One of the most popular hill stations in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is well-known for its amazing natural beauty and pleasant climate. The hill station owes much to its founder Lord Dalhousie for its fame and glory. Situated in the lap of the Himalayan mountain range, Dalhousie is situated at an average height of 8000 feet. One of the favourite places of the British during British Raj, this hilly terrain houses a large number of Victorian style mansions. Dalhousie is spread over an area of 14 sq km and is spread over five hills, which offers a pleasant trekking experience to trekkers as well as nature lovers. HISTORY This hill station was founded by Lord Dalhousie in 1854 because of its peaceful atmosphere and salubrious climate. The British acquired five hills — Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah (or Moti Tibba), Bakrota and Bhangora — from the ruler of Chamba State for developing the area as a retreat. In return, his taxes were reduced. Englishmen, military officials and soldiers visited this place for their summer vacations; hence, you will find most of the bungalows here built in the English style.
Dalhousie enjoys pleasant climate for most part of the year. Best season to visit is from March to November. River rafting is a famous sport in the nearby town ofChamba, carried out on riverRaviand Saal. The best time to enjoy this adventure is from June to October. Both private and government agencies conduct river rafting expeditions. A good collection of Tibetan carpets and handicrafts can be purchased from Tibetan Handicrafts Refugee Centre. Shops remain open from 10 am till 7 pm and are closed on Tuesdays.