Last month, I visited by Sister who recently moved to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. This was the time when heavy rains were happening and few days back snowfall had also happened in the state. This Photo Journey shares some of the captures from my ride from Dalhousie to Pathankot...
The famous Dalhousie Public School was opening that day and there was huge jam because of lot of vehicles driving kids back to school. Luckily we got out of that jam timely and the journey started peacefully. Till Banikhet, we noticed some remains of snow and then there was no sign of snow, but it was still raining.
Clouds were moving around us and at times, they were pretty close and reduced our visibility to 10 meters. For 45 minutes or so, our cab was moving very slow. Since we had enough time in hand, we were sure that we would reach Pathankot on time.
After a while we reached a point from where river ravi was visible and the other side was Jammu & Kashmir state. Our driver belonged to J&K, so he shared lot of details about the place and also shared that many of the folks from Jammu & Kashmir works in Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh. He has been working in Dalhousie for last 8 years.
This whole stretch from Chamba to Pathankot has beautiful landscapes and the cloudy weather made it more beautiful for us. There is one stretch on this way, which looks like smaller version of Grand Canyon. We couldn't see this series of mountains because of clouds all around.
We thoroughly enjoyed this ride and had a tea break on our way. Buses are frequently available from Dalhousie to Pathankot, which take 2.5-3hrs. Some of these buses start from Dalhousie bus stand and many of them start from Chamba town & take a brief halt at Dalhousie. There are very few which just cross through Banikhet and skip Dalhousie.
Above photograph was not shot well. This was the best view. Clouds were falling down and direct sun-rays were making the were dramatic.
This was the time when we were discussing about beautiful landscapes around Dalhousie town and we were already missing the beauty of this place. Dalhousie is relatively smaller hill station, but very beautiful. Places like Khajjiar and Chamba around it makes this a perfect destination, especially during summers.
Dalhousie is not as crowded as other popular hill stations (Shimla, Manali, Mcleodganj) in Himachal Pradesh. It's like those hill stations, which you usually see in Bollywood movies - huge bungalows made up of stone and wood, surrounded by flowers & green landscapes. High deodars & snow covered pir-panjal hills make the place more beautiful.
Soon after sunset hues touched the surrounding hills and whole view around us was completely different.
I have been to Dalhousie many times and this was the first time I enjoyed the journey so much.