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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here’s a little more about each of the places we visited.

Dalhousie:

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.

Khajjiar:

Khajjiar is referred to as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’.It was 22 Kms, 1 Hr by road from our hotel in Dalhousie. It sits on a small plateau , surrounded by a dense forest and also has a small lake, which was almost dried up unfortunately. I was amazed to see so much greenery. The view was really breathtakingly beautiful. We just spent hours here admiring the beauty and clicking lots of pics.

There a lot of activities like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc.There were also vendors who make you dress in traditional clothes from the Himachal region and you can pose in those clothes.Also many vendors were with these bunnies or rabbits that you can pose with for a fee of course.To be honest we didn’t really do any of those activities as we were mesmerized by the beauty and wanted to click as many pics as possible.

There were also animals like cows and sheep grazing on the meadows. The sheep look cute but can be a nuisance if you have food so you should be careful. All in all it was a nice experience just sitting and admiring nature.

  

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Dalhousie and Khajjiar , then you should definitely visit soon.Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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

  1. Janet

    Liked the pics where beauty is caught in its natural surroundings of trees,animals, sunshine etc. Would like to visit these places which were captured through your lens.

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  2. Meenakshi

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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