Dalhousie is a much known hill station of Himachal Pradesh. It is perched at an elevation of 6,000 and 9,000 ft above sea level. It is located in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Dalhousie works as the gateway to the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The natural beauty of Dalhousie is very soul stirring. The five hills that comprise Dalhousie are – Kathlog, Portrevn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. Drawn by the magnificent Dahuladhar range of the Himalayas the British arrived at the foothills of Dalhousie. It was named after the first British Governor General of India. It was founded in 1854 by the British Empire. Dalhousie is encompassed by breathtaking natural bounty and snow laden peaks. The hint of Scottish and Victorian architecture is prominent in the structure and churches of Dalhousie. The hill also shelters ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, handicrafts maintained by the longest running single dynasty. If you are interested in period architecture, you can feast your eyes by visiting the old but majestic temples and churches. Some of the popular places around are Khajjiar, Dainkund, Chamba, Palampur, Bir, Billing etc. You can enjoy picnics and relax with your friends and family. It is advised that you plan your trip o Dalhousie during summer, as the temperature remains under a pleasant 25° Celsius. Dalhousie also boasts of having some awesome treks. It is great activity to explore the hills and the surroundings.
Places to Visit
Khajjiar -: Khajjiar is a spectacular valley in the core of Dalhousie. It has a spring and great meadows. It is also known as the ‘Switzerland o India’. But irresponsible tourists are destroying the beauty of this place by littering it insensitively.
Dainkund Walk– This is a very calm and interesting walk near the Air Force Base in Dalhousie, which connects a Hindu Temple.
Alah Water Tank– Alah water tank functions as the main water reservoir of this region. It has the capacity of holding 100,000 gallons.
Upper Bakrota – This is area is perched at the highest point of Dalhousie. There are many estates, hostels and schools and Army Barrack up high. The Bakrota Walk encircles the area on the way to Khajjiar finishing at Alah water tank. The gorgeous houses are a must watch.
Kala Tope Rest House – It is based on the way to Khajjiar at the toll barrier of for Kala Tope. Another road takes you to the government rest house, a wonderful place to enjoy picnic. No automobiles are allowed within 3 km route. This route is blessed with beauty as deep pine woods embraces and thrills you.
Ganji Pahadi Walk- The hill got its name because it has no trees on the summit of the hill and hence it looks like a bald hill. The one hour journey to Ganji Pahadi can be very exhilarating.
Ganji Pahadi Walk – It is situated near the post office and the police station in G.P.O.
Church – The hill got its name because it has no trees on the summit of the hill and hence it looks like a bald hill. The one hour journey to Ganji Pahadi can be very exhilarating.
Summer– the weather remains mild during the summer.
Winter – the temperature might drop down to freezing point during winter.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Gaggal, at a distance of 135 km from Dalhousie.
The nearest railway station is at Pathankot, at a distance of 80 km from the town.
Delhi is 480 km away from Dalhousie. It is well connected by roads and there are regular taxi and bus services.