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Dalhousie India – Review June 14, 2010

Posted by simarprit in Uncategorized.
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We reached here on June 11, 2010 and as we were approaching the city I heard the air whisper to my ears – mixed bag. On day four I can say firmly the air was right, Dalhousie the hill town/station in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India is a mixed bag.

My random thoughts:

  1. Great weather, superb.
  2. Clean air, cleanest in 500 – 600 Km range from New Delhi, which also has better weather than Delhi.
  3. Dalhousie is not a priority with the State government based in Shimla. The state of Himachal Pradesh  has given up on Dalhousie and Dalhousie has given up on the state.
  4. The town in parts is dead, I call it town because its own population is below 10,000.
  5. The town is just two roads and two chowks (squares/ nodal points) – Subash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk (GPO).
  6. Dalhousie is 80 Km from Pathankot, the gateway to Dalhousie is you are coming from Delhi/ Punjab side.
  7. Dalhousie has no petrol pump, the nearest is in Banikhet 13 – 15 Km away.
  8. Bakrota is 3-4 Km away from Dalhousie and is a great place to stay (not budget), it is at an altitude of 8,000 ft.
  9. There is practically no public transport.
  10. At Gandhi Chowk the statute of “Father of the Nation” is lost between a Church and Police Post
  11. “Downtown Dalhousie” is dirty, filthy and smells
  12. The climb to Dalhousie is not tough
  13. If you have a choice, small powerful car would always be the best choice
  14. You can’t get “garam pakoras” in Dalhousie no one makes it
  15. Khairati at Gandhi Chowk is a good grocer
  16. Novelty Stores in “The Mall” Gandhi Chowk is a decent multi-purpose store
  17. D.C. Khanna is a good outlet if you are looking for stuff which you can get in big cities
  18. Tata Sky works well
  19. Airtel is a big fail, it doesn’t work in Dalhousie and surrounding
  20. Vodafone charge cards are available  against ID
  21. BSNL is the best network
  22. Tata Photon is great internet connection in Dalhousie area
  23. There is a Gurdwara near Subash Chowk
  24. Khajjiar can be a disappointment
  25. Yes, you can do amateurish Zorbing in Khajjiar
  26. Trek to Kala Top is good
  27. Trek to Dan Kund is great
  28. Chamba to Dalhousie road via Khajjiar is not wide enough for big cars, it becomes tough in stretches
  29. Raavi river has good flow in Parel near Chamba
  30. The petrol pump in Banikhet has bad reputation
  31. The first bus leaves from Dalhousie for pathankot at 6:00 AM in summers
  32. Kwality restaurant serves great food, prices are OK

More to come…


1. Mani - June 15, 2010

This is a super picture Simar

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