One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is well-known for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. It is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet and is surrounded by scenic snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie gets its name from its eponymous founder Lord Dalhousie and houses a large number of Victorian-style mansions. It is spread over an 14 sq km and covers over five hills.
There are several tourist attractions in Dalhousie. Khajjiar, a beautiful valley is quite a favourite among tourists. Tibetan market, Bakrota hills, Dainkund peak, Kalatop and Lohali village are few other popular places to visit in Dalhousie. Karelanu is a spot famous for its healing water spring.
The High snow clad Dhauladhar ranges form a magnificent backdrop to the hill resort of Dharamsala. This is the principal township of Kangra district and overlooks wide spread of the plains. With dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and the nearby snowline, Dharamsala has everything for a perfect holiday. It is full of life and yet peaceful.
Covering a wide area in the form of twin settlement, lower Dharamsala (1380m) is a busy commercial centre. While upper Dharamsala (1830m) with the suburbs of Mcleodganj and Forsytheganj, retains a British flavor and colonial lifestyle. There is also a large Tibetan community who have made this place their home. Numerous ancient temples like Jwalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda lie on the plains below Dharamsala.
The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (also known as Harmandir Sahib) and means “holy pool of nectar”. It is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion.
Places of interest too can be found in Amritsar. The Golden temple, JallianwalaBagh, Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Central Sikh Museum and Wagah Border are some places one must not miss in Amritsar.