Dalhousie

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Main Places

Khajiar, Kalatop, Panchpulla, Chamera Lake

Best Time To Visit

All Year

How To Reach

By Bus: A Dalhousie trip by bus is very easy on your pocket. It is well-connected to cities like Chamba, Amritsar and Shimla,

By Train: VThough there are no direct Dalhousie trains one can reach Pathankot, the nearest railway terminal from Dalhousie

By Flight: there is no separate Dalhousie airport and no direct flights to Dalhousie. The nearest airport is Gaggal in Kangra district and Amritsar and Jammu and Kashmir are also other nearby terminals.

With its plunging pine-clad valleys and distant mountain views, Dalhousie is another of those cool hill retreats left behind by the British. Founded in the 1850s by the viceroy whose name it bears, its heyday came in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s when Lahore society flocked here for its hols. Come Partition, Lahore found itself in Pakistan and Dalhousie has never been quite the same again. Still, it carries on as a relatively staid escape for honeymooners and families from the plains.

There’s not a lot to see or do except stroll the tree-shaded lanes. Unusually for a hill station there are few truly steep roads. The market areas at Subhash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk are linked by lanes – Thandi Sarak (Cold Rd), and Garam Sarak (Hot Rd). The latter lane receives more sunshine. There’s a nice 2.5km road walk northeast from Gandhi Chowk to Jandrighat, a summer home of the former Chamba rulers (not open to visitors). You can also visit the British-era churches of St John (1863) and St Francis (1894), set among the pines at opposite ends of the ridge.

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