Trekking in Dalhousie

Trekking in Dalhousie, Dalhousie Overview

A paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, trekking in Dalhousie is particularly famous amongst trek-lovers. The hill station is a dream come true for trekking fiends as it offers the best trekking trails for beginners. As you pass through the verdant surroundings, you can't resist yourself from soaking in the tranquillity and calmness of the place. There are dense forests of Deodar, pine and fir trees which look extremely quaint. For trekkers who want to trek in the snow, Dalhousie is the best place. The snow-covered mountains and landscapes enhance the beauty and make the trek even more exciting.

On the way, you will come across a sanctuary located between Kalatop and Khajjar - the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. Balck bear, jackal and leopards are some of the common animals found here. It is a delight for bird-watchers too. The highest peak of Dalhousie, Drakund gives you the most picturesque views. Other attractions that you will pass through are Chowari Jot, Khajjar and Kalatop. Khajjar is so beautiful that it is called as the 'Mini Switzerland'. The lush fields, the variety of flora and fauna, myriad colourful valleys and stillness makes trekking in Dalhousie a popular thing to do.

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Dalhousie Trekking Routes

Dalhousie offers the most exciting trekking route as you will pass through the lush green forests and snow-clad mountains. The most preferred routes for trekking in Dalhousie is Dainkund-Jot-Khajjar- Kalatop.

Dainkund Peak Trek

Dalhousie Dainkund Trek

Dainkund is the most beguiling place in Dalhousie. It is said that many years ago, witches lived in this town and they used to trouble the villagers a lot. Hence, Dainkund is also called as the "Witch's Pond". The most beautiful and least visited place in Dalhousie, Dainkund is the highest point of the hill station. It is an easy level of trekking as you pass through lush green landscapes. Punjab rivers like Sutlej, Beas, Ravi and Chenab could be seen flowing amidst the mountains. Dainkund Peak is famous amongst tourists for its astonishing views of flower valleys, Khajjar Lake and tall Deodar trees.

Chowari Jot Trek

Chowari Jot is located between Chamba and Chowari. The Jot, also called as the Pass looks extremely beautiful with Deodar and Kail trees. Touching a height of almost 8000 ft, it snows heavily in the winter season and gives you very picturesque and attractive surroundings.

Khajjiar Trek

Dalhousie Khajjiar Trek

, often called the Switzerland of India, is a hill station located at a distance of 24 km from Dalhousie. About 2000 metres above the sea level, Khajjar is surrounded by dense meadows and forests. It has a rare combination of three ecosystem- lake, pasture and forest. At Khajjiar, there is a temple, belonging to the 12th century, dedicated to KhajjI Nag. It also houses wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.

Dalhousie to Kalatop Sanctuary Trek

Kalatop Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary situated at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The sanctuary area has well-maintained trekking routes both at Kalatop and Khajjiar. There are dense deodar and fir forests covering the most area of the sanctuary which is about 6 km from Dalhousie. Pheasants, serow and black bear are some of the common animals found here. It is also a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary lies in the path of the Ravi River and is flanked by coniferous and oak forests.

Trek Essentials

It is necessary to carry with you all necessary items to make trekking in Dalhousie hassle-free and comfortable. Make sure to take along essentials like dry snacks, light pair of boots, woollen clothes, first-aid, energy bars, torch, etc. A walking stick is a must. You should prefer taking an extra pair of clothes in case of emergency.

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Best Time for Trekking in Dalhousie

The ideal time to go for trekking in Dalhousie is from March to June. This is the summer season and the temperature remains below 30 degrees Celsius. The weather is extremely pleasant, and you can experience nature at its best. The snow begins to melt during this time which adds to the beauty. However, the winter season also provides an opportunity to have an adventurous trip to Dalhousie. If you are interested in trekking amidst snow-clad mountains, January-February is the best time.

Tips For Dalhousie Trekking

1. Carry lots of drinking water with you.
2. Even if you are trekking in Dalhousie in summer, carry light woollen clothes as the weather tends to get cold in the evening.
3. Do not step over plants and vegetation and try to protect them as much as possible.
4. There are not many medical shops in Dalhousie. Make sure to carry all the basic medicines for an emergency.
5. Prefer those hiking boots which are light and synthetic.

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