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The fall of the snowflakes
The beauty of the hills
The cool breeze which passes by
The cool breeze which passes by
Till you see it with your own eyes!.............

.. Its not a world apart but its also not from this world. Its just like the beautiful cake of the beauty of the nature with the topping of man made structures. Its a new exploit every time you visit it.(Make sure you have at least two to three days visit).

Flashback :
Named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Viceroy of India in 1854, it was a summer retreat for the British Troops. It goes back to the time when Punjab was annexed to British after 2nd World War. Lt. Col Napier who was enchanted with the beauty of the place in Chamba State, thought of giving it a true identity. And thus in the Dain Kund Range , at the western edge of Dauladhar range of Himalayas, a new town was built. Sir Donald McLeod suggested that it be given the name of Lord Dalhousie who was then the Viceroy of India.

Today it is one of the most sought after hill stations of India.

Its not a world apart but its also not from this world. Its just like the beautiful cake of the beauty of the nature with the topping of man made structures. Its a new exploit every time you visit it.(Make sure you have at least two to three days visit).

Fast Facts:
Language : Mizo, English, Hindi
Temperature : Winter - Below 0Deg C
Summer - Can reach upto 30Deg C
For those interested in sports activities like Skiing December to January.
Clothings : All round the year except the monsoon season (July to August)
Best Time to Visit : Otober to Mid December and Ferurary to Mid April

Chamba Lake
Dhogria Tribal Hamlet
For some the people of Dhogira Tribals have the smallest home huts in the world. For us these are the people who have kept their ages old traditions alive by living in the same manner their ancestors lived. A must see place in Dalhousie.

Kalatop Khajjiar Trail
Kalatop-Khajjiar Trail
The Highest Motorade Path in the World this Valley is the best place in the world for the bikers and the adventurous place. But mind it, there is no food and water in the entire Kalatop - Khajjair Path.

Dalhousie at its best

  • Terrace Farms : Something you will find to be unique in this land.
  • Pir Panjal Range : The beauty of the hills moves here in its true sense. Nature has bestowed this range with all its colors and charms. You love the beauty, simply forget yourself here.
  • Pangi Valley - A place well close to the heart of Noble Lauterate Rabindranath Tagore, its sceneric beauty will take you into another world.
  • Minjar Fair - Celebrated in the month of August every year this is the most sought after fair. Get into the world of Dalhousie people with this fair. Bhuri Singh Museum A store house of original pahari paintings (paintings of the rocks), its a retreat for any painter.
  • Satdhara - A collection of seven springs, its considered to be one of the Pilgrimage of Hindus.

Where and Why

The wild flowers, the forest flowers, the lower town, the Thandi Sarak, Garam sarak.... if I were to list out the places you can visit in Dalhousie, it will be a long list. Its a beautiful place and you will simply fall in love with. Despite a number of people living here, you will simply fall in love with the place. Its a place which was the inspiration for Rabindranath Tagore to make Shantiniketan in Calcutta (its about 140km from Kolkatta). A walk to the St. Francis Church and St. Pauls Church watching the day to day life of Dalhousie is a different experience in all.

A straight trip from Jalandhar via Ambala and Liudhiana I reached this land of beauty in the morning hours before the first sunlight. (You can also reach here by air the nearest airport being in Gaggal (Kangra), around 140 km from Dalhousie.

Not very far away from the Museum is the Kalatop-Khajjiar Trail. Its another place famous for its scenic beauty, you will find a number of people here especially in the evenings. When you go down from here there is this Dhogria Tribal Hamlet. Small huts with small people, a sort of rare view; you will enjoy being among them. Take some splendid photographs and then return to the valley.

There are a number of hotels, lodges, restaurants; all serving variety of food ranging from ethnic to continental and Chinese food. Most of them serve good food here and I tried one of them to cool down my hunger pang. On the Gandhi Chowk there is the Rajas Hunting Lodge. Roughly 2.5 km from Gandhi Chowk is the residence of the erstwhile Chamba ruler, whose family continues to stay here during summer.

The last but not the least is the Tibetan Market on the Gandhi Chowk. Here you will find a wide variety of Bhuddist Paintings, woolens, variety of copper and silver diyas. Shopping here can be a different experience in all. Nearby is the Handloom Crafts Center in the Poteryn Road. Its known for its Kullu and Chamba Shawls.

  • A cool place throughout the year it has a pleasant weather throughout. Don't take too much of clothings except in the monsoon time.
  • No permits are required for visiting Dalhousie. For further query ask your tour operator.
  • There is nothing much to worry about the food here but do get pre bookings at the hotel for rooms. Ask them if they permit stay extensions.
  • In the winters do take warm clothings as it has heavy snowfall in the months of Dec and Jan.
  • Book a hotel in advance and try to take a guided tour if on a individal tour. Or ask your travel to book a hotel for you in advance.

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