Dalhousie - Himachal Pradesh: Journeying Back To The Colonial Era Charm
Dalhousie is known as India’s Switzerland and was set up by the British Empire in India in 1853 as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats. Dalhousie is at an altitude of 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level.
The hill station is built around five hills--Potreyn, Bakrota, Bhangora, Kathalagh and Terah. Lying at the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, the hill station of Dalhousie oozes an old world charm with lingering echoes of the British Raj.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Dainkund Peak: Chamera Lake: Ganji Pahari: Gandhi Chowk Plaza: Jandri Ghat: Bara Pathar Temple: Subhash Baoli: St. Patrick's Church: Hariraya Temple: Moti Tibba: Mystic Boats Cruise: Sach Pass: Rang Mahal: St. John's Church
Spread in 14 sq. km. its name comes from the legendary British governor General Lord Dalhousie. Surrounded by splendid vegetation such as deodars, oaks, pines and flowering rhododendron the whole location is delightfully panoramic. The river Ravi flows quietly below Dalhousie. The sight of snowy Dhauladhar mountains are vastly visible form this enchanting hill station.
Surrounded by snow-capped peaks Dalhousie in summer is the best time to visit and the peak season happening from May to September. The Classic architecture of the Scottish and Victorian era in its bungalows and churches can be a nostalgic throw back to history when you are in Dalhousie.
Dalhousie boasts of many forest and wildlife sanctuaries including Kalatop-Khaijjar in its confines. The pilgrimage to Mani Mahesh Temple and Lake is an important trekking event. The presence of so many trekking routes over Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges invite all nature lovers to partake in the serious trekking trails.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
Dalhousie can be visited all through the year. The Dalhousie experience is unique in all the seasons including summer, rainy season and winter. Dalhousie experiences heavy snowfall during winter. Summers are pleasantly enjoyable. However, April to October is the best time to spend a holiday in Dalhousie.
Pathankot (80kms) in Punjab is known is the gateway to Dalhousie. The nearest airports are Gaggal in Himachal Pradesh; Jammu and Amritsar. From Pathankot taxis and buses ply to Dalhousie.
Many budget hotels: luxury hotels: Resorts and Guest Houses offer sumptuous stay in Dalhousie.
THINGS TO DO
Trekking: The Trek routes in Dalhousie are fabulous to explore the rugged beauty of nature
Kwality Restaurant: Nappoli Resturant
Bhuttico for Kulu Shawls and hats: Tibetan handicraft Centre