Things to do - general

Dalhousie is a hill station with amazing scenic views and prominent traces of India’s British association such as colonial mansions.

Dalhousie, one of the favourite among most tourists travelling to Himanchal Pradesh is famously known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and its old world charm. This hill station was one of the most favourite summer destinations of the ruling Britishers and this is truly reflected in the majestic Victorian style mansions in this region. Situated far from the buzzing cities in the country, this quaint town transports you to a pollution-free environment in the lap of nature.

Top places to visit in Dalhousie

1. Panch Pulla

Literally meaning ‘Five Bridges’ Panch Pulla, is a local favorite with waterfalls, picnic spots as well as a modest trek. It is situated 2 km away from Dalhousie and one can cover the distance on foot, enjoying the landscapes around.

2. Satdhara

Satdhara Falls are one of the most popular sightseeing attractions of Dalhousie. Perched at an altitude of 2036 metres above the sea level, the place has derived its name from the seven beautiful springs, which are believed to have several therapeutic values. The reason behind this is said to be the water in these springs, as it comprises of mica, known as ‘Gandhak’ in local language. The mica has several medicinal properties, which helps in curing many diseases and ailments. In addition, tourists visiting the place can enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

3. Khajjiar

This small town, very nearby to Dalhousie is also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ or the ‘Switzerland of India’.

4. Kalatop wildlife sanctuary

The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Leopard, bear, deer, langur, jackal, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral and countless beautiful birds can be spotted here.

5. St. John Church

This is the oldest church in the town and assumes not only religious significance but has much historical significance too.

6. Subhash Baoli

Named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, this is a perennial spring which has medicinal properties and believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health.

7. Daikund Peak

This is the highest peak in the area watching over the beautiful pine laid landscapes of Dalhousie.

8. Chamba

This medieval town, just a little away from Dalhousie, is set against the beautiful backdrop of stunning hills and a flowing pristine river and has an alluring charm pertaining to the mystical temples and the local folklore.

Country India
Visa requirements

Visa in not needed for Indian citizens. Everyone else need a visa.

Languages spokenHindi, English, Punjabi & Himachali
Currency usedINR

Sports & nature

1. Boating, River Crossing and River Rafting

River crossing is done across the river Ravi or Saal under the supervision of trained instructors while River Rafting too is a growing favorite in Chamba, usually done on the Rivers Ravi and Saal, too.

2. Rock Climbing

This adventure activity is popular and carried out at various places in Dalhousie, especially in Khajjiar.

Culture and history info

It is built upon and around five hills,Kathalagh,Potreyn,Terah,Bakrota and Bhangora.Located on the western torrent of the Dhauladhar mountain limit of the Himalayas,it is occupied by snow-capped top.Dalhousie is established between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) up sea level.The optimum time of visitation is in the summer,and the peak hobo season is from May to September.Scottish and Victorian science of architecture is popular in the firms and house of God in the city.

Dalhousie is an entrance to the old Chamba Hill State,now Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh of India.This hilly region is a fund of an old Hindu culture,art,temples,and handiwork potted under the long-running singular dynasty since the mid of the 6th century.Chamba is the boss of this civilization.The pristine capital of this kingdom is Bharmour,that is residence to the Gaddi and Gujjar tribes and also has 84 pristine shrines from the 7th–10th century AD.

Dalhousie is a town in the state of Himachal Pradesh,India developed by the British for their own zest only throughout the colonial times.This hilly area has an Alpine season (altitude is 6000ft to 7500ft) This place was situated in the ancient empire of Chamba and was a remote place with virgin forests when the British first came here.

When the British officers got to know about this pleasant forest of Oak and Deodar pine in a congestion of Alpine beauty,they informed their topmost authorities to pressurize the Chamba state to permit them to retract in 1850 this area and build a settlement here in 1851.

Maharaja Shri Singh was the Ruler of Chamba state at that time,and he knew that it,would not be possible to protest the pressure of the British.So he permits the British to make a settlement there and in return he had an adequate amount lessened from the amount of taxes that the kingdom of Chamba was honoring the British Raj.In 1853 the sanatorium was licensed.The British active forces built a sanatorium for the convalescent British battalion.A British officer,Lt.Colonel Napier who later became known as “lord Napier” was the person who took the main pane in the work to receive this big tract of land.

To cheer the higher authorities Sir Donald McLeod named the new agreement “Dalhousie” after “Lord Dalhousie” who was the chief representative of British rule in India at that time.

The tentative colonial attitude of the British from the taking rulers point of view was evident here as in other parts of India during the British rule.British officer did the arrangement but the laborers for the hard work of building the city came from the hamlets around Dalhousie.The villagers who worked for the British “Sahibs” were very poor and devoid of many basic needs of life.The photographs of ill bushy hill public often in tatters and with bare feet,puffed and cracked,working for the Britishers contrast vividly against the thick well dressed British who wanted to take all available luxury goods of life.The Christian missionaries who came and lived in the settlement commonly did “conditional social work” when it suited them for the cause of spreading their religion.The propagation of the religious activities of their community was much more essential to them than the preservation of traditional hill culture and tradition.

The general viewpoint of the British people who came to Dalhousie during the colonial days was no different The British force and other people of the settlement required supplies.So some traders from the lowland came and established supply stores at Dalhousie and nearby places.In 1895 the first hotel named the Bulls head was built.

In the first half of the twentieth century,a continual flow of tourists from other parts of India begin visiting Dalhousie and more hotels and guest houses were built there.The camp of British regiments was established in Balun. The Balloon has been known as a camp area ever since.In 1868 the sanatorium was established at Balun.

The literate Europeans loved books,so the culture of and keeping books and keeping home libraries came with them to Himachal Pradesh.Drawing room culture,and club culture also came with the Europeans.Modern Indian society in Dalhousie and elsewhere in India has greatly affected by European civilization.Life in “Dalhousie” town in nineteenth and early twentieth centuries give apparent examples of the introduction of western lifestyle amongst noble their sections of Indian society.At that ancient time,Dalhousie was one of the hilliest cities where the acquaintance of western values and lifestyle started influencing the sociable setup.

Introduction To Dalhousie :-

Dalhousie,located in the State of Himachal Pradesh ,India.It is a beautiful hill station.The city founded during the 1850s during the time of British law in India is vested on the Western side of the Dhauladhar Peak of the Himalayas.Dalhousie is the gateway to the Chamba Hill State,which has a wealthy cultural background with history dating back to the 7th Century AD.The governor during that period were great guardians of art and architecture and protected many craftsmen from Northern part of India who took refuge in the city.The art and statues of those craftsmen are still in the present through the bronze pictures and temple architectures that they craved.The city is built on and around five mountains fenced by the charming landscape of the snow capped peaks.One can also visit the Chamba Valley to have a look at the Laxminarayan Temples.

This Chamba valley is also famous for the Minjar Fair,which is held every year in the month of August.Between 1894 and 1910 AD.Some important places to visit in Dalhousie include the Kalatop Khajjiar Trail,seven springs of Satdara,Stream at Punchpula,Jandrighat Palace,and the Chamera Dam Trail.The British build a number of Churches in Dalhousie.Important among them include the St.Johns Church,St.Francis Church,St.Patrick’s Church and the St.Andrew’s Church.

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