides tourists a lot of choices for their shopping. The huge marketplace consists of a wide variety of local handicrafts and hand made gifts which truly expresses the soul of Dalhousie. Tibetan market is also one of such markets that consist of goods represented by Tibetan culture.

  1. Panchpulla

Panchpulla is one of the nearest destination in Dalhousie. It is 3km from the town and attracts large no of people. Panchpulla is known for its touch with nature. The Waterfall, scenic landscapes, and adventure activities make it a very tourist attracting spot. You can reach Panchpulla walking which makes it very reachable for people.

Some other Tourist Destinations are:

  • Chamba
  • Chamera Lake
  • Rock Garden
  • Kalatop
  • Subash Chowk
  • Francis Church
  • Peter Church

Dalhousie can be reached by only road transportation. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, Punjab which is 80km from the town. It is a 3-hour drive from Pathankot The nearest airport is Guggal Airport which is 150km from the town.

(This is a Guest Post by Rithik Mahajan)

Kullu Manali and Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass - Himachal Pradesh
Rohtang Pass in Himalayas

Visit to Kullu Manali

Shimla to Manali (or Kullu Manali) – 250 Km
Manali to Rohtang Pass – 50 Km
 
National Highway # 21 starts from Chandigarh and ends at Manali, so this tour circuit is called Chandigarh-Shimla-Kullu-Manali circuit. Chandigarh is very hot in summer and very cold in winter but Shimla, Kullu, and Manali are the places in Himachal Pradesh which are always cool. Commonly, this tour is called Kullu Manali.

Kullu

 
Rafting in Beas RiverKullu or Kulu is the capital town of Kullu district. This small town famous for shopping markets on the street is your halt between Shimla and Manali and is situated on the banks of river Beas. The Bias or Beas River rises in the Himalayas and in summer the water it carries is the melted water of snow and glaciers in the Himalayas. The entire road from Shimla to Manali is known for rafting. The White Water Rafting is a great experience. There is a standard point to point rafting adventures arranged in this area and you will see the local people sitting on the roadside with their air filled boats arranging these expeditions. They are really expert in this game and can safely take you across the 10 to 15 Km amazing experience. Rafting in the clean and cold water of Beas is generally covered in the group tours arranged in the Himalayas during summer.

Manali

 
Vashisthi Baths - Manali
Manali keeps growing due to the tourist inflow and has become a small town in spite of very difficult situation to live and even construct anything with a deep valley on one side of the road. The Hotel construction starts from the valley and then the upper floors come at the level of the road. When you enter the Hotel, you are at the topmost floor where you see the reception and then your room will be on the lower floor, very funny experience. 
 
Hidimba Devi temple, Manikaran Gurudwara, Vashisthi Baths which is a temple of a rishi (sage) Vashisth and inside the temple are hot water baths arising out of natural spring containing sulphur (known for pain relieving bath), Pandoh Dam are some of the places of tourist interest in Manali. Multiple hotels are available at Manali is reservation is a must.

Rohtang Pass

 
The key attraction to visit from Manali is the Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is at a height of 3979 meters. This is a road connecting Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti valleys. This pass remains closed in winters and remains open from June to October. Your journey is through the walls of snow on both sides and it’s an exciting trip. The area where you can play in the snow and do activities like riding Yak, snow scooters changes based on the availability of snow. You have to start the early morning by local taxi to reach the snow point before it gets too crowded.

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Chandigarh to Shimla – 115 Km via NH5
Delhi to Shimla – 340 Km via NH44 and NH5
 
Shimla witnessed the season’s first snowfall on Christmas Day (Sunday, 25th Dec. 2016) and tourists entering here to enjoy their holiday were welcomed by snow! Snowfall happens in India in very specific Northern states only, so people from all over India visit these states like Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir to enjoy the snow fall. The heavy snowfall impacts vehicular movement on National Highway 5 making it difficult for people to reach these hill stations from the central India.
 
 

Small Town of Shimla

Shimla is a small City and it is the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state of India. It is located at the foot of Himalayan Mountain ranges. It was the summer capital of British India. There is a narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway line which you can use or best way is to travel from Chandigarh. This place always remains cool and is gifted with natural beauty. The famous Church and Valley-view points are the main places to visit here.
 
 
This place has retained its colonial heritage, old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The local market packed with shops and eateries is the main attraction of this town. Wooden crafted and woolen items are a speciality along with Apples and other dry fruits. We will see other interesting places to visit in Himachal Pradesh also.

Himachal Travel Circuit

Starting from Chandigarh, you can complete this travel circuit. Stay at Chandigarh for a couple of days and go to Shimla. Take a halt and Shimla and see the beautiful area around. Move to Manali via Kullu and stay at Manali. On the way back, you can directly come back to Chandigarh, which could be a long journey but the road is very good and you don’t have to stay again in the same towns.