Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dalhousie is a town perched atop 5 hills and spread over an area of 14 km. This enchanting hill station has a strong colonial look. It is beloved even among many Picturesque Hill stations. The town was established by the British Empire in 1854 as a summer retreat for its officials and Armies and was named after the then Governor General of India- Lord Dalhousie. Characterized by warm days and cold night in summer, it is a perfect place to escape the scorching heat of the vast Indian Plains. It is not surprising that the town today is still dotted with many British colonial buildings and quarters.

Dalhousie has been visited by many distinguished individuals like Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Dalai Lama and Rudyard Kipling to just name a few. This pine tree canopied town stands out tall as an important historical as well as scenic place in India. Old churches and British bungalows exudes an old World charm where as pine trees on the sloppy trails and lush carpet of grass on the low land plateaus chiseled a tourist paradise at an altitude of more than 2000 metres.

The snow capped mountains are not too far from here and it is visible on any clear day. The view is priceless.

Tourist Attractions in Dalhousie:
1. Churches: St John's at Gandhi Chowk, St.Francis at Subhash Chowk, St Andrews and St Patricks at Balun are the four beautiful churches in Dalhousie.

2. Gandhi Chowk: The main shopping centre is stylish and cozy. It is known for shawls, Chappals, cane baskets, woolens and dolls.

3. Kalatope: It is a wildlife sanctuary located 10 km from Dalhousie. It has good route for trekking and this place is home to Himalayan Black bear and ghoral deer.

4. Subhash Baoli: Named after Subhash Chandra Bose, who was healed of tuberculosis after drinking from this natural stream, when he visited Dalhousie in 1937.
                                                                                    5. Khajjiar:
Located 24 Km from Dalhousie, this idyllic meadow is popularly known as the, ‘mini Switzerland of India’ or the, ‘most charming spots in the Himalayas’. Anyone visiting Dalhousie must not miss a visit to this beautiful cow crazing meadow surrounded by cedars.

6. Daikund Peak: The highest peak in Dalhousie, it provides the perfect view point of the scenery below and the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas. It has beautiful trekking road up to the top.

How to Reach: The nearest railhead is at Pathankot at a distance of 80 km from the hill resort of Dalhousie. Buses and taxis connect Pathankot with Dalhousie. It is 127 Km from Dharasamla, which has the nearest Airport and 485 Km from Delhi.

Where to Stay: Tourism is one of the main economic lifelines here. There are around 600 Hotels in Dalhousie. Some hotels are: Mount View Hotel, Peace Channel resort, Silverton Estate, Alps Holiday resort, Hotel Dalhousie Heights, Grand Hotel View, Hotel Dalhousie etc.

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Area: 13sq.Kms
Climate: Summer 27°C - 30°C. Winter 10°C - 0°C.
Best Time to Visit: Mid-May to Mid-October. December- January for snow.

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