Dalhousie

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Dalhousie is a hill station in Chamba district, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated on 5 hills and has an elevation of 1,970 metres above sea level

Dalhousie Town was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.Dalhousie, being a beautiful tourist spot, plays an important role in the economy of the state. The major industry is tourism. While Dalhousie has a large number of hotels to accommodate the visiting tourists, the town also offers several non-hotel stays like independent villas and bungalows, which offer an alternative to typical hotels. There are just over 600 hotels, which provide temporary jobs to about 5,000 to 8,000 individuals every year. This town alone counts for almost 110% of the GDP of rest of the state.Dalhousie has many places to visit. A favorite spot for tourists is the area near Alla. It is a potato field and it offers mesmerizing scenic landscape. Another popular spot is the area of Karelanu. It is famous for its precious water, which healed Subhas Chandra Bose.

Known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty, Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is located in the district of Chamba at an elevation of around 2,000 meters. The hill station is situated at the Western end of the Dhauladhar range of mountains. Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie is named after its founder Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General in India. With several Victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture and other charming colonial buildings, this hill station will take you back in time.

The place also has few quaint churches. Dalhousie is spread over an area of 14 sq km of area and it includes five hills, namely Balun, Bakrota, Tehra, Patreyn and Kathlog. The fragrant pines, oaks, rhododendron and oaks along with several other types of tress cover the slops of the mountains. This scenic hill station if framed by the river Ravi flowing at the base of the town. Dalhousie is a popular destination for honeymooners. Dalhousie also offers you the spectacular view of the majestic snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range located in Jammu and Kashmir, Sach Pass and Chamba’s Pangi Valley.

This enchanting hill station has several tourist spots like Lohali village, Kalatop, Dainkund peak, Bakrota hills and Tibetan market. The beautiful valley of Khajiar is also quite popular among the visitors. Tourists also like visiting the region near Alla. The region offers a spectacular view of the beautiful landscape.

History


The Dalhousie is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1854 by the British Empire's government in India as a summer retreat for its troops and officials.It is built on and around five hills, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Scottish and Victorian architecture are prevalent in the bungalows and churches in the town.

Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State, now Chamba District of the state of Himachal Pradesh of India. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest-running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Bharmour, the ancient capital of this kingdom, is home to the Gaddi and Gujjar tribes. It has 84 ancient temples dating from the 7th–10th centuries AD.849 Punjab was annexed to the British Raj after the Second Anglo-Sikh War.1850 Lt. Col. Napier, Chief Engineer of Punjab, was enchanted by the scenic spot in the Chamba state and visualized the project.1851 Selection of the site was finalized. A spot was selected where the Dainkund Ridge, at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, breaks into spurs. Dr. Clemenger of the 49th Native Infantry was in charge of the site development.


state Himachal Pradesh,India
Country India
Area 11,970 metres above sea level
Languages Himachali, Punjabi, Pahari,Hindi,English
Currency Ruppee

Vistas of Panch Pulla

Panch pulla means five bridges. Surrounded by a cover of fresh, green pine and deodar trees, Panchpulla is a waterfall, where five streams come together. Of this, the main stream supplies water to the various cities of Dalhousie. This stream originates from the northern side of Dain Kund.

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Satdhaara Falls

Satdhara Falls is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Dalhousie. Resting high at an altitude of 2036 meters, this place gets its name from the seven beautiful springs. With pleasant climate throughout the year, the place prepossesses a serene ambiance and is a visual delight for every person who visits the place.

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Chamera Lake

The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It is located near the town of Dalhousie, in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake. Large part of its reservoir lies in Salooni sub-division of Chamba.Tranquil natural attraction known as "Mossy Fall," surrounded by jungle greenery & singing birds.

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Mini Switzerland of India,Dalhousie

Khajjiaris a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie.

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a 30.69 km² animal sanctuary at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The sanctuary area is well laid out for trekking trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar. There is a dense deodar and fir forest covering 19.63 km² of the sanctuary, which is about 6 km from Dalhousie. Pheasants, serow and black bear are some of the common animals found here. The sanctuary lies in the path of the Ravi River, and is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests.

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Subhash Baoli

Subhash Baoli is a perennial spring named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, who came here to recuperate in 1937. It is said that he lived in Dalhousie for seven months and rejuvenated by the medicated water of this spring. Located at a distance of just 1 km from Dalhousie, Subhash Baoli is popular among tourists for its natural beauty. The place is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and huge pine trees.

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Dainkund Peak

Dainkund Peak is located at a height of 2755 meter above the sea level and is 10 kilometers away from Dalhousie. This mountain peak is considered as the highest mountain peak in the entire valley. One of the best ways to reach this peak is by trekking. You can view the entire valley from this peak.

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Ganji Pahari

At a distance of 5 km from Dalhousie Bus Stand, Ganji Pahari is a small hill on Pathankot road in Dalhousie. The name Ganji Pahari literally means bald hill. It is so called because the hill has no trees at the peak of the hill and it looks like a bald-headed patch at the top. This is one of the most popular nature walks in Dalhousie and the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding snowcapped hills and valleys.

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Chamunda Devi

Chamunda Devi Temple is nestled in a spectacular position on the spur of Shah Madar range of hills and opposite to the Chamba town. It is a major holy place for pilgrims that sits on the bank of river Baner and just 15 km away from Dharmshala. It was built by Raja Umed Singh in the year 1762. It's the only wooden temple with gabled roof in Chamba.

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Madra

Madra is one of the most famous delicacies in Himachal Pradesh. It originally belongs to the region of Chamba.

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It is the pride of the festivals, weddings and buffets. Available in almost every hotel and restaurant, it represents the part of the food culture here. Soaked chickpeas or kidney beans or Chana are used as its base ingredient..

LuchiPoti

If you love non-vegetarian food, LuchiPoti or Lamb Intestine would render you a satisfying taste.

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The flour of wheat or millet is mixed with different spices like turmeric, coriander powder, asafetida, cumin and cloves, etc.

Sidu

Made of wheat flour, Sidu is a type of bread and is a well known local dish of Himachal Pradesh.

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The preparation of it takes a little longer time than the other dishes as it needs to be molded for about 4 to 5 hours.

Dham

If you really desire to enjoy the traditional food items of Himachal Pradesh, the best time would be the festive seasons.

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Dham is generally considered to be a festive dish as it is prepared during the festivals.The unique feature of this food is that it is prepared by the special cooks known as ‘botis’.

Aktori

Among the festive season food, Aktori is also equally enjoyed by the people here. It is a kind of cake.

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The buckwheat leaves are mixed with the flour of wheat and then prepared in pancakes.

Mughlai cuisines

Lots of dhabas in Dalhousie cater to a large number of people with different tastes.

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For instance, you can easily get yourself some Mughlai, Kashmiri and Chinese cuisines, and even momos and dumplings if you only look for it.