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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Dalhousie?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Hearing history of a place is as enchanting as the stories our grandmas told us, isn't it? If you have decided to visit this beautiful hill station located in the Chamba Valley of Himachal Pradesh, then you should be acquainted with a brief introduction of its history and how that has gone on to shape its culture.
Lt. Col Napier, the Britisher who was the chief engineer of Punjab, is believed to have first spotted this lovely place back in 1850. In 1854, it was proposed by Sir Donald McLeod that this place be named after the famous Viceroy of the British India Lord Dalhousie (1848-56).

The British are said to have acquired 5 hills from the then ruler of Chamba-Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah (now called Moti Tibba by the locals), Bhangora and Bakrota- for developing this area as a summer/holiday retreat for its bureaucrats and troops as the hot summers of India did not suit the Britishers. The place was recognised as a part of Gurdaspur district in 1861. Also, the British took extra efforts to develop areas such as railways, telegraph and roads during the tenure of Lord Dalhousie.
As a tourist destination, Dalhousie was at its peak between 1920s and 1940s. Eminent personalities such as Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Rudyard Kipling are said to have visited this site as recreation or meditation spot.

The hill-station lies at the foothills of the Dhaulandhar mountain range of the Himalayas, and stands at an approximate height of 8000 metres. This serene and beautiful tourist hub is full of Victorian-style mansions and other architectural forms such as churches and temples. The famous golf-course, The Dalhousie Club incorporates the architectural style of the famous Scotland Castle. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Dalhousie and indeed worth visiting.
The Chamba district that surrounds this place is home to ancient Hindu tribes such as Gaddis and Gujjars, which has consequently affected the culture of Dalhousie also. The populace is warm and hospitable and many still adhere to the old-world charm that the British legacy has left behind it. Since it is a small town, the society is quite close-knit and people do not quite follow the metropolitan lifestyle.

Tourism and trade are important economic activities. In fact, this small town accounts for around 3% GDP of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is estimated that the people of Himachal Pradesh worship as many as 2000 deities. Therefore you can find a religious fervour in Dalhousie. Check out various hill station packages available and plan out your vacation in the serenity of Dalhousie and neighboring regions.


All in all, the pleasant climate conditions, the interesting history and the equally amazing cultural ethos make Dalhousie a hill-station worth visiting. Don't you agree with us now?

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