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.
The picturesque town is interspersed with the colonial-era
buildings, low roofed stalls and hotels. The pine-covered
slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which
are ideal for short undemanding walks.
The gateway to the Chamba Valley, this colonial town was
established in 1854 by the British governor-general Lord
Dalhousie. Covering an area of 14 sq.-km and surrounded by
alpine vegetation, Dalhausie has charming architecture and
panoramic views of both plains and the whitecapped views of
the mountainous ranges.
Prime Attractions of Dalhousie
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.
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
: 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
The Catholic Church Of St. Francis
Dalhousie is another hill station with a number of old
churches. The Church near the G.P.O looks untouched by time.
The Catholic Church of St.Francis, built in 1894.
Excursions from Dalhousie
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.
At 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.
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.
How To Get There - Dalhousie
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected
to Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by
road. Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do
Places To Stay - Dalhousie
Being one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal,
Dalhousie is well equipped with excellent accommodation
facilities. One have got the options to stay from luxury and
five star hotels to small budget hotels and tourist lodges,
which offer accommodation at resonalble prices.
Climate - Dalhousie
Dalhousie ranges between 1,525m and 2,378m high from sea
level. The maximum temperature of Dalhousie in summers is
30*C and the winter temperature comes down to almost O*C.
Heavy woollens are required in winter and light woollens or
tropicals in summer.
General Information - Dalhousie
Mid-May To Mid-October.