Dalhousie: Tourist Destination in Himalayas

Posted On February 9, 2008

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Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie is situated at 6000-9000 feet above sea level. The best time to visit is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September. Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State. 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. Many trekking routes over Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges present a challenge to the serious trekker, while there are ample opportunities for the budding trekker.

 

Places to Visit:

 

Khajjiar: Khajjiar, located at an altitude of 1960 m, is often called the Switzerland of India, with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams, and the sheer opulence of its natural beauty. The snow – line appears above its lush woods, and at the very centre of this divine glade, is a lake fed by countless streams that criss – cross the area.

 

Churches: The churches of Dalhousie are beautiful. These are 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.


Panchpula: This is a very beautiful spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter,Ajit Singh.


Subhash Baoli: This place is surrounded by majestic trees under which Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time mediating, during 1937.

 

BaraPathar: This is a famous temple at the middle of the thick forest.


Kalatop: Is a wild life sanctuary,home to the ‘ghoral’ and black bear.

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