In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds the lingering echo of the Raj era.
Isolated by high mountain ranges, the valley of Chamba is noted for the magnificence of its scenery. The British Governor-General, Lord Dalhousie, visiting this area around the middle of the 19th century for a quiet retreat, came upon a charming spot on a ridge overlooking the plains. This was to become the attractive little hill town that was named after him.
Set amidst thickly wooded hills, clothed in deodar and pine, Dalhousie has marvelous forest trails and picnic spots with splendid vistas over the Chamba Valley. A touch of the “Raj” still lingers in the little unspoiled town.
Places to visit in Dalhousie
Subhash Baoli (2,085 m)
Not far from the G.P.O. Square is the spring at Subhash Baoli with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. (1.6 km)
Satdhara (2,036 m)
Sparkling springs close to town, rich in mica and other minerals, are noted for their medicinal properties.
Beyond Sathara is another pretty spot where the water from a natural tank flows under five little bridges. (2 km)
Bakrota Hills (2,085 m)
The Bakrota Mall, a popular walking circuit around these hills has a spectacular view of the mountains.
Kalatope (2,440 m)
An ideal weekend retreat with forest rest houses and beautiful spots for picnics, in a little wildlife sanctuary. (8.5 km)
Enroute to Kalatope is the temple of Bhulwani Matha, in the village of Ahla. (4 km)
Dhainkund (2,745 m)
The high peak of Dhainkund offers a bird’s-eye view of the verdant valleys of the Beas, Chenab and Ravi rivers. (10 km)
Khajjiar (1,851 m)
While it is possible to go by road, Khajjiar is just a pleasant one day walk from Dalhousie. An emerald, saucer-shaped meadow at Khajjiar, surrounded by dense deodar forests, has a lake at its center with a floating island, a forest rest house, a little temple with a golden spire and a golf course. (22 km)
How to reach Dalhousie
The nearest airport is Kangra (Gaggal, 12 Km)
The nearest narrow gauge railhead is Kangra (18 Km). The nearest broad gauge station Pathankot, (90 Km), is linked to major towns.
Well connected by road. Some distances are as follows: Delhi 514 Km, Chandigarh 239 Km, Kullu 214 Km, Shimla 332 Km, Chamba 60 Km.
Altitude : Between 1,250 metrs. and 2,000 metrs.
Temperature: Between 35 C in summer and 0 C in winter
Best Season: April to June/September to October
About the Place and detailed Dalhousie Itinerary
Day 01: Pathankot- Dalhousie
You will be reaching Pathankot railway station early morning, which usually takes around 3-4 hrs from Pathankot /Chakki Bank Railway Station to Dalhousie, overnight stay at Dalhousie.
Activities same day- After arrival at Dalhousie, you will check-in in the Hotel and breakfast will be served. After light lunch, there will be Little conversation with our guides and support staff. And after Little Discussion we shall walk towards the Panjpulla valley. After the walkthrough outdoor activities like normal Mountain Climbing, trekking, and the Beautiful sceneries. Prepare the mind and body for the upcoming trek. In the evenings you can take a little walk throughout the local market and also have a leisure trip to town. Dinner will be served to your convenience at the Hotel.
Day 02: – Dalhousie- Kalatop
Trek leads to Kalatop Wildlife reserve With the lush green surroundings and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. This is a pleasant, plain walk. Kalatop is at an altitude of 2440 meters. This high altitude forest area is located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of thick pine, deodar, and oak forests and a plethora of various fauna such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Pheasants, and Himalayan Black Marten The temperature varies from -10°C to 35°C. Then Trek to Dainkund from Dalhousie via Kalatop on this day, Located at an elevation of 2755 meters above the sea level, Dainkund Peak is one of the best and the most visited place in Dalhousie. From the peak, one can relish a 360° view of the entire valley – mountain ranges with deodar trees, flower valleys, fluffy white clouds grazing the mountain tops, and Return back to Dalhousie and have dinner at the hotel.
Day 03: Dalhousie- Khajjiar
Next morning continue towards Khajjiar After Breakfast trek to Khajjiar from Dalhousie begins (Khajjiar: Known as MINI Switzerland of India Certified by Swiss Government) . The surrounding visuals during the trek are so beautiful, that one may spend more time just relishing the views or clicking pictures, than moving ahead.
Activities at Khajjiar: – Horse riding, Zorbing, Nature walks suggestive here in-betweens the trees, must visit the KHAJJI NAGA TEMPLE.
Day 04: -Dalhousie Local
After Breakfast shall leave for the local sightseeing of Dalhousie, Jandhrighat Palace, Subhash Bowli, Bara Pathar, Pancphulla, Subhash Chowk, GPO Dalhousie, Satdhara and the last but not least Old Churches of Dalhousie
Departure from Dalhousie for Delhi in the evening and The Himalayan adventure reaches its end, and you are sure to return with some fabulous memories, a rejuvenated self and a promise to return.
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