Dalhousie : The Offbeat Victorian Town
From the aspect of natural beauty, Dalhousie is compared with Scotland. In Chamba valley, the then Governor-General Lord Dalhousie initiated to establish Dalhousie as a hill station in1854. It was treated as a summer move away for British officials. In course of time, it has become a popular tourist spot in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India. In Dhauladhahar and Shibalick mountain range five small hills encompassed 13 sq, Dalhousie, at an altitude ranging from 1525meter to 2378 meters. It is engulfed by snow-capped peaks. Cherub, Ravi, and Beas are the three mountain rivers flowing around Dalhousie.
Dalhousie is the center of ancient Hindu culture, art, and handicrafts. Gaddi and Gujjar tribes are the aborigines
Of this Chamba Valley. There are 84 ancient temples of the 7th to 10th centuries.
Economy and industry
Points of interest
- Gandhi Chowk
- Bakrota Hills
- Dalhousie Cantonment
- Sadar Bazar
- Tibetan Market
Location: 92 km away from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India
Tourist Attractions: Jandhri Ghat, Satdhara, Subhash Baoli, Churches of Dalhousie, Lord James Ramsay, Marquis of Dalhousie, Khajjiar, Kalatope, Panchpula, etc
Popular Hangout: Subhash Baoli, Satdhara, Khajjiar
Popular Activities: Trekking and strolling around
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Chamba 29 km, Kangra 83 km, Dharamshala 92 km, Shimla 254 km, Kullu 275 km.
Best time to visit: Mid-May to Mid-October.
Area: 332 Sq. Km
Altitude: 1,954 m above Sea level
Geographical location: North Latitudes: 32.53° East Longitudes: 75.98°
Rainfall: 214 cm
Primary Rainy season: December to February
Temperatures: Summer : Temp: 26°C Max 16°C Min
Winter : Temp: 10°C Max 1°C Min
Population : 7,419
Languages: Hindi, Pahari
Best Season: Throughout the year
Tourist Attraction Petreyn, Tehra, Bakrota, Balun and Lathlog, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Church, St. Francis’ Church, and St. John’s Church, Dayankund, Kalatop, Khajjiar.
How to get there
By Road: The distance from Delhi to Dalhousie is 485 km by road. From Chamba, it is 52 km.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Pathankot which is 80 km away.
Taxis and buses are available comfortably from these places.
Tourist attractions in and around
Khajjiar is perhaps the most delightful spot in Dalhousie. It is 22km away from Dalhousie and 24km away from Chamba. Khajjiar is famous for its profound silence and landscape beauty.
Fringed by deep woods of oak, cedar, and pine trees Khajjiar is a tiny lake. It looks like a beautiful lady adorned by the elegance of nature. There are two floating islands in the water of the lake. The lake is home to the Khajjia snake from where it is named Khajjiar. It is 500meter deep.
Six kilometers away Bakrota hills are located at 2085 meters high. From here snow-capped Mountain ranges are visible. From nearby Nehru Tibba Shultaje, Beas, Ravi, and Chenab rivers can easily be identified. Walking just one and a half kilometers you will see Snow Dawn, the house where Tagore spent a few months in his childhood.
Set like a jewel against the splendid backdrop of the legendary Dhauladhars, the temple of Baijnath-the abode of the Lord of Physicians, continues to attract people from all corners of India, and the world. Built by two merchant brothers-Manyuka and Ahuka-more than a thousand years ago, in 804 A.D., the temple of Baijnath has acquired an aura of mystic invincibility.
Subhash Baoli is a spring Eminent freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose came here to get recovered from broken health in the year 1937. He was in Dalhousie for 7 months and got back healthy by drinking water this spring. It is a popular place for picnics. The place is highly attractive for its natural beauty. Views of a snowy mountain range from this spot are amazing. Walking along the tranquil forest and feeling the charm of nearby waterfalls is fascinating’
Banikhet Banikhet is the entry point to Dalhousi.Here the road is bifurcated toDalhousi and Chamba.The lately built housing colony of the Chamera Hydro-electric Project is responsible for attaining importance.
Kalatop: It is best explored on three days trek from Dalhousie to Kalatop, Khajjiar, and back Dalhousie. The trek requires good endurance and a pair of sturdy walking shoes. Kalatop at an altitude of 8000 feet. Walking through upper Nakorota hills takes one to Lakkarmandi. In between lies the Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Dalhousie water system, and Dalhousie
In the early days, Chamba valley was renowned for milk and honey and so Chamba is called the Valley of Milk and Honey. In the ninth century king, Sahil Verma founded the kingdom. Chamba was named after Prince Champavati. Three square kilometers wide Chamba is situated at 996 meters high in Dhauladhar mountain pervading Ravi and Chenab valley. Ravi is flowing down and meets in Chenab. A number of Hindu temples are spread over the valley of which Chamunda temple, Vishnu temple Champavati temple are remarkable. Chamba`s slipper, embroidered handkerchiefs, shawl, and leather products are famous.
Manimahesh is famous for the lake situated at an altitude of 4080 meters. It is within the territory of the Bharmar subdivision of the Chamba district. During August/September Manimahesh Yatra takes place. It is a pilgrimage tour to Manimahesh. It starts from Lakshmi Narayana temple in Chamba. The Chhari is taken to the holy lake of Manimahesh.
Manimahesh is an attractive trek for both devotees and non-devotees because of its natural beauty. It is located straight below Manimahesh Kailash Peak and a dangling glacier. On a cloudless day, the reflection of Kailash Temple is visible on the lake surface.
Hotels in Dalhousie
Snow View Area, The Mall
Phone –01 899 242700
Mobile—09318513788HOTEL GRACE MOUNT
Near Nehru Park Bakrota Hills
Chamba district, Dalhousie HP
Phone—91 1899 225677
Mobile—91 97361 04009HOTEL ASHIANA REGENCY
The Mall Road Dalhousie
Phone—91 1899 242208
91 1899 242298
HOTEL HOLIDAY PLAZA
Baloon Church Road
Phone—91 01899 242415
Mobile—91 98161 72444
Bus Stand Dalhousie
Exclusive wools: Close to Gandhi Chowk on Garam Sarak, you’ll find reasonably-priced Kullu shawls and hats at Bhutto. Established in 1944 by a group of village women, Bhuttico charges fixed prices, so it’s a good place to shop.
Handicrafts and decorative: It is quite exclusive about buying handicrafts at the Tibetan Market which is located at Gandhi Chowk or alternatively selecting stuff like carpets, jewelry, woolens, Chamba slippers, scarves, and shawls are really good buys. The Himachal Handicrafts Emporium is also a good place for handicraft shopping.