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Dainkund Peak, Dalhousie Overview

Dainkund Peak, also known as the Singing Hill, is perched at an elevation of 2755 masl in Dalhousie. Being the highest point in Dalhousie, the peak offers a bird’s eye view of the astonishing verdant valleys and mountains. For nature fanatics seeking a serene and calm place, Dainkund Peak is worth exploring.

The impression of tall Deodar trees and colourful flower valleys is everlasting. As you make your way upwards, you can hear the gentle breeze passing through the trees making a musical sound. The scenic charm of Khajjar lake and picturesque view of the mud houses amidst lush greenery is a treat to the eyes. The Pholani Devi temple and an Air Force are also major attractions of Dainkund Peak. Camping and trekking to the peak makes your trip all the more exciting.

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The fascinating Dainkund Peak is a place that holds impressive views in its folds and happens to be the least visited place in the surroundings of Dalhousie. The area is believed to have been the favourite hangout spot for some witches and hence the name "Dain Kund" which translates to "Witch's Pond". Don't worry, there are no more witches for sure, but if there were any in the past then they had a great taste for a camping spot. The village of Dainkund is filled with spots that are tailormade to pin a tent, start a campfire and cook some tasty dishes in a cauldron.

Dainkund Peak Trek

Trekking your way up to the peak is the most memorable experience nature buffs can have. The 4.5 km trail is an easy to moderate level trek as you pass through lush green fir and deodar forests of Dalhousie. The ascent to the Dainkund begins after crossing Lakkar Mandi.

After driving for about 6 km, the motorable road ends and you will have to park your car at Indian Air Force Barrier. From here, you have to walk for 3 km of which the first km is very steep. However, this steep stretch is quite safe as the path is made of wide concrete steps. The Dainkund Peak trek takes you along a beautiful ridge which offers a panoramic view of spectacular valleys and snow-clad mountains. The cool breeze blowing through the woods with amazing views will surely leave you spellbound.

Dainkund Peak Weather & Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Dainkund Peak in Dalhousie is throughout the year. Each season has its own charm and uniqueness. The summers start from April and last till June with the temperature hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. However, if you wish to enjoy the scenic views of snow-capped mountains and refreshing greenery, consider visiting the peak during winters which last from October to February.

How to Reach Dainkund Peak

To reach Dainkund Peak, you can easily hire a taxi or self-drive. However, trekking is another good option to make your trip more exciting. Two kilometres down the peak is the perfect place for camping.


1. Carry warm clothes because the temperature at the peak gets high.
2. If you are choosing trekking as an option, take proper equipment and trekking shoes.
3. Take your medications and a first-aid kit for an emergency.

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