Our first trip to North India – Part 1 Dalhousie and Khajjiar

see url We make it a point to go on a vacation at least once a year, especially during the summer months (Mar-May) as it’s gets really hot. We usually head to the hills/ mountains as the climate is much cooler.

source link Last year we visited few beautiful places in the northern state of India known as Himachal Pradesh. This was our first ever trip to North India and I must say we had an amazing trip.

I always thought I was more of a beach person. That going to beaches would bring me peace of mind.But a visit to the mountains proved this theory wrong. From the moment I saw the amazing view of the snow-capped mountains, I was awestruck. I could just stare at the sight for hours and never get bored. I was amazed at God’s creation and must’ve clicked a 1000 pics ,but none of those could do justice to the actual feeling you get when you see such beauty so close. Being born and brought up in a city which is full of concrete jungles and very less greenery I found these views to be so breathtakingly beautiful.

كيفية كسب المال على الانترنت في جنوب أفريقيا The sight of tall trees, birds, butterflies and flowers made me feel one with nature. I have seen these views before when I have been to other hill stations around Mumbai, also in Ooty and Munnar. But I have never been so close to mountains before. When deciding which place to visit this year I had decided that I had to go to the Himalayas or at least close enough. Now as I look back I think it was the best decision ever made. My only regret is that I didn’t stay long enough to enjoy it.

تاريخ الاسهم بشكل عام في الامارات Also wish I would’ve visited much earlier in life when I was younger and fitter so I could explore it more. If you haven’t been to the Himalayas yet I suggest you get packing asap as you are missing out on a lot.

الخيارات الثنائية على يوتيوب I envy people who live here as they have no idea what a splendid place they are living in compared to the cramped and crowded cities of India. If given a chance I would definitely live in the mountains. Till then I can keep day dreaming about this lovely place and hope to visit again soon.

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go to site Dalhousie is a hill station located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station was established in 1854 by the British Governor-General of India Lord Dalhousie. I loved seeing so much greenery around. We had a really awesome view from our hotel where we were staying. Places we visited were Sat Dhara, Panji Pulla and the market area of Dalhousie. We also got a spectacular view of the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range. We traveled in the month of May which was summer but the temperature was pretty cool. Though it was a bit hot in the afternoons.

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We have posted about Dharamshala and Mcleodganj in  Part Two .We also attempted to make a travel vlog for the first time, so do check it out here.

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45 thoughts on “Our first trip to North India – Part 1 Dalhousie and Khajjiar

  1. Meenakshi

    see Hi Karen….This is my first time on your blog and I really loved your snaps…Having lived in Dalhousie for two years ,I can very well understand when you said that you clicked n number of snaps.No words or pics can do justice to this place and that is the reason why I have almost 7-8blog posts on this place and still not satisfied..Keep blogging 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Meenakshi..Thank you so much..wow you are so lucky to get a chance to live in Dalhousie. It was my first trip and I was so fascinated by the greenery and beauty especially the view of the mountains.I think I need to visit again.Also will definitely have a look at your blog. 🙂

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  2. Carola

    I have yet to visit India. But I am always fascinated by the sheer variety of lanscapes in your beautiful country. I hope to make it there (or at least start exploring…) at the end of this year or next year.

    Happy continued travels!
    Carola

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  3. Iulia Ganea

    Great shots indeed! I have never traveled to India before, but it is very tempting after reading so many beautiful posts from you. But as I live in Europe, I travelled and seen a lot of Switzerland, and you are right, Khajjiar pretty much looks like it :).

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Iulia. I’ve never been to Switzerland so it was nice to visit a place similar to it in India.I hope you visit India soon 🙂

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  4. Audrey

    So beautiful pictures! I love that you are able to put on traditional clothes. One of my favorite parts of traveling is participating in the traditions and I would like to do that if I get a chance to go to India 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Audrey.Each state in India has different traditional attire .I hope you visit India soon and get to try it 🙂

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  5. Katie Featherstone

    I always thought I was a beach person too, but recently I have been swayed towards mountains. Your photos and description of Khajjiar amazes me. I had no idea there were landscapes like that in India. Thanks for the informative read. 🙂

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  6. Danielle

    Nice post! My parents will be visiting this region this year, so will be sure to pass it onto them. I also feel at peace in the mountains, so I can 100% relate to how you felt. Great pics as well!

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  7. yurys1993

    I’m totally with you on thinking I was a beach person until I experienced the mountains for myself! I live in Florida (FLATTEST STATE, EVER) so the first time I was able to hike a mountain I was in Awe. I have never heard of Khajjiar or Dalhousie but this article definitely makes me want to visit!

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  8. meawongka

    Same here. I’m more of a beach person than climbing a mountain, but recently I’ve been attracted to them! The amazing landscape really blows our mind. Amazing photos of Dalhousie! 🙂

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  9. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Just before I feel in love in the mountains and flirt to its innate nature, I was then a beach baby. I love your trip to Himachal Pradesh in Northern India, which had given new another set of awe-inspiring experience. I haven’t been to India and will surely include this place If I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  10. shreyasaha1987

    Wow, excellent pictures Karen. Loved your vacation. Now let me recommend you Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, I was there few weeks back – it is heaven. Check packages from http://www.travelloverepeat.com – they organize awesome tours to the north and abroad! Lovely post though!

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thanks Shreya. Will definitely visit Parvati Valley soon and check that site for the packages.

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  11. Team Uy

    that place is far more different from what international news are telling people. you just featured the greenery part of the country and im loving your great shots

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thanks..yes news always focuses on negatives . India has many beautiful places which are safe for tourists.

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  12. Noel

    India never really occured to me during my travel planning as I find it too crowded and all I really know about it are the concrete cities. However, as I see more and more travel bloggers featuring nature sites, like this one, I really am compelled to visit India.

    One question, does the word Pradesh means mountain? I really encounter that word so often (like Himachal Pradesh).

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    1. Karen Post author

      There are many beautiful places in India for nature lovers. A pradesh refers to a province. It’s named Himachal is because of Himalayas .Hope you visit India soon 🙂

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  13. Marjorie G.

    I share your feelings, having been born and raised in a populated and polluted city, I also envy people who live in a beautiful place. I can see why Khajjiar is called as mini Switzerland because it does look a little bit like the said country. How beautiful the view is, you guys are so lucky to have gone there.

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  14. Hetal Kamdar

    I always get enamored by the magnificent and snow clad mountains. Living in Swiss I have always admired it. Your post reminds me of my Swiss stay where I was living amidst nature and Himachal Pradesh is equally beautiful and now on my list. Khajjiar known as Mini Switzerland is truly a reflection of Swiss and the dense forests and huge landscape makes it look even more beautiful. Nice pictures and thanks for sharing.

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  15. Neha Verma

    Aah..the one destination that I have been eyeing for a long time now. But I want to visit here in the winters, and experience the snow if possible. I can see the beauty of Khajjiar quiet evident in your pictures and it’s difficult to contain myself from visiting here. Will plan soon now 🙂

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  16. misstalkingfeet

    I live close to the Himalayas.I have been living here for the past 8-9 months but I have never had the time or money to visit this place.Also,I would prefer visiting this place either alone or with a small group of people rather than with a large group of people.Visiting hill stations with a large group restraints you from enjoying the peace and tranquility of the place.That house in Khajjar looks very aesthetic.I envy the person who lives in that house in particular more than the people who live there in general.I love hill stations too but the only problem I have with them is trekking which my friends really love going on but I cannot do it efficiently due to a severe injury I had sustained a few years ago on my right knee.That is why I enjoy going on treks

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh you must visit it once. I agree ..about large groups . I don’t like it either. That house is actually a guest house that you can stay in, though I think you have to book in advance. Sorry to hear about your injury.

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  17. Jonathan Morales

    I never thought India could be this peaceful, not to offend but the India I currently knew is chaotic, noisy, and really busy or atleast that is what I can see in the movies. I am really getting inlove with India.

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