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Chamera Lake, Dalhousie

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Shielded on the northern side by a tattered fringe of lofty Dhauladhar peaks, Dalhousie is a cool hill retreat with a bygone colonial charm. A veneer of Tibetan culture has added a touch of the exotic to this serene destination.
Spread out over the five hills of Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, the town was founded in the 1850s by Lord Dalhousie, a young Governor General of India who was only 36 when he assumed office.
The town’s two main market areas, the Subhash Chowk and Gandhi Chowk are linked by oak, cedar and rhododendron shaded lanes of Thandi Sarak (Cold Road) and Garam Sarak (Hot Road), with the latter getting more sunshine.
Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. The old world order is brought to life by St. John’s Church at Gandhi Chowk, being the oldest church of Dalhousie. Elaborate woodwork, dark interiors and remarkable stained glass work make St Francis Church at Subhash Chowk, built in 1894, a pride of the town.
Attracted to the healing charm of the hill station, freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose stayed for many months at Dalhousie in 1937. The spring water fed Subhash Baoli and Subhash Chowk are named after him.
For shopping, the township has well stocked handicraft shops. One can buy woollen Himachali shawls, decorative Chamba rumals, traditional jewellery or Tibetan handicrafts at the Tibetan Handicraft Center.
At a walking distance from the town center are the seven springs of Satdhara that are known to have some medicinal properties. Panjpulla is a pretty spot, where 5 bridges have been constructed under which water from natural sources flows. A 5 km popular walking circuit through Bakrota has splendid mountain views.
Dainkund is a 2745 meter high hill, 10 kms from the town center that offers deep panoramic views of the mountains, verdant valleys and the snaking Beas and Ravi Rivers threading their silvery passage down to the plains.

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Temperature: In winter the temperature can drop to freezing point.The summers temprature is mild.
Clothing: Light Woolen clothes in Summer and Heavy woolens in winter.
Where to stay: Dalhousie has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes. HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices

By Road: Dalhousie is approachable from Delhi, from Chamba via Banikhet and via Khajjiar. HPTDC buses are regularly available.
By Rail: The nearest railhead at Pathankot is 85 Km away.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Kangra.
How To Get Around: Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available
Places to visitKm
Mani Mahesh145
Norwood Paradham5
  1. Escape to the peaceful Subhash Baoli.
  2. Gain historical knowledge Panjpulla.
  3. Walk and view snow-clad peaks of Bakrota hills.
  4. Plan a Picnic at Kalatope and enjoy a fine view of the countryside.
  5. Visit Temples Bara Pathar in village Ahla.
  6. Have a bird-eye-view of the hills, verdant valleys and the Beas, Ravi and Chenab rivers threading their silvery passage down to the plains  from Dainkund.

Chaitra and Ashwin Navratra Mela :

During the Chaitra Navratra in March/April and Ashiwin Navratra’s in September/October, large number of pilgrims visits the temples to seek the blessings of the Goddess Durga.

Manimahesh Mela :

In the month of August/September the annual famous Jatra of Manimahesh commences from Laxmi-Narayana Temple in Chamba. A Chhari is taken to the sacred lake of Manimahesh, which is one of the chief tirthas in the district. Manimahesh is 27 Km from Bharmour. During the mela days many pilgrims take a holy dip in the sacred lake of Manimahesh.

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Khajjiar (Chamba)

Often compared with Swiss mountain meadows, Khajjiar is a wide grassy clearing around a pond in a thick cedar forest. This scenic spot, only 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba, is more than a picnic site.
The higher hill range of Khajjiar forms the Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, an ideal trekking country with sheltered wildlife, which include Himalayan black bear, ghoral deer, monal pheasant and others. Summers are pleasant but winters can pound Kalatope with heavy snow that at times can pile to a heap of over five feet. At Bara Pathar, in the vicinity of the sanctuary is a small temple of Bhulwani Mata in the village of Ahla. A fair celebrated in July venerates the goddess.

Chamera Lake
Back waters of Chamera Dam, a reservoir created by damming of River Ravi, has turned into a scenic lake that has become a popular recreational and water sports center. A water sports sub-center here regularly conducts courses in swimming, sailing, water skiing, kayaking and other sporting disciplines. A lakeside resort has come up at Taleru where boating facilities are available. The man-made lake is only 25 kms from Dalhousie and 40 kms from Chamba.

Chamera Lake
Folk Dance-Chamba

The temple of Chattradi is regarded as one of the holiest ones competing with well-known temples of “Lakshna Devi” at Bharmour and of “Bhawani” at Kangra. Some of its idols are believed to have been brought from far South or the State of Orissa. According to the inscription at Chattradi the temple was built by Raja Meru Varman, by whose order the inscription was engraved along with the names of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather as well as that of the sculptor. This epigraph commemorates Meru Varman’s victory over his rivals with the help of the Devi. Chattradi looks most scenic during September and October. Even on other occasions, particularly in spring, Chattradi offers pleasant scenery.

Subhash Baoli
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose spent a large portion of 1937 contemplating here. A nice secluded place.

It means five bridges. It is a picturesque spot with water flowing under the five small bridges. A Samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of Bhagat Singh, adds to its importance. A small freshwater spring Satdhara is close by.

Bakrota Hills
Visit for a brisk walk around the hills and have a view of snow-clad peaks. It is 5 Km from Dalhousie.
Bara Pathar
It is 4 Km from Dalhousie enroute Kalatope. In village Ahla here, there is a temple of Bhulwani Mata.

It is 10 Km from Dalhousie. On a clear day, this tall peak (2745 m) affords a bird’s eye-view of the hills, verdant valleys and the Beas, Ravi and Chenab Rivers threading their silvery passage down to the plains.

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 Km 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.