Dalhousie, a scenic resort town seated on the western edges of Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas, was founded by Lord Dalhousie in India and has been named after him.This quaint city which still echoes the colonial charm of British raj was once the favorite summer retreat for the entire British regime. It is built on and around five little hills, Kathalagh, Tehra, Bakrota, Bhangora and Potrien. These hills are nestled beside each other forming a beautiful cocoon of valleys that lay hidden for a long time.
The rulers of Chamba were secluded from the peering eyes of Sultans and others due to the lack of proximity. Thus, they were able to live there for a long time. Dalhousie is known for its great mountains, sweeping meadows, sprawling valleys and enchanting views of the brilliant snow peaked Himalayas ahead. The numerous trekking trails that vein down through the mixed terrain of rocky cliffs, dense pinewoods, thick shrubberies and lush mountain glades, mark some strategic locations to gaze at Mother nature’s masterpiece. This natural artwork adds to the splendor of this place.
Dalhousie’s malls, originally paved by British to accommodate their promenades, carriages, horses and such with fantastic views, prove to be a delight for both novice and serious trekkers.
Dalhousie is not just a walker’s paradise but is also a treasure trove of ancient cultural heritage of the Himalayan region. The various groups of tribes starting from the ancient Gaddhis that lives at the Bharmour region, the pretty Pangwals and Bhots that inhabit Pangi valley, the rugged Gujjars of upper hills and the local Dhogrias that flock Lakarmandi, add character to this region. Their rich culture reflects in their colorful artefacts and handicrafts that are widely available in the local markets.
The city has many shops with excellent choice of souvenirs and handicrafts to take back home. A charming destination with its invigorating weather and exhilarating surroundings that retain the purity of nature, Dalhousie is sure to steal your heart.