an area of around 14 sq. km, this sprawling hill station stands at the foot
of the spectacular Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.
sprawled over five hills-Kathlog, Portreyn, Moti Tibba (formerly known as
Tehra), Bakrota and Balun. Dalhousie exudes old world charm. Named after the
famous British Governor General Lord Dalhousie, Dalhousie still retains much
of the British Raj Style.
Dalhousie has a lush cover of towering
pines, deodars, oaks and the beautiful rhododendron plants. Many fine
specimens of colonial architecture, especially old churches, can be found
here. The views from here are fantastic - to the north one can see majestic
mountains of the Dhauladhar range, that end in the Pir Panjal mountains of
Kashmir, to the south, the plains of Punjab can be seen. Far below, the
beautiful river Ravi can be seen making its way through the plains.
Dalhousie is also an excellent place to shop for woollen shawls and Tibetan
carpets. Spread eagled over five beautiful hills against
the background of the majestic Dhauladhars, Dalhousie overlooks the valleys
below where the rice fields glint in the sunshine.
Known for it's
bracing climate, picturesque scenery and beautiful picnic spots, it's
natural beauty, invigorating air, warm sunshine and quiet surroundings make
it one of the most cherished, the "darling-of- hill-stations" in
Located in Himachal Pradesh and easily accessible from
Pathankot, the nearest railhead which is 90 km away, by luxury coaches,
buses and taxis, present day Dalhousie is an army cantonment, a prominent
location of the Chamba Valley, educational mecca and tourist paradise all
rolled into one.
Purchased by the British from the Raja of Chamba
in 1853, Dalhousie (2039 m) was established in 1854 by the British Governor
General Lord Dalhousie as a sanctuary for the officers of the Raj suffering
from the intense heat of the plains.The background is a
rich Himalayan tapestry ranged in tiers: jagged, snowy peaks pierce the
skyline, distant folds of snow and rock merging in the far distance with a
The mountains constantly change colour from smoky blue
to grey-green, orchid blue and violet. Giant conifer, pine, oak and deodar
scale the sides of the valleys and in the forest groves, only the whisper of
the falling leaves and chirping of birds breaks the stillness.
was in this sanctuary that Nobel Laurete Rabindranath Tagore stayed as a
teenager in a house close to the snows, and wrote his first poem. Here,
Subhash Chandra Bose came incognito to plan his strategies. Other notables
associated with Dalhousie are Sardar Ajit Singh and Khan Bahadur Wali aziz,
the common link between the both being the young martyr, Bhagat Singh.
people come to Dalhousie with expectations. Dalhousie receives them as a
courteous host and pampers them. The experience stays with the visitor
forever. A number of scenic spots and hideaways entice the visitor to
explore. Those with nimble steps can take in more than an eyeful of it's
scenic charms. Some of the places worth seeing are as follows:-
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Prime Attractions of
Dalhousie» Panchpula (3 km)
area where a charming stream feeds several pools, Panchpula (Five Bridges)
is the site, where a monument dedicated to the great freedom fighter, Bhagat
Singh's uncle, Sardar Ajit Singh, has been built. »
This enchanting spot, surrounded by trees, was so
named because it served as Subhash Chandra Bose's retreat.
St. Andrew's Church, St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis' Church at
Subhash Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk, are some of the
beautiful churches that can be found in Dalhousie.
» Kalatope (10 km)
A wildlife sanctuary,
Kalatope, is inhabited by many species of animals, which include the ghoral,
barking deer, and the Himalayan black bear, and a large avianfauna
population. There is also a Forest Resthouse, for those who wish to spend
the night in the sanctuary. » Satdhara
Close to the town, enroute to Panjpulla, are the seven
sparkling springs of Satdhara rich in mica and noted for its medicinal
properties. » Dainkund (2745 m)
tall peak outside town affords a birds eye view on a clear day, of the
hills, verdant valleys and the rivers Beas, Ravi and the Chenab gleaming
like silver threads as they make their way down to the plains. (10 km) »
Khajjiar (1851 m)
While it is possible to go by road, Khajjiar is
just a pleasant one day walk from Dalhousie (22 km) passing through some of
the most dense alpine vegetation in the world. A picturesque spot with an
emerald, saucer shaped meadow set amidst a dense deodhar forest, it has a
lake at its centre with a floating island. The lake is held sacred by the
local people who come to worship at the nearby golden domed temple of
Khajinag. Visitors are enjoined to make an overnight halt at the guest house
here as the dawn in the mountains will make you feel as if you are in
paradise. Adventure in Dalhousie
Dalhousie is a good spot for trekking as numerous trek - routes
emerge out of the Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba triangle and there are some
trek - routes within it too, like, Chamba to Bharmour, Chamba to Palampur
(over the Dhauladhar ranges), Chamba to Pangi, and Bharmour to Keylong via
Kugti Pass. Climate of Dalhousie
Dalhousie ranges between 1,525m and 2,378m high from sea level.
The maximum temperature of Dalhousie in summers is 30*C and the winter
temperature comes down to almost O*C. Heavy woollens are required in winter
and light woollens or tropicals in summer.
Places to Stay in
Being one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal,
Dalhousie is well equipped with excellent accommodation facilities. One have
got the options to stay from luxury and five star hotels to small budget
hotels and tourist lodges, which offer accommodation at resonalble prices.
How to get there
The nearest airport is at Gaggal
(Kangra), 140 km from Dalhousie. » Rail
nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar, Jammu,
Delhi and Jalandhar. » Road
journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road. Punjab and
Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.
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