Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

In the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is a popular tourist destination. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. Located on five mountains and surrounded by snow covered peaks. It covers an area of 14 sq. km. and is built on five hills – Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. It is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town’s average height is 2036 m, and is surrounded by varied vegetation – pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron.

ACCESS : Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Delhi and 52 km from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot, 80 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km . Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

Major Attractions:

Pangi Valley:
This valley is located in the upper part of the Chamba District and is located between the Pir Pangal and Zanskar range of the Greater Himalayas. The headquarters of Pangi Valley is the Kilar, from where one can trek to Badarwah, Jammu and Kashmir, Lahulspiti, and Manali via the Rohtang Pass.

Chamba City:
This city gives us an insight into the ancient cultural heritage of the people in this hill city. This land of magical tranquility, charming landscape, refreshing air, mountain passes and slopes and is an ideal place for nature lovers. At the centre of the city lies the public walkway popularly known as “Chaugan” surrounding which are a number of ancient temples built between the 7th and the 12th Century AD. Some of the temples found in this city include the Laxminarayan temple, Hari Rai temple, Chamunda Devi temple and the Mani Mahesh temple. There are also a large number of Churches built during this period. Important among them are the St. Francis Church, St. John’s Church, St. Andrew’s Church, and the St. Patrick’s Church.

Khajjiar:
It is a scenic picnic spot near Dalhousie and is about 22 km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar has a small glacial lake at the centre and is surrounded by dense forest and mountains. The site has an ancient temple devoted to Khaji Nag.

Subhash Baoli :
It was at this enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees, that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent time in 1937, contemplating and meditating.

Panchpula :
This is a picturesque spot where a stream feed a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh.

Kalatop :
This wild life sanctuary is a home to the ‘ghoral’ and Himalayan black bear.

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