We started form Gurgaon to Dalhousie, which is blessed with enchanting beauty, a certain tranquility of its ambiance and the serenity and sacredness of its culture. As we started our Journey in the afternoon so we plan for night stay at Chandigarh. we reached Chandigarh at 7.00 P.M in the evening so we were having enough time to visit the famous Mansa devi temple. its an awesome place with such a peace. On the next day we started early in the morning for our journey towards Dalhousie. it took almost 7hr to reach to Dalhousie from Chandigarh. The road is pretty gud if you follow the hoshiarpur-Pathankot-Dalhousie route.Read More
Situated in the high mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar, the beautiful Chamba Valley offers an experience of exotic mountain ranges, luxuriant forests and deep valleys. Nestling in these high altitudes is the quaint town of Dalhousie blessed with natural splendour and embellished with architectural grandeur.
For a rejuvenating holiday in the lap of nature or a romantic getaway far from the madding crowd, Dalhousie would be the best place to be. Easily accessible by well built roads, and airways, Dalhousie is known for its picturesque landscape and old glory which is reflected in the architecture of the city.
Best time to visit: March to June
Languages spoken: Hindi, Pahari, English
Climate: Cool summers and very cold winters with heavy snowfall
Natural Wonders: Dainkund Peak, Satdhara, Khajjiar, Bakrota Hills, Village Lohali
There were many more scenic places to visit around Dalhousie but for us, it was time to say Bye. We were in the car, climbing down from Dalhousie to Pathankot. Our mind full with the thoughts of Journey but one thing became clear, this beauty is impossible to explain through words so, just a piece of advice for all – Go visit Dalhousie.Read More
Kullu is by the River Beas. It has the Kali Bari temple, Raghunath temple, Bijli Mahadev temple, Akhara Bazar and the Bhutti Weavers Colony. Manali is closer to the snowline and towering peaks. It is ideal for trekking and has many orchards.Read More
While checking out from Hotel Asia, we were surprised when we were asked to pay the bill. We told that rooms were booked through Travelguru long back and we handed over printout of booking confirmation with my ID copy. But hotel authority told that they did not receive payment from Travelguru, so we must pay before we leave.Read More
Ohhhhhhhhh I have never seen so much greenery at one place only. The hills are around surrounded by trees and in the middle there is a small lake. Children were playing, people riding the horses, posing for the photographs. It was seriously woowwwwwaaaaa view. We roamed around the ground enjoyed the view clicked the photographs.Read More
The church just stood behind, surrounded by tall and dense trees. It was an old Catholic church built in 1894 exhibiting elegance of Victorian architecture. This church is a look alike of a church of England. Construction of the church was financed by people posted there during that time and local inhabitants. That is why its door remains open for all.Read More
The best thing he told us was that zorbing and paragliding takes place 1km down the road. So we headed there straight and yeah it was happening. We could see the zorbing ball but no gliders. After talking to the organizers we came to know paragliding happens early morning 9-10am as winds speeds are less at that time.Read More
The route was full of Danger & natural beauty. It is the most exotic and scenic beauty place around 22 Km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar is officially proclaimed the mini-Switzerland of India. At an altitude of 6450 ft, this saucer shaped green meadow, ringed by Devadar Trees has a lake in the middle complete with floating island. I liked horseback riding and strolling. It’s the best place to spend more time as compare to the other places. We spent around 2 hrs & enjoyed Horse riding there. We saw something that interested us. People were getting inside a big plastic ball, and being rolled till the lake. That was very interesting, something we haven’t seen before. We left in the late afternoon bidding goodbye to the charming glade of Khajjiar and our next destination was the town of Dalhousie.Read More
Down to earth from heaven, our vehicle proceeded through roads making inroads into sea of deodars. Crossing the valleys and forests our next stop was the famous Khajjiar. This is a relatively small Himalyan meadow and a shallow lake surrounded by mighty pines and devdars all around. One of the most favoured tourist stop was but a bit of disappointment. The meadow was dull and lake looked like a pit of stagnated water with lot of rubbish thrown around. And to add to it, there were stalls selling anything from popcorn to buddhee ke baal on the meadow itself. May be it would be more enchanting when it is monsoon green or winter white. Here again a temple awaited us namely KhajjiNag. A typical Himachali temple in wood and sloping roof has a black stone idol of the Nag devta. Nag worship is quite common in this part of Himalaya with Khajji nag, BhagsuNag and many more.
Again travelling down in setting sun and through darkening valleys we finally reached Chamba, located on the banks of river Ravi. Chamba is a part of settlement between 2 mighty Himalayan ranges Dhauladhar in the south and Pir Panjal in the North. Chamba got its name from Champavati, daughter of Shailavarma. The town was founded in 10’Th or 11’Th century. The name of the king is written differently in many places, Sahilvarma, Shalivahan and Shailverma. Chamba looked like a cheerful town with packed shops of fabric, chappals, mithais and chaat. Not to forget the roadside sellers with radishes and oranges and berries. This temple town is home to some of the exquisite stone architecture blended with intricate wood carvings.
क्या है घुमक्कड़ी…
पढ़ो तो इक किताब है घुमक्कड़ी
देखो गर तो इक ख्वाब है घुमक्कड़ी
हंसो तो आसान बन जाती घुमक्कड़ी
सुनो तो ज्ञान बन जाती घुमक्कड़ी
Dear friends, in my previous post of the series, you saw how important the reminiscences are in our travelling. Many a times, we forget other details of our travellings and remember it by the sweet & sour memories of that travelling. Travelling is not simply going to some places or reaching the heights of Himalayas… when we rewind the films of our travels and see it frame by frame … we find that it has changed our life altogether. It has made us more confident, given us more tolerance, given us more strength and sometimes even changed our perspective towards life and its aim.Read More