Dalhousie, India

Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in Chamba district, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on 5 hills and has an elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level.

Dalhousie Town was named after The Earl of Dalhousie who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie has a humid subtropical climate. Late summer and early spring see torrential rainfall due to monsoonal influence. The city sees over 90 frost days per year and 20-30 snowy days.

History of Dalhousie

Dalhousie was founded during the colonial time around the 1850s by the Britishers and was named after ‘Lord Dalhousie’ who was the chief frontman of Britishers in India at that time.

It is located to the west of the Dhauladhar Peak of the Himalayas and is considered a gateway to the beautiful Chamba district, which is filled with Hindu culture, art, temples, and handiwork and was named ‘Alpine Beauty’ by the British officers.

During that time, British rule was taking over other parts of India and it became evident that it will be the same for Dalhousie as well. They started building the city by hiring poor villagers who were devoid of many basic needs of life at low wages and ill-treated them. Later, Christian missionaries came to their rescue but just for spreading their own religion and not for genuine community help

Lord Dalhousie

Khajjiar

Khajjiar is located approximately 24 kilometers (15 mi) from Dalhousie.

It sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. About 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance. It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.

It can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in an hour or so. This is a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture, and forest.

Also is known as a Mini Switzerland. On 7 July 1992, Swiss Envoy Willy P. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map by calling it “Mini Switzerland”

Khajjiar

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Famous places of Dalhousie

  • Khajjiar.
  • Satdhara Falls.
  • Panchpula.
  • Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.
  • Dainkund Peak.
  • Bakrota Hills.
  • Subhash Baoli.
  • Chamba.                                                                                                                                                                        Also, do visit my other post by click here

Mcleodganj-Tibetan culture in India

Mcleodganj is also known as a little Lhasa because there are lots of Tibetan peoples. Also, there is an H.H The Dalai Lama residence and Tibetan government in exile.

McleodganjWhen China invaded Tibet in the 1950s, the Dalai Lama and several other Tibetans had to flee their native land forcefully. At that time, India offered help, and it was in Mcleodganj Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh where everyone took refuge.

Residence to The Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is also the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration, which is the Tibetan Government in exile.

Exploring Mcleodganj Dharamshala is a dream for any traveler. There is a sense of tranquillity in wandering through the narrow streets of the town that highlight the authenticity of the people, residing in complete harmony.

However, the true beauty of Dharamshala lies in its temples and monasteries. While several tourist attractions in the area are an absolute delight to discover, it is the omnipresent spirituality of the place that eventually steals the heart

Another reason to visit Dharamshala is for its exquisite artifacts and local markets, which are a shopper’s delight. Add to that the scenic magnificence of the surroundings, and Dharamshala is sure to touch every soul that meanders through its land.

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Mcleodganj

 

The Dalai Lama Temple

McLeod Ganj, also known as Upper Dharamshala, is the official residence of The Dalai Lama. It is one of the most ‘touristy’ towns in the country. To learn more about the history of Tibet and witness its glory, you must visit the Dalai Lama Temple Complex.

Tourists from across the planet visit the heavenly Dalai Lama Temple to seek peace and wellbeing. The temple is known as ‘Tsug La Khang’ and is situated close to the official abode of His Holiness.

The Dalai Lama visits the temple frequently to conduct prayer meets, meditations, and to address disciples. If you are looking to attend any of his sessions, plan your trip according to His dates. His talks are scheduled twice or thrice a year and are open to all, free of cost.

Chanting of prayers, meditation meetings, and various religious practices are a constant here. Another major attraction is the chief prayer wheel. The wheel, plated in pure gold, is at the center of the temple.

Mcleodganj

There are also large statues reflecting Tibetan and Buddhist culture dotted across the complex. A statue of Lord Buddha, along with those of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche are among the prominent sculptures that are visually appealing.

To take a bit of Dharamshala back home, there are shops nearby that sell books and religious beads, among other things to visitors.

Tsung La Khang is also famous for its stunning architecture. Every nook and corner oozes elegance, with divine vibrations lingering in the air at all times.

Visitors get to see the Namgyal Monastery, and several striking temples, and a museum inside the complex. The museum acts as a reflection of Tibetan legacy with an intimate insight into their beliefs.

When planning your trip, start early in the morning to experience the serenity of the complex at its best

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