Discovered In : 1854 A.D
Attractions: Subhash Baoli, Kalatope, Dainkund, Khajjiar
Best Time To Visit: Mid-May to Mid-October.
Dalhousie is a quiet town,
with a sense of enchantment. This hill station spreads over five
low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range, just east
of the Ravi River. The picturesque town is interspersed with the
colonial-era buildings, low roofed stalls and hotels. The pine-covered
slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal
for short undemanding walks. The gateway to the
this colonial town was established in 1854 by
the British governor-general
Lord Dalhousie. Covering an area of 14 sq.-km and surroundedby alpine
vegetation, Dalhausie has charming architecture and panoramic views of
both plains and the whitecapped views of the mountainous ranges.
view of the snowcapped mountains, 1.6-km away from the G.P.O. (check
spelling) Square, the spring of Subhash Baoli is
5 Km from Dalhousie, 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. The home of dhogri families,
Lakkarmandi is nestled between 8,600 feet high Dayan Kund peak on its
right and Kalatope on the left. The little Kalatope Sanctuary has a
variety of wildlife such as ibex, deer, bears and leopards.
altitude of 2,745 m and 10 km from the town, this tall peak outside
town affords a bird's-eye view on a clear day, of the hills, valleys
and the river Beas, Ravi and the Chenab threading their silvery way
down to the plains.
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.
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. A little golden-spired temple of Khajjinag belonging
to the 12th century and a picturesque golf course complete this pretty
picture. A picturesque spot with an emerald, saucer shaped meadow set
amidst a dense deodar forest, it has a lake as it's centre with a
floating island, a forest rest house, a little temple with a golden
spire and a golf course. Accommodation is available at the tourist
bungalow, Hotel Deodar and at Youth Hostel and the PWD Rest House.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to
Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road.
Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.
WHERE TO STAY
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
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.