About Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a hill resort town in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh in India at 32.53° N 75.98° E.

It is built on and around five hills. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, it is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie has thick forests of pine and deodar trees

Lord Dalhousie founded the town of Dalhousie because its fresh and peaceful atmosphere and healthy surroundings enchanted him.


Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats, the town was named after Lord Dalhousie who was the British Viceroy in India at that time. Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State, now Chamba District of the Himachel Pradesh, India. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Bharmour, the ancient capital of this kingdom, is home to Gaddi and Gujjar tribes and has 84 ancient temples from 7th-10th century AD.

Places to Visit

Tibetan Market - A market run by Tibetans has all kinds of knick-knacks ,electronics and toys mostly from China .

Dainkund walk - a gentle slope walk near a Air Force base in Dalhousie leads to a Hindu temple.

Alah water tank - the main water tank in the area holds 100,000 gallons.

Upper Bakrota - The highest area in Dalhousie has a number estates, a residential school and an army barracks at the top. The area is circled by a road which is called the Bakrota walk, it is on the way to Khajjiar and ends at the Alah water tank

Kala Tope Rest House - on the way to Khajjiar at the toll barrier for Kala Tope, a road to the left of the barrier leads to the government rest house, a nice quiet spot and a great place for a picnic. The 3 km route through dense pine forests from Lakkadmandi to Kala Tope is simply exhilarating.

Ganji Pahadi walk - (Ganji means bald, Pahadi means hill) it is called ganji pahadi because there are no trees on the summit of the hill and it looks like its got a bald patch at the top, you can ask a local how to get there, it is a long walk at least and hour long but quite pleasant.

Tibetan handicraft center - 3km from G.P.O on the way to Khajjiar on the left is a slip road leading to this center. It contains great carpets and other handicrafts.

Chamba - Is a major district town a little distance away from Dalhousie and is the seat of the former Princely State of Chamba.

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