We all have heard or read about Dalhousie through some source. This hill station placed in the laps of Himachal Pradesh is like a fairy-tale to many. Its subtropical temperature throughout the year has convinced the masses to come here for holidays. Also, it sees at least 45 frosty days and 2-3 snowfall days which allures snow lovers to come and participate in various snow sports activities that are organized especially during this season.
This paradise enchants you with its mesmerizing hills, pine-clad valleys, gorgeous landscapes, thick verdure, etc. The elegance of this place magnetizes you to keep coming back. Therefore, it encounters plenteous travellers from across the country. It is enough to lure anybody to Dalhousie and including myself.
Therefore, after thorough research in the market about the price for the package and quality service, I chose Rajput Holidays as my holiday planner. They planned the entire trip and looked after traveling, accommodation, food, local sightseeing, etc.
The itinerary was for 4 nights and 3 days. We left for the destination on the 19th night. The buses were warm, cozy, convenient and had good leg space for a stretch. Since it all took off on a good note, my expectations for the services rose from A to C.
As per the itinerary, we took our first stopover at Pathankot, 80 Km ahead of Dalhousie. It is also known as a travel hub for 3 major northern states Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.
On the first day, we were about to experience the ancient and historical significance of Pathankot.
The first location of the day was Ranjeet Sagar Dam, the highest earth-filled dam an absolute place for a small excursion. Breath-taking viewpoint surrounded by migratory birds makes it much more delightful to the eyes. The next locations were Damtal Wala Kila, Mukteshwar Mahadev temple and Atal Setu.
Mukteshwar temple is home to up to 20 ft. the long cave where the Pandavas stayed during their exile. It proves the age-old existence of this place. Also, they serve tempting Dham (langar) free of cost for the devotees.
Soon after, we were guided by the tour guides for a Jungle trek in a wildlife reserve to witness a few animals. It was followed by a few more activities near a lake like boating, swimming, and body surfing. To ensure our safety, the holiday planner had professionals to guide us and to look after in case of an emergency.
After a few moments of leisure and amusement, we had to move for the next locations Nurpur fort and Dipkeshwar Mahadev temple. Following the same, we had lip-smacking dinner and went back to the hotels.
With the onset of 2nd day, we were offered morning tea and breakfast after which we checked out and left for Dalhousie.
While on the way to Mall road where the hotels were booked, we pass through Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk.
The itinerary for the day started with St. John’s Church and St. Francis Church followed by Panchpula, Satdhara falls, Chamera lake, Tibetan market, Chamunda Devi temple, Rock
garden, Garam Sadak and Community garden.
Panchpula is one of the most attractive destinations among travelers because of its exotic waterfalls and refreshing streams. In the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, a freedom fighter and uncle of Bhagat Singh, a mountain has been built where several streams meet
On the way to Panchpula, we encountered Satdhara falls, a union of seven tiny springs. As per the locals, the water of the fall possesses medical properties that heals you internally.
Despite being tired, stopping over such places in Dalhousie enhanced our tour altogether. After an appetizing dinner, we came back to the hotel to catch forty winks.
As the sun rose, we were up by then too. We had to leave for the final day of the tour. After breakfast and tea, we checked-out from the hotel for the finale.
We travelled Kalatop Wildlife Reserve, Dainkund peak, Ganji Pahadi, and Khajjiar.
Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
Kalatop Wildlife Reserve is open on all seven days from 7 in the morning to 6 in the evening. It is appreciated for its diversity in flora, fauna, tourism, and adventure. Also, it is probably one of the most preeminent places for wildlife photographers. Before we came here, the tour guides instructed us to take along some woollen clothes such as shawls, scarfs or a sweatshirt for the sensitive weather. Also, since we had to walk 3-4 km in reserve, we were advised to wear comfortable shoes. As we planned the tour during winter, we were lucky to spot some of the species of migratory birds out of 117.
The next spot was Dainkund peak, the highest peak in Dalhousie that receives record-breaking snowfall. After reaching the destination, we were fascinated by the snow-capped mountains and abundant greens, the valleys and bright colourful flowers. From the peak, we witnessed the bird’s eye view of the entire village. At times, it felt as if we are getting brushed by the clouds. We could feel the serenity and positivity of the aura, the sound of breeze and greenery around.
This was followed by Ganji pahadi and then Khajjiar, a small plateau well-recognized as “Mini Switzerland of India”.
The moment we reached Khajjiar, it was easy to understand why it is the most preferred destination among tourists. Apart from the snow-laden mountains, meadows, magnetizing beauty, it also has a floating island (a bunch of grass) amidst the Khajjiar lake. It is the most visited by the tourists as well as the locals. Moreover, some of us also tried distinct activities like zorbing, paragliding, horse riding, trekking, etc.
After adrenaline rush activities, we had to make up our mind that the tour has finally come to an end and we would have to go back to Delhi.
By the grace of God, we didn’t face any inconvenience during the trip. The tour was splendid because of the experienced and knowledgeable tour guides who were there to instruct us.
I would suggest others to try your services as well.
Thank you for an extraordinary and enduring experience Rajput Holidays, the best travel agency in India.