One of the most pristine hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and India, Dalhousie is named after Lord Dalhousie the British governor-General who established the town as a popular summer retreat. The town was established in 1854 by the British and is located at the western ranges of the Himalayas at an average elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level. The town is still exemplary of neatly planned streets and colonial era architecture of the buildings that are a marvel to witness amidst the lush green surroundings and snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. Here’s the list of the best places you can visit in Dalhousie.
Often nicknamed as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a small hill town located at 2000 meters above sea level at a short distance from Dalhousie. The town is surrounded by thick covers of deodar and pine trees and the Khajjiar Lake is one of the most amazing and serene picnic spots with the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas. Khajji Nag Temple built in the 12th century is also a famous attraction here.
Take strolls in the meadows.
Trek to the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve.
Visit the Pohlani Mata Temple enroute.
Look at scenic views from Khajjiar Lake.
Take a trip to the ancient town of Chamba.
2. Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
Famous for: Trekking, Nature, Adventure.
Tickets: No entry fee if you walk. 250 INR for vehicles.
The high altitude forests of the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve are located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. The forests are also known as Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary and are situated between the thick pine, deodar and oak forests. The Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary covers an area of 30.69 square kilometers and houses a plethora of various fauna such as the Himalayan Black bear, Pheasants and Himalayan black marten etc.
The mountain’s highest point towers at a monolithic height of 2,745 meters above sea level. The Dainkund Peak is often termed as the singing hill. The top of the hill is occupied by the Indian Air force and is inaccessible without proper permits.
A famous 5 kilometer uphill walk in Dalhousie, Ganji Pahari gets its name from the bald patch of the Barkota hills of the Himalayas. The place can be reached after a picturesque 1 hour walk from Dalhousie and provides some of the most amazing views of the surroundings. The freshness in the air at the top of Ganji Pahadi is intoxicating and is a perfect spot for an outing with family and friends.
Steal away a moment's peace and catch some serenity at St. Francis Church. This church is counted as one of the most beautiful churches in the city and was built in the year 1894. The intresting thing is that it was funded entirely by army officials and the civilians living in Dalhousie. The intricate wooden roof, colourful Belgium glass and the stone structures are some of the attractions of this church.
Panchpula is a perfect getaway to sample everything nature has to offer. It is surrounded by lush green forests, cascading waterfalls and scenic viewpoints. The abundance of water bodies here makes it the principal water source for Dalhousie and the nearby villages. There is a monument here too which celebrates the revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh.
An artificial lake and the site of The Chamera Dam, Chamera Lake is a sight to behold. Located on the outskirts of Dalhousie, this place is perfect for spending some quality time with your family or friends. The lake receives a continuous supply of water from Ravi river and the climate here remains just perfect all year around.
Boat rides and shikaras.
Water sports like rowing etc
8. Garam Sadak
Famous for: Adventure, Culture, Photography, Shopping.
Garam Sadak gets its unique name due to the fact it remains relatively hotter because it receives direct sunlight. It is a pedestrian road connecting two important center towns (Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk) and is the perfect way to discover Dalhousie. There are many shops and restaurants lined up in the path which the visitors can visit on their way. A stroll here will also provide a view of the beautiful Tibetan rock paintings along with a spectacular view of Dalhousie.
Subhash Baoli is similar to other hill stations in many aspects but its connection with history makes it different from every other place. It is said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent seven months here to cure his ailing health in the year 1937. Its connection with the late freedom fighter has led to its current name.
A mountain Pass in Chamba Valley, Sach Pass is an adventurer's paradise. It is situated at a height of about 14,500 ft and is the gateway to the Pangi Valley. It is not easily accessible and is even compared to Rohtang Pass due to its difficult terrain.
Visit the Mata Mandir.
Trekking (difficult level).
View the many glaciers here.
Other attractions in and around Dalhousie are Bara Pathar, Satdhara waterfalls, St John Church, Jagdamba Mata Temple, Chambaand Rang Mahal.
Dalhousie is a popular tourist retreat in Himachal Pradesh with the town’s tourism industry adding up to 13% of the economy the State generates. It is also a gateway to the nearby town of Chamba which is again a picturesque tourist location. The above-mentioned places are the best of the various attractions Dalhousie has to offer and are not to be missed.