Situated in the Chamba district, Dalhousie is an old school hill station in India. Wondering why we call it old school? Well for starters, It is not a place which has any night life so you can say that everyhing winds up here as early as seven in the evening.
Again Dalhousie is not exactly shoppers paradise either, yes one can puchase items of interest here but there are no malls or multiplexes.
You may question then what makes the hill station a tourist destination to which the only reply is that it is nature's home. If you are simply looking to get away from the distractions of modern day life, Dalhousie is the place.
Rang Mahal built by Raja Umed Singh is a must see tourist destination here at Dalhousie. The palace architecture is a blend of British and Mughal design. One cannot stop themselves from admiring the beauty of the palace. There is a small Emporium situated here from where one may purchase handmade kerchiefs, shawls and more.
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Dainkund Peak is the highest peak in Dalhousie and is a tourist attraction. One can see the entire valley from the peak. A perfect trekking site, one can trek their way up to the peak. It is at time reffered to as the 'Singing Hills' due to the musical sound it makes when a breeze passes through them.
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Bhuri Singh Museum
A place one can visit to know more of the history of the region is the Bhuri Singh Museum. Named after King Raja Bhuri, the museum houses items like armour and arms, coins, jwellery, traditional wear and more.
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Chamunda Devi Temple
On the banks of the Baner River is the Chamunda Devi Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Believed to be 750 years old, the temple is visited by pilgrims everyday. One can come here and pay homage to the Goddess and thereafter enjoy the scenic beauty it has to offer.
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Known as the 'Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is another must see place in Dalhousie. It is a three day trek from Kalatop and has many an activities for the tourist. One can just stand here and admire the beauty that is before them. It is advised that people coming here should carry woollen clothes here even during the summer months as it has cold weather.
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Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
Located in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh is the Kalatop Khajjar Sanctuary. It is a must visit tourist destination here as it houses many a wild animals like leopards, barking goral, serrow, himalayan black marten and more. Also the forest is a thick foilage of blue pine, fir and deodar trees.
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How to Reach Dalhousie
By Air: Pathankot Airport is the nearest air base from Dalhousie, located at a distance of 80 km. The airport is only connected to the Delhi airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead to Dalhousie is Pathankot, which is situated at a distance of 80 km. The Pathankot railway station is connected to major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, and Amritsar.
By Road: Dalhousie is well-connected to nearby towns and cities by public transport. You can also avail regular luxury buses from Delhi, which is situated at a distance of 560 km.
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