Thursday, January 30, 2014

A unique homestay in Dalhousie to bond with a family and charm of hills

Escaping from the daily grind of life and lost in the wilderness of hills could be a fancy for romantic idealists, but these days in urban milieu daily struggles force people to do stuff that earlier considered as an oddball activity. While you may think of evading some hills but don’t forget contemporary world thinks alike, so when you think of invading hordes, the thought is enough to turn you off. 

So, why I choose Dalhousie? Dalhousie is a place where you can really aloof from your daily world. Although in recent times the place has become popular among North Indian happy-go-lucky crowd, and in weekend the locals witness a large number of crowds due to its proximity to Punjab. Although it nowhere comes near Shimla and Dharamshala, still the place is pretty much crowded these days. 

A fairly recent convert to the unique charm of this place is staying in homestays. There are small rooms rented by villagers, just outskirt of main Dalhousie, or if you want to stay a bit comfortable with a decent hospitality you can opt for some old private estate. For example, Silverton Estate invites a limited number of guests every year. This 150 year old private estate built by its present owner Vickram Singh’s grandfather located on Moti Tibba, a small hill with great views. 

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Pristine lawn of Silverton Estate
Every place has its history and certain offbeat things to explore; Dalhousie is also not an exception. Kalatope wildlife sanctuary, a pristine jungle of gigantic deodars that dwarfed every other living thing around it, is a nice place to venture in. with hills on one side and drops on the other, the 3km path snakes its way through serious brown bear territory. So, it is advised not to intrude their territories, however, you can colorful butterflies and sneak peek into birds’ tenements.

If you are in Dalhousie and you can’t afford to miss a trek to Dainkund Hill. It seems a fairytale world of mountains slopes speckled with thousands of wild yellow and white daisies bobbing their heads in the breeze.

Dalhousie is more about laid-back and long leisure walk. The town is named after Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856, right till before the Indian Uprising. While he continues to be a controversial figure much criticized by historians for his callousness and neglect, the hill station of Dalhousie has prospered. Being a cantonment town has helped it retain its unspoiled charm and a semblance of order.

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2 comments:

  • Ritual Holidays 2 says:
    February 16, 2016 at 12:03 AM

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  • Martin Lois says:
    March 31, 2017 at 4:34 AM

    Seems like a very good place. I have been to many good homestays in India but missed Dalhousie due to time restrictions. Would like to make it this September.

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