Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Photo journal

Swati Sharma
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Famous Chamba shawls with beautiful embroidery were eye catchers so I bought one for myself.

A feel of Dalhousie

My days in Dalhousie were spent in complete bliss. Pristine nature overwhelmed me for the three days that I was there and I completely lost track of time.

Dalhousie is an offbeat hill station in Himachal Pradesh, it is a tourist's delight with a picturesque landscape. It is situated on the western border of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. A gateway for the ancient Chamba valley, it is spread over five hills - Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. The place has an old world charisma and tranquility reigns supreme.

What a welcoming site!

A view of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Down the hills…

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Mountainside in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

A view of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Hippity-Hop

I walked around on the paths dotted with pine trees and loved the enormous green cover. It felt wonderful to be alone with nature.

Lost in the woods!

Trek route through jungle in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Trek in Dalhousie

A road in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Buildings from the British times can be seen everywhere most of them still intact with their charm.

British architecture in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dalhousie being famous for its churches, I went to see St. Paul's and St. Francis' Church. Splendid architecture and the serenity of the place swept my mind away.

St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's church, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

St. Francis' Church

St. Francis' Church, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Inside St. Francis' Church, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India

Dalhousie, sunset at Gandhi Chowk

Sunset in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

I also visited the beautiful Panchpula, just 3km away that has many pools which are fed by a stream.

Memorial built in the memory of the freedom fighter Ajit Singh, uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Freedom fighter's memorial in Dalhousie: Ajit Singh, uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

My next destination was Kalatope, a wildlife sanctuary which is 10 km away.

Kalatope wildlife sanctuary, Dalhousie

I saw the barking deer and various birds with melodious voices which attracted my attention quite easily in the otherwise quiet surroundings. It also has the Himalayan black bear and the Ghoral which I did not see. A Forest Dept Rest House is also there for night stay.

It has a wonderful view of snow peaks around

Snow peaks around Dalhousie

Overall I just enjoyed my long walks admiring my surroundings which gave me endless pleasure.

Jungle in Dalhousie

Tibetan Paintings on the rocks besides the road

Tibetan paintings on rocks along roadsides in Dalhousie

A Tibetan painter

A Tibetan painter at work in Dalhousie, India

The shopping scene

Tibetan market in Dalhousie

The Tibetan Market

Markets cater to the daily needs of the locals. Fresh fruits, dry fruits, cane baskets, woolen stuff and dolls and slippers typical of the Chamba region were seen in abundance. Famous Chamba shawls with beautiful embroidery were eye catchers so I bought one for myself.

Travel facts: Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

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By Road

The city of Pathankot in the state of Punjab state is considered the gateway to Dalhousie. Pathankot is 80 km from Dalhousie. Taxis are easily available here for Dalhousie.

By Air

Dalhousie can be reached by airports at Gaggal in Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) 135 km away and Amritsar which is 190 km away from Dalhousie.

By Train

Pathankot's railway station is connected to all major cities of India.




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