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.