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.
If you are planning a Dalhousie holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Dalhousie Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Dalhousie.