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Officers Quarters Dagshai.jpg
Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 30.88°N 77.05°E
Altitude: 1,734 m (5,689 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Dagshai
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Country: India
Transport links
Kalka-Simla Railway

Dagshai is a hill station founded in 1847 by the East India Company after it acquired the land from the Maharaja of Patiala along with the villages of Dabbi, Bughtiala, Chunawag and Jawag. [1].

A cantonment was located there.

Dagshai together with Kasauli and Subathu, were hill depots created by the British Army in the mid-19th c for the families and some of the troops to escape to in the hot weather which was so unhealthy in the plains. They are on the ridges of wooded hills about 20 kms into the Himalayas on the road between Chandigarh and Simla.[2] Kasauli is the major town in the area.

Spelling variants

Dagshai, Dugshai, Dugshaie

FIBIS Resources


  • St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church


  • St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery (For link to details of memorials see FIBIS Resources above)

External links

"Dagshai’s ‘Mem ki qabr’ gets a fresh lease of life" by Man Aman Singh Chhina June 24, 2017 The Indian Express.
Dagshai Central Jail & Museum Wikipedia
A Visit to Dagshai Jail Museum YouTube video.

Historical books online

  • "Dugshai" page 156 A Guide to Simla: With a Descriptive Account of the Neighbouring Sanitaria, Subathoo, Dugshaie, Sunawur, Kussowlie, Kotegurh, Chini, &c., &c., &c‬ by W H Carey 1870 Google Books
  • "Dagshai" page 118 Punjab District Gazetteers Volume VIII A. Simla District 1904 Archive.org
  • "Dagshai, Simla Hills" by Major J E M Boyd RAMC page 129 Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Volume 44 Jan.-June 1925. Archive.org


  1. A neglected reminder of the Raj By Romesh Dutt
  2. Kennedy, David. Re: HURST Rootsweb India Mailing List 2 September 1998, now archived.
  3. By email dated 20 June 2013 to User:Maureene