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 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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Read about our first trip to the beautiful Dalhousie and Khajjiar in North India.The greenery makes it breathtakingly beautiful.


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

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  2. Candy

    Khajjiar or the mini Switzerland of India sounds like a great place to explore. I would be the same and be more focused on the scenery itself instead of paying to post with bunnies 🙂 Horseback riding sounds awesome and will be sure to keep an eye on my food from the sheep.

  3. Carol Colborn

    It’s the second straight post I have read about northern India. Khajjiar, the Indian mini-Switzerland, seems to be the draw! Haven’t been to India yet. I have not been attracted by the heat and chaos in the cities.

    1. Karie Post author

      I agree cities are chaotic. You can visit the hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as they are cooler and less chaotic. Also, Kerala is beautiful 🙂

  4. Krupa

    We been to Dalhousie and Khajjiar both in last April. To be honest, was little disappointed with Dalhousie, may be we chose wrong season to go there. Khajjiar was way beautiful than we expected it to be. Looks like you guys had fun there.

  5. Michael Hodgson

    Lovely photos of both Khajjiar and Dalhousie — and that view of the mountain range from your hotel is a winner. Just wondering, after reading about Khajjiar and seeing your photos, I am left wondering how the region earned the “mini-Switzerland” moniker? Been to Switzerland many times (not yet to India) and not seeing the resemblance — except perhaps (and this is a big reach) because of the meadows with sheep and cows? Still beautiful, just not somewhere I see comparing to Switzerland. 😉

  6. Jen

    The mini Switzerland sounds fantastic. (Except for the sheep.) It’s so green and lush. And the views of those snowcapped mountains were gorgeous. Are those from your hotel?

  7. Anthony (One of Four Friends One World)

    I love that you retreat to the mountains in the hot seasons. Living in Canada we retreat to the tropical climates in the winters. Love the opposite viewpoints!

    The idea of mini Switzerland in India sounds amazing. We like the idea of a vibe of Europe in India. We can only hope to experience it one day!

  8. Kreete

    Himachal Pradesh is on my list of places I want to visit next when I go to India. Funny enough, I always thought I was more of a breach person too, until I went to the mountains! I just cant get enough now haha! I would love to visit Dalhousie for the greenery and Khajjiar for adventure sports. Sound like you had a fantastic time!

  9. AMBER

    I am currently in South India and I literally was reading about Khajjiar on a domestic flight yesterday. I so badly want to visit now and your photos are making me incredibly jealous. Great post!

  10. Sandy N Vyjay

    Dalhousie is a pristine gem in Himachal Pradesh as it retains its old world charm. Khajjar, of course, has been compared to Switzerland. Both are lovely and have their own individual character. Have not been to either though hope to get there when we are next in those parts. This part of Himachal has eluded us till now.


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