Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh , Himalayan State)


Dalhousie, situated at an altitude of 2,039m above sea level, is covered with the dense forest of cedar trees. This clean and marvelous settlement sprawls out over five hills just east of the Ravi River. The rippling sound of flowing Ravi river and snow- clad peaks spread over a vast terrain enhance the charm of Dalhousie. In 1853 British purchased the land from Maharaja of Chamba to develop Dalhousie. The attractive little hill town was named after Governor- General Lord Dalhousie. Subhash Chandra Bose secretly planned his strategies here during the Second World War. Rabindranath Tagore wrote his first poem here as a boy. Today its significance is due to number of good schools and the presence of the army.

Gandhi Chowk is situated in the centre of the city, from where one can around the city. Subhash Chowk, Tibetan Market, Thandi Sarak(Mall), Garam Sarak (Mall) markets areas can also be visited.

Martyr's Memorial (2km) is dedicated to martyr Ajit Singh, uncle of martyr Bhagat Singh. He was a supporter of Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army during the Second World War. The monument of Ajit Singh still refreshes the memory of that great patriot. This is situated at Panch Pulla (five bridges).

On the way from PanchPulla to Dalhousie, there is a spring called Satdhara. Previously, there were seven flowing springs, but now only one spring remained. It is said that its water contains mica and medicinal properties.

In addition, nearby Jhandri Ghat, Bakrota hills, Dyne Kund, golf field and Subhash Baori are also worth visiting places.

Kalatope (9km) provides marvelous views of the green valleys, mountains and calm forests. Tourists get fascinated while watching this.

Khajjiar(22km) is a must -see excursion. This meadow is what Gulmarg is for Srinagar. It is a long wide glade ringed by cedars with a small lake and a golf ground. One can spend a whole day here with a picnic hamper. There is a 700- years old temple of Nag Devata ( Deity of snake). The sculpture of the temple is marvelous.

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