Dalhousie India

Dalhousie is a high-altitude town spread across 5 hills near the Dhauladhar mountain range in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It's home to colonial-era buildings, including St. Francis and St. John’s churches, which date back to the rule of the British Raj in the 1800s. A trek up Dainkund Peak leads to Pholani Devi Temple. To the north, Subhash Baoli is a peaceful area with pine trees and panoramic views.

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Panchpula is most popular among tourists in Dalhousie, who make it a point to visit Satdhara springs on their way to Panchpula. The gushing sounds of the Satdhara springs leave a mesmerizing effect on the tourists. Another popular spot in Panchpula is the memorial monument, which was built to commemorate the revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh. One can also find a restaurant, built by the tourism department of the state with the intent of serving tourists refreshments and beverages. There are many impressive waterfalls at Panchpula that looks best during the monsoon as everything around these falls buzzes with natural richness during the rainy season. Panchpula is also famous for many treks that originate here and leads to Dalhousie or other nearby destinations. Availability of water makes Panchpula the main source of drinking water, which is supplied to Dalhousie and other nearby towns.

Chamera Lake

The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It is located near the town of Dalhousie, in the Chamba district. The temperature during the day near the dam rises up to 35 degrees Celsius and drops to a minimum of 18 to 20 °C at night. The water level in the Chamera Lake rises to a maximum of 763 meters while the minimum water level is 747 meters. The absence of aquatic life in the lake has made it an ideal location for water sports. According to the plan developed by the tourism department, the lake shares the scope of sports activities like rowing, motor boating, paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, angling and kayaking. House boats and shikaras are also available. The government attempts to provide all these facilities to the tourists


Khajjiar is a hill station in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Dating from the 12th century, Khajji Nag Temple is dedicated to a serpent god. Nearby, the high-altitude Khajjiar Lake is surrounded by cedar forest. West, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is home to animals including deer and bears. Farther west, Dalhousie is a hill station with mountain views, dotted with temples and 19th-century British churches.

Dainkund Peak

The Dainkund Peak also called “Singing Hills” is at a height of 2755 meters and is a fairly easy trek of about 1.5 kilometers distance to the top. The trail begins near the Indian Air Force Base, which is a good half hour drive from Dalhousie town. Although we intended to start our trek early during the day to avoid the harsh sun rays, we barely managed to start the journey mid-morning. Luckily, it was a gorgeous day in the hills with the sun shining brightly behind beautiful white clouds and cool breeze washing our faces as we started our trek.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary is a 30.69 km² animal sanctuary at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The sanctuary area is well laid out for trekking trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar. There is a dense deodar and fir forest covering 19.63 km² of the sanctuary, which is about 6 km from Dalhousie. Pheasants, serow and black bear are some of the common animals found here. The sanctuary lies in the path of the Ravi River, and is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests.

Chamba Jet

High over the valley, overlooking the town, the hilltop 'Jot', 30 km from Chamba has commanding views which attracts a lot of visitors. In winters the Jot receives heavy snow. In summer, paragliders use the spot as a take-off point to glide their flight into the valley. Nearby is a small temple of Pohlani Mata. The scenic meadow of Khajjiar, 20 kms away, is an easy grade trek from the Jot.

Ganji Pahari

Ganji Pahari is a scenic hill located at a distance of 5 kilometres from the town of Dalhousie on Pathankot Road. The name Ganji Pahari was derived from its salient feature which is the complete absence of flora on the hill -'Ganji' meaning Bald in the local language, and 'Pahari' meaning Hill. The natural landscape makes it an exciting trekking trail. Its accessibility also makes Ganji Pahari a favourite picnic spot in Dalhousie. During winters, the same terrain is covered in a thick coat of snow, and the panoramic view it offers is just breathtaking.

St. Francis Church

The St Francis Church is situated at the other end of The Mall, on a hilltop at Subhash Chowk. Built in 1894, it is a somewhat boring piece of architecture, despite its intricate wooden ceiling. Check out the old residence here, nicknamed Alvera, also referred to as ‘Lambe-wale padre ki kothi’, probably due to the tall Belgian priests from Lahore who lived here for a while.