Local Sight Seeing in Dal Housie
St. Andrew’s Church, located at a distance of approximately one and half kilometer from the main bus stand of the Dalhousie is a popular tourist destination. Constructed in 1903, the church was built as a result of efforts of the Protestants. St. Andrew’s Church is located at Balloon and follows Protestantism. Although the church is over hundred years old but is still in good condition.
The church authority, which manages this place, has erected a boundary wall around this church so as to protect the complex from any act of destruction. For nature lovers, it is one of the ideal locations as the entire church is surrounded by natural beauty that can be enjoyed. In addition, it is also famous among tourists who have religious inclination.the walls and main entrance door of the temple. There will be long Queue for the darshan in peak tourist seasons like summer.
Panchpula is located at a distance of around 3 km from Dalhousie. One of the famous picturesque spots in the region, the word Panchpula means five bridges. It is the place where a descending stream pours into and feeds several pools. The main stream that supplies water to cities of Dalhousie and Balloon is the Panchpula stream. The stream originates from the northern side of Dayakund, which then cuts through a ravine to fall into the water bodies located in Panchpula.A monument or a Samadhi has been built where several streams meet at Panchpula in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, who was a great revolutionary. In addition, there is a restaurant along with several tea shops dotted around Panchpula.
On the way to Panchpula, there is a spring fall, which is known as the Satdhara spring fall. It is believed that the fresh waters of Satdhara contain healing medical properties. Thus, while travelling to Panchpula, most of the tourists halt at this spring fall to witness the miracle of nature.
Subhash Baoli, located at a distance of around 1 km from Dalhousie has been named after Subhash Chandra Bose, the famous freedom fighter. In 1937, he had spent a lot of time in Dalhousie at this place. Subhash Baoli is a beautiful spot circumscribed by several and huge towering trees. It is one of the most popular tourist spots of Dalhousie owing to the natural spectacle of the place and for the beautiful views of the snow capped peaks. At this place only, Subhash Chandra Bose sat and meditated while he was staying at Dalhousie. The same historical location has seating arrangements now, where tourists can sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the overlooking mountains.
Kalatop is about 80000 m above G.P.O and is one of the places in near Dalhousie that has snow all year round. The only way to see Kalatop is on foot as most cars cannot go beyond a point because of the snow and if you plan to do the three day treks all the way to Khajjiar, then make sure you are trained for it. If not, Kalatop still has lots to offer by way of a starkly beautiful landscape draped in white. You can walk here for hours, enjoying the stretches of silence, the gently sloping road and the sometimes five feet deep stretches of snow. Tea shops dot the sides of the road so you can take a break to sip on a warming cup of tea at any point in your trek. You can walk through the pine forests to Lakkarmandi.
Here you’ll find the Tibetan Handicrafts centre and the Dalhousie Potato farm. Lakarmandi used to be populated by Dhogri families who made charcoal. But they were later driven away by the lack of need for charcoal in today’s time. However, you can see the DayanKund peak where the army camp is based. Although the area is restricted, locals who want to visit the Bhulwani Mata temple are allowed through. Miss Kalatop and you miss an unforgettable experience!
A little out of Dalhousie is a beautiful, charming retreat that makes an ideal day excursion or even an overnight visit. Far from any major town, this tranquil spot has a small lake in the centre, on which is a floating island. The local people hold the lake for in legend, it is associated with Khajjinag, the deity that is enshrined in the temple here. The temple here has a golden dome.
Sanctuary Area in Khajjiar
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary :Altitude : varies from 1185 meters to 2768 meters. Annual Rainfall: mean annual rainfall is 800 mm. Temperature: varies from -10 to 35°C. Area: 2,026.89 hectares (20.27 sq. km.) Location: 13 km. from Dalhousie Approaches: Dalhousie to Lakkar Mandi (inside the sanctuary 10km.) then to Kalatop 3km.This small sanctuary lies in the catchments of the Ravi River, and contains patches of good coniferous and oak forests. A lovely bowl-shaped meadow at Khajjiar, with a lake and a ‘floating’ island, is a popular tourist spot. There is a ‘golden’ domed temple at the edge of this meadow, dedicated to the deity ‘Khajjinag’, from whom the area derives its name. Kalatop place commands a beautiful and grand panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and eye travels wide over hill and dale, field and forest, smooth and ruggedness, till in the direction of Jammu and Kashmir, it meets a horizon of snow peaks. A motor able road to Kalatop Rest House leads from the Dalhousie to Khajjiar to Chamba road at the point named Lakkar Mandi. The track from Lakkar Mandi to Kalatop Rest House is plain and the walk through the dense forest is amazingly refreshing. To obtain permission to ply the vehicle and stay in Rest House, one can contact Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife, and Chamba. Flora Mixed blue pine and Deodar forest with some green oak and Fauna (Mammals) Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Leopard, Cat, barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Languor, Marten, Kashmiri and common giant flying Squirrel