Dalhousie is a popular hill station in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. Established in 1854, Dalhousie was considered to be a summer retreat for the troops and officials of the British Empire’s government in India. It is built on and around five hills of Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Situated on the western edge of the famous Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, Dalhousie is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks. It is located between 6,000 – 9,000 feet above the sea level. The best time to visit this wonderful hill station is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is considered from the month of May to September. The bungalows and churches in the town are built with Scottish and Victorian architecture. Today, we will tell you about the Top 10 places to visit in Dalhousie.
10 Best Places to Visit in Dalhousie
Let us now have a look at the Top 10 Places to Visit in Dalhousie.
(1) Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary spread over an area of 30.69 km² at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The area of the sanctuary is well spread out for trekking and trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar. The sanctuary houses a a dense deodar and fir forest spread over an area of 19.63 km², located at about about 6 km from Dalhousie. Some of the most common animals found at Kalatop Sanctuary are Pheasants, serow and black bear. The sanctuary is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests and lies in the way of the Ravi River.
Panchpula is situated at a distance of 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the most popular & picturesque spots in the region, Panchpula means five bridges. Panchpula is the place where you will see a descending stream pouring into and feeds several pools. Panchpula stream is considered to be the main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon. The stream is known to be originated from the northern side of Dayakund, which further cuts through a ravine to fall into the water bodies located in Panchpula. A samadhi has been built at Panchpula in the memory of the great revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh. There is also a restaurant along with several tea shops around Panchpula.
(3) Chamera Lake
Chemera Lake is situated at an altitude of 763 m above sea level. The Chamera Lake is developed in Chamba District by Chamera Dam on the Ravi River at Chourah. You can easily reach this beautiful lake from Chamba – Pathankot highway. Water Sports activities are available at Chamera Lake for fun and entertainment. Chamera Lake is located at about 25-35 km from the popular hill station of Dalhousie.
(4) Dainkund Peak
Dainkund Peak is a wonderful tourist place located at an altitude of 2755 meters near Dalhousie. From this peak you can have a 360° view of the entire valley. The noise of the breeze that passes through the trees makes a musical sound, thus this peak is also known as the singing hill. The vertex of this hill is covered by the Indian Air Force and by taking a left turn you will reach the Pholani Devi Temple. One of the most wonderful facts about this temple is that, except a trident you will find nothing inside the temple. If you like Adventure, You can also enjoy trekking on this attractive hill.
(5) St. John’s Church
St.John’s Church is Dalhousie’s oldest church and is of great historical importance.It was established during the British rule in India by the Protestant missionaries. Located in the beautiful natural backdrop, St.John’s Church is known to be one of the most visited churches of the town. This church has a mass every Sunday and is open for visitors five days a week. It is not only famous for the devotees and religious people, but this Church also is a good place to visit for people who want to know the deep history associated with this church.
(6) Satdhara Falls
Satdhara is a waterfall located at 2035 meters above the sea level. Satdhara is an amazing place to be in as it has a good collection of scenic beauty. It provides the visitors with a serene atmosphere and pleasant weather. Satdhara means ‘a mixture of Seven streams’ and is believed to have curative properties flow. Located on the Punchpula route, Satdhara Falls is a lovely tourist spot to visit with friends and family. It is one of the most popular and unique tourist attraction of Dalhousie. The tourists in Dalhousie must include Satdhara Falls in their itinerary. You will really enjoy being there whole day. It is known to be an excellent sightseeing and picnic spot in Dalhousie.
(7) Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple is a 10th century old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is the oldest and the biggest temple, situated in Chamba district and was established in the Shikhara style by Sahil Verman. Located close to Dalhousie, the Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Dalhousie. It houses three other shrines like Gauri Shanker Temple, Shiva Temple of Chander-Gupta, and Radha Krishna Temple. The beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple was constructed with contributions from the Rajas(Kings) of Chamba. It is considered that Raja Balabhadra made the idol of Garuda and Raja Chhatra Singh decorated the temple tops. There is also a legendary story associated with the temple, which says that eight of Raja Sahil Verma’s sons were killed in their search for suitable marble for the construction of the temple. The eldest son – Yugkara successfully brought the marble with the help of a saint.
(8) Bara Pather
Bara Pathar is a tourist attraction located 4 km away from General Post Office, Dalhousie enroute Kalatop Sancuary. Located between the thick woods, Bara Pathar has small temple of Bhulwani Mata Temple (4 Kms) which is also known as the Bhavani Mata temple. It is located in the village of Ahla on the way to Kalatop Sanctuary hardly 60 meters ahead of the Dalhousie water works. It is a good place for a break on the way to Kalatop Sanctuary. Here you can enjoy cool breeze during the hot and humid summers. Bara Pathar also has a Potato Farm also which is also a tourist spot.
(9) Subhash Baoli
Subhash Baoli is situated at a distance of 1 Km from Dalhousie. This place is well known by the name Subhash Chandra Bose who is a popular freedom fighter. He spent a lot of time in this area in 1937. Subhash Baoli is a charismatic tourist spot located between tall towering pine trees making this place more beautiful. The natural sight views of Subhash Baoli makes it one of the most famous tourist spots in Dalhousie. Subhash Baoli is known for offering amazing view of the snow capped peaks. It is a place where Subhash Chandra Bose used to sit and meditate.
(10) Bakrota Hills
The fascinating Bakrota Hills of Dalhousie is a place well known for a brisk walk besides a grand view of snow-capped mountains. It is one of the finest and refreshing places of Dalhousie. The matchless beauty of Bakrota Hills will definitely leave you speechless. Thick ‘Deodar’ forests appear like a beautiful green carpet covering the hills. The pure air will refresh you at Bakrota Hills as you will be able to feel the beauty of the nature very closely. Dalhousie experiences heavy snowfall during winter and at that time the majestic Bakrota Hills looking magical covered with the white snow.
Note : If you visiting Dalhousie by car or bike, its fine. However, don’t visit this place with your gearless bikes like Honda Scooters. As the road is quite steep at some places the scooter might be able to cope up with these steep hills.
Hope you liked our list of 10 best places to visit in Dalhousie.
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