Dagshai or Daag-e-shahi is the oldest cantonment town in the hilly terrains of the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh in India. Perched on the top of a hill 5,689 feet above the sea level, this tiny town is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime, to get a taste of what a real offbeat attraction feels like. The foundation of the township was laid down by the East India Company in the year 1847. This incident occurred after the East India Company took over the five villages of Badhtiala, Chunawad, Dabbi, Jawag and Dagshai from the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh.
The town consists of a prison as well where the mutiny of the Irish soldiers in 1920 was imprisoned. The hill station is a cantonment area for the army and has numerous buildings from the British Era. The town consists of an army unit stationed, a residential Army Public School and also a private school named Dagshai Public School. The town is so small that the two schools occupy most of the hilltop. Nevertheless, one can find some exciting attractions such as the church and the Dagshai cellular jail in the town, which make the visit fun-filled as well as informative.
Dagshai does not have hotels available, but one can find a lot of spots for spending a fun picnic with family and loved ones. From some of these places, one can view the entire Panchkula and Chandigarh lights at night. The tourists can also find a large field for playing in the area.
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