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About Dalhousie

Dalhousie, nestled in the lap of the Himalayan mountain range, is one among the most demanded tourist hill stations of Himachal Pradesh of India. Located on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas, Dalhousie is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. This hill station, placed at an average height of 8000 feet, is very popular for its scenic beauty and pleasant climate. Dalhousie is built on five hills- Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun- which offers a pleasant trekking experience to trekkers. Named after the British Governer General Lord Dalhousie, the town of Dalhousie is rich in colonial architecture that preserves some beautiful churches. Tourism in Dalhousie offers a pleasant holiday amidst calm and serene surroundings. Dalhousie, a gateway to the ancient Chamba district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts.

History of Dalhousie

History of Dalhousie is not very much clear. The hill station is believed to be shot into fame in 1853. Dalhousie belonged to the erstwhile state of Chamba; it was a secluded place with virgin forests when the British first came here. It is said that in 1853, thirteen square miles of land comprising the five hills Kathalagli, Potrein, Terah (Moti Tibba), Bakrota, and Bhangora were acquired by the British Empire from the Raja of the Chamba state; they developed Dalhousie as a summer retreat for its troops and bureaucrats. In 1854, the region was suggested to be named after Lord Dalhousie (the viceroy of India at that time) by Sir Donald McLeod. Municipality and the Sanatorium were also established at Dalhousie in 1867. By 1920 Dalhousie became famous as the more attractive and peaceful hill stations of India which was not crowded like the other hill stations. 

After independence, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, presided over the centennial celebrations of Dalhousie in 1954. He initiated promotion of tourism in Dalhousie. Dalhousie became a division of Himachal Pradesh state of India in the year 1966. Since then, Dalhousie maintained a slow but steady progress and became a modern hub of tourism in Himachal Pradesh.

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