Khajjiar Dalhouie, Himachal Pradesh
For a century and a half, this serene region has been a beacon for travellers and holiday makers, some escaping the oppressive heat of the plains and some coming from further off, in quest of its sylvan splendour.
Bakrota Hills and the Round
Less than 5 km from the town centre, the Bakrota Hills frame a breathtaking view of the further snowscapes. The 'round' is a walking circuit around the hills, very popular with residents.
Just 27 km from Dalhousie, the beautiful little plain of Khajjiar is one of the favourite retreats for visitors. The saucer-shaped meadow, ringed by pines, has a lake set in the middle, complete with a floating island. A little golden-spired temple and a picturesque golf course complete this pretty picture.
The 'five bridges' memorial was built in memory of Ajit Singh, one of India's well-loved freedom fighters. A natural tank and streams give the spot a fitting serenity.
On the way to Panjpulla, seven of Dalhousie's many springs are clustered together at Satdhara. The sparkling waters are rich in mica and minerals, and are reputed to have great therapeutic value.
1.6 km. from the town square, this natural spring commands a fine view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas.
Just 10 km. outside the town, on a clear day, the peak of Dainkund offers a splendid view of the hills, with the rivers Ravi, Beas, and Chenab threading through the distance.
A short walk from the Baoli, Jandhri Ghat enfolds an elegant palace within a stately colonnade of pines. Chamba's erstwhile rulers governed from here till the advent of Lord Dalhousie. .
8.5 km from Dalhousie, Kalatope is an ideal weekend retreat. With a panoramic view, an enchanting palace, and a forest rest-house, it makes for a pleasant getaway.
The nearest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra) 180 km from Chamba and 140 km from Dalhousie. Vayudoot operates its flights on the Delhi - Dharamsala sector.
Chamba town is 122 km from Pathankot, the nearest broad gauge rail head which is linked by direct trains to Amritsar, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta.
Bharmaur is 65 km from Chamba. By road Dalhousie is 80 km from Pathankot. Both Dalhousie and Chamba are well connected with places in and outside the state.