Mini Switzerland

Dalhousie 

Dalhousie is a charming hill station in northern Himachal Pradesh that holds enduring reminisces of the British Raj. It was established in 1854 as the summer retreat for the troops and bureaucrats under the British empire. Spread over five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun), the town is named after the 19th century British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. Rich in colonial architecture, the town houses some beautiful churches, the oldest one being the St. John church (built in 1863).

Dalhousie Church

Places of Tourist Attractions:

Panjpulla:

The word Panjpulla means five bridges. The samadhi of Ajit singh, uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh is located in here. It is a panoramic place with water flowing under the five small bridges. Satdhara, a fresh water springs gurgling with refreshing water, is also situated on its way.

Kalatope:

10 km from Dalhousie, it is a picnic spot and a wild life sanctuary. Kalatope in Chambiali language means a ‘black cap’. A beautiful Forest Rest House with a ‘chowkidar’ residence stands in the middle of the thick forest.

Bara Pathar:

It is 4 km from Dalhousie and is on the way to Kalatope. A temple of Bhulwani Mata is situated in the village Ahla here.
Located 10 km from Dalhousie, is Dainkund. At a height of 2745 m, this tall peak gives its visitors a bird’s eye-view of the hills, green valleys and Beas, Ravi and Chenab rivers meandering down the plains.

Khajjiar:

Referred to as the mini-Switzerland of India, it is a beautiful saucer-shaped meadow surrounded by tall deodar trees.  The moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar, one is welcomed by a yellow Swiss sign for ‘hiking path’ which reads “Mini Switzerland”.

Bakrota hills:

Situated at 5 km from Dalhousie, one can visit around the hill for a brisk walk and enjoy a view of snow-clad peaks.

Bakrota hills

Bakrota hills

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