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DALHOUSIE (INDIA)

STATE :- Himanchal Pradesh

 

DISTANCE

  • 555 km from delhi
  • 318 km from Chandigarh
  • 336 km from shimla
  • 385km from manali.

 

CONNECTION
  • AIR : Nearest airports are Pathankot which is about 75 km from Dalhousie and Jammu at a distance of 180 km from Dalhousie. Pathankot is connected to Delhi only, while Jammu has more frequent air services to Delhi and other destinations in North India.
  • RAIL : Nearest railhead is Pathankot. Patahnkot is well connected by rail to various cities in India, including Mumbai, Pune and Delhi.
  • BUS : Bus services by public transport system are available in Dalhousie, which connects to the towns in and around Dalhousie. Overnight luxury buses are available from Delhi to Dalhousie (587 km distance)

 

ABOUT DALHOUSIE

Dalhousie is a vintage destination. Yet another worthy territory of beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh is Dalhousie, a hill station named after the British Governor General of India Lord Dalhousie. Sprawling on five hills that range in height from 1,525m to 2,378m this vintage destination has cradled well all that came to it in the course of time viz the colonial impression, the ancient culture and the beautiful surroundings. Although it does not offer much for sightseeing but it is an idyllic destination for those who fancy a laid back holiday watching the sun going down and rising again; listening to the chirping of birds and gurgling of streams; spending hours appreciating the aroma & colour of the flowers or simply getting inspired by the mighty Himalayas. The environs of Dalhousie, however, include some interesting sightseeing places. Rambling around this fashionable yet quite and peaceful place is the best way to absorb the maximum of this hill town.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN CORBETT
  • Panjpulla: This is a beautiful picnic spot where water from natural resources flows under five bridges, hence the name panjpulla. In Hindi 'panj' means five and 'pulla' means bridge.
  • Bakrota hills: At a distance of 5 km and a height of 2085m this is the place where the nature aficionados head to capture in their heart and cameras the magnificent views of the snow clad mountains.
  • Hikes: Walking amidst the thick beautiful woods or gable roofed bungalows and churches that speak volumes about the colonial impression on the region is what tourists enjoy here the most. The preferred ones include: The twin rounds of Garam Sarak (warm road) and Thandi Sarak (cold road) so called because one road receives more sunlight than the other. A short walk from Circuit House to Gandhi Chowk (city center) offers magnificent views of Pir Panjal range. This walk can be further extended to the panjpulla (just 3 km from here).
  • Kynance: Kynance is a private residential building of Dharamvirs. This building was constructed during the year 1933 by Dr. N.R.Dharamvir of Lahore. This building acquired historical significance due to the reason that Neta Ji Subhash Chander Bose, a class fellow of the wife of Dr. Dharamvir, stayed with them for a period of 7 months beginning May, 1937. Before arriving in Dalhousie, Neta Ji was in British Jail where his health had deteriorated. On the request of his younger brother the British High Court released Neta Ji on parole on health grounds. It brought Neta Ji to the climate of Dalhousie. Kynance is barely 50 kms. from G.P.O. It lies hidden from the public eye below the road. An insignificant looking board bearing the name of Kynance hangs from a tree and is discernible to only those tourists who have an eye for details.
  • Subhash baoli: Just approximately 1 km from G.P.O. is a charming natural spot called Subhash Baoli. Neta ji Subhash Chander Bose during his 7 months sojourn in Dalhousie in 1937 is believed to have spent most of his days by the side of this water body, meditating amidst dense woods of Cedar and meeting his party workers. This place lies on the G.P.O. - Jandri Gaht Road. A canopy with seating facilities has been created by the local administration at this place
  • Norwood paramdham: Norwood is a beautiful House situated on the east of upper Bakrota Hill of Dalhousie. This house is also known as Kainth Wali Kothi is a local name given by people of Dalhousie. Approximately 5 kms from Gandhi Chowk on the Bakrota Mall, the kothi is surrounded by thick forest of deodars.
  • During 1925 a young Yogi Swami Satyanand came to Dalhousie and stayed here. He meditated here and took a silent vow that he will not break his fast till he finds the truth and God. After fasting for a month Swami Ji was enlightened with "Ram Naam". He called this place Tapo Bhoomi. After this enlightenment he wrote some noted books like Ramayana, Geeta Parbachan, Bhagti Parkash, Amritvani. He died on 30th November 1960. After his death a very close follower of Swami ji Bhagat Hans Raj Ji of Gohana is organising Satsang at Norwood presently known as Param Dham also called as Ram Ashram. Thousands of people from all over the country come to Dalhousie twice a year to attend Satsangs. About 250 people can stay at a time here when satsang is conducted.
  • Banikhet: Seven kms short of Dalhousie is Banikhet - the gateway to Dalhousie. At Banikhet the road bifurcates for Chamba and Dalhousie. This small place has gained importance with the setting-up of residential colony of Chamera Hydro-electric Project. There is a PWD rest house at Banikhet. A Nag temple in Padhar Maidan now called mini stadium is a place of worship for the people of Banikhet and villages around. The temple is approximately 150 years old.
  • Kalatop: Kalatop and Khajjiar are best explored if you take a three days walk from Dalhousie to Kalatop, Khajjiar and back Dalhousie. The trek is more or less level and requires good health, a pair of sturdy walking shoes. 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 right and Kalatop on the left. Dayan Kund has military installations and is closed to civilians except the local people who visit Bhulwani Mata temple near DayanKund

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES
  • ST. Andrew's Church - St. Andrew's Church commonly known as the Church of Scotland was built in the year 1903 at Baloon by Protestant Christians. The Church is approximately one and half kms. from Dalhousie's bus stand. The Church building is in good condition, recently a brick boundary wall has been erected around it to save the building from mischief mongers.
  • ST. Patrick's Church - This Church is situated in Baloon, Dalhousie Cantt., on Military Hospital road approximately 2 kms. from main bus stand. St. Patrick's Church is the largest church in Dalhousie having a seating capacity of 300 persons in its main hall. The Church was built in the year 1909 and the dressed-stone building is still in good condition. This Church was built exclusively from contribution made by officers and ranks of the British Army. At present the Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar.
  • ST. Francis Church - 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.
  • ST. John's Church - This Church stands on the Gandhi Chowk approximately 2 kms. from the main bus stand of Dalhousie. 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.
  • Laxmi Narayan Temple - This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built more than 150 years ago. The temple enshrines a beautiful image of Lord Vishnu. The temple is frequented by local devotees. The temple is located in Sadar Bazar approximately 200 mtrs. from Subhash Chowk.
  • Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan & Hospital - Dalhousie holds great significance for the followers/ disciples of Radha Swami sect of Beas (Punjab). This Satsang Bhawan is situated near Moti Tibba 300 mts. from Gandhi Chowk (G.P.O). In recent times many people from the nearby villages of Dalhousie have embraced the Radha Swami Sect. Every Sunday from 10 AM to 11 AM Satsang is held in the above cited premises. The Present Radha Swami Chief Maharaj Gurinder Singh Ji visits Dalhousie twice a year. Even the Late Maharaj Charan Singh Ji was very fond of Dalhousie. It is believed that Baba Swarn Singh Ji was enlightend in Dalhousie.
  • Shivkul - Shivkul is an Ashram of Vimala Thakur, a re-knowned religious philosopher lady from Gujarat. Shivkul is on the Mall Road between Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk. From here one can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Pir Panjal Hills, connecting Chamba Distt. with Jammu & Kashmir. During summer when Vimala Hi popularly known as Vimala Bahen comes to Dalhousie many foreigners as well as Indian disciples of Vimala Ji from all parts of the country and abroad gather in Dalhousie to attend her lectures on spiritualism.
  • Dakshina Murti - Dakshina Murti is a yoga institution created by Dr. R. P. Kaushik of Sonepat/Delhi during mid seventies. Dr. Kaushik travelled all over the world to teach yoga and spiritualism. He died in July 1987. His followers still come to Dalhousie and stay at Dakshina Murti 200 mts away from Subhash Chowk on the small Mall known as Garam Sarak.

 

WHEN TO GO DARJEELING

The best time to visit Dalhousie is from march to November.

March to November months are cool with pleasant atmosphere and perfect for outings and participations in celebrations.

Decemebr to February is snow bound and is perfect for all those who admires chilly climate.

Winters are too chilly and take necessary precaution for snowfalls.

 

WEATHER

Dalhousie is a famous destination which has pleasant climate most of the period and chilly climate during winters.

  • Summers (March to May) are pleasant with maximum temperature less than 26 °C. Summers are perfect for nature walk.
  • Monsoons (June to September) and autumn (October to November) are attractive here with mild intermittent showers.
  • Winters (December to February) are bit chilly with temperature lies between 10 °C to 1°C. Snowfalls usually occur during winters.

 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
  • Minjar fair: Celebrated in August, it is said to have started in 935 BC, when the ruler of Chamba defeated the ruler of Kangra. This one-week long harvest festival is one of the most awaited events in Chamba. Thousands of locals, tribal people and tourists gather in the central park and on the final day.
  • The festival is marked with a procession starting from the Akhand Chandi Palace and culminates on the banks of the Ravi.
  • Manimahesh fair: It is a fair in which a 35-km yatra is undertaken from Bharmour to the Manimahesh Peak (18,000 ft above sea level).

 

FOODS AND RESTAURANTS IN DALHOUSIE

The Dhabas are the best option for eating out in Dalhousie. The Indian Dhabas offer a wide variety of mouth-watering dishes at an economical tariff. Sher-e-Punjab, Royal Dhaba and Amritsari are some of the Indian dhabas were the tourists can enjoy the authentic Indian cuisine. Besides the dhabas, one can also come across many restaurants in Dalhousie. Some of the important restaurants that deserve special mention in this context are:

  • Preet Palace – Situated on Subhash Chowk, Preet Palace is one of the famous restaurants of Dalhousie. Preet Palace is a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers Chinese, Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisines.
  • Snow Lion – Snow Lion in Dalhousie specializes in Tibetan food. One can enjoy the delicious savories of Tibet at the restaurant.
  • We also come across other restaurants at Dalhousie besides these restaurants. Moti Mahal, New Metro, Kwality Restaurant are some of them.

    Bengal Sweet Shop is another important eating place at Dalhousie. It offers a wide variety of desserts and sweets. Tourists having a sweet tooth can visit Bengal Sweet Shop and enjoy the authentic Indian sweets and desserts.

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