Dalhousie is one of most enchantingly quiet town of
Himachal Pradesh. The pine-covered slopes of five hills around make it
most picturesque. The town covering an area of 14 sq kms was established
by the British governor-general Lord Dalhousie. The charming colonial
architecture and snowcapped mountains add to the panoramic view of Dalhousie.
The places of interest are: Subhash Baoli spring at an altitude of 6880
ft.; Satdhara at 6720 ft with seven therapeutic springs; Kalatope at 8000
ft with a variety of wildlife in the sancturary; and Khajjiar a saucer-shaped
meadow is a famous retreat with a 12th century temple and a gold course.
Places of Interest
Panchpula, a beautiful spot, is barely 3 kms. from G.P.O. On the way to
Panchpula is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to
contain some medicinal properties. Panchpula stream is the main source of
water supply to Dalhousie and Bahloon. The stream springs from the north
side of DayanKund and runs down a picturesque ravine to the waterworks of
Panchpula. There is an elegant monument erected at Panchpula where several
streams meet at one point. This monument, a samadhi was built in memory
of great revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh who breathed his last in Panchpula.
There is a Tourism restaurant and several chai shops in Panchpula, that
offer hot and cold beverages and snacks.
Kynance is a private residential building of Dharamvirs. This building was
constructed during the year 1933 by Dr. N.R.Dharamvir of Lahore. This building
acquired historical significance due to the reason that Neta Ji Subhash
Chander Bose, a class fellow of the wife of Dr. Dharamvir, stayed with them
for a period of 7 months beginning May, 1937. Before arriving in Dalhousie,
Neta Ji was in British Jail where his health had deteriorated. On the request
of his younger brother the British High Court released Neta Ji on parole
on health grounds. It brought Neta Ji to the climate of Dalhousie. Kynance
is barely 50 kms. from G.P.O. It lies hidden from the public eye below the
road. An insignificant looking board bearing the name of Kynance hangs from
a tree and is discernible to only those tourists who have an eye for details.
Just approximatly 1 km from G.P.O. is a charming natural spot called Subhash
Baoli. Neta ji Subhash Chander Bose during his 7 months sojourn in Dalhousie
in 1937 is believed to have spent most of his days by the side of this water
body, meditating amidst dense woods of Cedar and meeting his party workers.
This place lies on the G.P.O. - JandriGaht Road. A canopy with seating facilities
has been created by the local administration at this place.
ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH
St. Andrew's Church commonly known as the Church of Scotland was built in
the year 1903 at Baloon 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 Baloon, Dalhousie Cantt., 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 Jalandhar.