Dalhousie Located in the outer slopes of hill Dhauladhar range is another important hill resort in the district Chamba. A number of picturesque walks run through the oak, pine and deodar forests around the town and offer excellent views of the Chenab, the Ravi and the Beas valleys. It is thicky wooded with stately pines and oaks and has lovely picnic spot all around. Dalhousie is the gateway to Chamba. Originally conceived as a sanitorium by its founder Lord Dalhousie, it is today one of the most quiet hill stations. Extending over an area of 13 sq. km., Dalhousie comprises five distinct hills, Balun, Kathlog, Petreyn, Tehra and Bakrota with heights ranging between 1,525 and 2,378 meters. It is known for its Church buildings and other landmarks erected by the British. The town has old Churches like St. John’sChurch (made in 1903 A.D.), and St. Patrick’s Church (1909 A.D.)
Best Season to Visit: is in the summer, and the peak tourist season is from May to September.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra), 140-km from Dalhousie.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Pathankot, which is well connected to Amritsar, Jammu, Delhi and Jalandhar.
By Road: Onward journey from Pathankot to Chamba and Dalhousie is by road. Punjab and Himachal Roadways run services, as do private operators.
Panjpulla: Just 2 km away from the town lays the ‘five bridges’ memorial, built in memory of Ajit Singh, one of India’s well-loved freedom fighters. A natural tank and creams give the spot a fitting serenity.
Jandhri Ghat: Around half a kilometer 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.
Kalatope: 5 Km from Dalhousie, Kalatope is a pleasant getaway, with a panoramic view, an enchanting palace, and a forest rest house. Kalatope is situated 10-km away from G.P.O. Square at an altitude of 8,000-ft. Walking along the secluded and forested road through upper Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi.
Bara Pathar: Set amidst thick forest is the small temple of Bhulwani Mata, in the village of Ahla, on the way to Kalatope. A fair is celebrated in July to venerate the goddess. It is 4 km away from the town.
Khajjiar: Just 27-km from Dhoudar the beautiful little plain of Khajjiar is one of the favourite retreats for visitors. The saucer-shaped meadow, ringed by pines, has a lake set in the middle, complete with a floating bland.