Dalhousie is a quaint and picturesque town that exudes an air of serenity and tranquillity. The town is a sought-after summer destination, providing a much-needed respite from the sweltering heat. During winter, it transforms into a charming spot to bask in the sunshine and indulge in the town&rsquos many offerings. In short, Dalhousie is a place that truly has something to offer visitors all year round.
What To See
Surrounded by lush green trees and snow-capped mountains, the Dainkund Peak is a famous tourist spot, with thousands of tourists visiting the Dainkund Peak to take in the serene, picturesque views of the majestic Deodar trees, the beautiful valley of flowers, etc. The idea of the Khajjar Lake from the Dainkund Peak is magical and is a favourite picnic spot for many On days when the skies are clear, you can get lucky and glimpse the stunning snow-capped peaks of Pir Panjal Range and Kangra Valley. Though Dainkund Peak has numerous trekking trails, people generally visit to enjoy the calmness of Dainkund and have a great time with their loved ones. Daikund Peak is also known as the &ldquoSinging Hill&rdquo, as the breeze passing through the hills creates a whistling sound.
The best time to visit the Dainkund Peak during the summer season is from March to June, and in the winter-autumn season, from September to November, as the weather during these months is delightful, and the skies are clear, creating a picturesque view.
Khajjiar, also known as the &ldquoMini Switzerland of India,&rdquo is a popular destination for its peaceful environment, stunning views, and landscapes resembling the Swiss Alps. The Khajjiar Lake is a major attraction in the town, featuring a small and serene lake surrounded by lush green grass that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. Visitors can enjoy a picnic or go boating while admiring its beauty. If you&rsquore in Khajjiar, don&rsquot miss the Khajjiar Nag Temple, a holy shrine dedicated to Lord Khajji Nag. Built in the 12th century, the temple showcases traditional Himachali architecture with intricate carvings. The best time to visit Khajjiar is during summer (April to June) when the weather is pleasant and perfect for enjoying adventure sports like paragliding and trekking.
Satdhara Falls (also known as Sahastradhara)
Satdhara Falls is a must-visit when visiting Dalhousie. Named after the seven springs contributing to its flow, the Satdhara Falls create a dreamy, mesmerising view for visitors, and the water is believed to have therapeutic powers. The Satdhara Falls are an integral part of Dalhousie, and it is said that during the rule of the Britishers, water was supplied from the Satdhara Falls to provide water to the neighbouring areas of Dalhousie. To reach Satdhara Falls, you can take a cab or trek to the site. The journey to Satdhara Falls is spectacular, and you can also stop in between to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes.The best time to visit Satdhara Falls is in the summer, as the weather is pleasant and the water from Satdhara Falls feels refreshing
Where to Eat
Aside from its beautiful sights, Dalhousie is also home to some of the finest street food spots you can discover while walking around the nearby markets.
Bon Appetit, located in Dalhousie, is a small food joint offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks. Their specialities include sandwiches, grilled toast, and a variety of beverages. Bon Appetit is a great stop for munching, especially if you&rsquore looking for a place to satisfy your hunger after a long day of shopping at Mall Road. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday, from 1030 am to 9 pm.
Address The Mall, Gandhi Chowk Mall Road, Dalhousie, 1763604
Monga&rsquos café on Mall Road is a wonderful choice for fast food and bakery items like burgers and sandwiches. The café specialises in vegetarian and vegan dishes that are very tasty. Additionally, the prices are affordable, making it an excellent destination on Mall Road. The café is open from Monday to Saturday, six days per week.
Address Gandhi Chowk, The Mall, Dalhousie, 1763604
To reach Dalhousie, taking a train from Delhi to Pathankot Cantt and then driving for about 2.5 hours is a good option. Amritsar has the nearest airport, and it takes around 3 hours by road to reach the destination. There are daily overnight HRTC buses available from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
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