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Dainkund Peak

Tushar Chhetri
Mountains of Dalhousie- DainkundThe next day, we headed to Dalhousie with plans to visit Dainkund and Kalatop, which lie in the same area.Dainkund is about 20 kms from Khajjiar and is the highest peak in Dalhousie at about 2755 meter above sea level. It is believed that Dainkund (Dain = witch, kund = lake) was the abode to a powerful witch. She was slayed by an incarnation of Kali Mata (Goddess Kali) that arose at the site from a stone. The locals worship the incarnation as Pholani Mata and the sacred place was marked by building a temple around it.It took us around an hour to reach the temple’s car parking spot. After parking we started our 2.5 km long trek which would lead to the topmost point - the Mata Devi temple. Fortunately, this trek is not that difficult and even elderly people can complete it. We faced a little difficulty since at that time it was partially covered with snow. After a little over an hour of walking, we could see the temple from a distance. Many people also come here to visit Pholani Mata temple, which is adjacent to the main Mata Devi temple.
Tushar Chhetri
On day 7 we will go for an early morning walk/cycling in Dainkund followed by breakfast of your choice. We will also visit some local temples and significant monasteries.
Tushar Chhetri
After the walk we will have hot and fresh breakfast of your choice and then drive to Dainkund Peak located in Dalhousie. We will spend some time there and then head to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.At these places you will have option to indulge in some adventurous things like hiking and camping.
Tushar Chhetri
After the walk we will have hot and fresh breakfast of your choice and then drive to Dainkund Peak located in Dalhousie. We will spend some time there and then head to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.At these places you will have option to indulge in some adventurous things like hiking and camping.
Jekin Makwana
As we were only two of us, transport via cab was getting expensive for us but when you are at a place like Zostel, things get easier to manage. Our escape planner, Mr Ronit, could convince a group of 4 friends to accompany us on our trek and that day costed us only 800 rs including transport and lunch.I woke up at 7 at had clouds waitings for me at the balcony. Once my friend got up and got fresh, we decided to have our breakfast at a cafe nearby, called Magic tree cafe. A place with good music, good food, a Bob Markey style ambience and a breathtaking view.We had some coffee and sandwiches and paranthas to be ready for the trek. We had lots of time to enjoy our meal as guys joining us for trek were a bit late.As soon as we were done we got a call from Ronit and we headed towards Dainkund. The plan was to start treking towards Dainkund and move towards Jot (Gadar movie point) and there we had our cab waiting for us to take us to Khajjiar. There is a Pholani Devi temple at the peak, who is said to have come to save the villagers from Dain (Witch).The complete trek was really beautiful and not too difficult, even for beginners. We had a guy with us completing it wearing flip-flops.Adding some pictures of the same.On coming back from the trek, we had some coffee and breakfast at Zostel while playing carrom. We invited two girls, Divya and Aditi, who had just checked in to Zostel to join us for the game and it was fun. We spent some time playing games in common area, chatting with people. Stay at Zostel being our first experience, seemed like being in a different world altogether. Everyone here was friendly, happy, ready to help and sharing their travel experiences. We also wanted to try bonfire but we couldn't as rains made the wood moist. We did some more chit chats, planned for the next day and played some more games before retiring for the day.