Dagshai Cantonment is situated on top of a 5689 feet (1734 mtr) high hillock that stands sphinx-like astride the Kalka-Shimla Highway at a point about 11 km from Solan. Dagshai Cantonment was Founded in 1847 by securing free of cost five villages from Maharaja of Patiala. There is no authenticated record available, regarding the origin of its name. According to one legend the name was derived from the Urdu phrase “DAAG-E-SHAHI”, which connote the Royal Brand/Stamp. The prisoners were branded during the Moghul times sent to Dagshai Villages .In Dagshai a jail was constructed in 1849 known as Central Jail.This jail came into limelight when a number of Irish freedom fighters were executed here, prompting Mahatma Gandhi to rush to assess the situation. Four revolutionaries of Kamagata Maru were also executed at Dagshai.The Dagshai Central Jail now being converted into a museum. Cantonment Board, Dagshai is a statutory body constituted under the Cantonments Act,2006 The emergence of the Cantonment Board as a municipal body in cantonments was basically in response to the need for maintenance of proper sanitation, health and hygiene in these areas. The scope of the Cantonment Board functions extends to the entire gamut of municipal administration. In addition to provide basic amenities, Cantonment Board, Dagshai also manages public welfare institutions and facilities to the residents of the cantonment area. At present total area of the Cantonment is 820.27 acres. As per census of 2011 the total population of the Cantonment including troops is 2904 Dagshai Cantonment Board is categorized as Class III Cantonment and comprises of 12 members giving an equal representation to Elected and official members. Under the Cantonments Act, 2006, the Cantonment Board has been entrusted with several crucial municipal functions such as street light, building activity regulation, water supply, sanitation, health, primary education, public safety and town planning. Apart from these regulatory functions, Cantonment Board also undertakes several additional measures under public improvement schemes and constantly endeavors to achieve excellence and upgrade the quality of services being provided to the general public. Dagshai Cantonment Board has traveled a long way in accepting the challenges posed by increasing pressure on civic amenities and is making constant efforts to improve the quality of life and provide the best quality of services.