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 The gateway to the Chamba
Valley, this colonial town was established in 1854 by the British
governor-general Lord Dalhousie. Covering an area of 14 sq.-km and
surrounded by alpine vegetation, Dalhousie has charming architecture
and panoramic views of both plains and the white capped views of
the mountainous ranges.
Attractions of Dalhousie
Dalhousie has four beautiful churches. These are St. Andrew's Church
and St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis' Church at Subash
Chowk and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk.
It is half a kilometer away from the Subhash Baoli, Jandhri Ghat
enfolds an elegant palace in the midst of tall pine trees. Chamba's
erstwhile rulers governed from here till the advent of Lord Dalhousie.
The palace houses a number of shikhar trophies. Beside the palace,
Jandhri Ghat offers heavenly spots for picnicking-gushing streamlets
in the midst of fragrant pine-scented breezes. Bakrota Hills and
the 'Round' (2085m): Less than 5 km from the town centre, the Bakrota
Hills frame a breathtaking view of the further snow-clad peaks.
The 'round' is a walling circuit around the hill, very popular with
It is located towards Gandhi Chowk on the way to Panjpulla, at an
altitude of 2,036mts. (6,678 ft.), these seven springs are reputed
to have great therapeutic value as they contain mica with medicinal
It was at this enchaining spot surrounded by majestic trees, that
Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time in 1937, contemplating
and mediating. Commanding a view of the snowcapped mountains, 1.6-km
away from the G.P.O. (check spelling) Square, the spring of Subhash
Baoli is situated at an altitude of 2,085 metres (6,678 ft.).
Bara Pathar (4Km.)
Set amidst thick forest is the small temple of Bhulwani Mata, in
the village of Ahla, on the way to Kalatop. A fair is celebrated
in July to venerate the goddess. It is 4 km away from the town.
It’s a just 2 km away from the town lies the 'five bridges'
memorial, built in memory of Ajit Singh, one of India's well-loved
freedom fighters. A natural tank and creams give the spot a fitting
Kalatop (10 km)
This wild life sanctuary is home to the 'ghoral' and Himalayan black
KHAJIAR (23 kms)
Mini Switzerland of India at a height of 6400 ft. Hutchison writes,
"Khajjiar is a forest glade of great beauty, 6400 feet above sea
level". Khajjiar is known as India’s Mini Switzerland. Khajjiar
is often reffered to as "Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh". A little
away from the lake is the temple of Khajji Nag belonging to 12th
C. AD. In the mandapa of the temple one can see the images of the
Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas hanging from the roof of the circumambulatory
path. The sanctum of the temple has been beautifully carved from
WATER SPORTS AT CHAMERA LAKE (30 kms)
Visit Chamera Lake for a peaceful outing. It is an artificial lake built on the Chamera water dam and is quite popular for offering a variety of water sports activities to the tourists. Not only this, but the lake is also a good spot for boating and fishing. Giving a very pleasing view to the eyes, this clear blue water of this marvel is a nice spot to relax and introspect.
One may also visit the famous Bhalei Mata Temple, which is located in the vicinity