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Happy Holidays – Dalhousie

Known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty, Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is located in the district of Chamba at an elevation of around 2,000 meters. The hill station is situated at the Western end of the Dhauladhar range of mountains. Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, Dalhousie is named after its founder Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor-General in India. With several Victorian-style mansions, Scottish architecture and other charming colonial buildings, this hill station will take you back in time. The place also has few quaint churches. Dalhousie is spread over an area of 14 sq km of area and it includes five hills, namely Balun, Bakrota, Tehra, Patreyn and Kathlog. The fragrant pines, oaks, rhododendron and oaks along with several other types of tress cover the slops of the mountains. This scenic hill station if framed by the river Ravi flowing at the base of the town. Dalhousie is a popular destination for holidays. Dalhousie also offers you the spectacular view of the majestic snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range located in Jammu and Kashmir, Sach Pass and Chamba’s Pangi Valley. This enchanting hill station has several tourist spots like Lohali village, Kalatop, Dainkund peak, Bakrota hills and Tibetan market. The beautiful valley of Khajiar is also quite popular among the visitors. Tourists also like visiting the region near Alla. The region offers a spectacular view of the beautiful landscape. The hill station is far from the crowd and pollution of the cities and offers you a calm environment in the lap of nature. This hill station is a treasure trove of ancient temples, art, handicraft and Hindu culture, preserved since the sixth century. Bharmour, the capital of the ancient Chamba Hill state, has 84 temples that were built during the period between 7 th and 10 th century AD. It is also home to the Gujjar and Gaddi tribes. If you are headed off to this cool hill station, here are 5 places that you must certainly visit!

1. Daikund: The walk at Daikund will surely be a walk to remember for lifetime. On reaching the highest point, one can enjoy a spectacular view of Kailash Parbat of Dhauladhar ranges.

2. Upper Bakrota: Upper Bakrota is the highest area in Dalhousie. The houses here are an architectural marvel and you will be left gaping at them awestruck!

3. Panch Pula: Panch Pula means five bridges. It is known for its gushing streams. Trekking from Panchpula to Daikund which passes through scenic locales is an amazing experience.

4. Subhash Baoli: Subhash Baoli is a perennial spring named after the famous freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. He is said to have recovered from tuberculosis by the medicated water of this spring.

5. Tibetan Market: At the Tibetan market, one can buy a lot of artifacts, electronics and toys. It’s worth a visit as some of the things you can purchase here are absolutely unique.

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