Places of interest

Dalhousie is one of the most popular and frequented hill stations in India. Known for its scenic beauty and amazing weather. Dalhousie has some spectacular places to visit. Plan your trip to Dalhousie & Explore all the places.

Gandhi Chowk and Subash Chowk
Gandhi Chowk and Subash Chowk

Both these spots are market places, full of attractions for shopping, with historical importance. Shops and restaurant situated near Gandhi Chowk show the lifestyle of Dalhousie. Similarly, Subhash Chowk houses Himachal Handloom Industry showrooms, where travelers shop for indigenous artifacts and products.

St. Patrick's Church
St. Patrick's Church

With plunging green trees and pine valleys surrounding it, St. Patrick's Church is another cool place which was left behind by the British. The old world charm of the place would infect the tourist on their trip to St. Patrick's Church which is located in the flourishing landscapes of Dalhousie. Located in the prehistoric Cantonment area of Dalhousie, the chapel is created by the officers and ranks of the British Army in 1909. The church is located within a 2 km radius of the main bus stand on military hospital road. St. Patrick's Church is the largest church in Dalhousie which can host approximately 300 people for Sunday prayer. The church stands out for its impressive buildings and the huge main hall. The church is deemed to be one of the most beautiful churches in North India. It has been more than a century since the church was built, but it still holds that magnetism and charisma of yore which attract tourist from all over India.

St. John's Church
St. John's Church

The St. John’s Church in Dalhousie is a century and a half years old. It has seen autumn, fall and spring of a hundred and fifty years. This Protestant church holds the essence of the Victorian era in every brick of its walls and they engulf you in the idealism of a significant time of India’s historical past. The St. John’s Church is a replica of England’s Roman Catholic Church. There is a library inside the church that shelves rare compilation of books and photographs that speak volumes about the history and life of Dalhousie. They take you back in time and place you in another world that your ancestors had breathed. The structure is small, much smaller than other churches but the historical connotation it holds is worth raising an eyebrow. As soon as you see the church for the first time there is a kind of solace it would surround you with. Even if you aren’t religious enough to light a candle at the altar, the quietness of the church will impress you. St. John’s Church is situated exactly within 2 kilometres from the main bus stop of Dalhousie in Gandhi Chowk.

Panchpula
Panchpula

Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the famous picturesque spots in the region, the word Panchpula means five bridges. It is the place where a descending stream pours into and feeds several pools. The main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon is the Panchpula stream. The stream originates from the northern side of Dayakund, which then cuts through a ravine to fall into the water bodies located in Panchpula. A monument or a samadhi has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a great revolutionary. In addition, there is a restaurant along with several tea shops dotted around Panchpula. On the way to Panchpula, there is a spring fall, which is known as the Satdhara spring fall. It is believed that the fresh waters of Satdhara contain healing medical properties. Thus, while travelling to Panchpula, most of the tourists halt at this spring fall to witness the miracle of nature.

Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple

It is a 10th century temple, which is constructed in the Shikhara style by Sahil Verman. It is the oldest and the largest of all the temples located in Chamba region. The temple complex houses six shrines, which are either dedicated to Lord Vishnu or to Lord Shiva. Inside the temple, there is a main idol of Lord Vishnu, which is made using a rare piece of marble that has a glittering appearance.

Khajjiar
Khajjiar

Khajjiar is a popular hill station about 24 km from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. One of the 160 places in the world that bear tropical resemblance to Switzerland, Khajjiar is situated at a height of 6500 feet and bestowed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Vast expanse of green meadows and dense forests besides vistas of majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a popular destination among tourists. Khajjiar is also called the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh and serves as the starting point for treks to Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary among others. Indeed, trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar. Zorbing, which involves rolling downhill from inside a plastic ‘zorb’, is a popular recreational activity during April and May. Not much is known about Khajjiar’s history but temples dating back to the 12th century still stand in majestic splendor here. The Khajji Naga Temple is the most sacred shine in Khajjiar.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh.It is expanded over an area of 1962 hectares the sanctuary is Kalatop Wild Life Sanctuary Dalhousie irrigated by the River which is known as Ravi.You can also see the beautiful or attractive hills,associated with snow-capped mountains,the valleys,the villages,the rich greenery and the hardness of the neighborhood from the place.This Sanctuary is a not to miss attraction nearby Dalhousie. The Sanctuary has a well keep out the route for trekking from Dalhousie to Kalatop which most of the tourists really enjoy the mind-blowing views.Jungle Safari is another main feature of the sanctuary that every visitor likes for along with friends,families and children.The plantation or farming of the sanctuary consists of blue pine,deodar,oak forests and dense underbrush.This wildlife sanctuary is a bundle of different types of trees and grasses which makes it more scenic beauty around the Kalatop hill.The sanctuary also houses a variety of wildlife like Bear,Himalayan Black Marten,Leopard,Deer,Barking Goral,Squirrel,Serow,Jackal,Languor etc.The most interesting being the Himalayan Bear.In the middle of the sanctuary,there are open meadows with soft grass where animals have a treat.Many wildflowers grow in early summer including the daisies.Many visitors like this place to celebrate the picnic.It is treated as a local picnic spot.The Public wants to avoid crowd that’s why they love to come there.

Jandri Ghat
Jandri Ghat

The Jandri Ghat is a very popular picnic spot in the scenic hill station of Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. It is around half a kilometer away from the Subhash Baoli and holds a beautiful palace surrounded with lush and green pine and deodar trees on all sides. The erstwhile rulers of Chamba governed from here until the arrival of Lord Dalhousie as Governor General of India. This beautiful colonial style palace at Jandri Ghat is a typical European double-storied bungalow. The palace was built in 1870-71 by Raja Gopal Singh. A beautifully laid out garden makes the entrance to the gorgeous bungalow. One can see some decorative pieces, ornaments, paintings, and Shikhar trophies when visiting this ancestral home of the Chamba rulers. Beside the palace which is partly in ruins today, Jandri Ghat offers heavenly spots for picnicking and spending time with the family in the presence of gushing streams with picturesque greenery all around. It is one of the finest and soul refreshing places in Dalhousie and people from all over come to this place to rejuvenate and take a break from the jostling and tiring lifestyle of the city. In close vicinity to the Jandri Ghat lie the Bakrota Hills. Tourists can take a walk round the hills besides a getting a magnificent view of snow-clad peaks. One of the best things about taking a walk through Bakrota Hills is the unpredictable come and go of the sunshine through 'Deodar' trees.

Ganji Pahari
Ganji Pahari

Ganji Pahari is a famous walk in Dalhousie. It is situated in Bakrota hills that is 5 km far from the Dalhousie city. The literal translation of the word is “bald hill” and is known so because there are no trees at the peak of the hill and it looks like it’s got a bald-headed patch at the top. The peak is pleasant and grateful 1 hour walk from the town center. Ganji Pahari is a panoramic picnic spot,the place offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding. Tourists can enjoy some cool and fresh breeze and spend lots of time there. The literal meaning of Ganji Pahari is ‘bald hill’. The place was named after the fact that there are no trees at the peak of the Hill making the summit of the hill look like a bald patch. One can reach this place after an hour’s walk from the town center. In this attractive place travelers can enjoy the fresh air, the beautiful view of the mountains and have fun with their friends and family.

Gandhi Chowk
Gandhi Chowk

Gandhi Chowk is the most famous and main attraction in Dalhousie. It is a shopping place because there are many different types of shopping material available. Formerly known as GPO, Gandhi Chowk is a spirited plaza with abundant bistros and shops.Among the many shops situated here is the Tibetan market is worth a visit as it sells multiple goods ranging from traditional handicrafts to electronic goods. During winters there is no place to stand up in the front of the shop. It is the main attraction for the tourists and local peoples. The majority of the shops is huddled in and around Gandhi Chowk,which hardly takes 15 mins from the central bus station. Skilled Tibetans create and sell a wide range of articles such as jewelry, jackets, handicrafts, rugs, cardigans and carpets, woolen cloths, shawls. One can also find superior quality in tiny shops apart from the well-founded shopping malls.

Dainkund Peak
Dainkund Peak

Dainkund Peak is a stunning tourist place, perched at an altitude of 2755 meters, is the supreme mount in Dalhousie. From this peak tourists can relish 360° view of the entire valley. The noise of the breeze passing through the trees makes a musical sound, due to which this peak has also obtained the name, the singing hill. The vertex of this hill is engaged by the Indian Air Force and by taking a left turn from there will take tourists to the Pholani Devi Temple. One of the most pleasant facts about this temple is that, except a trident there is nothing inside the temple premises. From above, tourists can also enjoy trekking in this attractive hill. Located at a margin of 10 km and an elevation of 2755 meters above the sea level, Dainkund Peak is one of the most visited place in Dalhousie. This place has a scenical charm and the picturesque view of the surroundings will exactly take your breath away. In this peak people love to walk and trek up here. Pupils really enjoy and spend lots of time in this pretty environment. Dalhousie Attractions are Weather, How to reach, Hotels Holidays and Map. Dainkund is the highest mountain peak in Dalhousie provides the superb setting for the entire valley. Trekking is the most common path to get to the top and is an unreliable experience, with great views and fresh or cool mountain air. The sweet sound of the calm or a pleasing breeze blowing through the trees makes a musical serenade makes Dainkund famously known as the singing hill. An Air Force base in India in peak Dainkund and turn left from there is the Pholani Devi Temple which is the major attraction here.

Chamba
Chamba

(56 km) Famous for the palace, temple and museum, Chamba is described as a jewel of the Himalayas. Located at a distance of 56 km from Dalhousie, Chamba is one of the best excursion sites near Dalhousie. In this part of Dalhousie, tourists can visit the famous Lakshminarayana ( name of Hindu deity) temple complex, rang mahal, the Palace built in the shape of a castle and the Bhuri Singh Museum. The Museum adorns with the paintings, sculptures, stone inscriptions, wonderful embroideries, ancient weapons, and other rare artifacts.

Chamera Lake
Chamera Lake

The Chamera is an artificial lake, which is surrounded by beautiful green trees and exquisite valleys. It gives way to various water sports activities such as boat riding and fishing and is a part of the Chamera Hydroelectric project that is built over the Ravi River. This lake is located at an altitude of 763 meters above the sea surface and can be accessed from Chamba district, which is only 25 to 35 km from the main market of Dalhousie. The lake offers irrigation facilities to the villagers, who live in and around the Chamera Lake area. Anyone visiting the Chamba Valley or Dalhousie, must visit this spectacular lake, which is surrounded by so many beautiful pine trees and lustrous valleys. To encourage water sports activities on the lake, a water sports sub-center is set up by the Himachal Pradesh Department of Tourism nearby the lake. The location of this lake is favorable as it can be easily reached from Dalhousie, Chamba and Pathankot which are 25 km, 40 km, and 100 km away from the lake respectively. The Chamera Lake can be visited throughout the year, but if you really want to enjoy the snow white surroundings of the lake, then do visit it in winter.

Bhalei Mata Temple
Bhalei Mata Temple

Bhalei Mata Temple is situated 3800 feet high at a place called Bhalei, now a sub-Tehsil headquarter. This temple is 40 km away from Chamba and 35 km away from Dalhousie. The deity here is Bhadar Kali and she looks striking in the form of an idol of black stone kept in the sanctum of the temple. Also famous as Shri Bhalei Mata, she stands 2 feet high. Several pilgrims from all over the world come to visit Bhadar Kali. A big havan ceremony performed here during navratas of Chait and Ashwin months draws a huge crowd to the temple.


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