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About Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a quiet town, with a sense of enchantment. This hill station spreads over five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range, just east of the Ravi River . Easily accessible from the plains, Dalhousie is 90 km away from Pathankot. Built around five hills, Dalhousie is home to towering green groves of deodar and oak. The forest trails are a travellers delight and the views of the Chamba Valley and the Dhauladhar range are truly spectacular. The pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal for short undemanding walks.

Dalhousie has charming architecture, including beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains - and like a long silverline, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie.Dalhousie is built by the British as per their own style as they wanted to establish a sanatorium for Europeans on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range. The then Maharaja of Chamba was offered handsome amout for this place.The amout Rs 2300 was decided to be paid as a compensation to the Chamba state for the transfer of this place and its nearby places like Bakrota,Tehra,Kathlog etc... to the Government of India.Sir Donald McLeod recommended the British to name, the new sanatorium as Dalhousie, after Lord Dalhousie, the first British Governor General of India in the year 1854. Thus, this beautiful hill station came into being covering an area of 14 sq kms.

Sightseeing:

There are so many major attractions, which draws the attention of tourists in Dalhousie. Few of them are:

Subhash Baoli
This spring is a scenic walk from the GPO square and offers panoramic views of the snow capped mountains.

Satdhara
These seven sparkling springs are rich in mica and noted for their medicinal properties.

Panjpulla
The water from a natural tank flows under five small bridges at this scenic spot.

Kalatope
The scenic beauty and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside make this an ideal spot for a weekend getaway. The Kalatope Sanctuary also has a variety of Himalayan wildlife.

Bara Pathar
It is on the way between the Kalatop sanctuary and the Dalhousie Municipal limits. It is a good place for a break on the way to Kalatop. This place has a outdoor temple of Bhuvani Mata.

Dainkund
This tall peak outside Dalhousie offers a panoramic of the hills, valleys and the rivers Beas, Ravi and Chenab winding their silvery way down to the plains.

Chamba
Just 56 km from Dalhousie, Chamba was founded in 920 AD by Raja Sahil Varma, and named after his favourite daughter Champavati. Isolated by the high mountains in its beautiful valley, Chamba has developed its own rich style of Pahari art and architecture. Much of this heritage has been preserved and Chamba is known today for the splendour of its temples and its exquisite handicrafts. Six ancient stone temples with tall vimanas, dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu, can be seen. The richly carved Lakshminarayan temple is the oldest and its architectural beauty merits a visit by every traveller.

How to reach:

Dalhousie can be easily accessed through air, train or road.

By Air :
Amritsar is the nearest airport. Jammu airport is 188 kms. Both are connected to Delhi by Indian Airlines and by Vayudoot flights.

By Rail :
Pathankot about 80 kms, the nearest railway station and is connected to all of the major cities.

By Road :
Network bus services is from Dalhousie to Manali 402 kms, Khajjiar 27 kms, Amritsar 188 kms, Pathankot 80 kms, Delhi 563 kms, Chandigarh 352 kms, Dharamshala 143 kms, Jammu 188 kms. Chamba 56 kms, Jalandhar 192 kms.

So, what are you waiting for.. Just pack your bags and Get going for the most adventurous vacation of your lifetime in Dalhousie with us.

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