One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is well-known for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. It is situated between 6,000 and 9,000 feet and is surrounded by scenic snow-capped peaks. Dalhousie gets its name from its eponymous founder Lord Dalhousie and houses a large number of Victorian-style mansions. It is spread over an 14 sq km and covers over five hills.
Lord Dalhousie was drawn to this region in 1854 because of its peaceful atmosphere and pleasant climate. Eventually, the British acquired five hills — Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah (or Moti Tibba), Bakrota and Bhangora — from the ruler of Chamba State for developing the area as a retreat. In return, his taxes were reduced. Soon it became a popular resort for Englishmen, military officials and soldiers to escape the scorching summers of the plains.
There are several tourist attractions in Dalhousie. Khajjiar, a beautiful valley is quite a favorite among tourists. Tibetan market, Bakrota hills, Dainkund peak, Kalatop and Lohali village are few other popular places to visit in Dalhousie. Karelanu is a spot famous for its healing water spring. Subhas Chandra Bose, who was suffering from tuberculosis drank regular water from the natural spring in Karelanu. He recovered from the deadly disease!
The best time to visit this lovely hill station is during summer. The peak tourist season is from May to September.