We visited Dalhousie in the month of December, 2016. We travelled from Delhi to Pathankot via train and from there we took a taxi, which we have pre-booked. Since we had our baby travelling with us for the first time we wanted a comfortable journey. After an overnight journey by train, the curvaceous hilly route to Dalhousie was scenic and refreshing. Pathankot to Dalhousie is about 80 kms and it took us about 3 hours, including a brief halt for breakfast.
We reached our hotel “Himgiri” at about 1 pm, weather was chilling in Dalhousie but our hotel balconies provided a good provision for sunbath. After taking some rest we went for local visits in the evening. We first went to Subhash bowli, water at this bowli is famous for curing Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose of his illness, we also visited Satdhara falls and Panchpula. Panchpula provides some small adventure sports organised by local youth. There are some small shops where you can buy local items or enjoy tea and snacks.
After coming back from local site visits we stopped in the main town to have a look at the historical town of Dalhousie. We visited the local Market near Gandhi chowk, walked through the Mall road, and had some food in the restaurants in the main market.
Next day we went to the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar. After having our breakfast in the hotel we curved our way through pine and deodar covered forests towards the majestic meadows of Khajjiar valley, which is about 20 kms from Dalhousie. The meadows were surrounded by a sheath of deodar trees with a lake at the centre. The valley was full of tourists from different parts of India, varies activities and adventure sports are provided by localities. One can take a pony ride or enjoy Zorbing and Paragliding. We spent a good 2-3 hours strolling through the meadows.
After spending some peaceful time at Khajjiar we headed towards our next destination –Dainkund trek. The trek is a 4.5 km uphill and downhill trek through fir and deodar forest. The trek is easy to moderate, we climbed with our baby and it was not that exhausting. Out driver dropped us to the starting point Air Force station barrier , from there we started our trek towards Pholani Devi Temple. The trek provides some beautiful views of valleys, green forests and snow clad Pir Panjal ranges. After reaching our destination, Pholani mata temple, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and taking some refreshments from small eateries near the temple we trekked back to the starting point. It took us around two hours for the entire trek as trekking downwards was a lot easier.
In the evening we took a stroll in the market area, I didn’t find Dalhousie a very good destination for shopping, as there was nothing special to shop for. We had an entire next day free as our train was at 8 pm from Pathankot, as per our driver we had covered everything in the town, but we were not satisfied with that so we searched for some more places around and came to know about Chamera lake. As this was not in our itinerary initially, our driver agreed to take us to the lake for extra charges.
So the next day early morning we first visited the two famous churches of Dalhousie St John’s Church near Subhash Chowk and and St. Patrick’s church near Gandhi Chowk, which we had left initially, and then soon after breakfast we headed to lake Chamera.
The lake is an artificial lake formed due to the hydroelectric dam built over the river Ravi. The vast lake provide opportunity for boating , fishing and water sports.
After spending a good time in boating and enjoying scenic beauty, we left for Pathankot. We reached Pathankot early so we were still left with a lot of time, hence we decided to watch recently released movie “Dangal”. This was the end of our memorable trip to Dalhousie, Khajjiar and Chamera.