Dalhousie- All time Favourite Summer Retreat
Dalhousie is a beauteous hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Built on around five hills, the hill station locates itself at an elevation of 6000-9000 feet above sea level. It boasts of its impressive architecture and beautifully built churches. The hill station in India is also a honeymooner’s delight.
It serves as a repository of old Hindu art, culture, temples and handicrafts, treasured under the longest running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Tall pine and Oak trees, calm atmosphere, refreshing weather and less crowded are the features that make Dalhousie among the most frequented hill stations in India.
The credit for discovering Dalhousie goes to the British governor-general Lord Dalhousie. He founded the hill station in 1854. It also serves as a gateway to the Chamba Valley. Later, it was developed as the summer retreat of the British who were enchanted by its beauty.
Tourist Attractions in Dalhousie
St. Andrew's Church
It is commonly known as the Church of Scotland. It was built in 1903 at Bahloon by Protestant Christians.
Lying just 2 km away from the town, there is Panjpulla, which is the 'Five bridges' memorial. Built in memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, it is among the most loved freedom fighters of India. A natural tank and creams enhance the serenity of the site.
The site is named after Subhash Chandra Bose, who was an eminent freedom fighter. The place is situated at 1 km from the hill station. Enveloped by majestic trees, it also attracts tourists from far and wide.
It is a well-known temple of Bhulwani Mata amidst the thick forest in Ahla village.
This fabulous site is situated on the way to Panchpula at an elevation of 2,036 m. Satdhara also serves as a popular picnic spot near Dalhousie. The site is known for the seven hot water springs, which are famous of having the wonderful therapeutic values.
If you are a wildlife lover, you can head to Kalatop that lies around 10 km from Dalhousie.
Tourists can spot here 'Ghoral' and Himalayan black bear.
It is the gateway to Dalhousie. This small place has also gained importance with the establishment of residential colony of Chamera Hydro-electric Project. A Nag temple in Padhar Maidan is a religious place for the people of Banikhet and villages around. This temple is around 150 years old.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built more than 150 years ago. The temple also enshrines an idol of Lord Vishnu.
Lying at a distance of 5 km from the hill town, Bakrota hills offer spectacular view of the snow-capped city.
Lying at an elevation of 2755 m and 10 km from Dalhousie. It boasts of being the highest mountain in the hill station, offering perfect scenery of the entire valley. Trekking is the most popular way to reach the peak coupled with wonderful views and the fresh mountain air.
Best Time to Visit
May to September is the ideal time to visit this India Hill station to get a refreshing escape from the summer heat.
Dalhousie housed a popular shopping area, called Gandhi Chowk. Tourists can buy dolls, bags, purses and handicrafts. Shawls, Tibetan carpets and handicrafts are other popular items to buy.
The places to stay in Dalhousie vary from 3-star and 2-star hotels to budget accommodations and guest houses.
How to Reach
Kangra is the nearest airport lying around 140-km from Dalhousie. Amritsar Airport lies at a distance of 192 km and Jammu Airport is around 190 km away from Dalhousie
Pathankot serves as the nearest railway station, lying around 80 kms from Dalhousie. It is well linked with all the important cities of India.
The place is well-linked with important cities of India by well-maintained roads. Dalhousie lies 145 km from Chamba, 190 km from the city of Amritsar and 235 km from the pristine hill station Shimla. Bus services are also available.