History of Dalhousie
In 1850, Lieutenant Colonel Napier, the Chief Engineer of Punjab, first saw a very beautiful place in the Chamba Valley. Now that beautiful place is called Dalhousie.
The British too could not give this beautiful place a name for a long time. Then in 1854, Sir Donald MacLeod, a prominent officer of the British rule, made a suggestion to his high officials that he should name the place after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India.
Thus this beautiful tourist place of Himachal Pradesh was named Dalhousie. After the name of this place, Dalhousie was incorporated in the Gurdaspur district of this Punjab province in 1861.
Shortly after joining Gurdaspur, it gradually became famous as a resting place among the British authorities. After the independence of India in 1966 Dalhousie was included in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Presently, Dalhousie is considered to be a major tourist destination of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.
How to Reach Dalhousie
Dalhousie is connected by road with all the important cities of the country. You will get a direct bus to Dalhousie from all the important cities of the country.
From Delhi, Chandigarh, Pathankot, and Amritsar the bus runs to Dalhousie from time to time.
The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is Pathankot. Pathankot is connected to almost all the cities of the country through rail.
The distance from Pathankot to Dalhousie is 83 kilometers and you will easily get a bus or taxi to Dalhousie from Pathankot.
To get to Dalhousie by Air, you have to come to Pathankot Airport or Kangra Airport. These are the nearest airport to Dalhousie.
The distance from Pathankot to Dalhousie is 83 kilometers and the distance from Kangra to Dalhousie is 108 kilometers.
Stay in Dalhousie
Like other hilly areas, Dalhousie also has a lot of options for tourists to stay. There are many good hotels or lodges here, hotels will start from Rs. 800. In the season, try to go for an online reservation, before coming to this place, otherwise, you may have problems.
Best time to visit Dalhousie
Dalhousie can be visited throughout the year.
In Summer(April to June)
Due to the mountainous area, summer is the best time to come to Dalhousie, at this time where there is severe heat throughout the country, you can enjoy the cool winds in Dalhousie.
Monsoon(July to August)
Although the rainy season is not suitable for visiting Dalhousie because of the possibility of a landslide due to the mountainous route, but there are many waterfalls in Dalhousie which you will see in the rainy time, the beauty of Dalhousie is increased by the waterfall.
If you are fond of playing in the snow and you like snow activities, then winter is the time for you to come to Dalhousie.
At this time you will be able to do many winter activities and adventure activities in Dalhousie.
Places to visit in Dalhousie
Panchpula surrounded by dense deodar trees is considered to be the most suitable place for picnics and trekking. This place is called Panchpula because of the five small waterfalls flowing here.
Panchpula, located just 6 kilometers from Dalhousie, is a very famous tourist destination. It is believed that the waterfalls flowing in Panchpula have medicinal properties. For this reason, bathing here gets rid of many types of skin diseases.
Panchpula is also considered to be the main source of water supply to small and big villages in and around Dalhousie.
Panchpula in Dalhousie can be considered the most suitable place for tourists who like photography, trekking, and adventure. But if you want to enjoy the waterfalls flowing here, then the monsoon time is considered to be the best.
Ganji Pahari Dalhousie
Ganji hill is located just 5 kilometers from the main city of Dalhousie. The height of Ganji hill is about 2085 meters above sea level.
Ganji hill is considered to be a part of Bakrota Hills located near Dalhousie. Local residents also call the Bakrota Hills as Upper Bakrota.
To reach Ganji hill from Dalhousie, you will have to trek for about an hour. After trek for an hour, when you reach the peak of Ganji hill, from here you get very beautiful views of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains.
Ganji hill is one of the highest areas of Dalhousie. No type of vegetation is found on the Ganji hill, that is why this mountain is known as Ganji Pahari.
The highest snow can be seen on this mountain during the winter season. For this reason, Ganji hill is considered the first choice of tourists during the winter season.
Khajjiar, located 22 kilometers from Dalhousie, is considered to be one of the most prominent tourist places located near Dalhousie. Khajiyar Lake, located in the plains of Khajiyar, is also considered to be a major center of tourist attraction.
The huge and dense cedar trees located around the lake make this place even more beautiful. Khajiyar is located 6300 feet above sea level.
Despite being situated in the mountains of the Himalayas, the plains background of Khajiyar provides a glimpse of the Swiss plains to a large extent. Due to this plain background, Khajiyar is called Mini Switzerland of India.
Apart from this, you can also enjoy horse riding, trekking, and some exciting activities.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Located about 14 kilometers from Dalhousie, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary has a height of about 8000 feet above sea level. Along with being a wildlife sanctuary, this place is one of the most beautiful natural landscaped places near Dalhousie.
The view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas from the Kalatop is very beautiful. Tourists can reach the Kalatop by trekking. You can also stay in a forest guest house in Kalatop.
This place is surrounded by forests of huge and dense trees like oak, cedar. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary mainly consists of wildlife like the leopard, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan black marten, and langur.
Apart from wildlife, a variety of local and migratory species of birds are also seen, among which pheasants, Eurasian Jai, Black Bird are seen prominently.
You can also trek from Kalakatop to Lakkamandi near Dalhousie and the best time of this trek is from October to March.
Rang Mahal located in the Suhara locality of Dalhousie is also known as Himachal Emporium. Rang Mahal, was built by King Umaid Singh of Dalhousie in the 18th century. The main purpose of the construction of this palace was done as the residence of the women of the Raj family.
Beautiful paintings are seen on the walls of the palace. Rang Mahal is currently converted into a monument. Located in Dalhousie, this monument is considered to be the largest monument in its vicinity.
Most of the antique items of Rang Mahal have been preserved in Bhuri Singh Museum in Chamba district. Currently, most of the palace paintings are on display at the National Museum in Delhi.
If you like handicraft items, you can buy handmade woolen shawls, handkerchiefs, paintings, old ornaments from the handicraft shop located in Rang Mahal.
Apart from handicrafts, you can buy traditional weapons and armor from Rang Mahal.