Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dalhousie Hill Station

Dalhousie spread across the Chamba and Pangi valleys is a serene mountain destination with its own distinct culture, beauty, and serenity.  It is built on five hills with snow-clad peaks surrounding the city from all sides. The whole of Chamba is dotted with innumerable ancient temples and Dalhousie is the seat of quite a few of them. It is known to nurture and preserve ancient Hindu culture, art and craft, handicrafts, and customs.

Dalhousie was designed as the summer retreat during the British rule for their troops and bureaucrats. The buildings of Dalhousie reflect Victorian and Scottish architecture. Tourism has become the dominant source of livelihood for the city and there are more than 600 odd small and big hotels in the city.

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How to reach

By road
Dalhousie is well connected by roads to all the major cities of Northern India. It is situated at a distance of around 580 kms from Delhi.

By rail
Pathankot, which is around 118 km from Dharamshala is the closest railway station that connects it to almost all major cities of India.

By air
The nearest airport from Dharamshala is Gaggal in Kangra, which as about 170 kms from the town.

Places to see
situated 3 kms away is famous for the refreshing spring flowing down the mountain slopes. Several streams meet at a place and lend the atmosphere an additional charm. Kynance is a worth visiting building of historical importance where Netaji Subhash Chandra has stayed briefly. There are several churches such as St. Andrew’s Church, St. Patrick’s Church, St. Francis Church, and St. Johns Church. Kalatop is a wildlife sanctuary 10 kms away and is an excellent trekking destination.

Famous spots you must not miss
Dainkund Peak, Khajjar, Bakrota Hills, Saddar Bazar, Subhash Chowk, and Tibetan Market are some famous places one should not miss while on a Dalhousie visit.

This place is a favorite among shoppers for various handicrafts. Woolen shawls and slippers and also extremely popular.

Places to stay
Places like Hotel Grand View, Hotel Mount View, Snow Valley resorts, Hotel Monal, Hotel Pearl, Hotel Spring, and Hotel Nest offer simple and elegant stay in this mountain city.

Best time to visit
May to September can be called the peak tourist season in Dalhousie. Summers months are indeed the best time to visit.

Dalhousie being a major hill station has cool to cold climate throughout the year. Monsoon months see heavy downpour in the months between June and September. Summers are more or less warm with plenty of sunshine, however nights might get a bit cold. Winters are exceptionally chilly with temperatures dropping below freezing point.

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