Dalhousie is a quiet hill station with an unhurried relaxed charm ideal for a relaxing holiday. Dalhousie spreads over five low-level hills just east of the river Ravi. The picturesque town is interspersed with the colonial-era buildings, low roofed stalls and hotels. The pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and trails which are ideal for short undemanding walks.
Dalhousie named after Lord Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the British Empire in India as a summer retreat for its bureaucrats. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range about 90 kms from Patankot, Dalhousie is built on and around five hills, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah (now called Moti Tibba by the locals), Bakrota and Bhangora.
Best Time to Visit Dalhousie
Although the peak tourist season in Dalhousie is between May to September, if you can bear low temperatures October end to mid December is a good time to be in Dalhousie.
Dalhousie offer lots to see and do in Dalhousie to its patrons. Dalhousie is known for its great valleys and high mountain ranges and treks and hikes on the hilly trails offering beautiful views is a must do while in Dalhousie. Gandhi chowk GPO and Subhash chowk is where all the activities is centered within Dalhousie town. The Tibetan market at Gandhi chowk is a great place to buy holiday memorabilia from Dalhousie. St Johns Church built in 1863 located nearby is also worth a visit for those with an inclination for history.
Khajjiar - 'Mini Switzerland'
Khajjiar is among the 160 locations in the world that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland. Khajjiar has a rare combination of three ecosystems - lake, pasture and forest, all in one place. Khajjiar is about 25 kms from Dalhousie.