Dalhousie

Overview

Little Switzerland of India”

Dalhousie is a hill station with amazing scenic views and prominent traces of India's British association such as colonial mansions.

Dalhousie, one of the favourite among most tourists travelling to Himanchal Pradesh is famously known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and its old world charm. This hill station was one of the most favourite summer destinations of the ruling Britishers and this is truly reflected in the majestic Victorian style mansions in this region. Situated far from the buzzing cities in the country, this quaint town transports you to a pollution-free environment in the lap of nature. Dalhousie is known for its scenic beauty has a number mountains and river streams that tourists must visit. Among them the most famous are Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls and the Daikund peak.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Khajjiar

This small town, very nearby to Dalhousie is also known as the 'Mini Switzerland' or the 'Switzerland of India. The mesmerizing beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist.  Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the midst of lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape. Khajjiar is a plateau with a small lake which tends to be a favorite amongst tourists. This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like zorbing, trekking etc.

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Panch Pulla

Panch pulla means five bridges. Surrounded by a cover of fresh, green pine and deodar trees, Panchpulla is a waterfall, where five streams come together. Of this, the main stream supplies water to the various cities of Dalhousie. This stream originates from the northern side of Dain Kund.  The several streams connecting Panch pulla make this spot a sight for the sore eyes. This place is best known for trekking and its marvellous beauty. A Samadhi (monument) is built here in the memory of a great revolutionary, Sardar Ajit Singh (Uncle of Martyr Bhagat Singh), who breathed his last here. Moreover, the pristine water is best enjoyed during monsoon when the water gushes down the falls and the surroundings leave you stupefied. 

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Satdhara Falls

The mesmerising Satdhara Falls in the Dalhousie region of Himachal Pradesh are surrounded by a beautiful and serene ambience; thereby making it one of the most visited places in the region. It gets its name from the seven serene springs, gushing in full force through mighty mountains of Himachal Pradesh. It is perched at an altitude of 2036m from the sea level. This stunning place is situated in the Chamba valley, surrounded by amazing views of snow covered ranges, and fresh, green pine and deodar trees. This is the perfect place for people in search of some tranquility in their hectic life. The water here is said to contain mica, which has medicinal properties to cure skin diseases. It is known as 'Gandhak' in the local language. The water here is clear crystal and serene.

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Kalatop wildlife sanctuary

The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Leopard, bear, deer, langur, jackal, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral and countless beautiful birds can be spotted here. The landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams flowing into the Ravi river. The wildlife sanctuary was better known as a gaming reserve for Chamba rulers, in history. The area is a favorite spot for trekking, picnics, and nature walks.

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Daikund Peak

This is the highest peak in the area watching over the beautiful pine laid landscapes of Dalhousie. It is situated 10 kms away from Dalhousie at a great height of 2755 m above sea level. One can get a panoramic view of the hills and rivers below from here. This is also known as the Singing Hill wind blowing through the trees create a musical serenade.

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Subhash Baoli

Named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, this is a perennial spring which has medicinal properties and believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health. Located 1 km away from Gandhi Chowk, this tribute to the leader is an ideal spot for picnics and evening strolls. Situated near these springs is a beautiful waterfall which flows into a glacial stream

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Bakrota Hills or Upper Bakrota

This is the highest area in Dalhousie and is circled by a road called Bakrota walk which leads to Khajjar. With a handful of estates here, the area does not have too much to attract tourists but is ideal for strolls and to look around and enjoy the sceneries. The area is surrounded with deodar trees and hills all around.

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St. John Church

This is the oldest church in the town and assumes not only religious significance but has much historical significance too. It also tends to be a favorite amongst photographers. A library neighbors the church, where one can find a lot of book about the past and the present of the town. The church performs service every Sunday.

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Chamunda Devi Temple

The temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali is an important religious center for the town. The temple is said to have been where Goddess Ambika killed the demons- Munda and Chanda. The deity of the Goddess is kept wrapped in a red cloth, sacred and untouched by the visitors. The area also offers some beautiful views and sceneries.

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