Dalhousie is a high-altitude town spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain range in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It's home to colonial-era buildings, including St. Francis and St. John’s churches, which date back to the rule of the British Raj in the 1800s. A trek up Dainkund Peak leads to Pholani Devi Temple. To the north, Subhash Baoli is a peaceful area with pine trees and panoramic views.
Often nicknamed as the mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar is a small hill town located at 2000 meters above sea level at a short distance from Dalhousie. The town is surrounded by thick covers of deodar and pine trees and the Khajjiar Lake is one of the most amazing and serene picnic spots with the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas. Khajji Nag Temple built in the 12th century is also a famous attraction here.
Kalatop wildlife sanctuary
Thick deodar foliage, a plethora of wildlife, snowcapped mountains, carpets of verdant grasslands and easy on the eye streams of fresh water make up the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Popularly called the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, it is located in the picturesque hilly Chambal district of Himachal Pradesh. The name Kalatop means 'black cap', which probably refers to the thick black forest cover on the highest hilltop in the sanctuary. Situated few kilometres away from the Chamba dam and Chamera reservoir on the river Ravi, it is known to be rich in flora and fauna. Hundreds of small streams of freshwater empty themselves into the Ravi river to the north of the sanctuary. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect weekend getaway destination, with very few other places coming close to its natural charm.
The mountain’s highest point towers at a monolithic height of 2,745 meters above sea level. The Dainkund Peak is often termed as the singing hill. The top of the hill is occupied by the Indian Air force and is inaccessible without proper permits.
Panchpula is a perfect getaway to sample everything nature has to offer. It is surrounded by lush green forests, cascading waterfalls and scenic viewpoints. The abundance of water bodies here makes it the principal water source for Dalhousie and the nearby villages. There is a monument here too which celebrates the revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh.
A famous 5 kilometer uphill walk in Dalhousie, Ganji Pahari gets its name from the bald patch of the Barkota hills of the Himalayas. The place can be reached after a picturesque 1 hour walk from Dalhousie and provides some of the most amazing views of the surroundings. The freshness in the air at the top of Ganji Pahadi is intoxicating and is a perfect spot for an outing with family and friends.
An artificial lake and the site of The Chamera Dam,Chamera Lake is a sight to behold. Located on the outskirts of Dalhousie, this place is perfect for spending some quality time with your family or friends. The lake receives a continuous supply of water from Ravi river and the climate here remains just perfect all year around.
Satdhara means seven springs. The Satdhara Falls gets its name from being the waterfall that brings together the waters of the seven beautiful springs. This stunning place is situated in the Chamba valley, surrounded by fantastic views of snow-covered ranges, and fresh, green pine and deodar trees. The waters in these springs meet at a point 2036 meters above the sea and dive magnanimously in unison. This is the perfect place for people in search of some tranquillity in their hectic life. The water here is said to contain mica, which has medicinal properties to cure skin diseases. It is known as 'Gandhak' in the local language. The water here is clear crystal and serene.
St. Patrick's Church
Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.
Bakrota Hills or Upper Bakrota
This is the highest area in Dalhousie and is circled by a road called Bakrota walk which leads to Khajjar.With a handful of estates here, the area does not have too much to attract tourists but is ideal for strolls and to look around and enjoy the sceneries. The area is surrounded with deodar trees and hills all around.
The bustling and vibrant street of Gandhi Chowk is known as the lifeline of Dalhousie. If you want to buy unique handicrafts and experience local talent, then Gandhi Chowk in Dalhousie is the place for you. Also known as GPO, this place is filled with various markets and shops; ranging from The Tibetan Market, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium, Himachal Handloom and Crafts Centre and Tibetan Handicrafts Centre. There is a plethora of various small shops to fulfill your list of gift items. All the major buildings and hotels are situated here, at GPO.
St. John Church
This is the oldest church in the town and assumes not only religious significance but has much historical significance too.It also tends to be a favorite amongst photographers. A library neighbors the church, where one can find a lot of book about the past and the present of the town. The church performs service every Sunday.
The Mall Road of Dalhousie this shopping plaza has an assortment of small shops, roadside eateries, cages and bigger shops selling branded stuff.You can probably find anything that you would like in this market and get to rest your weary legs while chilling on some local cuisine.The highlight for me were the various shops selling softy’s of different varieties especially the mixed type.
Gandhi Chowk is the most famous and main attraction in Dalhousie. It is a shopping place because there are many different types of shopping material available. Formerly known as GPO, Gandhi Chowk is a spirited plaza with abundant bistros and shops.Among the many shops situated here is the Tibetan market is worth a visit as it sells multiple goods ranging from traditional handicrafts to electronic goods. There is a coffee shop known by the name of the Dalhousie cafe area, it is a rabble place filled with the visitors. During winters there is no place to stand up in the front of the shop. It is the main attraction for the tourists and local peoples.