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 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 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!
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