Dalhousie

Dalhousie

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In western Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie (2036 m) is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj.

There are also magnificent views of Chamba valley and the mighty Dhauladhar range with its awe-inspiring snow covered peaks filling an entire horizon. By road Dalhousie is about 555 km from Delhi, 52 km from Chamba via Banikhet and 46 km via Khajjiar and the nearest railhead at Pathankot is 85 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km. Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

It spread out over an area of 14 sq. km. and is built on five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British Governor General Lord Dalhousie. It was popular with the British Army personnel in 1860's. The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that includes stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons. Rich in colonial architecture, the town preserves some beautiful churches. St. John church is the oldest one built in 1863, St. Francis was built in 1894, St. Andrew in 1903 and St. Patric in 1909.

Lord Dalhousie, James Andrew Broun Ramsay, was the Marquees and 10th Earl of Dalhousie. He was born on April 22, 1812 at Dalhousie Castle in Scotland. In 1837, at the young age of 25, he entered British Parliament as an elected member. From 1843-1846, he served as President of the Board of Trade in the British government under Sir Robert Peel. In 1847, he was appointed as the Governor General of India. He was the youngest man ever appointed to the post. He was only 35 at that time. His term ended in 1856. A year after he left India, the Indian Mutiny occurred. His policies of annexation were partly blamed for the mutiny. He died in 1860 at Dalhousie Castle in Scotland.

Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains are also visible from this enchanting town.

In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

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