Travel, no doubt makes one experience varied culture, art, cuisines and gives immense satisfaction. But it can also take away precious things from your life. Maybe not always but seldom, it can prove to be a taker and not a giver. Who can know better about this two-faced ‘Travel’ than a nomad like me coming from a defence background? Isn’t it?Β 

Dalhousie in Himachal has been a generous giver in my case and a sense of nostalgia takes over instantly when the place gets mentioned anywhere and at any time. I could only think of this poem that I had penned last year on reading the prompt ‘#Nostalgic‘…Hope you too get to feel the magnanimity of Dalhousie between these lines!

P.S: Pardon me if this poem reads too messy and consider this as a flow of thought from a novice!


Nestled among the charming Dhauladhars,
is the quaint town of Dalhousie,
infusing life and vigour into the spirits of the travellers,
when they sneak into the town looking lousy.

Far away from the hustle-bustle of the Plains,
Time tends to stop still in this tiny town,
Every other creation of God here has their own plans,
to slog as quick and hard as the Slug in brown.

Blessed with Pines, Deodhars and Oaks,
The charm of this place reminds one: of the English countryside,
It is for the same reason why the Lord brought here his flock,
and converted this ‘Nature’s Gift’ to a town and took it in his stride.

The porches, the ornate entrances, the Churches-
the architecture of all are remnants of Colonisation.
The memory of pain and torture comes back to haunt the Patriots
but then it’s time to forgive the past in this age of globalisation.

The trail to Pauloni amidst the enchanting scenery
or the mass on Sunday at St.Francis in the morn,
each one is bound to be enthralled amidst this greenery
as there are tranquillity and serenity across every corner of this town

The lore of Bose and Tagore are galore in the Mall,
making every Bengali take pride and flock this place.
Thanks to the salubrious surroundings and its call
every nomad who wanders in is bound to get his space.

With a heavy heart as this nomad moves to another place,
I pray to God: “Keep intact this town’s sanity and green space
and let these buds continue to bloom across the expanse and colour this place,
As amidst the young minds at the Convent, I found love and solace”.

This poem was first written for an online contest on the theme β€ͺ#β€ŽCityILove, as a tribute to the town which has greatly influenced and healed me with its salubrious surroundings. The poem found a place in the

‘ Top10 ‘ entries of the contest conducted by WritersMelon.

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  1. I have been to this beautiful place twice, but my experience as a tourist was not that good. Coming to the place, indeed a wonderful place away from city’s chaos and hustle bustle.
    Lovely poem… such a well thought & written ode to a city. Loved it.

  2. keerthi vydyula says:

    Beautiful poem! You have succeeded in leaving that essence and spirit of the place in this poem. I crossed path with those ghat roads and steep valleys of Himachal on my trip to Manali. I was a beautiful experience!

  3. Your words created such a beautiful imagery of Dalhousie, Meenakshi!!

  4. Beautiful flow in the poem Meenakshi. No one can say you attempted first time πŸ™‚

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

  5. What an ode to the city!
    Now that we will be visiting this beautiful city, I would sure look forward to your poem as my guide!
    – Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

  6. Disha says:

    Wonderful poem describing Dalhousie! And being top 10 in novice attempt is super awesome. πŸ™‚

  7. Your love for Dalhousie comes through in this lovely poem, Meenu. Lovely read, and take on the prompt:)

  8. Payal Agarwal says:

    Beautiful poetry! Loved reading about the place. πŸ™‚

  9. wow. a lot of history I was honestly unaware of regarding this place. Beautifully written

  10. This is a beautiful and heartfelt ode to the city! I haven’t been to Dalhousie but your post wants me to go

  11. I looked up pictures of Dalhousie and it does look beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts through a poem.

  12. JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) says:

    Reading your poem makes me think its worth visiting. Good one!

  13. I agree with you, Meenakshi. Dalhousie is simply beautiful. We spent a great time there. Never occured to me to write a poem for it though. It is lovely!

    1. Nice to know Varsha….. I just hope someday I get to buy a house there and you can come and visit me πŸ˜‰
      Thanks again for being so supportive and encouraging to me and my blog..Hugs

  14. Ah my first visit to Dalhousie and first impression was dull+lousy!!! It was years n years ago and mom took me to her college there too!! She too was disappointed with the way it had turned out; she graduated in 70-71 and hadnt been back since.
    Maybe its grown into a charming place now when you had visited! But my impression was not that great – infact I was sorely disappointed!
    Loved your poem and congrats on it making top 10

    1. Looks like your mum is an alumnus of Sacred Heart Convent where I worked as a Lecturer for a year and a half! The mountains do turn dull during certain months Shalzz… but having been to so many hill stations now, I find Dalhousie peaceful on weekdays.Weekends certainly are chaotic when the parents come visiting their wards at the boarding.

  15. such a beautiful poem. You are so talented!! Keep at it I would say, I also loved the picture you choose with a white flower πŸ™‚

  16. pragun says:

    beautifully expressed.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚

  17. Aritra says:

    Places in Himachal have the unique charm to evoke special emotions in the travellers. It’s a lovely poem. Are you a Bengali? Just curious.

    1. No..no.. I am a South Indian. Have stayed in dalhousie for a couple of years and have seen Bengalis settling own there πŸ™‚

  18. The poem is beautiful. Loved reading it. It doesn’t look like a novice’ poem.

    1. Much thanks Lata. You are being too generous.This was just an impulsive write for a contest.

  19. […] It made me write poetry, start this blog and chronicle my travelogues.This place also made me pen few words as an ‘Ode’ to it…You can read it here […]

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