Retaining not only the colonial looks but also the name, Dalhousie, was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British governor in the 19th century. This hill station is spread across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a wide range of vegetation including pine, oak and deodar. Here are the leading attractions in Dalhousie.
• Dainkund Peak
• Kalatop Rest House
• Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
• Ganji Pahari
The mountain’s highest point towers at a monolithic height of 2,745 meters above sea level. The Dainkund Peak is often termed as the singing hill. The top of the hill is occupied by the Indian Air force and is inaccessible without proper permits. The mountain is one of the most amazing trekking spots and provides a brilliant panoramic view of the entire valley.
Often nicknamed as the mini Switzerland of India, Kajjiar is a small hill town located at 2000 meters above sea level at a short distance from Dalhousie. The town is surrounded by thick covers of deodar and pine trees and the Kajjiar Lake is one of the most amazing and serene picnic spots with the back drop of the snow capped Himalayas. Khajjinag Temple built in the 12th century is also a famous attraction here.
Kalatop Rest House
A walk through the thick pine trees on the way to the Kala tope leads to this amazing picnic spot. Kala Tope Rest House is a government rest house and is accessible only by walking. The amazing views from the place are great and can be visited with family or friends.
Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
The high altitude forests of the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve are located at an average elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level. The forests are also known as Kalatop Kajjiar Sanctuary and are situated between the thick pine, deodar and oak forests. The Kalatop Kajjiar Sanctuary covers an area of 30.69 square kilometers and houses a plethora of various fauna such as the Himalayan Black bear, Pheasants and Himalayan black marten etc.
A famous 5 kilometer uphill walk in Dalhousie, Ganji Pahari gets its name from the bald patch of the Barkota hills of the Himalayas. The place can be reached after a picturesque 1 hour walk from Dalhousie and provides some of the most amazing views of the surroundings. The freshness in the air at the top of Ganji Pahadi is intoxicating and is a perfect spot for an outing with family and friends.