‘An intriguing colonial charm’
Dalhousie is a little English town in the maze of Indian suburbs. Its colonial charm blended with serene pines and rhododendrons intrigues every tourist. The town is a conjunction of five hills viz, Kathlog, Portreyers, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. The remains of British architecture are still breathing among these hills. Lord Dalhouise, former Governor General of British India, established his personal summer resort for his sojourns in these reaches, later the place was named after him. The hills and the moors are chiefly carpeted with Pine, Oak, Fir, Cedar, ban and Deodar trees. There are a few churches, built on Victorian chapel framework.
Thandi Sadak and Markets: Dalhousie Bazaar is a typical small town market. It spans around entire Thandi Sadak and you can buy so many nice souvenirs from several pawn shops. Markets around Subhash Chowk and on Pathaankot road are more suited for locals.
St. John’s Church: Built in 1863, the church is a beautiful example of stone masonry of those days. It is a strong robust structure, which appears like the body of God himself. Inside is calmer and helps you connect to yourself. Prior to 1863, the chapel was small and wooden. Rev. John H. Pratt enjoys the credit of converting the wooden frame into a permanent stone made Protestant Church.
St. Patrick Church: This, biggest church in Dalhousie, was built in 1909 by the most elite of British Indian Army officials on the apex of Balun Hill. She can accommodate hundreds of people and in the old days, its isles were flooded with people on Sunday services.
St. Andrew’s Church: On your way to St. Patrick’s Church, just before Tagore Chowk, you will see the beautiful steep roofed St. Andrew’s Church. It was built in 1903.
St. Francis Church: The church is a few steps from Subhash Chowk. It is rather a red brick monument, built in 1894. Presently, Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar manages entire functioning of church.
Kalatope: Kalatope reserve forest is a bite for walkers and trekkers. The region is full of exotic flora and fauna and provides a beautiful vantage point for entire landscape.
Khajjiar: Mini Switzerland of India, Khajjiar holds theatrical influence on the visitors. Its pastures and lake has been shot in several Bollywood movies. The place is flocked with newly wedded couples and families to enjoy eco-walk and horse riding.
Paragliding: Paraglidinbg take off point is hardly a few kilometres away from Dalhousie main road and paragliding is available for novice civilians at nominal prices.
Chamera Lake: There is a newly constructed dam and a massive reservoir at Chamera. Boating, fishing and bird watching are major things to do at Chamera Lake.
Chamba: Chamba town has a long list of places of interest such as Bhuri Singh Museum, Chowgaan, Raghunaath Temple, Palace, footwear market and many others.
How to reach Dalhousie…
BY AIR: The nearby airports are Gaggal, 140 km far and Satwari Airport in Jammu 106 km far.
BY RAIL: Nearest railway station is at Pathankot, 78 kms far from Dalhousie. Pathankot Railway Station is well connected to major cities in India including Delhi.
BY ROAD: Dalhousie is connected with national highway and have regular buses from major nearby towns including Dharamshala, Chamba and Pathankot. You may also drive yourself or hire a cab to reach Dalhousie as roads are fairly good.