Location & Description
Dalhousie, in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the oldest and most famous hill-stations in the North-Western Indian Himalayas. Like other renowned hill-stations in India, its altitude is also about 6500 ft with chilly winter and a cool summer.
It is situated on the Western part of the Dhauladhar range and you can also see the mesmerizing snow peaks of Pir Panjal range far away.
The upper Dalhousie is in the shape of a cute 8, with nearly level beautiful tree-covered narrow roads winding around the two hillocks at the center of two circles of the eight. Honeymooners should love to walk along these lonely tree-lined paths. The tall pines, oaks and other high altitude trees are quite aged and add a special charm to this scenic hill-station.
Its old colonial era buildings and churches date as far back as 1800. With practically no new eyesore constructions indicating signs of progress and development, among tall tree-lined avenues and old sloping-roof quaint buildings, you would surely feel the timeless touch of Dalhousie.
Lower Dalhousie is spread over thickly wooded slopes of the mountains and goes all the way down to River Ravi.
It has a number of easily accessible tourist spots such as Alha, Dainkund peak, Pohlani Devi temple, Chamera lake, Kalatop forest and Khajjiar, the last two among the most beautiful places we have seen.
You may also choose destinations from Dalhousie that are more difficult but of exceptional scenic richness. An example is the trip from Dalhousie to Sach Pass at 14500 ft in Pir Panjal range. It is open only for four months from July. Rest of the time during the year the road is closed due to heavy snowfall.
To know more about Dalhousie refer to our Travel guide on Dalhousie.