Map of Dalhousie

Below is the map of Dalhousie, in Himachal Pradesh. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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Videos of Dalhousie

Scenery

A short video of the snow covered mountain peaks and other scenery of Dalhousie.

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Chamba

Town Dalhousie, one of beautiful Hill stations of Northern India in Himalayas was founded in 1854 by Lord Dalhousie while India was under British control as colony. Lord Dalhousie made this town as Summer Capital of India being a cold place to match the British nature of climate. But later on in about 1910, there was a high magnitude earthquake which rocked complete belt of Himalayas and Dalhousie was badly damaged. It was found that Dalhousie is at seismic zone. And as such the idea of making it summer capital was dropped and Shimla was selected on its place for the summer capital of British. Dalhousie now is a very busy hill station in summer and during snow fall season. Otherwise it is a calm city and the scenery around is magnificent. There is mainly an army cantonment.

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Khajjiar

Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. It is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. It is about 6500 ft. (1981m) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and snowy peaks can be seen in the distance.

Khajjiar is often called the Mini Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh and was officially baptized thus by the Swiss Ambassador on July 7, 1992. It has a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture and forest, all in one place.

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Misty Dalhousie

This was shot at Dalhousie in 2007. The serene environment still moves soul for searching for that eternal peace and tranquility, nature challenges the basic existence of human beings and their endeavors….good food for thought.

Entertainment

Watch on as this group have fun in a huge transparent balloon ball.

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Places to visit at Dalhousie

Some of the best churches are found here in Dalhousie. Saint Patrick’s church at Balun, Saint John’s church at Gandhi Chowk, Saint Andrews church and Saint Francis’ church at Subash Chowk are perfect examples of the British jurisdiction in the days of the Raj.

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Saint Patrick’s church was built in 1909. The money to build this church was raised by donations from the officers of the British army. Saint John’s church was built in 1863. It is inspired by the Victorian style. Reverend John H Pratt was its first pastor. Saint Andrews church is more commonly known as the Church of Scotland. Saint Francis’ church is a Catholic church as opposed to the other churches, which are Protestant.

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If you are interested in shopping, you should head for the Tibetan Market, which sells mostly Chinese products.

You should also visit Khajjiar. It is known as the Switzerland of India. There is a spring in the center of a lush valley.

Within the precincts of this region, you will come across the Kalatop-Khajjiar and other national forests and wildlife sanctuaries. The ghoral and the black bear are found here.

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If you want the feeling of standing on top of the world you should proceed to Upper Bakrota. This is the highest place in Dalhousie. Here you will see the army barracks and numerous estates. Bakrota Walk surrounds the area. You could go on a trek here. Some of the mansions here are worth visiting, but unfortunately they are private and entry is restricted.

One of the hills here has no trees and it has the appearance of being bald, giving it the name Ganji Pahadi, which quite literally means bald hill. If you are looking for an enjoyable walk, this is the place to go.

For those who are interested in museums, they should head for Chamba.

There are several spots you can visit for a picnic. Panchpula is a charming spot, where you can take a picnic basket with you.

The people of the Chamba Valley look forward to the Minjal fair every year. This fair goes on for a week and it is celebrated in the month of August. Minjar is an offering of fruit, coconut, few sheaves of paddy and a coin enclosed in a piece of red cloth. The Minjar is offered to the river Ravi.

Culture of Dalhousie

Dalhousie is the first step to the ancient Chamba Hill State. The capital of this region in the ancient times was called Bharmour. This mountainous hill station abounds with old temples, which showcase ancient Hindu culture and art. There are 84 temples ranging from the 7th Century AD to the 10th Century AD. Surprisingly, these temples are in a pretty good condition. The natives here are followers of Lord Shiva, Nag Devta and Devi. Nevertheless the townies and the sovereigns here are followers of Lord Vishnu. These temples were spared the wrath of the Muslim invaders due to their far-flung location. Master craftsmen from the other parts of northern India sought shelter here as the invaders plundered and destroyed the temples there. This was haven to them as the sovereign families were patrons of art and sculpture. You will find many bronze idols made by them in these temples.

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The best of these temples are the Chatrari, the Lakshminarayan Temple in Chamba and the Shakti Devi temple. There are temples that resemble the temples in Kedarnath and Badrinath. These are devoted to Lord Vishnu. They are distinctive because of the Sikhara style. The earliest and primary temples are those that are dedicated to Nag or Devi. Here you will find the basic Pahari style temples. These are found everywhere.

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The customs and ethnicity of these natives were completely isolated from any external influence. The Rajput Hindu family ruled over the area from the 7th Century AD till as recently as the year 1947. Neither the Muslims nor the British had much authority here. The conformist attitude of the locals remains alive even today.

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The natives of this land were a tribe of nomadic shepherds. They were called the Gaddhis. They stayed on the lower areas during the winters while they move to the higher areas during the hot season. The center of their culture is the Bharmour. The Gaddhi women wear silver ornaments.

In the Pangi Valley, you will find the Pandwals. They are naturally good looking and healthy people. Another set of tribal people live in the Pangi Valley. They are called the Bhots. These Bhots are a cross between Mongol and Aryan races. The Bhots follow the Hindu as well as Buddhist cultures.

This tribe practices Polygamy. One woman might be married to two of more brothers. The Gujjars too are found in these parts. They are followers of Islam. They depend on dairy products for their livelihood. One more tribe called the Dhogrias is indigenous to this region. They are found in Lakarmandi. They are different in terms of the way they make a living. They use underground kilns to burn wood and make coal.

Knowing Dalhousie

Are you looking for those good old days while enjoying the serenity and allure of a hill station? Don’t fret, Dalhousie is the place to go! Situated in the Chamba district of western Himachal Pradesh, it holds tremendous appeal. In Dalhousie you will have a feeling of being transported back in time. Dalhousie is spread over an area of 14 square kilometers over five hills. Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun combine to make Dalhousie. The town’s altitude varies from 1525 meters and 2378 meters. Covered under a blanket of flowering rhododendrons, deodars, pines and oaks, Dalhousie has a great aura about it. The beautiful churches and colonial style houses built here are sure to fascinate you. A beautiful sight of the plains is visible from here. The river Ravi winds its way through the landscape like a snake slithering on the land below. The Dhauladhar Mountains bathed in snow are simply mesmerizing.

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Dalhousie is actually named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Viceroy in India, who established this town in 1854. He was captivated by its aura and panorama. The tranquil environment is favorable for people looking to unwind and recuperate. The honeymooners too love this place for the privacy it offers them. If you are looking for modern facilities and lifestyle, this may not be the place for you.

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The weather could be quite deceptive as you will find it nice and warm in the mornings and mid-day but come evening and the weather will change drastically. The nights can be chilly so you need to pack suitable clothes for the occasion.

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You can approach Dalhousie via Pathankot, Chandigarh and Amritsar among others. It is a 2- 3 hour drive from Pathankot. Buses are available for Dehradun, Dharamshala, Chamba, Delhi and Pathankot to Dalhousie. Moreover, you could hire a taxi to bring you in from Pathankot. The fare is quite reasonable. You can get to Pathankot by train from different cities in India. You also have the choice to fly in all the way up to Pathankot.

There are several places you could trek trails here in Dalhousie. You could go on picnics at picnic spots and waterfalls, or even camping. Dalhousie is a great place to come close to and bond with nature as there isn’t much else to do. Your hotel might arrange a barbeque for you. Star-gazing is good way to spend some time as you feel pretty close to the stars. If you are looking to go to Khajjiar, your best mode of transport would be the ponies.

Map of Kullu Manali

Below is the map of Kullu and Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Move the scroller towards “+” to zoom in and “-” to zoom out.
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The tag is only of Manali in this map, however, Kullu is very close so there was no point putting 2 maps.
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Kullu and Manali videos

Manali Hill Station

One of the best videos of Manali hill station! Manali’s cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. It is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. It also offers hot springs, spectacular religious shrines and temples, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and trekking in the surrounding mountains.

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Rohtang Pass

Beautiful scenery of Rohtang Pass covered in snow.

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Hadimba Devi Temple

Comment: They have a festival at hadimba every year, called kali mata, in which they whack off the heads of many lambs, chickens, a couple pigs and a buffalo. It all goes into the pot (except the buffalo) and is cooked by the locals from manali, vasisht, and dhungri.

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Vashisht Hot Springs

Vashisht was Lakshman’s Guru in our epic Ramayana. He used to live around this area. This village has abudant supply of hot water from the Sulphur springs. The entire foreign crowd seems to be halting here at Vashisht, Manali for its both warm and pious.

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Adventure sports in Kullu Manali

The much sort after sport at Manali is skiing. You can be kitted for skiing at the Solang Nullah during the winter months of January to March while in the summers the Rohtang La is good. The institute of Mountaineering at Solang Nullah is considered to be pretty good. They also offer courses in kayaking for those interested in this sport. You could go kayaking in the Beas River. One could also opt for Heli skiing at the deep snowfields.

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Hiking is very popular in this region as the climate is pleasant and the panorama adds to the joy. If you are here especially for the trekking then the best path would be to begin at Solang Valley and proceeding to Dhundhi, from where you go on to Dussar Lake and carry on to Manali. The vista on this route is beyond belief. The wholesome winds and the uncontaminated environment transcend the senses. Normally this trek would take 5 days or so.

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In Manali you can find several good hiking trails. Hiking up the 12 kilometers of the western banks of the Beas to the Solang Valley is remarkable. Another 6 kilometer hike Lama Dugh meadow up the Manalsu Nala in the western part of Manali town can be very refreshing.

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One could also experience paragliding on the slopes of the Solang Nullah during the summers. Travel agents could arrange a trip for you that would comprise of lodging, boarding, equipments and a guide.

If you are in the area of Pirdi, you can partake of rafting down the Beas but that would be wholly dependant on the season. This is a 16 kilometers stretch descending to a place called Jhiri.

Those who enjoy fishing can obtain daily permits from the HPTDC at Patikhul, Kasol, Katrain and Kasol in the Kullu Valley.

Kullu Tourism – Kullu Manali

Just like Manali, Kullu too is a land of temples. Only 4 kilometers from Dhalpur, you will come to a small cave in which an idol of Goddess Vaishno Devi is preserved. A drive of 45 kilometers from Kullu will take you to Manikaran. Manikaran is well known for its hot springs. The water here is hot enough to cook rice, vegetables and lentils in it. And yet thousands of people take a holy dip in these hot waters. This place is a celebrated pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Sikhs alike. A Gurudwara is sited here aside from Ramchandra and Shivaji temples. You will be informed of a myth here about Lord Shiva and his celestial bride, Parvati, who lost her ear ring at this place. This caused the water on the banks of Parvati River to turn blistering hot. The priests at the temple will narrate an exciting tale to you.

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A drive 10 kilometers across the Beas River from Kullu will bring you to Bijli Mahadev temple. If you have the inclination and fortitude to conquer a mountain, you will arrive at an exquisite temple with a 60 feet high staff. There is a belief that the staff draws the blessings of God via this staff in the form of lightening. On the main road, 15 kilometers south of Kullu in Bajaura, the famous temple of Baheshwar Mahadev has fine stone carvings and sculptures.

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Kullu is well known for several fishing spots in the vicinity. Banjar, which is 58 kilometers south of Kullu is a great place for trout fishing in the river Tirthan. There’s a charming little village called Larji where trout can be caught. This is 34 kilometers from Kullu. The sight of the rivers Sainj and Tirthan conjoining before it meets with the Beas is quite lovely. Kasol is situated on the banks of the Parvati River. The sand here is amazingly white.

Naggar was the capital of Kullu for almost 1400 years. The scenic beauty here is beyond compare. A great many temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, Sundari and Tripura are found here. There is a quaint old fort which has been built around a courtyard with verandahs facing stupendous views over the valley. Inside the courtyard there is a small temple containing a slab of stone with an intriguing legend about how it was carried there by wild bees.

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On the hill above the castle is the Roerich Gallery. This is a fine old house with exhibits of the artwork of both Professor Nicholas Roerich and his son.

Manali Tourism – Kullu Manali

There are numerous Hindu and Tibetan temples and monasteries in this area. 700 meters from Sarsai, at Dashal village you will come across Gauri Shankar Temple. This is a 12th century monument. You will find apple orchards here. There is a temple called the Manu Maharishi Temple at Old Manali, which is 3 kilometers from Manali. This place is distinguished by its old guesthouses and orchards. The ruins of an old fort known as Manaligarh also lie here. The most celebrated temple here is the Hidimba temple. This is an old temple in a cave and it is devoted to Hidimba Devi. Cedar forests enfold this temple at the foot of the Himalayas. A huge rock jutting out of the ground was venerated as the image of the deity. This was created in the year 1553. A Buddhist monastery that functions solely on charity from the locals and by garnering money selling carpets made at the workshop within the establishment.

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The topmost point on the Manali-Keylong road is called Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is a popular place for tourists. Being as high as 13050 feet, this spot is cold even in summer. Set amid the peaks that reach out to the sky, this spot is like a gem set in a ring. You will find a small lake called Dassaur Lake in the vicinity. Rohtang Pass is closed in the winters due to heavy snowfall. About 16 kilometers from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass is a most enchanting sight you will ever come across. Behold your eyes for you will see the most mesmerizing Rahalla Falls at a height of 2501 meters above sea level. Traveling 13 kilometers northwest from Manali will bring you to Solang Pass, which is also known as Snow Point. There is a 300 meter ski lift here. Snow topped mountains and impressive glaciers are the attractions here.

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Initially Jagatsukh was the capital of Manali. Here you will find a temple devoted to Gayatri Devi that was constructed by the Pandavas.

In the Parvati Valley, which is about 86 kilometers from Manali, is the charming Manikaran. The chilly waters of the Parvati River and hot water springs run in tandem, here.

There’s a charming little hamlet called Vashisht 3 kilometers from Manali. Natural sulphur springs will greet you here. These springs are known for their medicinal properties. Modern bathhouses have tapped into these springs for use in Turkish style showers. You will also see a pair of quaint old temples in Vashisht. Obviously these temples are dedicated to Maharishi Vashisht.

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Lord Brahma had dispatched seven sages or seven celestial teachers to this planet to offer direction to human beings for thousands of years. One of them was Rishi Vashist, who was the most gifted and astute of them all. For thousands of years he assisted as royal priest and advisor to several kings. Vashisht means great in the Sanskrit language. The rest of the Rishis and Gods too respected him. He was humble despite his vast knowledge. He could be considered a super sage or Brahmarishi.