Dalhousie- we all know this place because of Khajjiar, which is popular due to its ‘Mini Switzerland in India’ tag. Because of its striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, most of the tourists plan to visit Khajjiar only, thereby completely ignoring Dalhousie, which is a high-altitude town near the Dhauladhar mountain range. Last month, I travelled to this beautiful hill station without any plans at all and got to know about not-so-famous yet superb Dainkund Peak trek.
Going for at least one trek each year, I found this one to be relatively less exhausting and a lot more gorgeous. I realised that this trek is the perfect choice if you are someone who hasn’t hiked before and are a bit afraid of walking on the uneven terrain as well.
Other than this new trail, you can also witness the most stunning sunset in Dalhousie. I spent two days in this glorious place amidst nature and had a peaceful time in the lap of nature. What made this trip special was that I met very friendly, funny and interesting solo travellers in my hostel (Zostel Dalhousie), who made my vacation unforgettable.
I was in the common area of the hostel when a cute girl came to me and asked me about my travel plans. An engineering student, she was doing an internship there because of her unique interests. I told her that I am blank as of now. So she suggested that we do the Dainkund Trek together. Of course, I was interested! She was to be the guide on this trip. For the day, she recommended that we stroll around the Gandhi Chowk and get back early so that we could go for a small trek and watch the sunset.
She also told me about the hostel celebrating its second anniversary the next day, and they had a few fabulous activities lined up for everyone. Of everything, I was the most curious and excited to attend the baking workshop where cookies were to be made without using the oven.
My plan was set for couple of days in just 15 minutes, and this is how I spent my time in Dalhousie: