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Dalhousie - A travel report by mahua
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Dalhousie,  India - flag India -  Himåchal Pradesh
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DALHOUSIE-a quaint hill station

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Dalhousie is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh.Established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats, the town was named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Viceroy in India at that time.


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Himachal Pradesh has become India’s most popular hill resort owing to its easy accessibility and diversity of hill stations which are known for cool climes, seats of much worshipped religious deities and adventure sports. Dalhousie is one such hill station which is increasingly becoming popular among home and foreign tourists. Nestled on the spur at the western end of Dhauladhar, Dalhousie in its present shape was founded in 1850’s when the British acquired five hills from the ruler of the Chamba State for developing the area as a sanatorium.Unlike several other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is favourite among those who seek solitude and restfulness.The town's heights varies between 525 m and 2,378 m, and is surrounded by varied vegetation - pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar mountains are also visible form this enchanting town.
Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Delhi and 52 km from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot, 80 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km . Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

Favourite spots:
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The greatest activity in Dalhousie is on and around the three level Malls. Gandhi Chowk, Upper bazaar. Subhash chowk, Catholic church of St. Frances, Sadar bazaar and the Convent founded by an Order of Belgium nuns and their Sacred Heart School are on these two malls.
There are several places of tourist interest near the hill resort of Dalhousie like Khajjiar and Chamba. At a distance of 7 kilometers from Dalhousie is Khajjiar. The nature lovers and the adventure seekers alike throng Khajjiar. The marvelous meadow, lovely lake and the captivating cedar trees add to the beauty of Khajjiar.
Then there is the jewel of the Himalayas- Chamba. Chamba is 56 km away from Dalhousie. Chamba could have derived its name from the abundance of fragrant Champa flowers in the area.. In the Dauladhars itself is the other hill resort of Palampur. At 1269 meters Palampur is indeed a valley of flowers.

What's really great:
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The Dhauladhar peaks-shimmering in the morning glow..the bustling market places..and the meadow at Khajjiar....

Sights:
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On a clear day three atleast of the great Punjab rivers are visible glittering in the sunshine and losing themselves in the plains beyond, which seems to melt away into infinite space. These are the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ravi, even the Chenab may sometimes be seen.
Turning to the north the gaze rests on an amphitheater of lofty ranges, with foreground of mountain and valley, forest, gorge and stream. Closing in the horizon to the west and the north-west are the rounded summits of the Kund Kapalas and Daganidhar, which in summer are entirely free of snow. Beyond them are Bhadrawa and Balesa in Jammu. To the north and north-east the snowy pinnacles of the mid-himalaya or Pangi range stretch out in majestic array, many of them rising to an altitude of 18,000 and 19,000 feet.

Accommodations:
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There are deluxe,budget -all category hotels in Dalhousie -among the deluxe hotels,one can stay at places like Snowvalley resorts,Hotel Mount View,Hotel Manimahesh to name a few..also among the standard ones,there are Hotel Spring and Chaanakya.One also has the option of budget hotels like hotel silverton and hotel nest.

Restaurants:
Bengal Sweet Shop-famous for its Bengali sweets like Ras Malai, Rasogolla and Gulab Jamun is located at Gandhi Chowk.

there are quite many dhabas at Dalhousie to check out:Alishan, Amritsari and Sheki Punjab .
There's also the Kwality Restaurant located near Gandhi Chowk.
For South Indian and Chinese cuisine one can go to Lovely Restaurant .


Other recommendations:
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SHOPPING : Located on Thandi Sarak, the Himachal Handloom Industry Emporium has a collection of woolden shawls. Made to order Tibetan carpets can be procured from the Tibetan Handicrafts Centre. Besides carpets, Tibetan handicrafts centre showroom sells bags, purses and other memorabilia.....

Published on Tuesday December 23th, 2008


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Sat, Feb 20 2010 - 02:55 PM rating by pavankumar

nice report.anyway missed about Dalailama.pavankumar

Wed, Dec 31 2008 - 09:12 AM rating by adisidh

Hi Mahua,
Nice and complete report, after your report I am very keen to go there.
Keep posting. take care
subodh

Tue, Dec 23 2008 - 05:36 PM rating by pesu

Good report that shows your love to the place. Thanks for sharing. :)

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