Dalhousie, the gift of Lord Dalhousie to Himachal Pradesh. Its lush forests of pine, cedar and deodar attract nature-lovers, along with the usual throng of tourists seeking shelter from the sweltering heat of the plains.
Set on five hills and facing the Pir Panjal range, one can view the Ravi, Beas and Chenab rivers from certain vantage points. Fold after fold of mountains, snow-capped and pristine, can be viewed from the jagged Pangi Valley, which is a trekker's paradise. If your heart beats for Kashmir, head here, for
this is the only part of Himachal Pradesh that juts into Kashmir.
Whether claims that Rabindranath Tagore penned his first poem here or Subhash Chandra Bose visited it secretly hold good or not, Dalhousie's spectacular landscape sure warrants a visit!
dalhousie's local attraction
kalkatop khajjiar trail
Kalatop-Khajjiar is best explored on a trek. The Kalatope Sanctuary has a variety of wildlife, while Khajjiar is a picturesque spot with a saucer shaped meadow set amidst a dense deodhar forest. It also
has a lake at its centre with a floating island, a forest rest house, a little temple with a golden spire and a golf course.
A popular walking circuit with splendid views of the mountains, lush green sites and cool and breezy atmosphere.
punjpula and satdara
Punjpula is a popular picnic spot on a stream. On the way to Punjpula are the even springs of Satdara. The water from this spring contains Mica and other minerals. It is known for its medicinal qualities.
Dalhousie has some very beautiful churches like the St Andrew's Church and St Patrick's Church at Balun, St Francis' church at Subash Chowk and St John's Church at Gandhi Chowk.
A walk from the GPO square leads up to the spring with its panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.
Set amidst thick forests is the temple of Bhulwani Mata, in the village of Ahla, on the way to Kalatope.
This tall peak affords a birds eye view on a clear day, of the hills, valleys and the rivers Beas, Ravi and the Chenab threading their way down to the plains.