Dalhousie- One of the Paradise in Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie: Beauty Due to Dalhousie Weather

Dalhousie

Dalhousie, a mesmerizing place due to Dalhousie weather, lies in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The tranquil town rests close to Dhauladhar Mountain Range. The people seeking peace and tranquility must visit Dalhousie that lies at the height of 1970 m. By the way, Dalhousie has been named after Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General and it was a summer retreat for officials and troops. Overall Dalhousie weather makes the place more beautiful.

Generally, the area is developed as there are buildings of the colonial era. Even there are beautiful churches like St. John and St. Francis. Undoubtedly, they seem to be built in the 1800s when the British Government rules over India.

Even the trekking lovers can enjoy trekking here as they can trek to the Dainkund Peak. When you see towards the north you will see Subhash Baoli, where you can get a chance to witness a panoramic view of the peaceful beauty. You will get a chance to see ancient temples, rich art, culture, and locally crafted handicrafts. In short, you will enjoy the beauty of the place.

Khajjiar- A Beautiful Spot Near Dalhousie

Khajjiar, Khajjiar lake, Dalhousie
Khajjiar lake

People also call Khajjiar as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’. Though it is a tiny town, it is a perfect combination of forests, lakes, and pastures near Dalhousie.

The town lies at 6,500 feet and Mother Nature fills it with mesmerizing beauty. So the Khajjiar has influenced lots of kingdoms, includes the Rajputs & Mughals. Even the tourists are highly impressed seeing the beauty of the place. Undoubtedly, there is a nine-hole golf course in khajjiar, this beautiful golf course lies in the midst of lush greenery and breathtaking landscape.

It is a tiny plateau with a tiny lake. Certainly, tourists love to visit here very much due to its extreme beauty- due to weather in Dalhousie.

Let’s talk about the activities you can do paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking, etc. Sometimes the heavy snowfall blocks the way to Khajjiar. Thus Snowfall lovers also can visit here to make their wish come true.

Distance from City Centre – 1 km

Entry Fee – Free

Satdhara Falls; Beautiful Falls near Dalhousie

Satdhara Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls, rests at the height of 2035 m from sea level. Generally, the tourists get a chance to enjoy the tranquil environment and extremely beautiful climate. Generally, Satdhara Falls is a blend of seven streams. Surprisingly, the people say that the water of the Falls has magical healing powers.

By the way, the Satdhara falls lie on the Panchpula route and the tourists love to be here with their family, friends, and loved ones. If you are looking to visit the places around Dalhousie you must visit here and enjoy Dalhousie weather. Generally, it is the best spot for a picnic with family friends, and loved ones.

Where: Near Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Dalhousie

Activities and attractions: Picnic spot, Photography, Sightseeing.

Panchpula- An Extremely Beautiful Picnic Spot Near Dalhousie

Panchpula
Panchpula- Google Image- Image by Anuj Kumar Garg

When you are in Dalhousie, you must visit Panchpula. By the way, Panchpula lies 3 kilometers far from Dalhousie. Generally, the place attracts tourists so much that people come here for a picnic. Even you get a chance to witness mesmeric views of the surroundings. Kindly, visit the Samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh, a great revolutionary. Even you should enjoy the local cuisine. Certainly, the weather in Dalhousie makes it extremely beautiful.

Where: Pathankot Rd, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh

When: 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Activities: Picnic Spot, Sightseeing

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Kalatop Khajjiar Wild Life Sanctuary
Kalatop Khajjiar Wild Life Sanctuary- Google Image- Image by Vishrutpanday

If you want to witness a breathtaking combination of snow-covered mountains, rich wildlife, lush grasslands, white water streams, the jungle of thick deodar trees, etc., you must visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary that lies in Chamba district. Because there is the lush black cover of the forest on the highest hilltop of the sanctuary, so it is known as Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Generally, Kalatop is a “black cap”, which is named due to the lust black cover of the forest on the spot.

If you want to reach here, you will have to travel for a few kilometers from the Chamera Reservoir and the Chamba Dam. Even you must visit both- Chamera Reservoir and Chamba Dam.

By the way, the Sanctuary is as big as 30.62 square km. There are animals like- Jackals, mountain cats, Himalayan black bears, leopards, etc. When we talk about the birds in the Sanctuary, there are over 120 kinds of species- Himalayan Monal, Asian Koala, Eurasian Jay, Khalij Pheasant, and various others. Undoubtedly, Dalhousie Weather renders amazing beauty to the place.

Not only this, but the place is ideal for hiking and trekking. Thus the tourists come here while seeking adventure activities. Even you will get an amazing and breathtaking view of the Pir Panjal Range. Undoubtedly, there are also blue pine and deodar forests.

Distance from Center Centre– 4 kilometers

Entry Fee: Free. But forest reserve entry permit costs is INR 2500-

How long will it take to Explore the Place: 2 to 3 Hours

Visiting Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Dainkund Peak; The Highest Peak in Dalhousie.

Dainkund Peak
Dainkund Peak- Google Image- Image by Mayuresham

If you are at Dalhousie, you should visit Dainkund Peak, the highest peak in Dalhousie. Generally, it lies at the height of 2755 meters that lies around 10 km far from the town. When you are at the peak you will see the scenic beauty that makes the surroundings extremely beautiful. Even you will see the hilly rivers, lush green forests, and other things.

People call it Singing Hill because the wind keeps on blowing across the trees that make sweet music. Even those who love camping can camp here and enjoy the night. So if you love adventure, you will love the location very much.

Distance From City Centre – 5 km

Entry Fee – Free

How long will it take to Explore the Place – 2 to 3 Hours

Bakrota Hills

Generally, Bakrota Hills gets a place on the list of every tourist. Since it is just 5km far away from the town of Dalhousie, one can reach here easily. Surely, the place is full of natural beauty so you will have a chance to witness a scenic view of serene landscapes and lush green oak, pine, and deodar trees.

Not only this, but you will get a chance to see the glorious beauty of snow-capped mountains but you also will experience trekking here. While walking the Bakrota Hills you will feel the fresh air and breathtaking natural beauty over there.

Where: Dalhousie Khajjiar Rd, Potato Development Centre, Ahla, Catchment Ala

How to reach: When you’re in Dalhousie hire a taxi, bike, or car, you will visit Bakrota Hills easily. Generally, you’ll have to pay between 800-1000. Even the local transport is available there use the local buses from Dalhousie to reach Bakrota Hills. Just pay around 150/- per ticket and you will be there.

Subhash Baoli

If you want to connect with the history, you must visit Subhash Baoli. By the way, it has been named after Subhash Chandra Bose, a brave and famous freedom fighter of India. Even there is a perennial spring about which people believe that its water has successfully healed the poor health of the freedom fighters.

Not on this, but the place is also extremely beautiful. Because of its breathtaking beauty, you can see and enjoy the mesmerizing views, greenery, and snow-capped Himalayas.

Gandhi Chowk at Dalhousie is around one km from Subhash Baoli. Casually, tourists can take a stroll and enjoy the nature surrounding them.

Distance from City Centre: 5 km

Entry Fee: No entry fee.

Ideal Time to Explore the Place: 1 to 2 Hour

Visiting Hours: 24 Hrs

Chamba; A Medieval Town Near Dalhousie

Chamba, Dalhousie
Chamba- Image Source- Image by Varun Shiv Kapur

Chamba, a medieval town, lies at a little distance from Dalhousie. Surprisingly, nature has created beautiful scenery having lush green hills and a pristine river. Due to the local folklore, Dalhousie weather and the mystical temples, the place becomes more attractive and beautiful.

When you are here you must visit Bhuri Singh Museum, a renowned ancient museum. Generally, inscriptions, paintings, and other things will tell you more about ancient history.

Even you must visit the old palace, the Rang Mahal which lies in the district.

Distance From City Centre: 14 km

Entry Fee: Free

Ganji Pahari

Generally, Ganji Pahari stands for ‘bald hill’. Due to being a picnic spot near Dalhousie, people come here to enjoy and spend their time. Generally, hills are green because of the jungles on them, but the people call it Ganji Pahari because there are no woods and vegetation over the hill.

Ganji Pahari, the small hill, lies on Pathankot Road and is around 5 km from the Dalhousie.

Though Ganji Pahari is a bald hill, still it offers a naturally beautiful picnic spot and mesmerizing views of the surroundings. Even those who want to enjoy the camping activity can camp over here. Naturally, the spot is as beautiful as will offer you fresh air and extremely beautiful mountains.

If you are here during the winter season, you will get a chance to experience white beauty here as the snow covers the hill. Even the trekkers can enjoy here, the trekking level is moderate and it takes around 40-50 minutes to be at the Ganji Pahari. Let me suggest you that don’t forget to bring your snacks and eatables along with you as you will find no hotel or restaurant here.

Where: Ganji Pahari, Pathankot Road, Dalhousie.

Entry Fee: Free

How to reach:

Since the hill lies 5 km far from the town of Dalhousie. If you are a trekker, it may take almost one hour to be there. But if you are not a trekker, you may either take a local bus or hire a car or bike. Please keep in mind that the frequency of busses is very low and the timing is also not certain. Another source of transport is pony rides.

Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing

Sach Pass

Sach Pass
Sach Pass- Image Source- Image by Travelling Slacker

Sach Pass sits at the height of 14,500 feet and it lies in the town of Sach in Chamba District. The Sach town is around 15 km away from Killar. By the way, the trekking trails here are exceptional and they lead to the remotest and the most enthralling Pangi Valley.

Due to the breathtaking beauty of the Valley, you will get a chance to see a picturesque landscape and rugged terrains. Even there are various options for trekking lovers. Even the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful Dalhousie weather.

The trekking trail of Sach Pass will take you through thick forests, snow-clad hills, and lush green plantations.

Thus it becomes one of the favorite places for trekkers and thrill-seekers near Dalhousie.

Where: Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh

Activities and attractions: Trekking, road trip, photography, sightseeing.

Chamera Lake

Chamera Lake
Chamera Lake- Image Source- Image by Amit J Sangekar

Chamera Lake lies at the height of 763 m in the Chamba district. Undoubtedly, it is a tourists destination. By the way, the distance between Dalhousie and Chamera Lake is about 30 km. Generally, adrenaline junkies love to spend their time here.

When you are in Dalhousie and think about spending a peaceful time, you must visit here. Even you can enjoy the beautiful sunset here. Undoubtedly, you will admire the place.The peaceful weather in Dalhousie makes it more attractive.

Location: 25 km far from Dalhousie.

Activities: Sightseeing, Boating, Fishing, and other Watersports

Mall Road

Basically, Mall Road is a common shopping spot found in almost all the hill stations in India. The Mall Road in Dalhousie opens at 10 O’clock in the morning and closes at 9 O’clock in the night. Generally, you will see banks, hotels, inns, bars, clubs, and restaurants on Mall Road here. Undoubtedly, those who visit here love to pass their time while walking across the Mall Road.

Surely, you love to walk with your friends and buy unique hand-woven items. Not only this, but you may also buy other gifts for your loved ones.

Where: Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie

When: 10 AM to 9 PM

Laxmi Narayan Temple, Dalhousie

Basically, there are many places to visit in Dalhousie, but Laxmi Narayan Temple is somewhat different. Surely, the kings of Chamba got it built in Shikhara style. Certainly, its architecture is so beautiful that it attracts people easily.

The temple lies in the Chamba district and it is of the favorite destinations for a vacation in Dalhousie. Basically, there are 3 sanctums- Gauri Shankar Temple, Shiva Temple of Chander Gupta, and Radha Krishna Temple.

When: Sadar Bazaar, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

When: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

Activities: Sightseeing, Place of Worship

Bara Pather

Bara Pather, a very popular destination in the town of Ahla, lies in near General Post Office, Dalhousie.  When you are on your way to the Kalatop Sanctuary take a short stay and go to Bara Pather. The place lies amidst the jungle and even Bhulwani Mata Temple rests there.

By the way, the distance between the temple and Dalhousie Waterworks is around 60 meters. Naturally the place is extremely beautiful. Thus it attracts the people very much.

Where: 4 KM From Dalhousie, On The Way To Kalatop.

When: 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

Activities: Sightseeing

Rang Mahal; A Unique Blend of British and Mughal Architechure in Dalhousie

Generally, it owes to the unique blend of British and Mughal architecture. Even Rang Mahal is as significant a tourist spot as the tourists love to visit. By the way, it was Raja Umed Singh who got it built for the living arrangement of royal women. But currently, you can find see some rare paintings, artefacts, coins, hill jewelry, costumes, and other precious articles.

Even the photographers love the spot for they can capture breathtaking pictures due to unsurpassable beauty. Not only this, but you also can enjoy the walk in the lap of natural beauty. If you love handicrafts, you can buy items like handkerchiefs, shawls, and other items from the handicraft shops there

Where: Surara Mohalla, Dalhousie

When: Monday to Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM (1 pm-2 pm break)

Jot Pass; A Place for Adventure Lovers near Dalhousie

If you’re a lover of thrills like hiking, driving routes with sharp, hairpin turns you should visit Jot Pass. Not only this, but you also will love the extremely beautiful mountains. Generally, fewer tourists come here as it is not more popular than other places. This beautiful spot lies near Dalhousie. Surely, it is Dalhousie weather that makes it more beautiful.

Generally, the trek is moderate and full of the striking beauty of the forests. During the summer months, the sky is clear and blue. So you will feel as you are in the lap of nature. To enjoy the more breathtaking view, you should go to the top of the hills.  Surely, you will get a chance to enjoy thrilling activities like rafting, and paragliding.

Where: 38.2 km via Dalhousie – Chamba Rd

Timings: No timing

Ritesh Gautam
Author: Ritesh Gautam

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