Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 6678 feet above sea level
Best time to Visit: Throughout the year
STD Code : (91) – 1899
Tucked away in the state of Himachal Pradesh in the northern part of India is Dalhousie, the dream destination of former British Governor-General Lord Dalhousie. Unlike some of the other hill stations like Shimla and Mussoorie, Dalhousie retains the secluded charm which makes it a favored destination for travelers who love to be treated to a dose of the visionary feast while being away from the hustle and bustle of large crowds. The laid-back lifestyle, colonial architectural structures, the snow-covered mountain peaks in the distance, and a favorable climate attract both Indians and foreigners.
The Subhash Baodi springs are situated at an altitude of 2085 mt above sea level, at a distance of just 1.6 Km from the G.P.O. square. The place is a popular picnic spot with its picturesque environs and pleasant climate. The view of snow-covered mountain peaks at a distance lends the place a unique charm.
Kalatope is another famed attraction situated just 5 km from Dalhousie at an altitude of 2438 mt above sea level. The place is housed amidst picturesque environs and consists of a beautiful palace, forest rest house, and a wildlife sanctuary with attractions such as ibex, deer, bear, and leopards. The drive up to the place is an experience in itself passing through winding roads lined with pine and deodar trees.
Satdhara or seven streams is a group of seven springs, situated at an altitude of 2036 mt on the way to Panjpulla. The water of the streams is said to contain medicinal properties capable of curing chronic diseases. The place also affords a commanding view of the surroundings.
St. Andrew’s Church
Built-in the year 1903, St. Andrew’s Church, also known as the Church of Scotland is situated just one and a half kilometers from Dalhousie bus stand. The church is built in a Scottish architectural style and is still in good condition. Other important churches around the city are St. Patrick’s Church, St. Francis Church and St. John’s Church.
Situated 27 Km from Dalhousie at an altitude of 6430mt above sea level, Khajjiar is a quaint little hill town that attracts a number of visitors for its huge adventure sports opportunities and salubrious climate. The place was originally developed by the British as a summer resort to escape the high heat and humidity of the plains.
Things to Do
There is something unique waiting to be explored in every nook and corner of the city, you will just have to make that extra bit of effort to roam the streets. Do not ignore the roadside vendors as they may have something really rare that you may not find in the bigger showrooms. Shopping options at Dalhousie mainly include woolen garments, Kashmiri shawls, Kullu caps, intricate silver jewelry, and beautiful handicrafts items. Major shopping hubs around the town include the Himachal Handloom Crafts Centre and DC Khanna Store on the Protreyn Road. Shopping at Govt. run emporiums is also a good option.
A number of hotels and restaurants are located across Dalhousie that offer sumptuous multi-cuisine food. Roadside ‘dhabas‘ are also a good option if you like spicy north Indian food, however, as far as possible, avoid eating at the small roadside shacks as the food is uncovered and not very hygienic.
Dalhousie, is a popular tourist attraction, is frequented by holidaymakers throughout the year. The hotels here provide quality accommodation and food facilities at reasonable prices. Some of the best hotels at Dalhousie include Hotel Mount View (situated on Club Road at a distance of 80 km from Pathankot railway station), Lalji Tourist Resort (situated at Lover’s Lane, 1 km from bus stand), Hotel Monga’s (situated at Gandhi Chowk) and Dalhousie Heights (situated at Lover’s Lane near bus stand).
By Air: The nearest and most convenient airport is located at Gaggal near Kangra, from where you can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Dalhousie.
By Rail: Pathankot is the nearest railhead which is connected to all the major Indian cities through regular trains. Major trains between Delhi and Pathankot are the Jammu Mail, Shalimar Exp, Jhelum Exp, and Tata Jat Exp.
By Road: Luxury and standard buses operate regularly between Dalhousie and major neighboring cities. The route is through Pathankot via Ambala and Ludhiana. State transport and privately operated buses are easily available.
Distance from Major Cities
Delhi: 446 Km
Pathankot: 45 Km
Shimla: 194 Km
Chamba: 14 Km
Kangra: 140 Km