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Dalhousie - The Switzerland of India

by akshaylike 7 year, 4 months ago

Dalhousie, popularly known as the "Switzerland of India", is an important tourist destination in North India. Feeling stressed ? Then Dalhousie is the perfect relaxing place for you !

Imagine staying at a place on a hill surrounded by not three, not four, but 5 hills! An old-world charm which has not yet caught up with the world, Dalhousie brings out the laid-back, relaxing sort of feelings and numerous Dalhousie tour packages are available. Back in the 1850s, the British built numerous summer retreats for their soldiers and in-command officers wherein Dalhousie was one of them. This place was named after the then Viceroy of India, Lord Dalhousie. At above 6000 feet above sea level, the view of the hills in the vicinity and the snow-covered peaks, leaves one speechless and rightly so. Meadows till one's eyes could see, Dalhousie is called the 'Switzerland of India'.

The valley of milk and honey
On entering Dalhousie on your Himachal Pradesh tours, one can't stop but admire the architecture of the bungalows and churches which are of Scottish and Victorian origin. With air so crisp and the lush appearance of flourishing vegetation, Dalhousie, situated in the Chamba valley is also known as “the valley of milk and honey”. India's delightful hill stations got a head start right away thanks to the whim of Brits like Lord Dalhousie. The best time to visit the place is during the summer. May through September is the peak season for tourists.

Must see places in Dalhousie
There a lot of places to see in Dalhousie, some of the tourists interests are listed below: 

  • Subhash Baioli – Place where Freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose's retreat is situated.
  • Dain Kund Peak – Tallest peak near Dalhousie.
  • Alah Water Tank – which holds 100,000 gallons of water, is the main water tank of Dalhousie.
  • Panchpula – which means Five bridges is a place where a single stream feeds several other pools.
  • Upper Bakrota – Highest area in Dalhousie, hosts a number of estates which are worth seeing.
  • Kalatope Wildlife Reserve – Perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
  • Barapathar – A temple located right in the middle of a thick forest.
  • Churches – Important ones being the Protestant Church, St. Andrew's, St. Patrick's, St. Francis' and St. John's.

Scenic Attractions
If you fancy a walk along a path skirted with meadows, then, Dain Kund, Upper Bakrota and Ganji Pahadi are the places to be visited on the list. A day must be devoted to the long walks through scenic routes.

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All-in-all, a minimum of 2 days should be allocated to enjoy Dalhousie to the maximum where one day can be passed by visiting the peak, water tank and the estates and the other day can spent in the Kalatope Wildlife Reserve and the churches. Don't forget to buy souvenirs in the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre.

Traveling inside Dalhousie
The best way to enjoy this colonial retreat is by commuting in a pre-paid cab or a rented car through the winding and well-laid roads. The cabs can be rented throughout your stay at Dalhousie with prices ranging around Rs1550 per day to Rs 3000 depending on the size of the car. The hotels too ofter a budgeted stay as there are innumerous hotels competing with one another to claim the “Best hotel” tag.

Dalhousie Cuisine
Good food equals good holiday. The restaurants in Dalhousie live up to this motto. There are a variety of delicacies that one can cherish here. The roadside Dhabas are equally good and no one has any qualms ordering take-out food from there. One can experience regular Dhaba food by indulging in the specialty - 'Dal' which is lentil broth, 'Chawal' is rice, dish of vegetables is 'Subzi' and 'Roti' is bread. The Dhabas which are to be checked out are Amritsari, Sher-e-punjab and the Royal Dhaba. These Dhabas are inexpensive and must be endeavored as they are the best value for money. There are other restaurants which serve a large section of Indian, Tibetan, Mughlai, Kashmiri and Chinese cuisines one can enjoy on Dalhousie tours in North India. They are listed below:

  • Kwality Restaurants
  • Nepoli Restaurant
  • Dawat Restaurant
  • Moti Mahal
  • New Metro Restaurant
  • Restaurant Preet Palace

Handicrafts such as shawls, mufflers, bags, caps and other memorabilia are sold in the showrooms found in the markets of Dalhousie. They are of exquisite quality and low on cost which has the tourists buying them in numbers! A trip to Dalhousie is incomplete id you di not include Shimla holidays

Come experience the joy, the meadows, the snow-covered peaks, the mouth-watering delicacies and walk away with indelible memories of Dalhousie.
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