- Himachal Pradesh
Standing at the foot of the spectacular
Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, is the popular hill - station
of Dalhousie, that covers an area of around 14 sq.km, and is
sprawled over five hills - Kathlog, Portreyn, Moti Tibba (formerly
known as Tehra), Bakrota and Balun. A resort that still exudes
an old worldly charm, Dalhousie has retained much of the British
Raj style. It has been named after the famous British Governor
- General, Lord Dalhousie.
The lush cover of vegetation that adorns the town comprises
of towering pines, deodars, oaks, and the beautiful rhododendron
plants. Dalhousie also houses many fine specimens of colonial
architecture especially, its old churches. The views that the
resort has to offer are alone, worth a visit - to the north,
one can gaze at the majestic mountains of the Dhauladhar range,
that culminate in the Pir Panjal mountains of Kashmir, to the
south, the plains of Punjab are discernible. Far below, the
beautiful river Ravi can be sighted meandering its way through
What To See
Churches: The St. Andrew's Church,
St. Patrick's Church at Balun, St. Francis' Church at Subhash
Chowk, and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk, are some of the
beautiful churches that Dalhousie houses.
Panchpula (3 km): An idyllic area
where a charming stream feeds several pools, Panchpula (Five
Bridges) is the site, where a monument dedicated to the great
freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh's uncle, Sardar Ajit Singh, has
Subhash Baoli: This captivating spot, surrounded by soaring
trees, served as the great Subhash Chandra Bose's retreat.
Bara Pathar (4 km): The prime appeal of this spot is
a fascinating little temple set in the midst of a dense forest.
Kalatope (10 km): A wildlife sanctuary,
Kalatope, houses many species of animals, which include the
ghoral, barking deer, and the Himalayan black bear, and a large
avianfauna population. There is also a Forest Resthouse, for
those who wish to spend the night in the sanctuary.
Adventure: Numerous trek - routes
emerge out of the Dalhousie - Khajjiar - Chamba triangle and
there are some trek - routes within it too, like, Chamba to
Bharmour, Chamba to Palampur (over the Dhauladhar ranges), Chamba
to Pangi, and Bharmour to Keylong via Kugti Pass.
How to Get There
By air: The nearest airport is
at Gaggal in Kangra (135 km).
By rail: The nearest railhead is
at Pathankot (80 km).
By road: Dalhousie is 485 km from Delhi by road, and
52 km from Chamba.