Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governer General Lord Dalhousie. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. The town's varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrowns. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909.
Summer Season in Dalhousie lasts from mid-March to mid-June. In this season, temperature is moderate and thermometer fluctuates between 15.5 deg C and 25.5 deg C. Most of the tourists, especially from the plains of India, flock here in this weather only. When rest of India experiences hot and humid weather, Dalhousie remains pleasant and cool. Thus, people who want some respite from merciless hot temperature opt for the hill resort.
Monsoons Season in Dalhousie lasts from June to September. The place receives annual average rainfall of around 214 cm. After every rain, mountains give clean and shining semblance and become the most scenic. Monsoon season gives the best opportunity for newly married couples to go to Dalhousie for honeymoon, as weather become romantic and exhilarating.
Winters Season last from November to February. The winters are tough here. Being located at high altitude, the place experiences minus temperature in winters and even snowfall takes place during December and January. Hotels provide hefty discounts to travelers in winter, which is an added advantage if you want to save some money on your accommodation.
Clothing: Winter - Heavy Woollens, Summer - Light Woollens and tropical
HDFC, SBI, PNB have their bank Branch and ATM in Dalhousie. Conversion of currency is possible at HDFC and PNB.
The Post Office is also located at the G.P.O. It remains open from 10a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dalhousie has one Civil Hospital managed by the H.P State Government, there are few chemist shops in Dalhousie, one is at G.P.O and two at Subash Chownk.
There are only a few travel agencies in Dalhousie and are not very efficient
Taxi services are provided by the Dalhousie Taxi Union having their offices at G.P.O, Subash Chownk & Bus Stand.
There are two world renowned Public Schools, Dalhousie Public School and Sacred Heart School.
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Distances from Dalhousie
As Shimla finds its focus in the mall, in Dalhousie action gravitates in the evening to the G.P.O. which presents a riot of colours and activity. Sometimes it even becomes difficult to surge ahead without jostling and elbowing. Most of the good eateries and handicraft emporia, hotels and of course the ever attractive Tibetan market are all around the G.P.O. There is a library and a reading room at the G.P.O. for the convenience of the tourists.
This Church stands on the Gandhi Chowk. This Church was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded. Prior to 1863 a wooden structure stood at this place. The idea to build a stone structure took birth with the arrival of Rev. John H. Pratt who came to Dalhousie on 11-04-1863 and inspired the Christian community to build a permanent church building at this place. Building of this church is a copy of Roman Catholics Church of England but this church belongs to Protestants.
This Catholic Church is a very prominent monument on the Subhash Chowk. 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 Cathoilic Diocese of Jalandhar. St. Francis' Church on Prtrain 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 every Sunday.
It means five bridges. It is a picturesque spot with water flowing under the five small bridges. A samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of Bhagat Singh, adds to its importance. A small fresh water spring Satdhara is close by. There is also a water fall at Panjpulla.
Kalatop is 10 kms from G.P.O. at an altitude of 8000 feet. Walking along the secluded and forested road through upper Nakorota hills, one reaches Lakkarmandi. Between G.P.O. and Lakkarmandi lies the Dalhousie water system, Tibetan Handicraft Centre and Dalhousie Potato Farm at Ahla. Lakkarmandi is nestled between 8600 feet high DayanKund peak on its
Dainkund is 10 km from Dalhousie. On a clear day this tall peak (2745 m) affords a birds eye-view of the hills, verdant valleys and the Beas, Ravi and Chenab rivers threading their silvery passage down to the plains.
Khajjiar is often reffered to as "Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh". The lush green meadows are surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. Grazing herds of sheep, goats and other milch cattle present a prefect pastoral scenery. There is a small lake in the center of the saucer shaped meadow which has in it a floating island.
The town stands on a plateau on the right bank of the Ravi river valley between Dhauladhar and Zanskar ranges south of the inner Himalayas. This town was founded by Raja Sahil Varman when he conquered the lower Rani valley from the petty chiefs called Ranas and Thakurs in the beginning of 10th Century. It seems the original name of the town was Champa as mentioned in Kalhan's Rajtarangani
Bhuri Singh Museum at Chamba opened formally on 14-09-1908, it is named after Raja Bhuri Singh who ruled Chamba from 1904 to 1919. Bhuri Singh donated his family collection of paintings to the museum. The idea to open a public museum came from J. Ph. Vogel, an eminent Indologist who was serving A.S.I. and who through an intensive exploration had discovered, read and analyzed old inscriptions dispersed far and wide in the territory of Chamba state.
Lakshmi Narayana Temple, which is the main temple of Chamba town was built by Sahil Varman in the 10th century AD. The temple has been built in the Shikhara style. The temple consists of Bimana i.e. Shikhara and GarbhGriha with a small antralya. Laxmi Narayana Temple has a mandapa like structure also. The wooden Chhattries, the shell roof, atop the temple were in response to the local climatic conditions as a protection against snowfall.
Boating Point located at Taleru is at a distance of 30 km and is one of the most secnic sight of Dalhousie. This sight offers to explore the most beautiful backwaters of Chamba Valley. The Chamera Dam Lake is one of the modern engineering marvel of the State of Himachal Pradesh, as also provides an oppurtuinity to have a exiting boating trip around the magnaficiant lake.
Sach Pass located at a height of about 4414 meters (14,478 feet) from the sea level. Sach Pass is most frequently used by the local people, officials serving in Pangi and also by the shepherds. There is a motorable road across Sach Pass, and is in good shape. At the top of the Pass, vision extends to the rivers of the plain to the south. Limitless charm beholds the eye on the top.
Bharmour, east of Chamba, also called Gadderan "the home of gaddis" was the former capital of the rulers of Chamba. It is famous for the temple complex Chaurasi, a cluster of eighty-four temples. Bharmour is known for its scenic beauty and for its ancient temples. Some of temples are believed to be existing from 10th century. As the whole country around Bharmour is supposed to belong to lord Shiva, it is popularly spoken of as Shiva Bhumi, abode of lord Shiva. Bharmour also offers exiting opportunities of short easy trek. In fact once can visit several villages by undertaking these treks, which are more like long walks, and study the lifestyle of Gaddis, the nomadic shepherds.
Manimesh Lake with Manimesh Kailash rising above it is a popular pilgrimage destination near Bharmour. Thousands of devotees have a holy dip in the lake on Janamashtami and Radha Astami (August / September). From Bharmour to Hadsar (thirteen kilometers) there is a motor road after which the pilgrims have to trek to the lake.
Life in Bharmaur centres around the temple square-Chaurasia, which owes its name to the 84 shrines built within its periphery. The beautiful shikhara of Manimahesh temple dominates the square. A life-size image of Nandi in polished brass stands before it.
This place 34-km away from Bharmaur is at a height of 4,170m and is an important place of pilgrimage. The view of the towering peak of the Manimahesh Kailash (5,656m) and its mirror image in still waters of a little lake are quite fascinating. Bands of pilgrims wend their way up the arduous track to bathe in the icy lake and to worship at the little temple there. Thousands of people come for the main pilgrimage, the Manimahesh Yatra in the months of August / September.
The Shakti Devi temple in Bharmour is of great archaeological importance. This place is 40-km away from Bharmaur and 45-km from Chamba via road. The village is inhabited mostly by the Gaddies who are semi-postral lot, engaged in rearing of sheep and goats. Situated at a height of 6,000 feet, it's famous for its remarkable hill-style temple of Shakti Devi. The temple of Chhatrari is regarded as one of the holiest ones competing with well-known temples of "Lakshna Devi" at Bharmour and of "Bhawani" at Kangra.
The last inhabited village of Bharmaur is not too far from the Kugti Pass (5,040 m) and is on the challenging trail from Bharmaur to Keylong. Overlooking splendid forests of conifer, Kugti has a little forest resthouse too. The famous temple of Keylong Wazir is just 2-km away from here.
Holi is a separate valley within Bharmour. Located south of Bharmour on the bank of river Ravi, Holi is more open and picturesque. Administratively it is a separate sub-tehsil. The trout farm located slightly away from the main town is worth a visit.
Holi is the starting point of main treks. Treks across passes in Dhauladhar namely Jalsu, Waru, Talang, Kundli, Bhimgasutri can be started from here. One can also venture into Bara Bhangal the source of river raci and the landlocked area of Kangra District. From Bara Bangal there are options to reach Billing/Bir/Barot after crossing the Thamsar Pass.
Kawarsi is one of the remotest village of the Bharmour valley. In fact, even the mules cannot reach Kawarsi as the path is narrow at places. The journey to Kawarsi is a complete adventure in itself.
Laakewali Mata is one the most acient temple of the Bharmour valley. This temple is situated at a distance of 24KM from Holi towards Nayagram. There is a procession (Jatar) organized by the local people in the month of August every year and attracts lot of local peoples. The procession is one of the most color full gathering of local peoples
Kiur Dall is small lake, situated at the ridge. During this trek one goes though the rich wildlife areas well known for leopard, monals and wild goats. This is one of the best birding site of the Himalayas and have majestic view of might Dhauladhar.
Jumhar is connected by a motor road, is loacted on the ridge above Chamba town. It's a good place to camp amidst apple orchards and deodar tresss. This place has a picturesque location and offers some of the best view of Chamba Valley. The journey is very exiting and offers breathtaking views of the Ravi valley.
Jumhar has not yet devloped from the tourism point of view but if you enjoy the nature, Jumhar is the palce to be.
There are many apple orchards in the Jumhar village, there are various other fruit bearing tress grown in the Jumhar region. There is also a small temple dedicated to Snake God Known as "Nag Mandir"
Twenty kms from Chamba is the village of Saho on the right bank of Sal river. The village is situated on a high plateau of great beauty. Saho is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Chandra Shekhra i.e. the moon-crowned God, Shiva. The temple is hidden behind the locality in a tree grove. Two magnificent images of Shiva can be seen at the entrance and a huge Shivaling is enshrined in the sanctum. Facing the temple is a life size Nandi bull carved with fine details.
During summer Saho wears a golden mantle of wheat crop and in August / September the fields are lush green with paddy crop. The spring water of Saho is supposed to have medicinal value.
According to Sarahan Prasasti, "The temple was constructed by Stayaki, a local Rana in order to establish friendship between his wife Somprabha and the daughter Parvati". It is believed that the temple belongs to a period earlier than transfer of seat of power from Bharmour to Chamba in 10th century. In the month of August/ September a mela is held in the compound of the temple. This mela coincides with Manimahesh Yatra.