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<< Indian Himalayas << Himalayan Destinations >> << Himachal Pradesh >> << Dalhousie >>

Tourist Places in Himachal Pradesh

About Dalhousie (2053 m)-

The dream destination of Dalhousie is a happening hill resort in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh. The hill resort of Dalhousie has a charm of its own. The deodars and the pines, the cottages and the villas come together for a unique summer retreat. Beauty captures the hearts of the tourists that flock to Dalhousie year after year. First conceived in 1850 as a sanatorium, named after a former viceroy of India and situated at the foot of the main ridge of the Dhauladhar, this fine hill resort commands a panoramic view of the ice covered wall of the Pir Panjal Range. 

Developed on and around five hills (Balun, Kahlang, Patryn, Tehra, Bakrota) Dalhousie is one of the greenest of all hill stations and its slopes are covered with thick forests of Himalayan oak, conifer and a large variety of other trees. Most of the Hotel are situated at the Bus Stand. The elegantly embroidered Chamba shawls, the captivating Chamba chappals, cane baskets, woolens, and the dolls are all unique to Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh to which Dalhousie belongs. Walnuts, chilies, Strawberries and the alpine flowers are the sights that remain in the sweet memories of Dalhousie!

Tourist Places & Excursions -

Panjpula -

It is Just 2 km away from the town lies the 'five bridges' memorial, built in memory of Ajit Singh, one of India's well-loved freedom fighters. A natural tank and creams give the spot a fitting serenity.

Jandhri Ghat -

Around half a kilometre away from the Subhash Baoli,from this place  Jandhri Ghat enfolds an elegant palace in the midst of tall pine trees. Chamba's erstwhile rulers governed from here till the advent of Lord Dalhousie. The palace houses a number of shikhar trophies. Beside the palace, Jandhri Ghat offers heavenly spots for picnicking-gushing streamlets in the midst of fragrant pine-scented breezes (Local Shopping Centres).

Kalatope -

5 Km from Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh), Kalatope is a pleasant getaway, with a panoramic view, an enchanting palace, and a forest rest house. Kalatope is situated 10-km away from G.P.O. Square at an altitude of 8,000-ft. Walking along the secluded and forested road through upper Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi.

Bara Pathat -

Set amidst thick forest is the small temple of Bhulwani Mata, in the village of Ahla, on the way to Kalatope. A fair is celebrated in July to venerate the goddess. It is 4 km away from the town.

Note -

Tibetan handicrafts including pullovers and carpets at Dalhousie. Chamba slippers, 'rumals' and shawls at Chambe are very famous if you are interested to Himalayan Cultural Shopping Items.

Khajjiar -

Just 27-km from Dhoudar the beautiful little plain of Khajjiar is one of the favourite retreats for visitors. The saucer-shaped meadow, ringed by pines, has a lake set in the middle, complete with a floating bland.

What to Buy in Dalhousie

While on a shopping spree in Dalhousie you must check out the specialties of the Chamba region. The shawls, chappals, cane baskets, woolens and dolls are amongst the many items that make excellent gift items and souvenirs from Dalhousie.

Adventure

Though less frequented by trekkers, Chamba Valley commands a unique position from the trekking outlook. Construction and extension of roads has made it easier and quicker to to reach interior districts nearer to the base of passes.  As there are no peaks much above 6100 m. in the Pir Panjal. 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.

How to Reach There

Reaching Dalhousie is an uphill task. The railway station at Pathankot is the nearest to Dalhousie, at a distance of 80 km. Regular buses and taxis connected Pathankot with Dalhousie.

By Air :

Delhi to Manali can take flight The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.

By Rail :

The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.

By Road :

Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road. Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.

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