Discovered In: 1854.
Founded By: Lord James
Ramsay, Marquis Of Dalhousie, Khajjiar.
Best Time To Visit:
Mid-May to Mid-October.
western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of
Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds
lingering echoes of the 'RAJ'. It covers an area
of about 14 sq. km. and is built of five hills
Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. it is
named after the British governor General of the
19th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town's heights
varies between ,525m and 2,378ml, and it is
surrounded by varied vegetation-pines, deodars,
oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has
charming colonial architecture, including some
beautiful churches. Its location presents
panoramic views of the plains- and like a long
silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below
Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar
mountains are also visible form this enchanting
Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Delhi and 52 km
from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot 80
km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a
distance of 135 km . Taxis and buses are easily
available from these places.
In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing
point when heavy woollens are required. the summer
temperature are mild and light woollens/cottons
Subhash Baoli: 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
Satdhara: On the way to Panjpulla, at an
altitude of 2,036m. (6,678 ft.), these seven
springs are reputed to have great therapeutic
value as they contain mica with medicinal
Panjpulla: 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 serenity.
Jandhri Ghat (2036 m): Around half a
kilometre 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 residents.
Kalatope (2440m): 5 Km from Dalhousie,
Kalatope is a pleasant getaway, with a panoramic
view, an enchanting palace, and a forest rest
house. Kalatope is situated 10-km away from G.P.O.
Square at an altitude of 8,000-ft. Walking along
the secluded and forested road through upper
Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi. The home
of dhogri families, Lakkarmandi is nestled between
8,600 feet high Dayan Kund peak on its right and
Kalatope on the left. The little Kalatope
Sanctuary has a variety of wildlife such as ibex,
deer, bears and leopards.
an altitude of 2,745 m and 10 km from the town,
this tall peak outside town affords a bird's-eye
view on a clear day, of the hills, valleys and the
river Beas, Ravi and the Chenab threading their
silvery way down to the plains.
Bara Pathar: Set amidst thick forest is the
small temple of Bhulwani Mata, in the village of
Ahla, on the way to Kalatope. A fair is celebrated
in July to venerate the goddess. It is 4 km away
from the town.
Khajjiar (1951m) : Just 27-km from Dhoudar
the beautiful little plain of Khajjiar is one of
the favourite retreats for visitors. The
saucer-shaped meadow, ringed by pines, has a lake
set in the middle, complete with a floating bland.
A little golden-spired temple of Khajjinag
belonging to the 12th century and a picturesque
golf course complete this pretty picture. A
picturesque spot with an emerald, saucer shaped
meadow set amidst a dense deodar forest, it has a
lake as it's centre with a floating island, a
forest rest house, a little temple with a golden
spire and a golf course. Accommodation is
available at the tourist bungalow, Hotel Deodar
and at Youth Hostel and the PWD Rest House