Places to Visit in Dalhousie
Dalhousie – a small hill-station in Himachal Pradesh is again the perfect location for nature lovers truly justifying its location. Take a break from the hustle bustle of city life and escape into the raw and untouched beauty of this hill station. It is an untouched, un-commercialized, less-frequented hill spot – as compared to most of the north Indian hill stations that have kept its beauty intact for tourists. So you can watch nature in its full swing and surround yourself with peace and tranquillity. Here are 10 best places to visit in Dal house to help you pave your way through nature’s galore.
1. Satdhara falls
Satdhara falls get its name from seven beautiful springs, which are believed to have several therapeutic values. It comprises mica, known as ‘Gandhak’ in the local language. The mica has several medicinal properties, which helps in curing many diseases and ailments.
The waterfall, perched at an altitude of 2036 meters is simply breathtaking, especially in the evening when the clouds come down with a chill in the air, with the sound of water, and tea being served in small shops is just a heavenly feeling.
This small town, very nearby to Dalhousie is strikingly similar to Switzerland and is actually known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ or the ‘Switzerland of India’.
The mesmerizing beauty of this place has greatly influenced and inspired many kingdoms throughout the years, including the Rajputs and Mughals. The lush green meadows, crystal clear lake in all it’s natural beauty and picturesque landscape of this place are bound to leave an everlasting impression on a tourist. The place is very clean and nicely maintained. On a nice pleasant day, you will find clear sunlight, grazing sheep and horses with lush green mountains backdrop covered with spruce and deodar. Just a like a true European countryside, the entire Khajjiar plane is covered with white pristine powdery snow.
This region also attracts adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like zorbing, trekking etc.
The beauty of this place lies In the endless new experience with nature for each and every moment you are here. The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Leopard, bear, deer, jackal, langur, Himalayan Black Marten, Barking Goral and countless beautiful birds can be spotted here.
The landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams. The wildlife sanctuary was better known as a gaming reserve for Chamba rulers, in history. The area is a favourite spot for trekking, picnics, and nature walks.
4.River crossing and river rafting
Get up close to the river Saal and experience the thrill of river crossing across the river Ravi or Saal under the supervision of trained instructors. While River Rafting to is a growing favourite in Chamba, usually done on the Rivers Ravi and Saal, too.
Both private, as well as government tourism organizations, organize these activities.
Panchpula is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie with its waterfalls, picnic spots as well as a modest trek. Located approximately at a distance of 3 km from Dalhousie, the view of streams filled with pristine water makes the experience of travelling memorable and this place, a major tourist attraction. It is a mother stream that flows through various parts of Dalhousie, feeding water to several other water bodies.
Panchpula, that originates from the north of Dayakund, is popular for its enchanting vista and also holds historical significance. A tomb has been built as a tribute to Sardar Ajit Singh, a great revolutionary. When here, do not forget to relish their delectable local cuisine.
6. Dhaikund hill
This is the highest peak in the area watching over the beautiful pine laid landscapes of Dalhousie.
It is situated 10 km away from Dalhousie, at a great height of 2755 m above sea level. This is also known as the Singing Hill because when the breeze swiftly strikes the chords of the woods, it creates a musical serenade.
The two major attractions here is the core of the valley which belongs to the Indian Air Force and a temple named Pholani Devi . It’s unique because it showcases a trident.
The enticing panorama of the valley and the natural musical concerts attracts innumerable tourists and has made it an admirable spot. So do not miss out on a visit to this charismatic peak and an exclusive place of worship.
7. St.John Church
This is the oldest church in the town and is amongst the most intriguing places to visit in Dalhousie for its immense historical significance. It was built by the Protestant Missionaries during the British rule.
It also tends to be a favourite amongst photographers. A library neighbours the church, where one can find a lot of book about the past and the present of the town. The church performs service every Sunday. It is a tourist favourite for its immaculate beauty and pristine aura. The church is open for everyone for five days a week.
8. Shubhash Baoli
This tribute to freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dalhousie. Its perennial spring has medicinal properties and is believed to have cured the freedom fighter of his ill health. Located 1km away from Dalhousie, Subhash Baoli is enveloped by tall towering trees and has waterfalls near springs which flow into glacial streams. According to the historical facts, freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose used to come here for meditation. Visit this place with family and friends to not only admire its natural beauty but to also acknowledge its historical significance.
9. The Chamba
Chamba, a medieval town, just a little away from Dalhousie, is that one getaway you’ve always dreamed off. Minimal human alteration in the topography and environment, the balanced temperatures of the area, endowed with the variety of flora and fauna make it the perfect destination all year round. The river Ravi cuts across town with the beautiful backdrop of stunning hills. It is one of the most intriguing places to visit here with excellent architecture, mystical temples and local folklore.
10. Tibetan market
The Tibetan market offers you the best collection of handicrafts and innumerable souvenirs to take home. Here you can find items ranging from woollen clothes, colourful carpets, beautifully carved jewellery to simple local souvenirs and everyday treasures. The very popular Chamba slippers and shawls are also available here. One can also find a variety of electronic and toy products. Also check out the Sadar Bazar, the Tibetan Handicraft centre, which sells some of the finest carpets and handicrafts in the market.