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.
We reached Dalhousie at 3.00 PM & straight went to our guest house to have some rest. The location of the guest house was awesome & it was surrounded by thick trees & was on the tip of the mountain. The weather was soothing with cool healthy air which you will never experiance in Gurgaon.
It is built on and around five hills. The roads of Dalhousie are famous for its shape as 8.The roads surrounding the two adjacent hills joints, to form an 8. The curving road and the jawdropping cliff on one side of the road did nothing to assuage our troubled hearts. Thick forests of pine and deodar covered the hill slopes with the trunks of the trees easily a few feet wide.
Our guest house was near to Subash Chowk & we decided to visit the St. Francis Church at Subhash Chowk that evening. One will love the architectural beauty of the church. it’s a very old church built by the English men early 19th century.
Then we decided to walk till Gandhi chowk which was around 2 Km. we loved each & every moment of the walk which was full of ecstatic natural beauty. I have never seen such a beautiful mountain views in my life before.
we wake up at around 6.00 in the morning & decide to just have a gud stroll in the morning to adore the natural beauty. we walked around 1 Km on the 8 when we saw one young child coming from the village which was far away in the deep in the mountain. we were very impressed with the young child & decided to track that dangerous route till his village. There was no pathway for the complete track so it was full of danger & excitement.
we met many of the villager in between & came to know that that no medical facility was available in the village. One of the women who was very ill also needs to track that dangerous route in order to consult the doctor. finally we reached the village after 1 hr of difficult tracking . The name of the village was Barrera. We were feeling the need of having tea but too our surprise no shops were available in the village. One of the villager invited us to have tea at his home.
His home was a typical a Himachali home built with wood & kullu slates. The villager also informed us that we can further track down this mountain to reach the valley for the famous lakkar baba temple. We decided to track till that place. One of the villager was also going to the same place so we decided to follow him. we thanked the villager for such a wonderful gesture & hospitality.
The route was full of Danger & natural beauty. The track was 5Km from the village & took 1hr to reach the temple. we gave our offering at the temple & decided to move on. We cam to know further 1Km downwards we will touch the Highway & will get the bus for Dalhousie. We reached the highway & was surprised to know that Dalhousie is 16Km from this place. we came back to Dalhousie by bus & had a gr8 Supper at the SBI Guest House.
Dalhousie quietly ensconced amidst pine trees with a charming background of the snow clad Himalaya, has a breathtaking scenic beauty.
We decided to explore nearby places and drove towards “Panchpula”.Panchpula, a beautiful spot, is barely 3 kms. from G.P.O. On the way to Panchpula is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties. Although Road towards Panchpula is very narrow. After 20 minutes drive and we reached Panchpula the main source of water supply to Dalhousie. There is an elegant monument erected at Panchpula where several streams meet at one point.From Punj pulla there are also a few hiking trails. If you are planning to go for hiking, make sure you are well equipped for it. The pines, deodhars, oaks, tiny mountain flowers, the jungle babbler, the undulating hills, the tree line, soothing breezes, all perfectly. I realize, my furiously beating heart has settled to a trance at this discovery. We promised to cover that next time as we have already tracked 10Kms yesterday.
We planned to visit Khaijjiar and drove towards Gandhi Chowk from Panchpulla where another road climbs up towards Lakkadmandi/Khaijjjiar (as a small signboard guided us). After driving for 30 mintues we noticed an intersection but missed another small signboard (which ofcourse said “Khajjiar) . At lakkadmandi we decided to visit the wild life sanctuary before going towards khajjair. As we have the restricted time so we planned to visit the sanctuary by car only but soon we realized that it was a big mistake. The route was very narrow & full of dense forest. One will love to walk on such track surrounded with ecstatic natural beauty. we decided to track it & parked our car at one side of the road. A very thick and dark forest crowns the hilltop and perhaps that is why the place has derived its name as Kalatop which literally means a black cap. I will recommend not missing this place, you will enjoy a lot if you can manage to go on feet. We shot a lot of photographs here. Pheasants and Monal and various other birds can be frequently seen in the place. Leopards, black bear are also found by travelers occasionally, but we were not able to see anything.
One can stay at kalatop as the Forest Guest house is open for the private individuals also. I would recommend one should stay atleast one nyt at Kalatop to experiance the night views of the forest.
Then we started our journey towards Khajjiar. It is the most exotic and scenic beauty place around 22 Km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar is officially proclaimed the mini-Switzerland ofIndia. 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.
At around 5 p.M we started our journey back to chandigarh. we took another route which goes directly to pathankot & is shorter in distance. The road was Ok but it was too narrow so only a experiance driver should follow that path. The traffic at this road is very less & the scenic beauty is ultimate along the whole route which compensate for the narrow road.
At midnight we reached at chandigarh & has a great sleep . next day we left for new delhi & has a great drive till delhi.
It was one of the most memorable trip i have ever been too.