The present day complexities associated with the means of earning has made ‘stress’ a part and parcel of life. But, it is not the situation that causes stress. Rather, stress arises due to improper management of the system that includes body, mind, emotion and energy. Stress is like the friction of a machine; the lesser the friction, the more efficiently the machine works. Family outing is one of the best means for de-stressing and Dalhousie, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh is the perfect destination for it.
Dalhousie, the picturesque hill station owes its name to its founder Lord Dalhousie, the Viceroy of India. This scenic valley, stretched over an area of 14 sq km, covering five hills, lies at the base of the Dhauldhar mountain range. The Victorian type mansions testify the past grandeur of this popular sanatorium. Tourists having the intent of experiencing the natural ambience of Switzerland but unable to fulfill due to constraints of time and treasure, have the best option of visiting Dalhousie.
Dalhousie is not only a tourist destination for de-stressing but also for recouping the decaying health and recharging mind and body to work with recharged vigor and enthusiasm. This could be evidenced from the fact that the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, being stressed by fighting the British, lived here at Dalhousie for long seven months. Subhash Baoli, a perennial spring, located 1 km away, named after him, stands witness to the health and hygienic significance of Dalhousie.
Nature has bestowed the abundance of its bounty to Dalhousie, a destination for de-stressing and for ‘natures cure’. A fatigued and stressed mind invites every kind of diseases for man. There is no medication for curing such a mind. Exposure to the best natural environment and trekking over a hilly path is a sure cure for a stressed mind. Trekking for 10km from Dalhousie to reach the mountain peak of Dainkund, situated at an altitude of 2755 meters is the right answer.
One of the best means of de-stressing is to take a break from the drudgery of routine life and spend exclusive time with family, away from home. Picnicking with family, ‘far away from the maddening crowd’, is one opportunity, tourists may like to have at Khajjiar Lake, located 20 km away from Dalhousie. This lake is located at an altitude of 1950 meters above sea level.
‘Man may come and man may go’, but ‘brook’ goes on forever and meets the ‘brimming river’. Tourists can watch one such murmuring brook that makes a ‘sudden sally’ from Dain Kund and ‘hurries’ down the valley to give a panoramic view to the poetic eyes of the tourists making visit to Panch Pulla or five bridges in Dalhousie. While visiting Panch Pulla, tourists can enjoy the natural surroundings of Satdhara with a refreshing stream of ‘sat’ or seven rivulets.
Other places of tourist attraction in Dalhousie are Alah Water tank with capacity to hold 1 lakh gallon of water, Kalatope Wildlife Reserve, Barapathar temple, St Andrew’s Church and Ganji Pahadi.
Stress if not managed properly and in time may lead to a number of physical ailments and retardation of working efficiency. A travel trip to Dalhousie tackles all stress-related issues.