Located at an average height of 2036 meters, in the western part of Himachal Pradesh, is the town of Dalhousie. Dalhousie is name after the British Governor General, Lord Dalhousie. It has been built on five hills – Patreyn, Kathlog, Balun, Tehra and Bakrota. This beautiful hill station has a lot of charm and is skirted by diverse flora, such as oaks, pines, deodars and rhodendron. There are some magnificent churches and exquisite colonial architecture. One can also view the picturesque snow covered peaks of the Dhauladhar range. It is an enchanting town and has lots of scenic beauty. The Ravi River moves below Dalhousie.
Winters are really cold and it usually snows here. In the summers, it is pleasant and moderate rainfall is received during the monsoons. Dalhousie can be visited throughout the year.
- By Road – Dalhousie is connected to major cities via state transport system. Luxury buses are available from major cities and towns.
- By Air – There are two airports near Dalhousie – Pathankot (80 Kms) and Jammu (180 Kms). Both airports are connected to major cities in India. One can hire a private taxi or take a bus from here, to reach Dalhousie.
- By Rail – Pathankot is the nearest railway station, 71 Kms away from Dalhousie. It is connected all major cities in India via rail. One can get a taxi or a bus from Pathankot to Dalhousie.
Places to Visit
- Panchpula – Located 3 Kms from Dalhousie, It is a stunning sight to see a stream which feeds a series of pools. There is a monument which has been built in memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a freedom fighter.
- Subhash Baoli – It is 1Km away and is named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who spent some time at this spot in the year 1937. It is a majestic spot surrounded by beautiful tress.
- Kalatop – It is a wildlife sanctuary 10 Kms away from Dalhousie and is the home of the Himalayan Black Bear, also known as Ghoral.
- Churches – Dalhousie is famous for its churches. There are four magnificent churches here – St. Patrick’s at Balun, St. John’s at Gandhi Chowk, St. Francis at Subhash Chowk and St. Andrew’s Church.
- Shopping – One can get beautiful Tibetan Handicrafts and carpets at Dalhousie. The Chamba Town in Dalhousie is known for its shawls and rumals.