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Dalhousie :: City Information

Best Travel Duration

November to February

History of Dalhousie

Today, Dalhousie is a tourist place in India even earlier it had attracted the British. In 1851, the princely state of Chamba was approached by Lord Napier of Magdala. The British wished to establish a sanatorium for Europeans on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range. There, the sun shone warmly on scented forests of pine and oak.

The air was crisp and invigorating, the scenery beautiful. Negotiations were carried on with the Raja of Chamba and in 1853, the plateau of Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota were transferred to the Government of India against a compensation of Rs. 2000 to be paid as an annual tribute to Chamba state. On the recommendation of Sir Donald McLeod, the new sanatorium was named Dalhousie, after Lord Dalhousie.

The first British Governor General of India. In 1866, the cantonment area of Balun was also taken over and remains a cantonment to this day.

In 1851, the princely state of Chamba was approached by Lord Napier of Magdala. The British wished to establish a sanatorium for Europeans on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range.

There, the sun shone warmly on scented forests of pine and oak, the air was crisp and invigorating, the scenery beautiful.

Places to Visit at Dalhousie

Subhash Baoli

Description: Subhash Baoli

Commanding a view of the snowcapped mountains, 1.6-km away from the G.P.O. Square, the spring of Subhash Baoli is situated at an altitude of 2,085m.

Satdhara

Description: Satdhara

On the way to Panjpulla, at an altitude of 2,036m, these seven springs are reputed to have great therapeutic value as they contain mica with medicinal properties.

Kalatope

Description: Kalatope

5-kms from Dalhousie, Kalatope is a pleasant getaway, with a panoramic view, an enchanting palace, and a forest rest house. Kalatope is situated 10-kms away from G.P.O. Square at an altitude of 8,000-ft. Walking along the secluded and forested road through upper Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi. The home of Dogri families, Lakkarmandi is nestled between 8,600 feet high Dayan Kund peak on its right and Kalatope on the left. The little Kalatope Sanctuary has a variety of wildlife such as Ibex, Deer, Bears and Leopards.

Khajjiar

Description: Khajjiar

Just 27-km from Dhoudar the beautiful little plain of Khajjiar is one of the favourite retreats for visitors. The saucer-shaped meadow, ringed by pines, has a lake set in the middle, complete with a floating bland. A little golden-spired temple of Khajjinag belonging to the 12th century and a picturesque golf course complete this pretty picture. A picturesque spot with an emerald, saucer shaped meadow set amidst a dense deodar forest, it has a lake as it's centre with a floating island, a forest rest house, a little temple with a golden spire and a golf course.

How To Get To Dalhousie

By Air:

 

There is no direct flight to Dalhousie. To reach Dalhousie you have to travel by air to the nearest airport and drive by road. The nearest airports to Dalhousie are Amritsar Airport, Jammu Airport, Gaggal Airport.  

By Rail:

 

Pathankot ( in Punjab ) is the nearest railway station. It takes 2-3 hours by car and around 5 hours by locally run bus. The bus stop is five minute from the train. The local bus run every couple of hours and you can buy tickets on the spot.

By Road:

 

You can take a by road jouney from Chandigarh and Delhi. There are many ways to go from here by taking buses, taxis and tourist vehicles.