(Last Updated on : 03-10-2013)
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
is an ideal retreat for tourists and nature lovers. Seated at Himachal Pradesh, the hill station Dalhousie is famed for its tranquillity and picturesque backdrop. Mesmerized by its beauty and charm every year thousands of people visit there in great enthusiasm. The glories of ancient British era are reflected in every corners of this exquisite place. Also it got its name from the then British Governor General Lord Dalhousie.
Location of Dalhousie
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh encompasses an area of nearly 14 sq. km rising to a height of 2036 meters above the mean sea level. It is rested on 5 wonderful hills like Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. Trees
like pines, dodders, oak
s and flowering rhododendron
form its plantation and vegetation. One can get a picturesque view of plains in the near by. Rivers like Ravi
flow through the place. Snow capped ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains and Chamba
Valley are worth watching.
History of Dalhousie
The town of Dalhousie was named after the British Governor-General, Lord Dalhousie
, who had declared this place as an ideal summer retreat. Dalhousie came into existence in the year 1854 by the British Raj in the country. It was located around hills of Bakrota, Potreyn, Bhangora, Kathalagh and Terah. The Himalayan Mountain
Ranges surround Dalhousie, which is situated on the western side of the Dhauladhar Mountains. It is located at an altitude of about 6000 to 9000 feet above mean sea level.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Dalhousie, particularly during the months from May till September. The bungalows and churches that are existent in Dalhousie portray the Victorian and Scottish style of architecture. The Chamba District
of Himachal Pradesh can be accessed through Dalhousie.
Dalhousie boasts of rich Hindu
traditions, which is clearly depicted in the form of their regional art and numerous local temples
. This hill station is a preserver of many interesting handicrafts belonging to the ancient royal dynasties. Bharmour, which is the old capital of this region shelters the local tribes of Gujjar
and Gaddi . There are as many as 84 ancient temples whose origin dates back to 7th to 10th century AD.
Geography of Dalhousie
Himachal Pradesh is apt for the tourists to make visit the place every now and then. Summers are pleasant with maximum temperature of 23.5 degree Celsius. Minimum temperature is 15.5 degree Celsius. Winters are chilly and freezing. Maximum temperature is a 10 degree Celsius. Minimum temperature even drops down to as low as 1 degree Celsius C during winters. Woollens are worn through out the year. During winter season heavy woollens clothes are worn. Also people use light woollens during summer months.
Tourism in Dalhousie
Dalhousie offers numerous breathtaking tourist locales like Karelanu, Dainkund Peak, Bakrota Hills, Sadar Bazar, Panchpula, Lohali Village, Khajjar, Tibetan Market, Dalhousie Cantonment and Gandhi Chowk. The region of Karelanu is renowned since a historical record has asserted that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose
had drunk some water from a spring which was located near Karelana when he was suffering from tuberculosis
. It is said that he was healed soon after this incident.