6728 feet above sea level, is a hill station par excellence. Situated
on the outer slopes of Dhauladhar Range, Dalhousie is known for its
bracing climate, picturesque landscapes and beautiful picnic spots.
The most distinctive features are the level walks and interesting
tracks amidst dense forest. It is one of the best and inexpensive
- Called the Mini Switzerland and 21 km from Gandhi
Chowk (and Mehar's Hotel), it is a saucer shaped meadow surrounded
by dense wooded slopes and a small lake in the middle with a small
floating island. An HPTDC Tourist rest house and a few hotels are
there for lodging.
Halfway between Dalhousie and Khajjiar, at Lakkar Mandi, a 3 km
jeep track leaves the main road and zigzags its way through the
dense forests to arrive at Kalatop (2348 m). It has a panoramic
view of snow peaks around. A Forest Dept Rest House is also there
for night stay. Most of the scenes in the film '1942 - A Love Story'
were shot here.
A popular picnic spot, 2.5km from Gandhi Chowk where the Samadhi
of revolutionary leader S. Ajit Singh is located. There are a few
tea shops and a restaurant for snacks.
Khal Pukhri -
A newly developed picnic spot with green meadows surrounded by thick
forest; a small stream runs through the meadow and is approachable
by car or on foot.
Temple - Situated at a
commanding height of 9800 feet (2987 m), the highest point around
Dalhousie, it is a small temple dedicated to wrestler's goddess.
It can be approached via Lakkar Mandi, 11 km by vehicle and the
last 3km on foot.
Rock Gardens and Chamera Dam
lake View - Both these points
are located on the Dalhousie-Chamba road.
Boating on Chamera Lake -
The vast expanse of the Chamera Dam reservoir which is also known
as the Bhadrika Lake flaunts the presence of Motor Boats. The motor
boat joy ride over such a huge water body is a one time experience.
Bhalai Mata Temple -
Situated 30 km from Dalhousie on the top of a hill, it offers most
enchanting view of the Chamera Lake and the mountains around. It
is considered very sacred and as important as Vaishno Devi. Sight
seeing bus is available from Dalhousie, for the temple.