In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of charm and holds lingering echos of the ‘Raj’. It covers an area of about 14 sq.km and is built on five hills – Kathlog, Ptreyn, Tehra, Bakrota, and Balun. It is named after the Britisth Governor -General of the 19th century., Lord Dalhousie. The town,s height varies between 1,525 metres and 2,378 metres, and it is surrounded by varied vegetation – pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has a charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains – and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar mountains are also visible from this enchanting town.
Dalhousie is situated at a altitude of 2039 mts above sea level.This hill station is spread over 16 sq . kms.Dalhousie comprises of five hills Balun , Kathlog , Petreyn , Bakrota , Tehra which are ranging from 1525 mtrs to 2,738 mtrs.
In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woollens are required. The summer temperatures are mild and light woollens/cottons are recomended.
How to get Here
By Road : Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Dalhi and 52 km from Chamba.
By Rail : The closest railhead is Pathankot – 80 km away.
By Air : The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km. Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.
Places to See in Dalhousie
There are four beautiful churches in Dalhousie. These are St. Andrew’s Church and St. Patrick’s Church at Balun, St. Francis Church at Subhash Chowk and St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk.
Panchpula (3 km away) :
This is a picturesque spot where a stream feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Sardar Ajit Singh.
Subhash Baoli (1 km away) :
It was at this enchanting spot surrounded by majestic trees, that Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time in 1937, contemplating and meditating.
Bara Pathar (4 km away) :
There is a small temple amidst a thick forest.
Kalatop (10 km away) :
This wild life sanctuary is home to the ‘ghoral’ and Himalayan black bear.
Daina Kund :
Located at the top of the city, where rivers Ravi, Vyas, Cheonab flows very near to each other.
Major Travel Destinations in Himachal Pradesh