Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station in Chamba district, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on 5 hills and has an elevation of 1,970 meters above sea level.
Dalhousie Town was named after The Earl of Dalhousie who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.
Dalhousie has a humid subtropical climate. Late summer and early spring see torrential rainfall due to monsoonal influence. The city sees over 90 frost days per year and 20-30 snowy days.
History of Dalhousie
Dalhousie was founded during the colonial time around the 1850s by the Britishers and was named after ‘Lord Dalhousie’ who was the chief frontman of Britishers in India at that time.
It is located to the west of the Dhauladhar Peak of the Himalayas and is considered a gateway to the beautiful Chamba district, which is filled with Hindu culture, art, temples, and handiwork and was named ‘Alpine Beauty’ by the British officers.
During that time, British rule was taking over other parts of India and it became evident that it will be the same for Dalhousie as well. They started building the city by hiring poor villagers who were devoid of many basic needs of life at low wages and ill-treated them. Later, Christian missionaries came to their rescue but just for spreading their own religion and not for genuine community help
Khajjiar is located approximately 24 kilometers (15 mi) from Dalhousie.
It sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests. About 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) above sea level in the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas and peaks can be seen in the distance. It is part of the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.
It can be reached from Dalhousie, the nearest major town and hill station, by bus in an hour or so. This is a rare combination of three ecosystems: lake, pasture, and forest.
Also is known as a Mini Switzerland. On 7 July 1992, Swiss Envoy Willy P. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map by calling it “Mini Switzerland”
source- Travel Triangle
Famous places of Dalhousie
- Satdhara Falls.
- Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.
- Dainkund Peak.
- Bakrota Hills.
- Subhash Baoli.
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