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Dalhousie - Quick Facts

Area: 13.25 sq. Km.
Population: 7,601
Altitude: 1854 m above sea level
Clothing: Summer- Light cotton, Winter- Heavy woollen
Season: October to March
Rainfall: 214 cm. average
Languages: Hindi, Pahari & English


On the edge of Dhauladhar and in the shadows of the Pir Panjal range, this circuit comprising Dalhousie, Chamba & Khajjiar as its main centers, has remained comparatively secluded from the onslaught of tourism. Far away from the popular Tourist places, this region is, nevertheless, bestowed with its share of grand colonial architecture and ancient culture. It is the ideal gateway for a quiet holiday.

The hill station of Dalhousie, named after a former British governor – general, is full of old-world charm and exudes a lingering aura of colonial times. Covering an area of 14 sq km and surrounded by alpine vegetation, Dalhousie has charming architecture and panoramic views of both and plains and the white-capped Pir Panjal range, cold in winter, mild in summer.


By Air

Nearest airport is Gaggal (Kangra) 135 km. and Amritsar 191 km.

By Rail

The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Pathankot 120 km.

By Road

Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.

•        Amritsar - 191 km
•        Chamba - 56 km
•        Chandigarh - 300 km
•        Delhi - 563 km
•        Jammu - 188 km
•        Jalandhar - 192 km
•        Manali - 360 km
•        Pathankot - 80 km


Panchpula
Panchpula, a beautiful spot, is barely 3 km from G.P.O. On the way to Panchpula is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties? Panchpula stream is the main source of water supply to Dalhousie and Bahloon. The stream springs from the north side of Dayan Kund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the waterworks of Panchpula. There is an elegant monument erected at Panchpula where several streams meet at one point.

Subhash Baoli

Just approximately 1 km from G.P.O. is a charming natural spot called Subhash Baoli. Neta ji Subhash Chander Bose during his 7 months sojourn in Dalhousie in 1937 is believed to have spent most of his days by the side of this water body, meditating amidst dense woods of Cedar and meeting his party workers. This place lies on the G.P.O. - JandriGaht Road. A canopy with seating facilities has been created by the local administration at this place.

Kalatop

Kalatop and Khajiar are best explored if you take a three days walk from Dalhousie to Kalatop, Khajjiar and back Dalhousie.The trek is more or less level and requires good health, a pair of sturdy walking shoes. Kalatop is 10 kms from G.P.O. at an altitude of 8000 feet. Walking along the secluded and forested road through upper Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi. Between G.P.O. and Lakkarmandi lies the Dalhousie water system, Tibetan Handicraft Centre and Dalhousie Potato Farm at Ahla. Lakkarmandi is nestled between 8600 feet high DayanKund peak on its left and Kalatop on the left. Dayan Kund has military installations and is closed to civilians except the local people who visit Bhulwani Mata temple near DayanKund.

Jandri Ghat
2 km. Place of the rulers of erstwhile Chamba State, is located and surrounded by tall pine trees, is a place worth visiting.


Chamba

Chamba Town situated on the banks of the Ravi River was one of the oldest princely states in the country dating back to the sixth century. It is known for its splendid architecture and as the base for numerous excursions. It is also the district headquarters. In winter, the temperature gets very low although it gets hot in summer, often as high as 38 degrees Celsius.

Khajjiar

A pretty lake surrounded by emerald meadows cropped carpet soft by cattle and sheep, and enclosed in deeply wooded hills is what prompted the Swiss to christen Khajjiar “Switzerland of India”, originally the Gaddis’ pasture; it has today become one of the most sought after pleasure grounds for visitors.

Bakrota Hills
 (2,085 metres, 4.8 km)
The fascinating and bewitching Bakrota Hills offer to the tourists the brisk walk round the hills besides a grand view of snow-clad peaks.

St. Francis' Church
This Catholic Church is a very prominent monument on the Subhash Chowk. This Church was built in the year 1894 from the contributions made by Army and Civil Officers and Civilians. This Church is managed and maintained by the Cathoilic Diocese of Jalandhar. St. Francis' Church on Prtrain hill is believed to have been built on the lines of a certain church in England. Beautiful glass work and intricate stone work can be seen in the Church. Service is conducted every Sunday.

St. John's Church
This Church stands on the Gandhi Chowk approximately 2 kms. From the main bus stand of Dalhousie. This Church was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded. The church building stands in a good condition but its surroundings demand much better care. Service is conducted on every Sunday.


Shopping at Dalhousie is one of the favorite activities of the tourists. Dalhousie is known as the hub of shopping. Tourists can buy a wide variety of imported goods and souvenirs at the Tibetan market of Dalhousie. Besides, the mall of Dalhousie also adds delight to shopping in the hill station. The Tibetan is the pivot of shopping at Dalhousie. It is situated near the GPO of Dalhousie and is to be one the most popular tourist sites of Dalhousie. In the shops along the Gandhi Chowk, one can find a variety of mementos and trinkets. Some of the items found in the Tibetan market include:
•        Bags
•        Dolls
•        Handicrafts
•        Carpets
•        Purses

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