The DAGSHAI JAIL MUSEUM is unique. It is only the second jail museum in India, the other being the Andaman Island Cellular Jail. The establishment of the museum in 2011 was due to the great vision and drive of the Kasauli headquartered Brigade Commander, Brig. Ananth Narayanan and the tireless efforts put in by Col. Anoop Kutty the Commanding Officer and his brother Officers of the resident Battalion. The museum has exhibits, militaria etc., related to its extraordinary history.
Anand Sethi, a local resident of Dagshai Hills helped in the Curation of this museum with vintage and archival photographs and other material sourced from India, the U.K. and Ireland.
He has also worked on the setting up of this website as also in placing the museum on Google Earth (30deg,53'13.29"N; 77deg 03' 17.66"E).
Dagshai is one of the oldest Army Cantonments in India. A small, pretty hill station it is situated at a height of about 2000 metres on a strategic hill astride the Kalka - Shimla highway (NH-22). It was founded in 1847 by the British after securing free of cost five villages. The name, according to popular legend, derives from 'Daag e Shahi* meaning a 'Royal Mark' which supposedly was impaled on the forehead of criminals who were then sent on to live in Dagshai village.