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Dalhousie

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Dalhousie was established in 1854 as a sanatorium for the British troops, and was named after Lord James Ramsey - Marquis of Dalhousie, who became the Governor General of India in 1848. The town contains numerous colonial bungalows and churches, built in the attractive Scottish Victorian architectural styl.
Most of the activity in Dalhousie centers around the three level malls, that were constructed in the town’s early days for promenades, carriages and horses.
Dalhousie is spread across five hills - Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun - acquired from the Raja of Chamba (in exchange for reduction of Rs 7000 from the annual tribute paid to the British government). Dalhousie is the gateway to the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Facing the Pir Panjal range of the Himalaya Mountains, Dalhousie is a paradise for nature lovers, with abundant lush green forests of pine, cedar and deodar.
Famous personalities such as Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru and Rabindranath Tagore enjoyed the tranquility and the magnificent panorama that greets the visitor.
Besides the enchanting scenic beauty that attracts visitors, the Chamba region also holds historical importance, as it was the seat of the longest-lasting Hindu dynasty since the 6th century. Bharmour, the ancient capital of this kingdom, has 84 ancient temples, dating from the 7th –10th centuries.
Dalhousie offers peace and solitude, and is ideal for romantic getaways. Some of the nearby places such as Kalatop, Gayan Kund or Ganji Pahadi, offer excellent trekking options and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges.
Hiking and Trekking:
The nearby hills in Dalhousie can provide some excellent trekking experience for adventure lovers.  Trekking to Kalatop could be an excellent option. Alternately one can drive down to Kalatop for a picnic.
A less vigorous option could be a walk to the Ganji Pahadi (bald hill).

Satdhara
One of the most popular tourist attractions is 'Satdhara' or the seven springs, which is located on the way to Panjpulla. These springs are supposed to have therapeutic properties as the water contains mica.
Jandhri Ghat
This elegant palace amidst tall pine trees provides a panoramic view or the mountains. Located at an altitude of nearly 2036 meters, this palace was used by the Chamba rulers to govern the region, until Dalhousie was taken over by the British. A handsome collection of artifacts depict the rich past of the area. Apart from this, the palace is surrounded by several streams and tall pine trees, which make it a beautiful picnic spot.
Subhash Baoli
Named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, this spring is located at an altitude of nearly 2200m and provides an outstanding view of the snow-capped mountains. It is believed that the freedom fighter used to visit this place frequently during his 7-month stay at Dalhousie.
Panjpulla
As the name suggest, the place has five bridges and a memorial built for Sardar Ajit Singh (uncle of Saheed Bhagat Singh), the famous freedom fighter of India. The tranquil surroundings of the natural pool offer respite from the cacophony and chaos of city life. The perennial streams form several natural pools here and further enhance the natural beauty of this place.
Bakrota Hills
Located on the outskirts of the Dalhousie region, these hills offer spectacular views of snow-clad peaks. The barricade around the hill, known locally as 'Round,' is a popular destination.
Kalatop wildlife reserve
Kalatop lies between Dalhousie and Chamba. This reserve, established as a game sanctuary in 1949, has barking deer, black bear and a wide variety of birds.. A four wheel drive road through the dense forest leads to the Kalatop Forest Rest-house, a beautiful spot for a weekend retreat or a day picnic. It offers panoramic views of the Pir Panjal Range and the surrounding countryside.
St. Andrew's Church,St. Patrick's Church,St. Francis Church
St. Andrew's Church St. Andrew's Church, built in 1903, is commonly known as the Church of Scotland. It is about 1.5 km from the Dalhousie bus stand. St. Patrick's Church Located in the Dalhousie Cantonment area, this church is approximately 2 km from the bus stand and holds the distinction of being the largest church in Dalhousie. Built in 1909, the church boasts a central hall that can accommodate nearly 300 people. St. Francis Church This church building dates back to 1894. Located near the Subhash Chowk sports area, the church is famous for the exquisite glass and stone work.
A fair is celebrated every July at the temple of Bhulwani Mata, nearly 4 km from Dalhousie. Visitors can enjoy the local culture.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
GAGGAL AIRPORT 107 Km 01H 48m
Pathankot
Shimla 320 Km 04H 59m
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Khajjiar, a picturesque hill station nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. It is famous for its lush green plateau lined with dense pine and deodar forests that forms the start of the beautiful and magical Kalatop sanctuary.
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Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.
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The climate is very pleasant during the summer months and is hence very conducive for the visit. The winter months of December to February however are very cold.
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