Dalhousie tourism offers unparalleled views of Five distinctive hills – Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun, which are spread over an area of around 13 square kilometers constitute the hill station of Dalhousie. Situated amidst the Western Himalayas, Dalhousie lies at a distance of about 563 km from Delhi, 300 km from Chandigarh, 191 km from Amritsar and 56 km from Chamba.

The British were attracted to the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh during the colonial era. When Lord Napier Magdala wanted to set up a hospital for chronic diseases in Chamba in the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range in 1853, the Raja of Chamba agreed to transfer the plateaus of Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota to the British to establish the sanatorium. This place was eventually named after Lord Dalhousie, the first British Governor General of India. In 1866, Balun hill was also taken over by the British.

There are many places to visit in Dalhousie as it showcases fascinating examples of period architecture ranging from ancient temples to Gothic styled churches. The St. Andrew’s and St. Patrick’s at Balun, the St. Francis’ Church at Subhash Chowk, and St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk are some of the most famous churches of Dalhousie and they are prominently featured in the list of almost all tourists visiting Dalhousie.

Among the religious places to visit in Dalhousie are the numerous temples like the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Hariraya Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple among others.

Some of the other places in Dalhousie also have historical and political significance. Among such places to visit in Dalhousie is Jandrighat, which is a popular summer palace of the rulers of Chamba, and which displays exquisite architectural beauty. Panchpula and Subhash Baoli in Dalhousie are the famous monuments of renowned freedom fighters like Ajit Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.

Other tourist places to visit in Dalhousie and its neighbourhood are Dainkund Peak, Norwood Paramdham, Shivkul, Khajjiar, Chamba, Palampur, Baijnath, Bir, Billing, Triund, Satdhara Falls and Dharamsala among others. Nature lovers can visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary located at a distance of about 6 km from Dalhousie. Sprawling over an area of 1962 hectares, this sanctuary is also known as Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary. The tourist spots of Dalhousie offer a unique blend of adventure, historical significance and abundant natural beauty, for its visitors.

Dalhousie is the gateway to ancient district of Chamba and is full of sightseeing spots. Its Colonial buildings, intricately designed temples and enthralling hills charm visitors of Dalhousie, who come here from everywhere.

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