Famous Places and Places to visit in and around Dalhousie:-
St. Andrew's Church:- St. Andrew's Church commonly known as the Church of
Scotland was built in the year 1903 at Balloon by Protestant Christians. The Church
is approximately one and half kms. from Dalhousie's bus stand. The Church building
is in good condition, recently a brick boundary wall has been erected around it to
save the building from mischief mongers.
St. Patrick's Church:- This Church is situated in Balloon, Dalhousie
Cant., on Military Hospital road approximately 2 kms. from main bus stand. St.
Patrick's Church is the largest church in Dalhousie having a seating capacity
of 300 persons in its main hall. The Church was built in the year 1909 and the
dressed-stone building is still in good condition. This Church was built
exclusively from contribution made by officers and ranks of the British Army.
At present the Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of
St. Francis' Church:- This Catholic Church is a very prominent
monument on the Subhash Chownk. This Church was built in the year 1894
from the contributions made by Army and Civil Officers and Civilians.
This Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of
Jullandhar. St. Francis' Church on Pertain hill is believed to have been
built on the lines of a certain church in England. Beautiful glass work
and intricate stone work can be seen in the Church. Service is conducted
St. John's Church:- This Church stands on the Gandhi Chownk
approximately 2 kms. from the main bus stand of Dalhousie. This Church
was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded.
The church building stands in a good condition but its surroundings
demand much better care. Service is conducted on every Sunday.
Bakrota Hills:-( 2,085 meters 4.8 km ) The fascinating
and bewitching Bakrota Hills offer to the tourists the brisk walk
round the hills besides a grand view of snow-clad peaks.
Panjphulla:- (4 km.) Sardar Ajit Singh, a great freedom
fighter, breathed his last on the day India gained independence,
15th August, 1947. His 'Samadhi' is located at Dalhousie's Panjphulla,
a picturesque spot with a natural tank and water flowing under small
bridges from which the place takes its name. Sardar Ajit Singh was the
uncle of martyr Bhagat Singh. At Panjphulla, there is a 'Samarak'
in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh. On the way to Panjphulla is
Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain
some medicinal properties. Panjphulla stream is the main source of
water supply to Dalhousie and Balloon. The stream springs from the
north side of Dain Kund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the
waterworks of Panjphulla.
Subhash Baoli:-( 1.6 km. ) A lovely spot for picnic,
commanding a good view of snow covered hills. This has been named
after the indomitable man of Indian politics, before the independence
days, Shri Subhash Chandra Bose. It is said that he used to drink
water from this place during his stay in
Jandri Ghat:-( 2 km. ) place of the rulers of erstwhile
Chamba State, is located and surrounded by tall pine trees, is a
place worth visiting. It was once one of the favorite places for the
rulers of Chamba as this place has a spacious residence built in
1871 to be used as a summer residence by Chamba Rajas. It is still
in occupation of Royal House of Chamba. It commands a panoramic view
of surrounding hills.
Dain Kund:-( 2,745 meters 10 km. ) This is a towering and
beautiful peak which offers panoramic views specially on a clear
day, of the three main rivers - Beas, Ravi and Chenab and gives you the feeling
of being at the top of the world. The view from top is breathtaking.
On a clear day, you can have the bird's eye view of the three main
rivers - Beas, Ravi and Chenab from here. It is rare and you should
bring a binocular with you to truly enjoy the panoramic views.
You can also trek down through some outskirts (called Pagdandi)
to enjoy the wilderness. You can clearly notice a deep quietness
in the environment all around you. It is right that Dalhousie is
the quiet most tourist place in India yet so full of life.
Kalatop:-( 2,440 meters 8.5 km. ) The spot commands a
beautiful and grand panoramic view of the surrounding landscape
and eye travels wide over hill and dale, field and forest, smooth
and ruggedness, till in the direction of Jammu and Kashmir,
it meets a horizon of snow peaks. On the left side is the
photograph of the Kalatop Rest House. Kalatop experiences heavy
snowfall during winter and therefore should be visited during
summer or before December. And not to mention the deep
quietness in the environment that is one of the main features
Khajjiar:-( 2000 meters ) 24 km. ) A little out of
Dalhousie is a beautiful, charming retreat that makes an ideal
day excursion or even an overnight visit. Far from any major town,
this tranquil spot has a small lake in the centre, on which is a
floating island. The local people hold the lake for in legend, it
is associated with Khajjinag, the deity that is enshrined in the
temple here. The temple here has a golden dome.
Chamba:-(1006 meters 52 km.) Chamba is the most
attractive and ideal valley for various types of tourism. It
is situated at 996mts in the bosoms of the Himalayan Mountains
on the bank of the Ravi River and is known for its scenic beauty,
landscapes. the valley has its own cultural heritage with rich art
and culture due to cool climate and peace atmosphere, considerable
flow of tourist from all parts of country and abroad poured into
the valley to see its glamour. conjures up picture of distant
land known for enchanting folklore unspoiled life style and
cultural heritage, at once, unique and abundant. The landscape
with its rugged beauty beckons the restless spirit.
Bharmour:-( 2,195 meters 121 km. ) Bharmour was the
original capital of the state of Chamba. It has several ancient
temples and monuments that reflect its erstwhile glory. Some of
the important temples are of - Manimahesh, Lakshna Devi, Ganesh
and Nar Singh. This region is also home to Semi-nomadic Shepherds,
the Gaddis. Once called Brahmpura, still retains its 84 ( Chaurasi )
ancient temples and the monuments of its one time glory, some of which
date back to the 7th century A.D. As the ancient capital of Chamba
State for probably four hundred years, Bharmour proper is now the
headquarters of Bharmour sub- division. The site Kothi destroyed
in the earthquake of 4th April 1905, was believed to occupy the
site of old places. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the
Budhil valley (32' 26" and 76' 32" E), forty miles to the south-
east of Chamba, Bharmour is known not only for its scenic beauty
but also for ancient temples.
Rock Garden:-(17 km.) Rock Garden is situated in the
way of Chamba and Dalhousie. The Rock Garden is beautifully
designed and constructed with the stones with the natural
water flowing inside the garden. there is also a restaurant
for enjoying the natural view of Rock Garden any one can enjoy
the nature and the beauty of Rock in Rock Garden
Chamera Lake:-(36 km.) This is the reservoir of the
Chamera dam built over the river Ravi. Chamera lake is an artificial
lake came into existence as a consequence of Chamera Hydroelectric
project. The Dam site is 36 kms from Dalhousie and located at a
height of approximately 892 meters above sea level. At its top
the Dam is 765 meters High. The Dam site enjoy very sharp
fluctuations in climate between April to June. During the
day it can get very hot (around 35 degree centigrade) though
by the evening, temperatures fall to between 18 to 20 degree
centigrade. Between July and September the area is with heavy
rainfall and temperatures vary below 20 to 26 centigrade during the day
and 8 to 12 centigrade at night time. The project area enjoys a
maximum of around 15 degree centigrade between October and December
and some times the temperature are known to fall below freezing point.
Pangi Valley:-(105 km. from Dalhousie via Chamba) Pangi
valley is a rugged country, severe in its topography, with high
steep mountains and little vegetation. Pangi is the house of beautiful
people and of colorful folk dances. The headquarters of the
Pangi Sub-Division is at 'Killar' located in deep, narrow hills
by the Chenab river.
Bhalai:-(63 km.) The Bhalai is only know for the temple
of Bhader kali popularly known as Shri Bhalai Mata is located on
a beautiful square of 3800 feet height at a place called Bhalai
which is now a sub-Tehsil headquarters. The temple can be
approached either from Chamba or from Dalhousie side and
is at a distance of 40 kilometers from Chamba and 35 kilometers
from Dalhousie. The deity is in the front of an image of black
stone of two feet height and is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum
of the temple. Bhader Kali draw a large number of pilgrims from far
and wide. A big havan ceremony is performed during navratras of
Ashwin and Chait months. The temple of Bhader Kali seems to have
been built originally by Raja Partap Singh during his reign. He
was a religiously disposed king and has to his credit construction,
repair and renovation of many temples in the district. The legend is
that the deity appeared to Raja Partap Singh in dream and told him
that she was lying hidden in a place called Bhran about
three kilometers from the present site of temple.
Sahoo:-(67 km.) The Sahoo is only know for Chandrasekhar
Temple at Sahoo and for Apple Orchards. There is a beautiful temple
devoted to Lord Chandershekhar in the heart of Sahoo village.
According to one belief , this temple was constructed by Raja Sahil
Varman and according to the other belief, the temple was constructed
by Satyaki, the son of King Bhagota. the inscription on a
slab discovered from the village now preserved in Bhuri Singh Museum
in Chamba town unfolds that Satyaki had married to Somprabha, a
daughter of Kishkindha royal family. Kishkindha finds mention
in Ramayana as the realm of the monkey king Sugriva but here it
denotes Himgiri pargana. Satyaki is said to have built this temple
to establish unshaken friendship between Somprabha and mountain
Sarol:-(60 km. ) A picnic spot in a landscaped garden
on the left bank of Ravi river. A tourist can get lot of
information and also pleasure in visiting the sprawling
horticulture farm, with many species of Cirrus plants,
Sheep breeding farm, Poultry farm, Bee keeping farm and
canning unit of Sarol.
Salooni:-(56 km.) with an excellent views of
the surrounding hills, Salooni is located on a ridge at
the entrance to Bhandal valley.
Bhandal:-( 78 km. ) A lush green place, this
is the meeting point for the borders of Himachal Pradesh
and Jammu and Kashmir.
Surgani:-(67 km.) A place where the Lavender
Crop is used as the main source of Agriculture and the
Lavender is directly purchased by the foreign visitors
directly from the village. One should
go to watch the Lavender Crop there.
Sanctuary Area in Khajjiar:- Kalatop Khajjiar
Sanctuary :Altitude : varies from 1185 meters to 2768 meters.
Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 800 mm. Temperature:
varies from -10 to 35°C. Area : 2,026.89 hectares
( 20.27 sq. km.) Location: 13 km. from Dalhousie
Approaches : Dalhousie to Lakkar Mandi (inside the sanctuary 10km.)
then to Kalatop 3km.This small sanctuary lies in the catchments
of the Ravi River, and contains patches of good coniferous and Oak
forests. A lovely bowl-shaped meadow at Khajjiar, with a lake and a
‘floating’ island, is a popular tourist spot. There is a ‘golden’ domed
temple at the edge of this meadow, dedicated to the deity ‘Khajjinag’,
from whom the area derives its name. Kalatop place commands a beautiful
and grand panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and eye
travels wide over hill and dale, field and forest, smooth and
ruggedness, till in the direction of Jammu and Kashmir, it meets
a horizon of snow peaks. A motor able road to Kalatop Rest House
leads from the Dalhousie to Khajjiar to Chamba road at the
point named Lakkar Mandi. The track from Lakkar Mandi to Kalatop
Rest House is plain and the walk through the dense forest is
amazingly refreshing. To obtain permission to ply the vehicle
and stay in Rest House, one can contact Divisional Forest Officer,
Wildlife, Chamba. Flora Mixed blue pine and Deodar forest with
some green oak and Fauna (Mammals) Himalayan
Black Bear, Brown Bear, Leopard, Cat, barking Deer, Goral, Jackal,
Laungur, Marten, Kashmiri and common giant flying Squirrel
How to Get There:- Delhi to Sonipat-Karnal-Kurukshetra-
Ambala -Ludhiana-Jullander- Bhogpur- Mukerian- Damtal- Pathankot- Chakki-
Air and Train Route:-The nearest Airport is is Gaggal
(Kangra) 135 km., Pathankot (80km.), Jammu (200 km.) and Amritsar
(191 km.) and The nearest Railway station is at Pathankot/ Chakki Bank
Railway Station (80 km.), Amritsar(200km.), Jullandhar(200km.).
From the mouth of History:-The late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has
said "One of the finest hill stations in India is Dalhousie from
the point of view of beauty, climate and agreeable surroundings.
For my part, I would rather go to Dalhousie than almost any hill
station in India, Kashmir apart". The key features of Dalhousie
are the gorgeous valleys, level walks on the Mall roads and
interesting tracks amidst the dense forests. On a clear day, you
can see the three rivers, the Satluj, Beas and Ravi, meandering
down the beautiful valleys.