Trekking on the hills of Dalhousie is very famous among adventure
and trekking lovers. Dalhousie is like a paradise for nature lovers. Trekking
experience in Dalhousie is like a heavenly experience, mainly for beginners.
The calmness and tranquility of Dalhousie hills attract the visitors that none
can resist. The Deodar, fir and pine trees surround this place. The forest here
is very dense and visitors come here to enjoy the fresh air of nature. All the
hills are covered with white snow which enhances the aesthetic beauty of the
place and makes Dalhousie the best place for trekking.
Between Khajjiar and Kalatop, there is a sanctuary named Kalatop
Khajjiar Sanctuary. It is an animal sanctuary which is very well maintained. One
can see birds of different species here. That is why bird-watchers from various
countries visit this sanctuary. Leopards, black bears and jackals can also be
seen here. Drakund is the highest point of Dalhousie. The natural view from
here is breathtaking. Among other places, Khajjiar is worth visiting. It is
called ‘Mini Switzerland’ for its natural beauty which has a huge resemblance
with Switzerland. The green fields, fresh air, crystal clear rivers and falls, colourful
natural views, and calmness of nature make Dalhousie very attractive among
Trekking In Dalhousie
Dalhousie has the most adventurous trekking routes surrounded by
snow-covered hills and deep dense forests. Dainkund-Jot-Khajjiar-Kalatop is the
route taken by most of the trekkers.
Dainkund peak is one of the mysterious places in Dalhousie. Many
folktales are related to this mountain peak. People say witches used to live
here in the past. They used to disturb the villagers a lot. That is why
Dainkund peak is called ‘Witch’s Pond’. Dainkund is the highest point of
Dalhousie and also the least visited one because of the witch stories
surrounding this place. Many Punjab rivers like Beas, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej can
be seen from this point. This place is popular because of its beautiful sight,
landscapes, amazing views, and dense forests.
Almost 8000ft high Chowari Jot is a place worth visiting. In
winter the place is fully covered with snow. Due to heavy snowfall, the Jot
looks amazing. Chowari Jot or Chowari Pass is in between Chowari and Chamba.
Khajjiar Terk is almost 2000 meters above sea level and 24km away
from Dalhousie. The place is commonly known as the Switzerland of India. The
hill station is famous for its lakes, fields, and forests. A 12th-century
temple of Khajjl Nag is one of the most visited temples here. Visitors can see
wooden sculptures of five Pandavas in this temple.
To Kalatop Sanctuary Trek
In Chamba of Himachal Pradesh, Kalatop Sanctuary is situated, which
is almost 6km away from Dalhousie. The sanctuary is covered with deodar and fir
trees. This sanctuary has various trekking routes. One can see the Ravi river
flowing in the path of the sanctuary. Various birds, serows, black bears can be
Trekking can be fun and adventurous if one has all the important
things with them. For trekking, one must carry all the essential items like dry
packed snacks, extra clothes, and light woolen warm clothes. For mountain
climbing trekking sticks are very important. Light shoes with best grip are
another thing one must carry because the hilly path will be covered with snow
and it can be slippery. Carrying torchlight can be handy. Apart from these, first-aid
box, energy bars and medicines are also important for a trekking trip.
For people who love trekking in the snow, the best time will be
January-February. The winter time is best for mountain climbers. The mountains
will be covered with snow that trekkers will love. For nature lovers,
March-June is ideal time to visit Dalhousie. The temperature will be below 30
degrees and the weather will be very comfortable. The snow starts melting in
these months. The nature takes its best form. Greenery can be seen all around
and visitors can enjoy a soothing weather.
Carrying water is important for trekkers.
Even in summertime, carrying woolen clothes is
necessary because the weather gets cooler as the sun goes down. But heavy
woolen clothes are not necessary for such weather.
Stepping carefully without damaging any
sapling or vegetation is a must. The greenery is the main attraction of
Dalhousie so tourists must be careful so that they do not damage or harm
Carrying medicines is important for emergency
purposes. The hilly paths, changing climate, deep forest areas can affect on
our health and people can get sick or hurt. So carrying medicines and fast-aid
box is important.
Light hiking boots are preferable for
trekkers. The shoes must have a good grip too.