Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota & Balun) the town is named after the 19th-century British governor-general Lord Dalhousie. The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks, and flowering rhododendron. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches.
Its marvelous forest trails overlook vistas of wooded hills, waterfalls, springs, and rivulets. Like a silver snake finding its way out of the mountains, the twists and turns of river Ravi are a treat to watch from many vantage points. There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling an entire horizon.
A veneer of Tibetan culture has added a touch of the exotic to this serene resort and along roadsides are huge rocks carved in low relief, painted in the Tibetan style. By road Dalhousie is 555Km from Delhi, 45 Km from Chamba and the closest railhead at Pathankot is 85 Km away.