By: Himanshu Poswal
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Dalhousie is a hill station in the Indian state of named after Lord Dalhousie. One of the best things about Dalhousie is that it never witnesses an off-season! To add to it, every season will be offering something new in the same place for its guests.
For your convenience, I have done a monthly breakup of the seasons to visit Dalhousie:
The summers of Dalhousie! That span of any year which sees the most numbers of the tourists from the world. With mercury hardly hitting 30 degrees, this is the best sought season for sightseeing and walks admiring the beauty of nature.
The season of mild showers in the hill station, Dalhousie is one of the most romantic places to be at around this time. If you are planning a honeymoon to Dalhousie, pick this monsoon season to experience the lush green forests and the shimmering rain water.
The official winter season of Dalhousie! However, the October and November are still lesser cold but the mercury dips rapidly during the months of December and January. This can also be seen as the snow season!
Now, coming to the second part of your question, what are the things to do in Dalhousie? Let us check out *wink*
(Please Note: All the timings are as per +5:30 GMT Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi)
1) Para Gliding
A hot favourite destination in India for Paragliding, Dalhousie has emerged as the perfect spot for the adventure seekers. Move to Kalatop during your stay and experience a whole new venture.
Timings: 0900-1700 hours
2) Horse Riding
Calling all the photo zealots and the nature lovers on the saddle, Dalhousie is the best destination to go on a horse ride. On the day of your choice, you are free to take a trip around the hill station but via different mode!
Timings: 0800-1800 hours
3) Mysterious Boat Cruise
If you are in Dalhousie to capture the beautiful scenes on the go as you experience a new adventure of a Cruise Boat, head straight to the Chamera Dham. A beautiful experience and a lifetime memory for all the adventure seekers.
Timings: 0900-1830 hours
4) Shop at the Tibetan Handicrafts
This one is for you if you are looking forward to carrying some handicrafts home. A local market for the shopaholics, Tibetan Handicrafts is a must visit for the carpets and the wall hangings.
Timings: 1030-1930 hours
5) Go Zorbing in Khajjiar
What if I tell you to get in a bubble and go zorbing on a hill station? Sounds fun, no? Well, the Khajjiar of Chamba district is all set to let you have this once in a lifetime experience.
Timings: 0830-1830 hours
6) Loop walk in Upper Bakrota
It is not your usual morning or evening walk! It is a path for you to expose to the beauty of the India hill station, Dalhousie. There are a lot of walks in this area and the best ones are the ones you take! Location? Upper Bakrota
Timings: be there at your comfort
7) Shopping at Gandhi Chowk
A small market of the town just next to the Dalhousie bus station, Gandhi chowk market is your try at developing a taste for the local Indian markets of any hill station.
Generally, open during the daytime, Gandhi Chowk is one of the busiest intersection in the town.
8) Shopping at Banikhet Bazaar
A local market in Banikhet, Banikhet Bazaar or the Banikhet Market is a place for you to buy the snuggly woollens. You can also visit this market to have a glimpse of the way Indian woollens are knit and the particular designs on them.
9) Ganji Pahadi, Bakrota Hills
A heaven for all the trekking enthusiasts, the Ganji Pahadi translates to “Bald hill”. The name is so defined because there are no trees on the top and from the base, it appears as if the tree is bald at the tip.
Consult your guide or the locals about the timings and the conditions to go on a trek.
10) Himachal Gift Emporium, Gandhi Chowk
Another once close to the Dalhousie bus stand, Himachal Gift Emporium is located on the Gandhi Chowk. It is a home to few of the interesting wooden artefacts. Wish to take a few back home? Be here!
11) Khajjiar Trek
Do you think you can pull off a 14km long trek sailing through the tough conditions and the forests of the Pine and Deodar? Say hi to Khajjiar and move onto the Khajjiar Trek whenever you are at Dalhousie next time!