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Himachal Guide - Dalhousie

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In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of 'Old world' charm and holds lingering echoes of the 'Raj'. It covers an area of about 14 sq. km and is built on five hills - Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. It is named after the British Governor - General of the l9th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town's height varies between 1,525 m and 2,378m, and it is surrounded by varied vegetation - pines, dodders, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains - and like a long silverline, the River Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. One of the highlights of Dalhousie tours is the spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains which are also visible from this enchanting town.

Altitude:2,438 metres.
Temperature: Summer - Max.26°C, Min.18°C & Winter - Max.10°C, Min.-1°C.
Clothings: Summer - Light woollens, Winter - Heavy woollens.
Best Season:Between June to November as weather is pleasant during these months.July is the peak season when most of the tourists flock in here.
Languages Spoken: Himachali, Hindi.
STD Code:01899.

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
Air :
Nearest airport is Gaggal ( Kangra ) 135 km. and Amritsar 191 km.
Rail:The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Pathankot 120 km.
Road:Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state.

DISTANCE
Amritsar 191 km., Chamba 56 km., Chandigarh 300 km., Delhi 563 km., Jammu 188 km., Jalandhar 192 km., Manali 360 km. and Pathankot 80 km.

SHOPPING
Located on Thandi Sarak, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium has a collection of beautiful woollen shawls. Made to order Tibetan carpets can be procured from the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre. Besides carpets, Tibetan handicrafts centre showroom sells bags, purses and other memorabilia. Private shopkeepers, too, sell items of art and craft and woollen shawls including Kashmiri. The Tibetan market is run by Tibetans and is well known for Chinese electronics and toys.

FOOD & RESTURANTS
Though less in numbers eating out joints in Dalhousie prepare for a delectable treat. The food mainly Indian and Mughlai is prepared to impress all and is available at affordable prices. The restaurants at the hotels are generally the ones known for quality meals at a bit higher prices. The region also offers a platter full of great Nepali, Kashmiri and Chinese cuisines. On your Dalhousie tour do not miss Kwality Restaurant which is one of the oldest places to sit along with locals eating their kind of food.

RESTAURANTS
  • Bengal Sweet Shop
  • Dhabas: Alishan, Amritsari and Sheki Punjab dhabas are worth checking out.
  • Glory Restaurant
  • Kwality Restaurant
  • Lovely Restaurant
  • Moti Mahal Restaurant
  • Preet Palace Restaurant
  • Snow lion Restaurant.
  • New Metro Restaurant.
Mapdalhousie

One of the most popular hill resorts of India, Dalhousie is a destination of spectacular scenic beauty in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh in India. Extraordinary scenic beauty of the Himalayan and the Dhauladhar ranges and the valleys of Chamba and Pangi continues to keep Dalhousie a destination where thousands of tourists visit each year from different corners of the globe.

Saptdhara:
Situated at an average height of 2040 meter, this scenic spot has acquired its name from the seven gorgeous springs. These brooks are recognized to have immense curative powers since the stream in these springs possess mica, which has therapeutic characters that are able to alleviate several ailments. One can set off for a stride to Satdhara and take pleasure in the natural splendor of this majestic spot. Seven marvelous brooks merge together at this fabulous place, which makes an imposing scenario.

Panchpulla:
Literally means five bridges, Panch Pula is a scenic place with a pictorial beauty. Famed for its gushing streams, Panch Pulla is the main source of portable water to the nearby towns. The brook bounces from Dayan Kund and falls down in to a quaint abyss and then finally reaches to the waterworks of Panch Pulla.

Subhash Bholi:
This perennial spring has been named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, came to Dalhousie in 1937 during health break down. He stayed in Dalhousie for 7 months and visited the spring every day in order to drink its water. The health giving invigorating water of the spring restored Netaji’s health and helped him to become strong bearer of India’s struggle for freedom..

Khajjiar:
Dalhousie - Khajjiar trip is one that is definitely going to be a mind boggling experience for all the tourists. About 24 km from Dalhousie, is the picturesque plateau of Khajjiar, which is lovingly known as Mini-Switzerland.
The journey from Dalhousie to Khajjiar by car hardly takes two hours. The journey is very pleasant with green sceneries on both the sides of the road. Khajjiar is an exceptionally beautiful place that is situated at a height of 6,500 feet above sea level. The backdrop of Khajjiar has dense forests of pines and deodars. Nestled in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges, the stunningly beautiful Khajjiar is a blessing for all tourists in Dalhousie. Khajjiar is a saucer shaped plateau that provides a breathtaking scene to the visitors. .

Chamba:
Chamba is one of the popular excursion routes that take the tourist through the mountainous regions of Dalhousie to the city of Chamba. The region is resplendent in scenic beauty and has also inherited the rich architectural heritage of the state. A trip from Dalhousie to Chamba is one of the most frequented tours from Dalhousie.
The city of Chamba is located at a distance of 56 kilometers from the hill town of Dalhousie. With the religious site, architectural extravaganzas and the exotic palaces, this palce is known as the ornamental jewel in the heart of the state. The sacred temples and the magnificent palaces can be visited by the tourists while on a tour of the mystical city of Chamba.