Day trek to the Dainkund Peak, Dalhousie

One of the main things I enjoyed the most when I was in Himachal Pradesh was driving across the beautiful hills, enjoying the majestic Himalayan ranges. Honestly speaking, I cannot imagine a better way to explore these picturesque valleys than a good trek up the hills. Hence, while my husband and I were visiting Dalhousie with friends, we decided to do a one-day trek to the Dainkund Peak, which is one of the highest points in Dalhousie.

Dainkund Peak

The Dainkund Peak also called as “Singing Hills” is at a height of 2755 meters and is a fairly easy trek of about 1.5 kilometers distance to the top. The trail begins near the Indian Air Force Base, which is a good half hour drive from Dalhousie town. Although we intended to start our trek early during the day to avoid the harsh sun rays, we barely managed to start the journey mid-morning. Luckily, it was a gorgeous day in the hills with the sun shining brightly behind beautiful white clouds and cool breeze washing our faces as we started our trek.

Enroute Dainkund

 

Entrance to the Temple

The trail is actually a path to Pohlani Mata Temple that is located on the top of the peak. The first few minutes of the walk was more like an outdoor cardio for me, as there were stone steps leading to the top of the trail. It will be a pain if one is not used to climbing stairs and also the high altitude makes it a little bit difficult to breathe while climbing. We took several short water and photo breaks to enjoy the beautiful vistas along the way.

View of snow capped mountains

Once you reach the top of the stairs, the trail is a normal mud path making it a bit easier for regular temple visitors. What I love about the trail is that there are several benches and gazebos on the way to the peak, which is really needed for people to rest between the walk or maybe to enjoy the view. Once we started walking down the mud path, my excitement rose to whole new level as we were greeted with lush greenery all around. As it was a clear day, we could also catch a glimpse of the snow clad mountains at a distance.

The tall deodar trees alongside the pretty white flowers were a sight to behold as we made our way to the peak. We also came across the Pahadis (local people) climbing the hills through an unseen track with their cattle herd. It is really amazing to watch these people climb up and down the mountains every day, working so hard and living such a rustic life.

After walking for few minutes, we could spot the temple from far away and I was happy to realize that we finally are closer to the peak. I was totally bowled over by the stunning view in front of me. The lush green landscape of the majestic hills of the Chamba valley rolling miles away, with the mountain wind singing a melodious song to you. It is no wonder Dainkund is also called as the ‘Singing Hills of India’. We quickly moved on towards the temple, which was bustling with devotees resting their feet after the long walk.

Pohlani Mata Temple

Kali Ma statue at the hilltop

The Mataji temple was very quaint with goddess idol placed inside a small structure and a Pandit was performing the rituals. There several trishuls (tridents) placed on the side and the whole scenario with the stunning mountains on the backdrop looked surreal. After offering our prayers to the goddess we decided to explore the further and walked behind the temple premises. There is also a statue of a goddess on the hilltop next to the temple, however, visitors are prohibited from climbing the hill. We walked further for few minutes following the trail, but after realizing that it was just taking us around the hills, we decided to quit and made our way to back to the temple. After all the walking we did, I was starving and lucky for us there were a couple of eateries around the temple. We relished on some piping hot Maggi and hot tea enjoying the stunning view and resting our tired legs. After savoring on the gorgeous hills to our heart’s content, we climbed down the peak late noon and drove back to Dalhousie town.

View behind the Temple

Maggi at the Singing Hills

The trek to Dainkund is not a rigorous one but a fairly easy and fun trek and I highly recommend it to everyone who is visiting Dalhousie as this will be one of the best ways to have an up-close look at the gorgeous hills of the Chamba Valley.

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57 Comments

  1. July 20, 2017    

    Awesome place

  2. Vindhya Vindhya
    July 20, 2017    

    Beautiful place…and great pictures

  3. July 20, 2017    

    Wonderful place and pictures.

  4. July 21, 2017    

    Amazing place. Thanks for all pics, Awesome.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you :).

  5. July 21, 2017    

    Loved your pics, awesome. Nice place, I been to Dalhousie but it seems that I missed such a beautiful place 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Sapna. Yes, if you happen to visit Dalhousie again in future do plan a trek to the peak :).

  6. July 21, 2017    

    Beautiful place. Nice photos!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Aravind.

  7. July 21, 2017    

    Looks like an amazing place to visit. So serene and great views from the hiking trails.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      That’s the beauty of Himachal velleys :).

  8. July 21, 2017    

    You seem very happy! Great pics

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Denise.

  9. July 21, 2017    

    I had no idea that the Dainkund Peak looked so beautiful, although my cousin keeps raving about it. The lush green backdrop, the fresh air and the views from the vantage point – everything looks worth the hype. I must plan a visit there soon. Cheers!!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Yes, please do! It is absolutely stunning, the pictures can’t do justice to this beauty.

  10. July 21, 2017    

    lovely pics. amazing place.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you.

  11. July 22, 2017    

    Dainkund Peak looks absolutely heavenly! Your article makes me want to take a trip there in the future… Cool pictures by the way! 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you for the love Nasreen :).

  12. July 22, 2017    

    These pictures looks stunning. The views from there are breathtaking and al this without having a too difficult hike. That´s awesome.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Pia :).

  13. July 23, 2017    

    I never thought Dalhousie has such charming peaks and beauty all around. I am planning to head there some winter. Will it be possible to explore around like this then?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Hey Neha, I’m not really sure. Some of the locals mentioned that the trail is covered with snow during winters, can’t really say if its open or not.

  14. July 23, 2017    

    Love the nature!! 🙂
    x finja ~ http://www.effcaa.com

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Finja 🙂

  15. Abigail Sinsona Abigail Sinsona
    July 25, 2017    

    I know it was a difficult trek but those views are definitely such a relief. I would probably do what you did as well- stopping every once in a while to rest and take in the views. Those views do not happen so often in the lives of city dwellers, like myself. It’s just amazing to behold and I think you made a good call on taking this trek!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Abigail, city dwellers like us need occasional breaks like this to rejuvenate and relax.

  16. July 25, 2017    

    The landscape here is absolutely breathtaking! I would love to hike through these trails, being right at home beside nature! Its always good when there is something at the top of the hills to keep pushing you to never stop haha! Such a great reward! Nice read.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you, David. The view waiting for us on top is what kept us going.

  17. July 25, 2017    

    I always enjoy adding a bit of exercise and adventure into a holiday and trekking is a great way to explore the natural surroundings. Dalhousie is still a wonderful place to visit and the views from up top of Daikund peak look spectacular. And i’m guessing that’s hot Maggie, which is quintessential mountain food I guess.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Yep, it;s Maggie the Himachal favorite :).

  18. Lisa Lisa
    July 25, 2017    

    Those singing hills look so beautiful, I’m sure the photos don’t do them justice! I thought this was the Alps for a moment, so was surprised! I’ve never been to India, but this place looks like one to bookmark for if I ever visit!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Yes Lisa, it is even more stunning in reality.

  19. July 25, 2017    

    Oh, my goodness the views are spectacular!! We always travel with the kids and the older they get (now 11 and 13) the more hiking we can do! This is most definitely on the list when we get a chance to visit India. That list is really getting long, too, what a wonderfully colorful place!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      We are sure you guys will enjoy the trek :).

  20. July 25, 2017    

    That view is stunning! Love that it’s actually an easy walk when you would think you’d have to climb forever to get those views. I would never have thought this was India!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Sonja.

  21. July 25, 2017    

    Beautiful pictures! I too had trekked to Dainkund Peak but it was in February! It was fully covered in snow! Love these green surrounding pictures!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Oh, wow snow covered peak must have been a magical experience.

  22. July 26, 2017    

    Those views are definitely worth the difficulty of the trek! Stunning scenery that reminds me a bit of middle Europe like Australia and Switzerland. I wouldnt guess this was India at all.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Thank you Jo, it is even more gorgeous up close.

  23. July 26, 2017    

    The trek path is scenic and with gorgeous views.
    Amazing how faith and devotion exists so high above. Excellent pictures. Never seen so many trishuls together.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      The Trishuls are like the highlight of the temple and it looks stunning. It is really over whelming to watch both young and old devotees do the trek to visit the temple.

  24. July 26, 2017    

    You almost got lost in those white flowers!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      July 28, 2017    

      Hahaha, thank you Mridula :).

  25. July 29, 2017    

    Such an inviting trek in the lap of nature. Glad to know they have benches in place as well. Stunning pictures and so well complemented with the narration!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Thank you very much Arti

  26. August 7, 2017    

    Hiking in Himalayas is my dream! Dainkund Peak seems so lovely! Looks like you had a wonderful time! The views are amazing, am so jealous! 🙂 Beautiful photos !

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Thank you Ada! Hope your dream comes true soon :).

  27. August 7, 2017    

    Wow, these mountain views are just amazing! Looks like it was a challenging trek but it definitely worths the effort. The temple at the top of the peak is also nice.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Thank you Lusine! The trek wasn’t really hard just took a little more effort to climb the steps :).

  28. August 9, 2017    

    Not a long trek, beautiful view, I think no doubt this can be done by everyone. 😀 I would love to go there!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Yep, young and old both hike up the mountain to enjoy the view.

  29. August 9, 2017    

    After reading your blog post, I definitely need to go there! You took such amazing pictures of the scenery as well as capturing all the small details of what this Himalayan town has to offer! My favorite though out of all the places you listed has to be The Trishuls Temple, just mind blowing!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Ah yes, the trishuls are my favourite too!

  30. August 13, 2017    

    The pictures look so warm with the strong blue sky, beautiful and colorful. A trek in this weather and views is perfect. It’s hard to believe there are snow capped mountains in that weather.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 17, 2017    

      Yea, the summers had just begun there so we were lucky enough to have look at the snow capped peaks.

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