is a quiet town, with a sense of enchantment. This hill station spreads over
five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range
just east of the Ravi River. The picturesque town is interspersed with the
colonial-era buildings, low roofed stalls and hotels. The pine-covered
slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal for
short undemanding walks.
The gateway to the Chamba Valley
, this colonial town was
established in 1854 by the British governor-general Lord Dalhousie
Covering an area of 14 sq.-km and surrounded by alpine vegetation, Dalhousie
has charming architecture and panoramic views of both plains and the
whitecapped views of the mountainous ranges.
Attractions of Dalhousie
Around half a kilometre away from the Subhash Baoli,
Jandhri Ghat enfolds an elegant palace in the midst of
tall pine trees. Chamba's erstwhile rulers governed from
here till the advent of Lord Dalhousie. The palace houses
a number of shikhar trophies. Beside the palace, Jandhri Ghat
offers heavenly spots for picnicking-gushing streamlets in the midst of
fragrant pine-scented breezes. Bakrota Hills and the
'Round' (2085m): Less than 5 km from the town centre, the Bakrota
Hills frame a breathtaking view of the further snow-clad peaks. The
'round' is a walling circuit around the hill, very popular with residents.
On the way to Panjpulla, at an altitude of 2,036m. (6,678
ft.), these seven springs are reputed to have great therapeutic value as
they contain mica with medicinal properties.
Commanding a view of the snowcapped mountains, 1.6-km away from the G.P.O.
(check spelling) Square, the spring of Dalhousie is
situated at an altitude of 2,085 metres (6,678 ft.).
How To Get There - Dalhousie
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.
The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar,
Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhausie is by road. Punjab
and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.