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Satdhara Falls, Dalhousie Overview

The stunning Satdhara Falls is situated in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by fantastic views of the Chamba valley - with snow-covered ranges and fresh, green pine and deodar trees. 'Satdhara' means seven springs. This waterfall brings together the waters of seven beautiful springs - their meeting point being 2036masl, cascading magnanimously in unison. The water here is said to contain mica, which has medicinal properties to cure skin diseases.

This is the perfect place for people in search of some tranquillity in their hectic life. The crystal clear water of the majestic Satdhara Falls gurgles with joy as little droplets bounce off the rocks onto us. The pleasant fragrance of wet mud fills the air with a refreshing scent as the water pours into a sparkling and smooth aquamarine pool. The sweet nougat smell of flower washes over you as the view of the white water surging and plunging from the height hypnotises you with its beauty. The sound of the crashing water is loud but pleasant. The edges of the fall hemmed with silver lines glisten in the sunshine.

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Highlights of Satdhara Falls

Unlike many other waterfalls, the Satdhara Falls have therapeutic value. The springs are said to contain the element mica, which has medicinal properties that can potentially cure several diseases. These dazzling waterfalls are located on the way to Panchpula, which is another popular place to visit in Dalhousie.

You may opt to trek to Satdhara Falls through the wilderness. Soft breezes rustle trees and leaves fall to the earth, adding crunch to your steps. The birdsong in the air is a melody to the soul, while shafts of sunlight through dense trees feel like you're walking through a mirage. A trek to this bewitching waterfall promises to rejuvenate your mind and soul, leaving you cleansed.

The view of the sunset from Satdhara Falls is simply splendid. The big ball of yellow fire turning to a flaming orange and slowly taking shelter behind the hills is a sight to see. As the sky changes colours, the birds chirp and flutter to their cosy nests before the crickets take over.

Attractions near Satdhara Falls

Chamera Lake: The Chamera lake is a beautiful artificial lake within the reservoir of the Chamera Dam. Located at an altitude of 1700 meters, this massive pool of aquamarine water continuously fed by the Ravi River is a sight for sore eyes. Boating, fishing and watersports are some activities available here.

Dainkund Peak: Dainkund is the highest peak in Dalhousie, experiencing the highest snowfall in this region. The peak is one of the most visited attractions near Satdhara Falls. It gives an all-around view of the lush green valleys, skyscraping trees and snow-white mountains; from a height of 2755 masl!

Chamunda Devi Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Kali, this quaint temple is over 750 years old. History says that the location of the temple is the same place where the goddess killed the two demons, Chanda and Munda that marked the end of a fight that had prolonged for thousands of years. The temple also holds a Shivalinga, representing the presence of Lord Shiva.

Bhuri Singh Museum: This museum is popular for its miniature paintings from the Kangra, Chamba and Basohli School. King Raja Bhuri donated all his family paintings and antiques, reflecting the culture of Chamba, to the museum. The museum was established in 1908 and named after him.

Tips for Visiting Satdhara Falls

1. You can enter the waterfall area and splash around in it. Be sure to carry an extra pair of clothes.
2. Try to make it in time to witness the sunset from the falls.
3. Wear comfortable shoes that have a proper grip as the mossy rocks are slippery.
4. Watch out for frogs and insects. Apply an insect repellant.
5. Take your camera.

How To Reach Satdhara Falls

Since the Satdhara Falls is right on the way to Panchpula, it is easy to locate. Buses ply to Gandhi Chowk, from where you can hail a taxi to Satdhara Falls easily.

Since Dalhousie does not have its own airport, the closest airport is Pathankot airport which is only 75 kms away. Buses ply to Pathankot and Chamba too. At a distance of 71 kms is Pathankot's Chakki Bank railhead, which is the nearest railway station to the falls.

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