The quiet and relaxed hill station of Dalhousie in the state of Himachal Pradesh sprawls over five hills at an altitude of around 2000m on the western edge of the Dhauladhar Range in the picturesque Chamba Valley region.
Acquired from the Raja of Chamba by the British, Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie, then Governor-General of India, by David McLeod (after whom McLeod Ganj was named). Early in the 20th century, Dalhousie was a popular alternative to the crowded and more expensive Shimla. Today, Dalhousie is a favoured summer retreat for holidaying Punjabis and a great place for hiking and trekking amongst some stunning scenery. A small population of Tibetans has also lived here since the Chinese invasion.
The town is relatively spread out, though most of the shops are clustered around Gandhi Chowk. Connected to Subhash Chowk (also with a high concentration of hotels and eateries) by The Mall, Dalhousie retains vestiges of the Raj-era in the form of faded architecture in a typically Victorian style, old British homes, little churches and hotels.
Just beyond Dalhousie is Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a variety of deer, black bear and abundant birdlife. Further beauty spots include Subhash Baoli from where there are commanding views of the snow-capped peaks, Sadthara where a number of springs are said to be therapeutic and Khajjiar.
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