If You Are The First Timer, Dalhousie Is The Best Option

Dalhousie- we all know this place due to Khajjiar, which is popular thanks to its ‘Mini Switzerland in India’ tag. due to its striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, most of the tourists decide to visit Khajjiar only, thereby completely ignoring Dalhousie, which may be a high-altitude town near the Dhauladhar range. Last month, I travelled to the present beautiful hill station with none plans in the least and need to realize not-so-famous yet superb Dainkund Peak trek.

Going for a minimum of one trek annually, I found this one to be relatively less exhausting and tons more gorgeous. I realised that this trek is that the perfect choice if you’re someone who hasn’t hiked before and are a touch scared of walking on the uneven terrain also.

I was within the common area of the hostel when a cute girl came to me and asked me about my travel plans. An engineering student, she was doing an internship there due to her unique interests. I told her that I’m blank as of now. So, she suggested that we do the Dainkund Trek together. Of course, i used to be interested! She was to be the guide this trip. For the day, she recommended that we stroll round the Gandhi Chowk and obtain back early in order that we could choose a little trek and watch the sunset.

She also told me about the hostel celebrating its second anniversary subsequent day, and that they had a couple of fabulous activities lined up for everybody. Of everything, I used to be the foremost curious and excited to attend the baking workshop where cookies were to be made without using the oven.

Day 1
Gandhi Chowk

It is the central area of the town, and features a number of souvenir shops, traditional item shops, Tibetan market (selling a spread of jewellery , jackets, shawls, handicrafts, cardigans, rugs, carpets, woollens, etc.), restaurants and cafes. Also, you’ll visit St. John’s Church here.

Nothing sort of a beautiful sunset to finish a cheerful day!

In the evening, the girl took us (me alongside other travelers) to enjoy the view of the sunset. We walked in Guniala (a village) for nearly half an hour and by then, it had been the right time for the foremost beautiful sunset. Such soothing dusk that appeared as if someone had painted a wonderful picture ahead of us!

And within the meantime, I found our guide to be the best nature-lover once I saw how she smelled the inner bark of a fallen tree, saving alittle piece of it inside her bag, and therefore the way she got excited watching the sunset. People like her are difficult to seek out lately who are still curious about cherishing small joys of life with absolute love.

Day 2
Dainkund Peak

Not much of a trekker, but I confirm that I’m going for trekking a minimum of once a year. I had never heard of the Dainkund trek before, and while climbing those mountains, I realised that this trek would be perfect if you’re getting to continue a hike for the primary time. We were a complete of seven hikers, who went for this 10-kilometre long, of easy to moderate difficulty level trek with our guide.

The trekking starts from Dainkund, passes the Pholani Devi Temple and ends in Jot. While starting, you’ll see an Indian Air Force base station up at a tall hill, and that i found it quite amusing because that was giving an uncanny look to the place.

After trekking for about 2 kilometres, you’ll reach the Pholani Mata Temple. Locals believe that Dainkund (Dain means witch and kund means lake) was an abode of a strong witch. As per the legend, an incarnation of Kali Mata arose from a stone at the location who slew the witch. This incarnation is worshipped by the locals as Pholani Mata. Nearby the temple area, you’ll enjoy tea, maggi, momos, and other snacks. After now, the important hiking starts. We didn’t find anyone else on the entire trail then.

The whole route is scenic thanks to green, deep valleys and extraordinarily blue tucked with the whitest, giant clouds resembling huge cotton candies. you’ll see the good white range of Dhauladhar Himalayas that originates from here. It means you’ll see snow-covered mountains, which are enough enormous to form you forget any unfortunate episode of your life, a minimum of for a while!

The peak is surrounded by thick forests altogether directions. The winds crashing on the tall trees make it seem as if the sky and therefore the sea are whispering to every other.

On the way, you’ll meet different animals also. I made friends with goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes, and horses.

My tip: confirm that your body is roofed and you’ve got proper trekking shoes. This was a random plan then i used to be not prepared properly. I came back with severe sunburn on my body and extreme pain in my toes. Also, make sure that you carry enough water with you.

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