Famous Places and Places to visit in and around Dalhousie :

St. Andrew's Church :- St. Andrew's Church commonly known as the Church of Scotland was built in the year 1903 at Balloon by Protestant Christians. The Church is approximately one and half kms. from Dalhousie's bus stand. The Church building is in good condition, recently a brick boundary wall has been erected around it to save the building from mischief mongers.

St. Patrick's Church :- This Church is situated in Balloon, Dalhousie Cant., on Military Hospital road approximately 2 kms. from main bus stand. St. Patrick's Church is the largest church in Dalhousie having a seating capacity of 300 persons in its main hall. The Church was built in the year 1909 and the dressed-stone building is still in good condition. This Church was built exclusively from contribution made by officers and ranks of the British Army. At present the Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Jullandhar.

St. Francis' Church :- This Catholic Church is a very prominent monument on the Subhash Chownk. This Church was built in the year 1894 from the contributions made by Army and Civil Officers and Civilians. This Church is managed and maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Jullandhar. St. Francis' Church on Pertain hill is believed to have been built on the lines of a certain church in England. Beautiful glass work and intricate stone work can be seen in the Church. Service is conducted every Sunday.

St. John's Church :- This Church stands on the Gandhi Chownk approximately 2 kms. from the main bus stand of Dalhousie. This Church was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded. The church building stands in a good condition but its surroundings demand much better care. Service is conducted on every Sunday.

Bakrota Hills :- ( 2,085 meters 4.8 km ) The fascinating and bewitching Bakrota Hills offer to the tourists the brisk walk round the hills besides a grand view of snow-clad peaks.

Panjphulla :- (4 km.) Sardar Ajit Singh, a great freedom fighter, breathed his last on the day India gained independence, 15th August, 1947. His 'Samadhi' is located at Dalhousie's Panjphulla, a picturesque spot with a natural tank and water flowing under small bridges from which the place takes its name. Sardar Ajit Singh was the uncle of martyr Bhagat Singh. At Panjphulla, there is a 'Samarak' in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh. On the way to Panjphulla is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties. Panjphulla stream is the main source of water supply to Dalhousie and Balloon. The stream springs from the north side of Dain Kund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the waterworks of Panjphulla.

Subhash Baoli :- ( 1.6 km. ) A lovely spot for picnic, commanding a good view of snow covered hills. This has been named after the indomitable man of Indian politics, before the independence days, Shri Subhash Chandra Bose. It is said that he used to drink water from this place during his stay in

Jandri Ghat :- ( 2 km. ) place of the rulers of erstwhile Chamba State, is located and surrounded by tall pine trees, is a place worth visiting. It was once one of the favorite places for the rulers of Chamba as this place has a spacious residence built in 1871 to be used as a summer residence by Chamba Rajas. It is still in occupation of Royal House of Chamba. It commands a panoramic view of surrounding hills.

Dain Kund :- ( 2,745 meters 10 km. ) This is a towering and beautiful peak which offers panoramic views specially on a clear day, of the three main rivers - Beas, Ravi and Chenab and gives you the feeling of being at the top of the world. The view from top is breathtaking. On a clear day, you can have the bird's eye view of the three main rivers - Beas, Ravi and Chenab from here. It is rare and you should bring a binocular with you to truly enjoy the panoramic views. You can also trek down through some outskirts (called Pagdandi) to enjoy the wilderness. You can clearly notice a deep quietness in the environment all around you. It is right that Dalhousie is the quiet most tourist place in India yet so full of life.

Kalatop :- ( 2,440 meters 8.5 km. ) The spot 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. On the left side is the photograph of the Kalatop Rest House. Kalatop experiences heavy snowfall during winter and therefore should be visited during summer or before December. And not to mention the deep quietness in the environment that is one of the main features of Dalhousie.

Khajjiar :- ( 2000 meters ) 24 km. ) 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.

Rock Garden :- (17 km.) Rock Garden is situated in the way of Chamba and Dalhousie. The Rock Garden is beautifully designed and constructed with the stones with the natural water flowing inside the garden. there is also a restaurant for enjoying the natural view of Rock Garden any one can enjoy the nature and the beauty of Rock in Rock Garden

Chamera Lake :- (36 km.) This is the reservoir of the Chamera dam built over the river Ravi. Chamera lake is an artificial lake came into existence as a consequence of Chamera Hydroelectric project. The Dam site is 36 kms from Dalhousie and located at a height of approximately 892 meters above sea level. At its top the Dam is 765 meters High. The Dam site enjoy very sharp fluctuations in climate between April to June. During the day it can get very hot (around 35 degree centigrade) though by the evening, temperatures fall to between 18 to 20 degree centigrade. Between July and September the area is with heavy rainfall and temperatures vary below 20 to 26 centigrade during the day and 8 to 12 centigrade at night time. The project area enjoys a maximum of around 15 degree centigrade between October and December and some times the temperature are known to fall below freezing point.

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, 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, Laungur, Marten, Kashmiri and common giant flying Squirrel