Dalhousie: A Quiet Summer Retreat

19th Oct 2014
Photo of by Nancy Nance


Photo of Khajjiar by Nancy Nance

Gandhi Chowk

Photo of Gandhi Chowk by Nancy Nance

St. John's Church

Photo of St. John's Church by Nancy Nance

Satdhara Falls

Photo of Satdhara Falls by Nancy Nance

"Not all those wander are lost"

Disowned by Lahore at the time of Partition, Dalhousie is one of those hill stations that didn't gain much tourist attraction in India. It was discovered by British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. Hence, it is named after him. English visited this place to get away from the summer. The British style country houses, built during the British era, have been converted into hotels. Often, people describe this place as dull and monotonous as there isn't much to visit here. But it is a place that demands to be explored on foot. The place is surrounded by thick forest and a walk around the area is anything but dull, offering enthralling scenic landscape making it bliss for nature lovers.

The best time to visit the place is in summers as the weather remains calm and pleasant, making the place a summer retreat for people living in plain areas. Away from the hustle and bustle of city, one can enjoy the view of snow capped mountains even from the window of the hotel room. Apart from the tourist spots, the place has a public library too where different daily newspapers and monthly magazines are always available.

Away from the area where hotels are built, one has to walk for 15-20 minutes to reach the place. One can sit on the benches and enjoy the calm weather of the place. The place has a library for bibliophiles where one can relax and read about Dalhousie and a Tibetan market for shopping.
Photo of Gandhi Chowk, Major District Road 49, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Nancy Nance
This church is the most visited church of the town. I t was founded by the protestant missionaries. The church conducts service every Sunday.
Photo of St. John's Church, Dalhousie, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Nancy Nance
On the way to Panchpula, Satdhara Spring Falls is situated which is said to have medicinal properties in the seven tiny streams that converge on this spot.
Photo of Panchpula, Pathankot Road, Chatryara, Himachal Pradesh, India by Nancy Nance
25km away from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is situated on a small plateau, surrounded by green meadows. It is often regarded as a 'Mini- Switzerland' of Himachal Pradesh.
Photo of Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India by Nancy Nance