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Defence Park in Dalhousie is new tourist hotspot

Defence Park in Dalhousie is new tourist hotspot

Shimla, Jun 6 (UNI) Defence Park, situated in the sprawling campus of Dalhousie Public School at the popular hill station on the western edge of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas, is emerging as a new tourist destination.

Hundreds of tourists, as well as locals, daily flock to the park, set up in an area of wasteland, Beeji's Park, as it is commonly known, which connects Dalhousie to another hill station Khajiar, popularly called 'Mini Switzerland,' owing to its scenic beauty, replete with lush green forests, rich wildlife and beautiful lake.

The Park has earned appreciation from nature lovers, environmentalists and local people, alike.

Dalhousie, at a height of 6,460 ft, is one of the most popular hill tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh

According to Dr (Capt) GS Dhillon, Chairman of Dalhousie Public School , T-70 tanks supplied by Russia, apart from state-of-the-art weaponry and other hi-tech Defence equipment displayed at the Defence Park, played a major role in the victory of India over Pakistan in 1971 and during the 1999 Kargil conflict.

The then Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC inaugurated the park on October 15, 2016, offering a picturesque spot for the picnickers and tourists.

Located on the school campus, the park boasts of an MIG-21 fighter aircraft, which was gifted to it by then Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne on October 7, 2013, while two Surface to Air Pichora Missiles were presented on March 15, 2015, by then Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

The park has Russian origin T-55 Battle Tank, a huge model of the latest Shivalik class of stealth frigate with multidimensional capability to destroy intruding submarines, aircraft and ships, which was presented by Eastern Naval Command to Dalhousie Public School.

The latest addition to these war machines are two jeep-mounted 106 mm RCL Guns. These guns, now obsolete, could destroy tanks at a range of two km.

The model of a frigate, which was presented to Dalhousie Public School by the Eastern Naval Command, has been named as INS Madan Singh. The Indian Navy has named a war ship in the memory of Sardar Madan Singh, who as a young Naval Officer, was the leader of the Naval Mutiny of 1946 that shook the very foundation of the British rule in India.

The Indian Navy, in recognition with the services of Sardar Madan Singh, in a ceremony in Mumbai on February 26, 1999, named a Warship Auxiliary in his name.

Sardar Madan Singh's daughter, Annurag Dhillon, is the wife of Dr (Capt) GS Dhillon.

Six lakh domestic and international tourists visited the Park during the year 2017 and at an average 1,500 tourists and locals come to it daily to experience fresh clean air and enchanting view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar peaks.

Day in and day out, tourists flock to this spot and can be seen taking selfies and photographs. Children get excited by the war machines. The desire to join the Indian Armed Forces is writ large on these beautiful innocent faces, said Dr GS Dhillon.

The park, he added, was a perfect blend of natural grace and artificial finesse.

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