A Day Tour to Dagshai from Chandigarh

I started Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike from ISBT 43, Chandigarh at 7:00 am We had a plan to tour Heritage Museum of Dagshai famously known as Dagshai Jail.

After 25 km driving we pass nearby HMT, Pinjore (left side). Further 13 km drive, 8:15 am a thought of breakfast at Nikki Rasoi (right side) but we skipped to stop at Punjabi Dhaba (left side).

Total I have driven by now – 44 km

Its 8:30 am – The time.

We requested for Pyaaz Paratha (Rs. 25), Aaloo Paratha (Rs. 25) and Dahi (curd Rs. 30). Total we paid Rs. 160/- for two of us – The tourists.

After having good nashta (breakfast) the journey continues..

Another 11 km drive we reached Dharampur. Further 2 km drive, right side is the way towards our destination – Dagshai. The road we left goes to Shimla.

3 km further uphill drive, we reached Dagshai. 9:15 am the time.

The distance between Chandigarh and Dagshai is approx. 61 km

Total journey hours from Chandigarh to Dagshai: 2 hours 15 minutes including time for breakfast. Yes, I drive slow.

Road condition fantastic. Enjoyed driving specially after Pinjore between the hills.

At Dagshai we visited Dagshai Heritage Museum spent a good amount of time there. A coffee shop is nearby. A cup of coffee and time to rest under a shed listening birds chirping sound and then few meters drive is St. Patrick’s R.C. Church (left side). Further drive we reached Mary Rebecca Weston Grave. We are inside a graveyard. Nobody was there. We spent about half an hour there sitting quietly within the silence. Immense peace within. Dagshai is also a silent quiet location. Only 10-15 tourist I saw. I like the place very much. No horn honking, not too much of tourist, only one or two vehicles and above all clean, green and top of a mountain. Not many shops either. One of the favorite for sure from now-onwards.

After Dagshai as we were having ample time, we decided to visit Kasauli.

Kasauli is approx. 16 km from Dagshai.

Before Kasauli at Sanawar on left hand side we saw The Lawrence School where Sanjay Dutt (Bollywood superstar) did his schooling. And then little one km further we visited Baba Balak Nath temple (righ side) at Gadkhal situated on top of Granar mountain. One guruji is there whom one can meet for guidance but only on Sunday. One has to take token one day before i.e., Saturday late morning hours. Dharamshala is there to stay and food arrangements is also there.

Finally we reached Kasauli to visit Manki point situated on top of a mountain which is more than 6000 feet. One has to reach via well made stairs. Approx. 15-30 minutes climbing depend upon your fitness level. This is the location where Lord Hanuman left feet touched the mountain while returning with Sanjeevani booty (to cure Lord Laxman) from Dronagiri hill.

Manki Point Timings: 9:00 am – 4:15 pm (1:00 pm – 1:45 pm lunch time)

Passes are issued to visited Manki Point. No camera, mobile phones, binocular, radio, Walkman, pen-drive, calculator, remote sensor key, eatables, lighter, match box, polythene bag, carry bag, iPod, mp3 player, digital diary is allowed.

4:40 pm we started our return journey to Chandigarh. After 24 km of driving from Kasauli we stop at Ishar Sweets (left side) to have something for hungry stomach. We had Rabri Kulfi (Rs. 40) which was one of the best kulfi I had till-date. And then I had Rasmalai (Rs. 50) which was ok ok.

Altogether a day tour to Dagshai and Kasauli was fruitful. Thoroughly enjoyed motorbike driving and specially the visit to Heritage Museum. Here I also would like to mention I saw more than 20 Harley-Davidson motorbikers. I guess they must be on a long drive. Good to watch.

I suggest if you are visiting Shimla or Kasauli or nearby tourist places try to visit Dagshai Heritage Museum. An experience for sure.