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Status: A Hill Station in Himalayas
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History of: 150 years
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The fact file containing information about Dalhousie presents an extensive range of features associated with the place. The history of Dalhousie dates back to the 1800s. In the year 1850 Lt. Col. Napier discovered a scenic spot in Chamba Valley which in 1854 was named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India. Previously a part of the Kangra district, Dalhousie was shifted to Gurdaspur district in the year 1861. Finally, in the year 1966 Dalhousie became a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh.

As a popular tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is situated in the Dhauladhar hills of the Himalayas. Having a developed array of transportation facilities, Dalhousie can be easily arrived at by one and all.

The flora and fauna of Dalhousie is something worth of mention. While trekking through the various forest routes of Dalhousie, tourists often get mesmerized by the beauty of the colorful flora of the place.

Beautifully surrounded by five majestic hills, Dalhousie is literally a paradise on earth. Located 6000 feet to 9000 feet above the sea surface, Dalhousie is dotted with many Victorian and Scottish bungalows.

There are many ancient temples and churches in Dalhousie that remind of the religious glory of the place in the past ages. A number of tourist places can be visited from Dalhousie too. Adorned with an excellent natural splendor, Dalhousie also boasts of a rich cultural heritage.

The handicrafts, folk music and dance, fairs and festivals, paintings and museums of Dalhousie collectively present a breathtaking view of the cultural dynamism of this hilly destination.

There is no denying the fact that Dalhousie is an attractive manifestation of the all-encompassing beauty.

 

History of Dalhousie enumerates an array of events that started taking place in the 1800s. After the Sikh war, the state of Punjab came under the dominion of the British in the year 1849. Lt. Col Napier, who was the chief engineer of Punjab, is believed to be the person who first spotted this beautiful place in the Chamba Valley in 1850. It was in the year 1854 that Sir Donald McLeod of the British Empire suggested that this place be named after the famous Viceroy of India – Lord Dalhousie.

It was in 1861 that Dalhousie was recognized as a part of the Gurdaspur district. Dalhousie became a division of Himachal Pradesh in the year 1966. In the following years, Dalhousie maintained a steady pace and slowly developed a well-developed array of facilities.

Lord Dalhousie, after whom the city was named, stayed in India from the year 1848 to 1856. Being involved in the second Burmese War of 1852, annexation of Nagpur and Jhansi in 1854, Lord Dalhousie played a major role in the pre-independence days of India.

Born in the year 1812 in the Scotland Castle, Lord Dalhousie was known for his excellent developmental skills. The areas like telegraph, railways, post and roads had been taken care of during the tenure of Lord Dalhousie in India.

The Dalhousie Club is a magnificent manifestation of golf course. The Dalhousie Club reminds the visitors of the Scotland Castle, the design of which had been incorporated in the place. The club also houses a golf course.

In a way the history of the city presents information about Dalhousie and its glorious journey to the present day tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh state.

 

Major Attractions

 

The Scenic Beauty
Dalhousie stands at the foot of one of the main spurs of the Dhauladhars. The views are spectacular to the north; range upon range of hills culminating in the snow of the Pir Panjal mountains of Kashmir and to the south the plains of Punjab. Far below runs the valley of the Ravi, while the Beas and Chenab can be seen snaking across the plains.

Dalhousie retains much of the ambience of the Raj. The town spreads around five hills – Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota, and Balun – and is clothed extensively in stately groves of deodar and oak. Its two busy points, Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk, are connected by the Mall which is actually two roads intertwined like the figure of eight. You’ll probably find yourself at the bus stand on reaching here first, which is the scruffiest part of the town. The main parts of Dalhousie lie above this terminus. Its tin-roofed, half-timbered houses present the most delightful sight.

The Attraction of Churches and Temples
There are some churches and temples to see in town, but the best sites are outside it. It really pays to take long walks to places like Subhash Baoli, Jhandri Ghat, Satdhara and Dainkund Peak. These are marvellous forest trails and picnic spots with splendid vistas over the Chamba Valley. But the best sites around Dalhousie are Khajjiar(22km) and Kalatope(9km). Its no wonder that some people say that Dalhousie is a cheaper, but arguably more attractive, alternative to Shimla. The best time to visit is perhaps autumn which has sunny skies and clear nights.

Distance from major cities

Delhi 538 Kms
Chandigarh 317 Kms
Pathankot 70 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Gaggal Airport, Himachal Pradesh or Amritsar Airport, Punjab are the nearest airports to Dalhousie.
by Rail Pathankot railway station is the nearest rail station and well-connected to the rest of the country.
by Road Pathankot in the north of Punjab state is known as the gateway to Dalhousie.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Restaurant Preet Palace, Dalhousie

  • Amritsari, Dalhousie

  • Sher-e-Punjab, Dalhousie

  • The Royal Dhaba, Dalhousie

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