Dagshai, located in the Shivalik foothills at a height of 6000 ft above sea level, is one of the oldest British cantonments in India. Beautiful school buildings dating to 1876 are located at the Dagshai Hill. The place has a soccer field on top of a hill where the initial matches of the Durand Football Tournament were played.The place also has historical importance as several battles were fought here. During 1846, the Britishers built a cantonment with a big prison at this place.
Permanent tattoos were made on the foreheads of the prisoners as a marker. The place was under the rule of the Maharaja of Patiala before it was passed on to the British for the establishment of military stations. One of the prominent tourist attractions here is the Roman Catholic Church, along with a graveyard of British soldiers who lived in the cantonment area.