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Dalhousie - The Destination

  
The dream destination of Dalhousie is a spectacular hill resort in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh. Here, the deodars and the pines, the cottages and the villas come together for a unique summer retreat. Beauty captures the hearts of the tourists that flock to Dalhousie year after year. The ravishing pink and red rhododendrons, the gorgeous greens and the pristine air further add to its attraction.

Compared to other hill stations, Dalhousie is distinctly different and off the beaten track . Spread over five hills , Dalhousie has a serenity

Dalhousie Hill station

with its own distinctive flavor. Attractive cottages and villas cling to the deodar and pine mantled hills of Dalhousie. Here at Dalhousie, nothing seems to matter except the beauty and the moment. There is no swirl of traffic. The shops are small and orderly. Piles of walnuts and red, black and green Chamba chilies decorate many shop fronts. We pass children joyfully picking strawberries from a hillside decorated with alpine flowers.

Dalhousie still retains much of its colonial air. Buildings and cottages from that period still stand spread across the forest cover. Today one finds a newer shade of ethnicity that Tibetans brought along with them to this valley while migrating from their homeland.

The Mall is a much-favored place during the tourist season. It has two roads - one completely pedestrian, running higher than the other. Most of the tourist action is concentrated around two squares, the Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk. You can also shop around for traditional handicrafts at the Tibetan Market above the bus stop.

The valley is rich in wildlife with some spectacular Himalayan views. The forest cover, unlike many other hill resorts, is still pretty lush and for those in search of the great green outdoors, this place is the perfect mountain retreat.

Dalhousie - Facts at a Glance

State : Himachal Pradesh
Area : 13 sq kms
Temperature : 15.5?C - 23.5?C (Summers)
1?C - 10?C (Winters)
Altitude : 2036 mts
Rainfall : 214 cms
Language : Pahari, Hindi, English
Best Season : April – June; September - October

History of Dalhousie


In 1851, the princely state of Chamba was approached by Lord Napier of Magdala. The British wished to establish a sanatorium for Europeans on the outer slopes of the Dhauladhar range. There, the sun shone warmly on scented forests of pine and oak, the air was crisp and invigorating, the scenery beautiful. Negotiations were carried on with the Raja of Chamba and in 1853, the plateau of Kathlog, Portreyn, Tehra and Bakrota were transferred to the Government of India against a compensation of Rs. 2000 to be paid as an annual tribute to Chamba state. On the recommendation of Sir Donald McLeod, the new sanatorium was named Dalhousie, after Lord Dalhousie, the first British Governor General of India. In 1866, the cantonment area of Balun was also taken over and remains a cantonment to this day.
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