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Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station to be found on the western margin of the Dhaula Dhar assortment of the great Himalayas. Dalhousie was found in 1854 by the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, Dalhousie was a delightful summer retreat for the British troops and bureaucrats. Dalhousie is the most celebrated hill station of Himachal Pradesh and is positioned 563 km from Delhi. Beside its breath taking landscapes the other highlights are the ancient temples, unharmed beauty of Chamba & Pangi gorge, and the valley of milk, honey and stream.
The main tourist attractions include the lush green forests of pine; cedar and deodar is a magnet for nature-lovers, along with the usual horde of tourists seeking shelter from the roasting heat of the plains.
Set on five hills: Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun and opposite the Pir Panjal range, one can examine the Ravi, Beas and Chenab River from firm vantage points. Fold after fold of mountains, snow-capped and like new, can be viewed from the serrated Pangi Valley, which is a trekker's ecstasy. If your heart beats for Kashmir, head here, for this is the only part of Himachal Pradesh that juts into Kashmir.
Whether claims that Rabindranath Tagore penned his first poem here or Subhash Chandra Bose visited it clandestinely hold good or not, Dalhousie's spectacular landscape sure merits a visit! Overall Dalhoise is a perfect destination for Honeymooners.
Places of tourist interest
Churches: Dalhousie has few beautiful churches called St. Andrew's Church and St. Patrick's cathedral at Balun, St. Francis' Church at Subash Chowk and St. John's Church at Gandhi Chowk.
Panchpula: This is a very stunning spot where a watercourse feeds a series of pools. A monument has been built here in memory of the freedom fighter, Ajit Singh
Subhash Baoli: This place is surrounded by majestic trees, that Subhash Chandra Bose spent a lot of time arbitrating during 1937. The place is name after eminent freedom fighter Subash Chandra Boase during his secret visit; it gives a great view of the snow capped peaks.
BaraPathar: This is an eminent temple at the middle of the bulky forest. It is on the way among the Kalatop sanctuary and the Dalhousie Municipal limits. It is a good place for a break on the way to Kalatop. This place has a outside temple of Bhuvani Mata.
Kalatop: Is a wild life sanctuary, home to the 'ghoral' and black bear. It is a wild life safe haven which houses many species of animals including ghoral, barking deer and the Himalayan black bear. Temperature variations will be from 10°C to 35°C. Several branchs of the River Ravi, which lies to its north, flow through it.
Subash and Gandhi Chowk the Mall: Gandhi chowk previously known as GPO is a lively plaza with numerous restaurants and shops. There is a Tibetan market, varieties of products range from electronic wares to fake designer clothes are available. There are two roads that lead to Subash Chowk, which present the Himachal handloom industry emporium.
Sadar Bazar: This is the area which is most populated, the street has a Hindu temple, gurdwara, Arya Samaj mandir and mosque which are all to be found side by side.
Jandrighat Palace: This palace fits in to the Raja of Chamba, you can see wild varieties of strawberries along the way.
Dalhousie Cantt Hill: This Dalhousie cantonment hill was urbanized as a back away station for British troops. The garrison is built in Victorian Style and a crew Headquarters still exists here. People still prefer to call this place Balun.
Lakarmandi: Few families of the Dhogri population, who hail from Mandi in Kangra gorge, live here. They make their living by making and marketing charcoal. The shops here sell fresh chalet cheese, and other things which taste wonderful.
Dainkund: This is the tallest peak roughly Dalhousie. From here you can most important rivers of the area - the Chenab, the beas and the Ravi. There is a very accepted devi temple on the hill.
Chamba: The is a enjoyable place and there are a number of places of attention. The Rang Mahal Palace and Bhuri Singh Museum are must spaces to visit. There are also an amount of old temples.
Best time to visit: Best time to take a trip to Dalhousie is between April and October.
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