Dalhousie

Dalhousie is located in the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh. This town is well known for its historical relics from the colonial era such as St. Francis and St. John’s churches. Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, and Rang Mahal add to the list of architectural marvels. Each of these monuments is attributed to the country’s rich history. The freshwater Khajjiar Lake and the cedar forests surrounding the have rightly given this place the name ‘Switzerland of India’. Tourists can enjoy a variety of activities here ranging from peaceful picnics to adventure sports like paragliding. Another popular sightseeing and photography spot is the Satdhara waterfall set amidst snowy mountains and pine trees. This water is believed to have healing powers due to its mica content. Further ahead is Panchpula which has many clear springs and picturesque waterfalls; a true delight for all nature lovers. Ganji Pahari gets its unique name literally meaning ‘bald hill’ since it doesn’t have any trees.

Thrill-seekers should not miss out on trekking through the rocky trails of Sach Pass and Pangi Valley. Dalhousie is well known for its momos, but one shouldn’t miss out on other local delicacies like Kashmiri pulao. The Tibetan market in Gandhi Chowk is the best place to pick up some souvenirs.

Monuments: 

St. Francis Church: Located in Subhash Chowk, it’s an ancient church perched on a hill. The interiors are beautiful, and the pleasant gardens outside his home to rabbits that can be found hopping around the premises.

St. John’s Church: It’s a beautiful British era church located at Gandhi Chowk. It’s a small church with extravagant interiors.

St. Patrick’s Church: This 104 yr old church situated on nature’s lap gives a glimpse of the Victorian era.

Subhash Baoli: Named after the famous freedom fighter, Subhash Chandra Bose, this perennial spring is said to have healing properties.

The Laxmi Narayan Temple: Built in a Shikara style by the kings of Chamba. The temple is an architectural marvel. It is an antiquated sanctuary dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

Natural Places:

To catch a breathtaking view one must trek to Daikund Peak which is the highest point in Dalhousie. Chamera Lake is one of the main attractions in Dalhousie. It’s a good place to enjoy the boat ride. For a thrilling experience, one must visit Sach Pass. The melting glaciers can scare the tourists a little, but one must visit it for the panoramic view it offers. Even though Dalhousie is surrounded by tall Deodar trees, there’s a hill in the area that’s totally barren, it’s called Ganji Hill and offers a majestic view of the area. One must visit Garam Sadak, it’s a road in Dalhousie connecting Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk, it’s an ideal place for taking long walks, whilst basking in the sun. 

Food:

Gandhi Chowk is the main hub for restaurants and cafes. There are various options serving International cuisine as well as local Himachali cuisine like Sidu, Dham, Aktori. One can also enjoy street food like momos, Maggi, dosa, soya chaap, pasta, etc. while shopping in the market. 

Activities:

If you want to experience the thrill, hire a speed boat at Champa lake and get an adrenaline rush. At Panjpulla you can enjoy various adventure activities like zip-lining, paragliding, etc.

Shopping:

Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza is the Mall Road of Dalhousie. To avoid traffic jams one must visit the place in the evenings. It’s a great place to buy souvenirs such as hand woven shawls, sweaters, socks, wooden items, traditional Himachali caps and clothes, pashmina shawls, etc.