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Dalhousie: perfect summer getaway

Dalhousie is a picturesque, popular hill station if you are looking for a perfect hideout for a summer holiday

Posted On Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 08:39:52 PM

Dalhousie is a picturesque, popular hill station if you are looking for a perfect hideout for a summer holiday. Cosy accommodations, great food and scenic views make this hill station attractive. This panoramic Himalayan hill station was set up in 1854 as a retreat for the British soldiers and bureaucrats.

Located around the five hills of Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, Dalhousie was named after the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and situated on the western side of the mountainous ranges of Dhauladhar, it is known not only for its captivating beauty, but also for ancient temples, and the valleys of Chamba and Pangi which are great trekking grounds.

Quite a few national parks and wildlife sanctuaries can be found here. Other than that Chamba and Pangi and Bharmour have been homes for Gaddi, Gujjar Pangwal and Bhot tribes.

Sweaters and heavy woollen clothes are must-carry items when you go to Dalhousie.

Sightseeing Highlights:

Visit the beautiful churches of St Andrew’s and St Patrick’s at Balun, the St Francis’ Church at Subash Chowk, and St John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk.

Barapathar (4 kms away) is a small temple in the midst of dense forests. You could also visit the Chamba ruler’s
summer palace of Jandrighat, which has some interesting period architecture.

Pay homage to our freedom fighters by visiting Panchpula, three kms away, to see the monument of Ajit Singh, the revolutionary leader, who spent his last days here and then head to Subhash Baoli, named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, who was said to have frequented this place.

Kalatop is a wild life sanctuary 10 kms from Dalhousie and is a home to many Himalayan animals including the Ghoral and the Black Bear. It also has many tributaries of the River Ravi flowing through it. You can trek your way to the peak of Dainkund hill just above Kalatop and catch a glimpse of the rivers Chenab, Beas and Ravi.

You could always explore further and head to Chamba, and visit a few interesting historical places like the Rang Mahal Palace and Bhuri Singh Museum.

Go Trekking:

There are some significant trek routes heading out from Dalhousie. The Khajjiar - Chamba Triangle forms one of the main trekking routes and there are several smaller ones within. Some of the more adventurous treks are Chamba to Bharmour, Chamba to Palampur, Chamba to Pangi and Bharmour to Keylong.

Activities for You:

The Tibetan market at the Gandhi Chowk is a great place to shop for various handicrafts. Popular shopping items at Dalhousie include Tibetan handicrafts, woollens, carpets and Chamba slippers, scarves and shawls, which you can buy from the Chamba town. The Himachal Handicrafts Emporium is the place for quality and competent prices. Pony rides in Khajjar are recommended too.

Eateries worth mentioning are Nepoli Restaurant and the Dawat Restaurant near bus stand. For Punjabi cuisine, one can head towards Sher-e-Punjab found in Gandhi Chowk.

Quick Facts:

State: Himachal Pradesh
District: Chamba
Coordinates: 32.53 N 75.98 E.
Language(s) spoken: Hindi, Pahari
Weather: Summer 8 - 30 C; Winter -10 C to 10 C
Tourism Info: HPTDC Ritz Annexe, Shimla Himachal Pradesh - 171 001
Tel: 0177- 2652704

HPTDC Near Bus Stand, Dalhousie-176304.
Phone: 01898-242136.

Where to Stay:

Dalhousie has an array of hotels and resorts where tourists can stay. HolidayIQ lists 51 hotels in and around Dalhousie. You will get rooms starting from Rs 600 onwards. Most of these are good, comfortable rooms, and have pleasing views of the surrounding hills.

HolidayIQ Travellers’ Review:

Dalhousie and Khajjiar can be an excellent option for a long weekend getaway. The two places are nice and if you are a budgeted traveller. It has numerous places to visit, including Khajjiar and Chamba. You can visit this town any time, since weather here is pleasant, but avoid the rainy season. Carry at least one warm jacket along, no matter in which weather you are going there.  — Tweetyric

FAQ on HolidayIQ Xchange Forum:

Q: I am going to Dalhousie from Delhi by car, should I take a break in Pathankot for one night?  — Vipin

Reply from HolidayIQ member:

I suggest you do not stop by Pathankot. Roads between Delhi and Pathankot are good, so start early for this route to avoid traffic from Pathankot. The distance between Pathankot and Dalhousie is approximately 100 kms. After covering a distance of 25 kms or so, the road to Dalhousie is in good shape, so you will reach in about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

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